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A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts. Get the latest news about Pope Francis and the Vatican, and much more. This is a service of EWTN News.

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A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts. Get the latest news about Pope Francis and the Vatican, and much more. This is a service of EWTN News.

www.catholicnewsagency.com

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    May 18, 2022

    May 18, 2022

    A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts.

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    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun is scheduled to appear in court May 24, according to a report by the British daily The Guardian. Cardinal Zen, the archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, was arrested May 11 under China’s national security law with at least four others for his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy fund. He was released on bail later that day. Cardinal Zen, who was Bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 to 2009, has long advocated for underground Catholics in mainland China.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251274/cardinal-zen-may-be-in-hong-kong-court-next-week

    A Michigan state judge said Tuesday that Michigan’s longstanding law against abortion cannot be enforced if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade. Michigan had in 1931 adopted a law criminalizing abortion as a felony, except when necessary to save the life of the mother. The law has not been enforced since the US Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision, but the Michigan Court of Appeals found in 1997 that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution. Planned Parenthood of Michigan, represented by the ACLU of Michigan, had filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s attorney general seeking an injunction against the law. Right to Life Michigan and the Michigan Catholic Conference are considering what llegal options they can pursue.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251276/in-michigan-rogue-decision-blocks-longtime-state-abortion-law

    A senior German priest has announced that he is no longer Catholic, citing his disappointment over a lack of “reforms” in the Church and admitting to having broken his promise of celibacy. Andreas Sturm, the former vicar general of the Diocese of Speyer in southwestern Germany, made the announcement on May 13. The former vicar general described the ordination of women to the priesthood, as well as issues surrounding celibacy, sexual morality, and LGBT issues as the most important topics that he believed were not being addressed.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251262/senior-german-priest-quits-catholic-church

    Today, the Church celebrates Saint John the first, a martyr for the faith, imprisoned and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. He was a friend of the renowned Christian philosopher Boethius, who died in a similar manner.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-john-i-pope-241

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    May 17, 2022

    May 17, 2022

    A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts.

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    The US Catholic bishops appealed on Monday for “an honest dialogue rooted in Christ” about the “persistent evil of racism” after two mass shootings. The bishops spoke out after a gunman killed 10 people and injured three others on May 14 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a shooter killed one person and wounded five others on May 15 at a church in Laguna Woods, California. Authorities called the mass shooting in Buffalo a racially motivated hate crime and said that the gunman specifically targeted the store because it is located in a predominantly Black neighborhood.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251260/us-catholic-bishops-call-for-honest-dialogue-on-persistent-evil-of-racism-after-mass-shootings

    The two branches of the Catholic charity, Caritas, in Ukraine say they have helped almost 1.5 million people since Russia’s full-scale invasion. Caritas Ukraine, which offers humanitarian assistance through the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, oversees an office in the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol where seven people were killed under Russian tank fire. The country’s other Caritas organization is Caritas-Spes, the charitable mission of Ukraine’s Latin Rite bishops.Caritas groups are also active in neighboring countries, where more than six million Ukrainians have fled since February 24. In Poland, which has welcomed over three million Ukrainian refugees, Caritas’ diocesan network has delivered over 1.5 million meals to more than 500,000 people.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251253/this-is-going-to-be-a-long-haul-caritas-groups-help-almost-15-million-ukrainians-amid-war

    Christian leaders of the Holy Land on Monday condemned recent violence at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying the “tragic episode” has “deeply wounded” the Christian community. Abu Akleh was a Melkite Greek Catholic and a Palestinian American who was killed while covering an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the West Bank May 11. The BBC reported that during her funeral procession on May 13, Abu Akleh’s coffin “almost fell” as police waded into the crowd brandishing batons and using stun grenades. The Christian leaders called the police’ actions at the funeral, which took place in the parking compound of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem, a “violent intrusion.” On May 12, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem called “for a thorough and urgent investigation of all the circumstances of Abu Akleh’s killing and for bringing those responsible to justice.”

    catholicnewsagency.com/news/251256/christian-leaders-condemn-violence-at-funeral-of-palestinian-journalist-shireen-abu-akleh

    Today, the Church celebrates Saint Pascal Baylon, a 16th-century lay brother amongst the Franciscan friars of the Alcantarine Reform. His charity to the poor and afflicted, and his unfailing courtesy were remarkable. Although poorly educated, his counsel was sought for by people of every station in life, and he was on terms of closest friendship with personages of eminent sanctity.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-pascal-baylon-240

    • 2 min
    May 16, 2022

    May 16, 2022

    A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts.

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    Breaking:

    The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

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    Ten people were killed and three others injured Saturday when a teenage gunman opened fire with an assault rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Authorities are calling the mass shooting a racially motivated hate crime and say the gunman specifically targeted the store because it is located in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The shooter is in custody. Bishop Michael Fisher of the Diocese of Buffalo said in a statement: “The scourge of senseless gun violence that has taken the lives of so many across our nation and changed the lives of countless innocent men, women and children must come to an end.”

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251244/bishop-condemns-abhorrently-evil-slaying-of-10-at-buffalo-supermarket

    Pope Francis on Sunday recognized 10 new saints of the Catholic Church during a canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square. It was the Church’s first canonization since that of St. John Henry Newman and four others in October 2019. For a full list of all the new saints, who include religious men and women, priests, and a lay man, go to Catholic New Agency dot com.

    https://www.​​catholicnewsagency.com/news/251242/pope-francis-canonizes-10-new-saints-of-the-catholic-church

    A mob has attacked a Catholic cathedral in Nigeria amid protests demanding the release of two suspects in the killing of a Christian student. The Diocese of Sokoto said in a statement that youths targeted Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Sokoto, north-west Nigeria, after police arrested two students in connection with the murder of Deborah Samuel. Samuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was beaten and burned on May 11 after being accused of posting “blasphemous” statements about Islam in a WhatsApp group. Christians in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have suffered growing insecurity in recent years amid attacks by the Islamist organization Boko Haram and the Fulani Militia, a nomadic, predominantly Muslim group.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251241/catholic-cathedral-attacked-in-nigeria-after-arrests-over-blasphemy-killing

    The arrest last week of Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, continues to attract international condemnation, with the US bishops calling the situation “alarming.” Cardinal Zen was arrested May 11 under China’s national security law with at least four others for his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy fund. Zen, who was Archbishop of Hong Kong from 2002 to 2009, has long advocated for underground Catholics in mainland China.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251239/international-community-laments-cardinal-zens-precarious-position

    Today, the Church celebrates Saint Andrew Bobola, a Polish-born martyr who served a Jesuit priest in Lithuania. There he worked extensively with the sick including during a plague outbreak, but he is best known as a successful missionary to Orthodox Christians. It was said that over 20 years of preaching along the roads, he converted whole villages to Catholicism.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-andrew-bobola-475

    The Church also celebrates Saint Simon Stock, a twelfth and thirteenth century Carmelite monk whose vision of the Virgin Mary is the source of the Brown Scapular devotion.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-simon-stock-702

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    May 13, 2022

    May 13, 2022

    A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts.

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    The Vatican confirmed on Friday that Pope Francis will visit three cities in Canada during the last week of July. The pope will travel to Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit on July 24-30. The pope had announced last month that he planned to meet indigenous peoples in Canada this summer for the feast of Saint Anne on July 26. In Canada, Francis is expected to issue an apology on behalf of the Catholic Church for abuses committed against Indigenous students in Catholic-run residential schools. The pope’s full schedule in Canada will be published in the coming weeks.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251225/vatican-confirms-pope-francis-will-visit-3-cities-in-canada-in-july

    A Haitian priest has said a border wall being built by the Dominican Republic to stop Haitian emigration “is not the solution” to the problem. Father Pénès Célestin, a priest of the Diocese of Jérémie, said he invites Dominicans and Haitians to build bridges. Haiti has seen a surge of violence in recent years. There were as many as 1,200 kidnappings last year, and President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July 2021. Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, whose economy is among the fastest growing in the region. The situation has led many Haitians to seek a better future in the neighboring country, in many cases illegally.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251221/haitian-priest-denounces-dominican-republics-border-fence

    Chinese Catholics on the mainland have reacted strongly to the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong. After being arrested by Chinese authorities, apparently for his involvement in a pro-democracy nonprofit, the cardinal was released on bail on May 11. The 90 year old Zen is an outspoken advocate of democracy and critic of the 2018 Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. Anonymous Chinese Catholics told Catholic News Agency that his arrest is a way for China to keep people in fear, and that Catholics in Hong Kong fear that religious freedom could be suppressed in Hong Kong in the future.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251219/it-s-a-way-to-keep-people-in-fear-chinese-catholics-react-to-cardinal-zen-s-arrest

    Today, the Church honors Our Lady of Fatima. May 13 is the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She appeared six times to Lucia and her cousins Francisco and his sister Jacinta between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917. The messages that Mary imparted during the apparitions to the children concerned the violent trials that would afflict the world by means of war, starvation, and the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father in the twentieth century if the world did not make reparation for sins. She exhorted the Church to pray and offer sacrifices to God in order that peace may come upon the world, and that the trials may be averted. Our Lady of Fatima also revealed three prophetic “secrets.”

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/our-lady-of-fatima-485

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    May 12, 2022

    May 12, 2022

    A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts.

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    A Catholic archdiocese in Nigeria on Wednesday announced the death of a priest who was kidnapped in March. The Archdiocese of Kaduna said on May 11 that Father Joseph Akete Bako died more than a month after he was seized on March 8. The 48 year old Bako was kidnapped by bandits following an attack on St. John’s Catholic Parish, where he served as pastor. The archdiocesan chancellor asked all people to “Kindly continue to pray for his peaceful repose, and for the consolation of the bereaved Christian community in the Archdiocese of Kaduna.”

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251215/catholic-archdiocese-announces-death-of-kidnapped-priest-in-nigeria

    Cardinal Joseph Zen, an outspoken advocate for Catholics in Hong Kong, has been released on bail after his arrest by Chinese authorities yesterday. Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, was arrested on May 11 and released on bail hours later from Chai Wan Police Station on Hong Kong island. Zen is believed to have been detained in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal fees. The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong said in a statement on Thursday that it was “extremely concerned” about “Cardinal Joseph Zen’s incident.” The Vatican also issued a brief statement on May 11 expressing concern at the reports of Zen’s arrest.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251213/catholic-diocese-of-hong-kong-extremely-concerned-about-cardinal-joseph-zen-s-incident

    An expansive abortion bill that would declare abortion a human right, undercut existing state pro-life laws, and force objecting doctors to perform abortions, again failed to pass the US Senate on Wednesday. The Women’s Health Protection Act failed by a 49-51 largely party line vote. While leading Catholic bishops have called on Congress to stop pushing abortion, President Joe Biden called on voters to support candidates in favor of abortion rights in upcoming Senate races and pledged to sign the bill into law.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/251211/us-senate-again-refuses-to-to-pass-federal-abortion-law-bishops-relieved-biden-adamant

    Today, the Church celebrates Saints Nereus and Achilleus, as well as Saint Pancras. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers and bodyguards of the emperor who were martyred at the end of the first century after becoming Christian and leaving their military posts. They were said to have been baptized by Saint Peter himself. Saint Pancras, or Pancratius, was a Syrian boy of pagan origin who went to Rome and was converted to Christianity. He was beheaded in 304 at the age of 14 during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/sts-nereus-and-achilleus-st-pancras-458

    The Church also honors Saint Epiphanius of Salamis, an early monk, bishop and Church Father known for his extensive learning and defense of Catholic teachings in the fourth century.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/st-epiphanius-of-salamis-691

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