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English cardinal grateful to be honored by queen in annual New Year’s list

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, pictured after receiving the red hat at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Liverpool, England, Jan 4, 2022 / 03:35 am (CNA).

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald received the award for interfaith work.

Catholic Church in Poland plans to reach out to young people in 2022

Bishop Artur Miziński, secretary general of the Polish bishops’ conference. / Episkopat.pl.

Warsaw, Poland, Jan 3, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).

Other priorities include helping people in need and synodal consultations.

5 things to know about the new ministry of catechist

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Rome Newsroom, Dec 26, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Did you know that some instituted catechists can celebrate ‘minor exorcisms’?

Archbishop of Lima says Jesus died as a layman and without offering a sacrifice

Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru / ACI Prensa

Lima, Peru, Dec 26, 2021 / 00:00 am (CNA).

Archbishop Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio of Lima, Peru, has yet to clarify remarks he made in a pre-Christmas Mass that contradict the teaching of the Catholic Church about Jesus’ death.

Colombian bishop repudiates shocking abuse of boy at home run by nuns

The Monserrate Home is administered by the sisters of the Congregation of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor in Colombia. / Screenshot of Twitter post

Zipaquira, Colombia, Dec 23, 2021 / 17:20 pm (CNA).

The Bishop of Zipaquirá, Colombia, Héctor Cubillos Peña, expressed his “deep pain and his firm repudiation” of the “serious mistreatment” of a 9-year-old boy at a facility administered by the sisters of the Congregation of the Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Poor.

Why did Facebook 'kill' charity's petition drive against the forced marriage of Christian women and girls?

Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed by Facebook in response to the charity's petition drive to stop the forced marriage and conversion of Christian women and girls. / Shutterstock

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Dec 22, 2021 / 12:22 pm (CNA).

The Aid to the Church in Need UK says it's been de-platformed from Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram without being given a specific explanation.

Archbishop asks president-elect Boric to recognize Chile's 'religious soul'

Gabriel Boric, who won the 2021 Chilean presidential election, speaks after a candidates' debate, Oct. 10, 2021. / Mediabanco Agencia via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Concepción, Chile, Dec 21, 2021 / 14:22 pm (CNA).

Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomali Garib of Concepción has expressed his hope that Gabriel Boric Font, Chile’s president elect, "will recognize and value the religious soul of the Chilean people."

Piñatas, Posadas and other Christ-centered Mexican Christmas traditions

A Posada in San Felipe, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 2021. / Courtney Mares.

Guanajuato, Mexico, Dec 21, 2021 / 01:30 am (CNA).

Here’s what happens during the 9-day Mexican Christmas tradition called ‘las Posadas.’

U.S. Bishops’ Migration Chairman Addresses Future of Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON—As another year concludes without enactment of meaningful immigration reform, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

“As an essential component of any immigration reform, we have long urged Congress and the President to work together to enact legislation that provides permanent protections—including a pathway to citizenship—for our undocumented brothers and sisters. There is strong support among the American people for congressional action on immigration. Meanwhile, the inability of political leaders to come together and reach consensus on positive, forward-looking immigration legislation has grave consequences for human lives and the wellbeing of this country.

“While the road ahead is uncertain, the present reality remains clear: the status quo cannot stand. Almost half of the 11 million undocumented persons living in the United States today have lived here for at least 15 years. Many others are receiving temporary protections but lack access to permanent solutions. They are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. They are essential workers, homeowners, and entrepreneurs. Most importantly, they are persons created equally in God’s image, imbued with a potential far beyond the limits of their current immigration status.

“In the year ahead, we will continue to pray for and work toward a solution that provides immediate relief to the undocumented members of our society. We maintain our longstanding call for Congress to work on a bipartisan basis to promote the full integration of undocumented persons and to create a more sustainable immigration system, consistent with the common good. During this season of anticipation and longing, let us go forth with renewed hope, and may Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother to all, inspire universal devotion to this fraternal cause.”

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Pro-life candidate defeated by pro-abortion rival Gabriel Boric in Chile's presidential election

Gabriel Boric, who won the 2021 Chilean presidential election, speaks after a candidates' debate, Oct. 10, 2021. / Mediabanco Agencia via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Santiago, Chile, Dec 20, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

José Antonio Kast, a lawyer and pro-life Catholic politician, conceded defeat Dec. 19 to leftist candidate Gabriel Boric, a proponent of elective abortion, in Chile’s runoff presidential election.