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Critics of ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ Continue to Emerge

Critics of ‘Fiducia Supplicans’ Continue to Emerge

By Church Militant • January 9, 2024 •

On an almost daily basis, the list of opponents to the Vatican's recent document, Fiducia Supplicans, grows. The decree allows blessings for unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, while purportedly maintaining the Church's immutable stance on marriage.  Read more

Exorcist Unmasks the Santa Muerte Cult

Exorcist Unmasks the Santa Muerte Cult

By Church Militant • January 4, 2024 •

A prominent exorcist in Mexico is warning about the many dangers surrounding the cult of Santa Muerte. Read more

New Leftist Regime in Poland Steamrolls Media

New Leftist Regime in Poland Steamrolls Media

By Martina Moyski • January 4, 2024 •

The new government, led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, appear to have attempted to take control of TVP (Poland's public television service), Polish Radio and the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Read more

Jimmy Lai Pleads Not Guilty

Jimmy Lai Pleads Not Guilty

By Church Militant • January 3, 2024 •

Jimmy Lai Pleads Not Guilty — A Catholic businessman in Hong Kong pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of sedition and collusion with foreign forces. Read more

Pope’s Christmas Message to the Curia

Pope’s Christmas Message to the Curia

By Church Militant • December 22, 2023 •

As the faithful continue to reel from the Vatican's recent document on blessings for same-sex couples, the pontiff began winding down the week on Thursday with a Christmas message to the Roman Curia.  Read more

Hong Kong Activist’s Controversial Trial Underway

Hong Kong Activist’s Controversial Trial Underway

By Church Militant • December 18, 2023 •

The trial of Jimmy Lai, a prominent Hong Kong activist and newspaper publisher, began Monday, highlighting the city's tense political climate. Lai, an outspoken advocate for democratic freedoms, faces charges under a national security law that has drawn international criticism for its potential to suppress free speech. Read more

France’s Macron Under Fire

France’s Macron Under Fire

By Church Militant • December 15, 2023 •

The announcement by France's president that historic stained-glass windows in Notre-Dame Cathedral are to be replaced is sparking outrage. More than 82,000 people have signed a petition, launched on Sunday by the La Tribune de l'Art, to push back against Emmanuel Macron's effort to replace historic stained-glass windows in Our Lady's cathedral in Paris with modern ones. The windows, designed by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, the renowned French architect who led restoration efforts of the medieval structure in the 19th century, were left undamaged in the 2019 fire that devastated much of the church. Read more

Poland’s Debate on Religious Education Reform

Poland’s Debate on Religious Education Reform

By Church Militant • December 15, 2023 •

In a significant shift from the previous administration's policies, Poland's new coalition government proposes to reduce state-funded catechesis in public schools, stirring debate between the State and the Catholic Church. Barbara Nowacka, the incoming education minister, announced the proposal shortly after the new government's inauguration.  Read more

Mercy at the Manger

Mercy at the Manger

By Church Militant • December 14, 2023 •

The Church recently announced a special period for obtaining a plenary indulgence, which remits all the temporal punishment due to one's sins. It began on Dec. 8 and extends to Feb. 2, 2024. This opportunity, which can be applied for oneself or offered for a deceased loved one, coincides with two significant feasts in the Catholic liturgical calendar: the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was on Dec. 8, and the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple, marked on Feb. 2. Read more

Pope Reveals Plans for Burial Outside Vatican

Pope Reveals Plans for Burial Outside Vatican

By Church Militant • December 13, 2023 •

In a recent interview, Pope Francis made a significant departure from current Vatican practices by revealing his intentions for a simplified funeral and burial outside of St. Peter's Basilica. In a conversation with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki for N+, he expressed his wish to be interred at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major.  Read more

Pope’s Doctrine Czar Stirs Controversy on Cremation

Pope’s Doctrine Czar Stirs Controversy on Cremation

By Jules Gomes • December 13, 2023 •

The Vatican's doctrine watchdog has sparked fresh controversy over the practice of cremation after issuing a new ruling on preserving the ashes of cremated bodies. The note published Tuesday by Cdl. Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, was signed by Pope Francis and overturns a 2016 ban on reserving the deceased's ashes at home or dividing them among family members. Read more

Bishop Temporarily Suspends Godparents, Confirmation Sponsors

Bishop Temporarily Suspends Godparents, Confirmation Sponsors

By Church Militant • December 11, 2023 •

A bishop in Tuscany is temporarily banning the appointment of godparents at baptism and sponsors at confirmation. In a Dec. 3 decree, Bp. Mario Vaccari declared the roles of godparent and sponsor are suspended on an experimental basis in his diocese beginning Jan. 7, 2024. Read more

Italian Bishop Warns Laity: ‘The Altar Is Not a Stage’

Italian Bishop Warns Laity: ‘The Altar Is Not a Stage’

By Jules Gomes • December 6, 2023 •

An Italian bishop is warning laity and visitors to the diocese's cathedral and churches not to treat the altar like a stage. On Advent Sunday, the diocese of Lucera-Troia, in the ecclesiastical region of Puglia in southern Italy, posted a stern rebuke on its website that lambasted individuals who used the altar "in a sometimes neurotic search for visibility." Read more

New Film Blames Bible Translation for ‘Homophobia’

New Film Blames Bible Translation for ‘Homophobia’

By Jules Gomes • December 4, 2023 •

A new pro-LGBT documentary is blaming the "anti-gay movement among Christians" on a "grave mistranslation" of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Director Sharon "Rocky" Roggio's film 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture, claims that the word "homosexual" was never meant to be in the Bible, and its inclusion has created a justification for claiming that homosexual acts are sinful.  Read more

Russia Bans Pro-Gay Activism

Russia Bans Pro-Gay Activism

By Church Militant • November 30, 2023 •

The Supreme Court of Russia is outlawing pro-gay activism in the country. The court on Thursday approved a request by the Justice Ministry to declare "the international LGBT social movement" as "extremist." The Justice Ministry said in its Nov. 17 appeal that the LGBT movement shows "various signs and manifestations of extremist orientation, including the incitement of social and religious discord." Read more