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Church of England lacks 'official definition' of woman, bishop says

Lambeth Palace, London, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. / TK Kurikawa/Shutterstock

Denver Newsroom, Jul 11, 2022 / 15:11 pm (CNA).

Robert Innes, the Church of England’s Bishop in Europe, has said that that ecclesial community has no definition of a woman because such definitions were long thought self-evident.

Bishop Chairman Responds to Executive Order on Abortion Access

WASHINGTON - On Friday, July 8, the President of the United States signed an executive order on abortion access in response to the Supreme Court of the United States’ Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following response: 

In response to the Dobbs decision, I called for the healing of wounds and repairing of social divisions, for reasoned reflection and civil dialogue, and for coming together to build a society and economy that supports marriages and families, and where every woman has the support and resources she needs to bring her child into this world in love.

And as religious leaders, we pledged ourselves to continue our service to God’s great plan of love for the human person, and to work with our fellow citizens to fulfill America’s promise to guarantee the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people. 

It is deeply disturbing and tragic that President Biden is choosing instead to use his power as President of the United States to promote and facilitate abortion in our country, seeking every possible avenue to deny unborn children their most basic human and civil right, the right to life. Rather than using the power of the executive branch to increase support and care to mothers and babies, the president’s executive order seeks only to facilitate the destruction of defenseless, voiceless human beings. 

I implore the president to abandon this path that leads to death and destruction and to choose life. As always, the Catholic Church stands ready to work with this Administration and all elected officials to protect the right to life of every human being and to ensure that pregnant and parenting mothers are fully supported in the care of their children before and after birth.  


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European Parliament calls on Vatican to support Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen. / Iris Tong via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Strasbourg, France, Jul 8, 2022 / 04:24 am (CNA).

The European Parliament has called on the Vatican "to give full support to Cardinal Zen" and told the Holy See it should "strengthen its diplomatic efforts and its leverage on the Chinese authorities".

'Women deserve better': Experts criticize EU Parliament resolution on ‘right to abortion’

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. / fotogoocom via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).

Rome Newsroom, Jul 7, 2022 / 02:20 am (CNA).

Legal experts have called “inaccurate and misleading” a proposed resolution by the European Parliament to include a “right to abortion” in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Vox party files complaint against journalist for inciting destruction of abbey in Spain

The Valley of the Fallen. / Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock.

Denver Newsroom, Jul 6, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

The journalist was cited for a hate crime for encouraging on air that the basilica and abbey at of the Valley of the Fallen memorial complex northwest of Madrid be blown up “with dynamite.”

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI / Credit: EWTN/Paul Badde, Mazur/

Denver Newsroom, Jul 5, 2022 / 18:10 pm (CNA).

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation for the 95th birthday of the pope.

English courts to reconsider life support for Archie Battersbee, severely brain-injured boy

The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. / Anthony M. from Rome, Italy - Flickr via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Denver Newsroom, Jun 29, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

England’s High Court must hold another hearing to determine whether ending the life support of a severely injured 12-year-old boy, Archie Battersbee, is indeed in the boy’s best interest, an appeals court has said.

More than 100,000 march for life in Spain

More than 100,000 people attended a march for life in Madrid, Spain, on June 26, 2022. / Credit: Courtesy of NEOS Comunicación

Madrid, Spain, Jun 27, 2022 / 16:45 pm (CNA).

Pro-lifers also protested proposed changes to the country’s abortion law.

What is a Catholic priest? A new documentary asks the question.

A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, May 7, 2017. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they reflect on their vocations and the role of the priest in Catholic theology and spiritual life.

World Meeting of Families 2022: Full text of Pope Francis' address at the Festival of Families

Rome - June 22, 2022: Day one of the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis during the Festival of Families. / Vatican Media

Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2022 / 10:25 am (CNA).

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' address at the Festival of Families during the World Meeting of Families 2022, which was held in the Paul VI Audience Hall on June 22, 2022.