Category Archives: Europe

A year after his murder, Fr. Jacques Hamel remembered

One year after the brutal killing of Fr. Jacques Hamel, French bishops recalled the beautiful example of the man who lived out every day in simple faithfulness, rooted in the love of Christ. Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille wrote in a statement Monday that Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was murdered by Islamist extremists while celebrating

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UK porn sites to ban access for users under 18 years old

As part of an increasing government crackdown on internet pornography, U.K. porn sites will soon require users to provide proof of being at least 18 years old. The proposal to move all pornographic websites behind an age-verification wall is slated to take place in April 2018 as part of the Digital Economy Act, promoted by

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Brutal Regensburg report hailed as step in the right direction

A member of Pope Francis’ commission to protect minors says a new report on the abuse of more than 500 choir boys in Germany points to a current reality in many non-western countries – and that bringing these things to light means progress for everyone. “It will take time, but this kind of sensitivity that

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Report claims decades of abuse against 500 German choir boys

A new report claims that more students of a prestigious German choir were subjected to physical abuse than originally thought, and accuses the brother of Benedict XVI of turning a blind eye. Ulrich Weber is the lawyer commissioned to investigate Regensburger Domspatzen, the official choir for the Regensburg Cathedral. According to Weber, the July 18

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Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines for how they can welcome and care for the spiritual needs of those making the long trek. In the letter the bishops noted that hospitality is a

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Have you heard of Venerable ‘Mama Bosco’?

While St. John Bosco is a beloved saint among Catholics, many do not know that his mother, Margaret Bosco, was declared Venerable in 2006 and has an advancing cause towards beatification. Margaret Occhiena was born in a small town in Italy in 1788 to a large family of faithful Christians. At the age of 24,

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