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New Vatican document questions key US rule

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has instructed the US bishops’ conference to investigate complaints that the designated-hitter rule in Major League Baseball might be...

Pope raps religious fundamentalists during in-flight press conference

Pope Francis argued that Christianity as well as Islam is troubled by fundamentalists, during an exchange with reporters on his return flight from Morocco. Asked about the trip to Morocco that he...

Pope Francis withheld Benedict’s contribution to abuse summit, journalist reports

Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister of L’Espresso reports that Pope-emeritus Benedict intended his letter about abuse as a contribution to discussion at the February “summit meeting” at the Vatican, but Pope Francis chose not to circulate his predecessor’s essay.

Pope changes canon law: religious who abandon community life for 12 months to be dismissed

Stating that “community life is an essential element of religious life,” Pope Francis revised provisions of the Code of Canon Law. “According to the revised canons, religious who have been ‘illegitimately absent’ from their religious house for a full 12 months are dismissed ipso facto from their Institutes,” according to the report.

Body of Italian teen considered for sainthood is incorrupt, postulator says

In 2018, Pope Francis approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Venerable Carlo Acutis (1991-2006, Italian-language link)

In decision reminiscent of Roe v. Wade, South Korean court overturns pro-life law

In a 7-2 decision, the Constitutional Court of Korea ruled that a 1953 law that banned most abortions “limits women’s rights to pursue their own destinies, and violates their rights to health by limiting their access to safe and timely procedures ... Embryos completely depend on the mother’s body for their survival and development, so it cannot be concluded that they are separate, independent living beings entitled to the right to life.”

Michigan governor requests $2M to investigate abuse by priests

“The appropriation will be used to hire investigators and victims’ advocates to continue the detailed investigative work necessary to review and pursue the information we have gathered from all seven Michigan dioceses,” said a spokeswoman for the state attorney general.

Polish primate lashes out after Harry Potter books burned

“Books must not be burned but should be read so that one can debate their content in a critical manner,” Archbishop Wojciech Poland of Gniezno said following the burning of Harry Potter books at a parish.

Illinois bishops speak out against proposed abortion bills

“This is not about the right to an abortion, although we would question that,” said Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. “This is a radical departure from the status quo that goes far beyond Roe v Wade.”

Weekly Mass attendance rate in Australia falls to 11.8%

The Mass attendance rate is highest for Eastern Catholics and members of the military, and lowest in the Archdiocese of Hobart (6.7%).