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All-Ireland Primate to health minister: priests’ pastoral work should be deemed essential, not criminalized

Archbishop Eamon Martin. Credit: Northern Ireland Office (CC BY 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).

Archbishop Eamon Martin made the comment in a meeting with Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly

Pro-life advocates: Planned Parenthood can’t just wish away Margaret Sanger’s racism, eugenics

Statue of Margaret Sanger at the Old South Meeting House museum in Boston / Page Light Studios/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).

After the head of Planned Parenthood promised to “reckon with” founder Margaret Sanger’s connections to racism and eugenics, pro-life advocates said the organization is still part of the problem.

Africa seeing ‘dramatic increase in jihadist groups,’ says global religious freedom report

A funeral Mass in Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need.

Rome Newsroom, Apr 20, 2021 / 04:20 am (CNA).

Aid to the Church in Need says groups have spread ‘within an alarmingly short timeframe’

Report: China committing 'crimes against humanity' in Xinjiang


Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

An international human rights organization has declared that China’s actions in the province of Xinjiang amount to crimes against humanity. 

Chicago case highlights religious orders that have not published lists of credibly accused clergy

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Chicago, Ill., Apr 19, 2021 / 20:01 pm (CNA).

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not released lists of members credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2021 / 19:19 pm (CNA).

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments may take place before the feast of the Ascension, multiple sources confirmed to CNA in Rome.

Allentown bishop proclaims Year of the Real Presence

Eucharistic Adoration. / Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 18:25 pm (CNA).

The bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania has proclaimed a jubilee year to promote a greater dedication to the Holy Eucharist.  

Bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to blessings of same-sex couples in Germany

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San Sebastian, Spain, Apr 19, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

In response to a planned day of blessings for same-sex partners in Germany, the Bishop of San Sebastián on Wednesday called on Catholics to join in prayer for the Church in Germany to be faithful to the Magisterium and not to fall into rebellion. 

Ethicists urge caution after creation of monkey embryos containing human cells

A human-monkey chimeric blastocyst. Credit: Weizhi Ji/Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 19, 2021 / 16:03 pm (CNA).

Catholic scientists and ethicists have warned of the potential for a slippery slope in response to reports that scientists had successfully created a “chimeric embryo” that was part macaque monkey and part human. 

Mozambique’s bishops lament Islamist violence in Palma

A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019. / AFP via Getty Images.

Maputo, Mozambique, Apr 19, 2021 / 16:01 pm (CNA).

The Catholic bishops of Mozambique on Friday condemned the attack by Islamist militant insurgents on Palma, a city in Cabo Delgado province.