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Cuban socialism has been a failure and the left must face up to it, priest says

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Camagüey, Cuba, Oct 5, 2021 / 16:19 pm (CNA).

Fr. Alberto Reyes Pías, a priest of the Archdiocese of Camagüey, addressed Monday those who have leftist political preferences, asking them to recognize the failure of the socialist model that was imposed on Cuba 62 years ago.

Hundreds of thousands attend march 'for women and for life' in Mexico City

The March for Women and for Life in Mexico City, Oct. 3, 2021. / David Ramos/CNA

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 4, 2021 / 17:29 pm (CNA).

More than 300,000 people participated in a march in favor of women and of life in Mexico City on Sunday, with more than 1 million total in associated marches across the country.

Chile's lower house votes to debate bill permitting elective abortions

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Santiago, Chile, Sep 29, 2021 / 16:01 pm (CNA).

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies voted Sept. 28 to begin the debate on a bill that would decriminalize abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The measure passed 75-68 with two abstentions.

Church in Canada pledges funds for healing, reconciliation after residential schools

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Ottawa, Canada, Sep 27, 2021 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

The Canadian bishops are aiming to raise $30 million (USD 23.8m) over the next five years to support the Indigenous peoples of the country, including survivors of residential schools. 

Archdiocese of Toronto requires regular testing for unvaccinated clergy, employees

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Boston, Mass., Sep 27, 2021 / 16:23 pm (CNA).

Clergy in the Archdiocese of Toronto who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination must show proof of a recent negative coronavirus test to their pastor "prior to or immediately upon entering parish offices, or presiding at religious services,” according to new rules that Thomas Cardinal Collins outlined last week.

New Brunswick dioceses will not require COVID vaccination to attend Mass

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Fredericton, Canada, Sep 24, 2021 / 19:12 pm (CNA).

The Archdiocese of Moncton announced Friday the four bishops in the province have adopted a common policy for attendance at Mass amid rising COVID-19 cases, and that proof of vaccination will not be required.

Canada's bishops apologize for abuses at residential schools

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Ottawa, Canada, Sep 24, 2021 / 16:05 pm (CNA).

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a formal apology to the Indigenous population of the country for the abuses of the residential school system, and said they would request that Pope Francis make a pastoral visit to the nation.

Salvadoran archbishop thanks president for promise not to approve pro-abortion constitutional changes

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador. / Presidencia SV

San Salvador, El Salvador, Sep 23, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

The Archbishop of San Salvador thanked Saturday the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, for his commitment not to approve abortion, gender ideology, or euthanasia in the constitutional reforms outlined by his government. 

New Brunswick mandates COVID vaccine pass, but Catholic dioceses take differing approaches

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Fredericton, Canada, Sep 23, 2021 / 10:10 am (CNA).

The Diocese of Saint John, New Brunswick has said proof of vaccination will not be required for Mass or the other sacraments, though it will comply with provincial rules requiring such proof for other indoor gatherings. Other dioceses in the province, those of Moncton and Edmundston, have said they will require proof of vaccination to attend Mass.

Catholic cardinal says Haiti's 'catastrophic situation' led Haitians to U.S. border

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois speaks during a Caritas Internationalis webinar, Sept. 21, 2021. / Screenshot.

Rome Newsroom, Sep 23, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).

The Catholic cardinal, who was injured in Haiti’s recent earthquake, is also a leader in the recovery efforts for the island nation facing the consequences of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, aggravated by widespread poverty and gang violence.