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Ransom was paid for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

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Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 6, 2022 / 17:08 pm (CNA).

A ransom was paid for the missionaries held hostage in Haiti, said the husband and father of six of the now-released hostages. 

Spanish bishops: Report that only vaccinated priests may minister a prank

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Madrid, Spain, Jan 6, 2022 / 15:19 pm (CNA).

The Spanish bishops conference has said that a news report indicating priests not vaccinated against COVID-19 would be barred from ministry was a hoax.

European court rejects 'gay cake' case as inadmissible; ruling in favor of Christian bakery stands

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Denver Newsroom, Jan 6, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case brought by a Northern Irish gay rights activist, who claims a bakery discriminated against him by refusing to create a cake with a message supporting gay marriage, as inadmissable.

Three Kings parades held at more than 600 locations across Poland

A Three Kings parade in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 6, 2022. / Family News Service.

Warsaw, Poland, Jan 6, 2022 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

The annual event commemorates the Magi who traveled to see the newborn Jesus.

Benedict XVI, Munich, and cover-up claims: why an old allegation is resurfacing

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. / Thomas Wolf, via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 de).

Rome Newsroom, Jan 6, 2022 / 10:20 am (CNA).

The Vatican firmly rejected the assertions in 2010.

Unvaccinated Catholics asked not to attend Mass by English parish

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Nottingham, England, Jan 6, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA).

The diocese said vaccination status should not be a “barrier” to attending Mass.

U.S. Bishops’ Chairman for International Justice and Peace Commends Pledge by World Powers to Avoid Nuclear Conflict

WASHINGTON – Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace issued the following statement in response to world powers’ pledge to prevent nuclear weapons spread. His full statement follows:

“On January 3, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) issued a joint statement that is an important acclamation of the need to prevent nuclear war and avoid arms races. This principled statement affirms ‘a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought’ and stresses the importance of abiding by non-proliferation agreements and commitments.

“Unfortunately, the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons that was to commence January 4 was once again postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world continues to mediate the physical, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic, conflicts and calls to arms have not ceased. In my letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken in September, I expressed our hope that these critical negotiations will be soon advanced as we draw upon the prophetic wisdom of Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti that reminds us, ‘international peace and stability cannot be based on a false sense of security, on the threat of mutual destruction or total annihilation.’

“I invite all Americans to continue in prayer and support of our leaders to advance the critical goals of disarmament.”

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Boy who embraced pope during WYD in Rio is now a young man discerning religious life

Nathan de Brito and Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013 (L) Nathan de Brito and Bishop Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias en 2021 (R). Facebook de Mons. Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias / Bishop Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias via Facebook.

Lorena, Brazil, Jan 5, 2022 / 18:45 pm (CNA).

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013, a boy made his way through the crowd to hug Pope Francis tearfully. That boy, now a young man, is discerning religious life.

Bishop appointed for Spain's Diocese of Solsona

Bishop Francisco Simón Conesa Ferrer, who was appointed Bishop of Solsona Jan. 3, 2021. / CEE

Solsona, Spain, Jan 4, 2022 / 17:39 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Francisco Simón Conesa Ferrer as Bishop of Solsona. The Spanish diocese had been vacated by the August 2021 resignation of its bishop, who has since attempted marriage.

Ireland to follow France in offering free contraception to women under 25

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Dublin, Ireland, Jan 4, 2022 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The move underlines the rapid social changes in Ireland in recent years.