Bosnia: “These are not real apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in Medjugorje”

17-03-2017  
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On February 26, 2017, Bishop Ratko Perić, Bishop of Mostar-Duvno and Trebinje-Mrkan, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, published a letter on the subject of the Marian apparitions that have allegedly occurred in Medjugorje since 1981. This detailed, precise clarification appeared in Italian on the diocesan website, while Pope Francis appointed, on February 11, the feast of Our Lady […]

Croatia: An immense statue of Our Lady of Loreto on the coast

16-03-2017  
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The coastal town of Primošten, Croatia, is in the process of erecting a monumental statue of Our Lady of Loreto, Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported on March 7, 2017. Seventeen meters [56 feet] tall, it is supposed to be one of the largest in the world: “This project is unique in Croatia and beyond,” the […]

Switzerland: increasing numbers leave the Church

16-03-2017  
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According to a study by the Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology (SPI) reported by the news agency cath.ch on February 8, 2017, the number of people leaving the Church increased in 2015 in most Swiss cantons. The cantons of Bâle-Ville, Soleure and Argovie, in the northern part of the country, are particularly affected. The first […]

Ghana: The country is again consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

16-03-2017  
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Around 2,000 persons attended the renewal of the consecration of Ghana to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The ceremony was celebrated on March 4, 2017, by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, special envoy of Pope Francis and President of the Governorate of Vatican City, in the presence of many public authorities. According to the Ghanaian daily newspaper […]

United States: American witches cast a spell on Donald Trump

16-03-2017  
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In the United States, several “Wiccans”, members of a neo-pagan sect who practice witchcraft, announced to the press that starting on February 23, 2017, they intend to organize monthly occult séances for the purpose of casting a spell on President Donald Trump. According to the March 2 edition of the National Catholic Register, the witches […]

Holy Land: The Holy See to help restore the Holy Sepulchre and the Basilica of the Nativity

16-03-2017  
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According to news agency iMedia, on March 1, 2017, the Holy See announced its intention of making “a substantial donation” towards restoration work being done on the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The restoration of the latter began in 2013 and has involved the cooperation […]

Humors and Rumors (second)

An Italian website announced: “A proposal issued directly by the Holy Father is supposed to appear before the end of the month to offer the Society of St. Pius X an official status in the Church.” The “information” was repeated the following day by an American website. And that same day, in a French online […]

Egypt: Dialogue Begins anew between the Holy See and Al-Azhar University

3-03-2017  
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Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, went to Cairo to participate in a seminar organized by Al-Azhar Islamic University on February 22 and 23, 2017, on “the struggle against fanaticism, extremism and violence in the name of religion.” According to RFI on February 24th, the discussions were “rich and consistent,” […]

France: Law about the crime of obstructing abortion definitively passed

3-03-2017  
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The French bill criminalizing the obstruction of elective abortion was passed definitively on February 16, 2017. The wording provides for penalizing websites that seek “for the purpose of dissuading them, deliberately to lead into error” women who seek information about abortion. Those responsible for this crime will from now on be liable to two years […]

UK: Consecration of England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

3-03-2017  
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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, on February 18, 2017, consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on the occasion of a visit of a pilgrim Our Lady of Fatima statue, according to agency iMedia on February 20th. Cardinal Nichols also crowned a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that was recently […]

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