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Polish bishops decry disruption of Masses over court’s abortion ruling

Following an Oct. 22 decision that enacted a near-total ban on abortions, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan appealed for respect in expressing dissent, while calling for dialogue "on how to protect the right to life and women's rights."

Pope Francis names Archbishop Pizzaballa as Latin patriarch of Jerusalem

During a private ceremony Oct. 28, Pope Francis bestowed the pallium on Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who encouraged the faithful not to be discouraged by current challenges.

Pope calls for Poland to protect life amid protests over abortion law

Amid angry reaction to an Oct. 22 Polish court decision placing a near-total ban on abortions, Pope Francis urged "love for the least and the defenseless and for the protection of every human being, from conception to natural death."

Vatican court continues trial on alleged abuse at minor seminary

A motion accepted Oct. 27 allows the alleged victim to seek damages from St. Pius X Pre-Seminary, run by the Diocese of Como's Opera Don Folci.

Young adults expand study of economy despite pandemic

An international meeting of young economists and entrepreneurs was cancelled in March but has continued online for seven months to study how the modern global economy is harming people and the environment.

Transcript shows pope’s distinction between gay marriage, civil unions

In his documentary "Francesco," director Evgeny Afineevsky presented statements as if Pope Francis had said them one after the other. The director used the quotes from a 2019 interview without their full context.

Pope warns Spanish prime minister of rise of nationalism, ideology

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, facing opposition from a far-right party, heard Pope Francis say that the ideological shift in today's European political climate risks something similar to the rise of Nazism in 1933.

Polish demonstrators disrupt Masses over court’s abortion ruling

A court's Oct. 22 decision underscoring a near-total ban on abortions in Poland "has caused unusually emotional reactions," said the president of Poland's bishops' conference, decrying protests in several cities.

Former spiritual adviser to Medjugorje visionaries excommunicated

The Vatican declared that a former Franciscan priest laicized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 had "incurred the penalty of excommunication." He had refused to cooperate in a probe of his activities for suspected heresy and schism.

Pope announces new cardinals, including U.S. Archbishop Gregory

Following his Oct. 25 Angelus address, Pope Francis named 13 clergy who will be elevated as cardinals Nov. 28, including the first African-American appointment.