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St. Januarius’ blood liquefies for the second time in 2021

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia holds a reliquary containing St. Januarius’ liquefied blood in Naples Cathedral, Italy, Sept. 19, 2021. / Screenshot from Chiesa di Napoli YouTube channel.

Naples, Italy, Sep 19, 2021 / 03:25 am (CNA).

Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia said: “We thank the Lord for this gift.”

Everything you need to know about the miracle of liquefaction of the blood of Saint Januarius

Pope Francis and Cardinal Sepe hold relic of St. Januarius' blood in Naples cathedral March 21, 2015. / CTV.

Naples, Italy, Sep 18, 2021 / 10:38 am (CNA).

On Sept. 19, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Januarius, bishop, martyr, and patron saint of Naples, Italy. Traditionally, on this day and on two other occasions a year, his blood, which is kept in a glass ampoule in the shape of a rounded cruet, liquifies.

UK woman who regrets teen gender transition sees court victory overturned on appeal

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London, England, Sep 17, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

A woman who says she was too young when a gender clinic prescribed her puberty blockers has lamented that a U.K. appeals court has overturned a previous decision holding that children under age 16 are unlikely to be able to consent.

Afghanistan’s Christians ‘completely ignored’ in European Parliament resolution

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. / null

Strasbourg, France, Sep 17, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

ADF International estimates that 10,000 Christians face danger in Afghanistan.

Priest’s rumored involvement in IRA bombings revisited in lawsuit against Derry diocese

Claudy bombing memorial statue created by sculptor Elizabeth McLaughlin / Bjmullan, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Denver Newsroom, Sep 17, 2021 / 11:01 am (CNA).

After the Northern Ireland government and police agreed to settle a lawsuit with several families of victims of a bombing during The Troubles, the Diocese of Derry remains a defendant in contested claims that it aided in a cover-up by transferring a priest suspected, but never arrested, in the bombing.

Polish Catholic leader expresses ‘deep pain and sadness’ as report on charismatic priest faults Dominicans

A press conference launching a report by a commision of experts on the activities of Polish Dominican priest Paweł M., Sept. 15, 2021. / Screenshot from the Katolicka Agencja Informacyjna YouTube channel.

Warsaw, Poland, Sep 17, 2021 / 05:35 am (CNA).

Poland’s Dominican province apologized ‘for the wrong that has been done.’

Court date set for Finnish MP facing jail after tweeting Bible verse

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. / Courtesy of ADF International.

Helsinki, Finland, Sep 16, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA).

Päivi Räsänen could be given a two-year prison sentence for the tweet.

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism on Central Europe trip

Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at her home in Rome, Feb. 20, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA).

Edith Bruck said: “Your words about anti-Semitism ... are more relevant than ever.”

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021 / Vatican Media.

Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.”

On papal flight, Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. / null

Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 09:20 am (CNA).

The pope addressed the controversy during an in-flight press conference.