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Pope Francis: Be Christians who ‘leap for joy’ in the face of life

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for an estimated 50,000 people at the Vélodrome Stadium in Marseille, France, the last stop in his Sept. 22-23, 2023 visit to the port city to speak at an ecumenical meeting of young people and bishops called the “Rencontres Mediterraneennes,” or Mediterranean Encounter. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Rome Newsroom, Sep 23, 2023 / 13:10 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for an estimated 50,000 people in Marseille’s Vélodrome Stadium on Sept. 23.

Pope Francis: Migrant crisis requires wisdom, not ‘alarmist propaganda’

Pope Francis speaks at the closing session of the Mediterranean Encounter in Marseille, France, on Sept. 23, 2023. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

CNA Newsroom, Sep 23, 2023 / 08:41 am (CNA).

“Those who risk their lives at sea do not invade, they look for welcome,” the Holy Father insisted.

Dominican nun speaks in favor of homosexuals being able to marry in the Church

Dominican Sister Lucía Caram on the television program “Cuentos Chinos” (“Tall Tales”) in Spain. / Credit: Mediaset

ACI Prensa Staff, Sep 22, 2023 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

“I would be in favor of gays getting married in the Church because God always blesses love,” Dominican Sister Lucía Caram said recently.

Woman arrested for silent prayer at UK abortion clinics gets police apology

“This isn’t 1984, but 2023 —I should never have been arrested or investigated simply for the thoughts I held in my own mind,” Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, who was arrested for praying outside of an abortion clinic, said Sept. 22, 2023. / Credit: ADF UK

CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2023 / 15:30 pm (CNA).

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce has received a police apology and confirmation that she will not face charges for violating a local “buffer zone” protection order. 

Pope Francis entrusts to Mary ‘Mediterranean Encounter’ with youth and bishops

Pope Francis entrusted a meeting of Mediterranean bishops and youth to the Virgin Mary during the first appointment of a two-day trip to Marseille, France, Sept. 22, 2023. The model ships hanging in Marseille's Basilica de Notre-Dame de la Garde are a testament to the faith of the sailors who have relied on the intercession of Our Lady over the centuries. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2023 / 14:33 pm (CNA).

After landing in Marseille, France, Sept. 22, the pope made his way to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Gardeto to ask for the intercession of Mary.

Oldest monastery in the West was built on the spot of St. Maurice’s martyrdom

Aerial view of Saint-Maurice Abbey in the Valais region of Switzerland, Sept. 20, 2023. / Credit: Cyril Néri

Paris, France, Sep 22, 2023 / 04:25 am (CNA).

The Abbey of Saint-Maurice in Switzerland is the oldest monastery in the West to have remained in continuous operation since its foundation in 515.

‘Destruction’ of ethnic Armenians is imminent, experts warn

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan speaks during a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh at the United Nations headquarters on Sept. 21, 2023, in New York City. The security council held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. / Credit: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

CNA Staff, Sep 21, 2023 / 18:08 pm (CNA).

On Wednesday, ethnic Armenians in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to lay down their arms and dissolve their military forces.

Shrine of Virgin of Flowers whose name traveled to Mars with NASA desecrated

The sanctuary of the Virgin of Flowers Shrine in Álora, Málaga, Spain, was found desecrated Sept. 19, 2023. / Credit: Diocese of Malaga

ACI Prensa Staff, Sep 20, 2023 / 18:30 pm (CNA).

The incident took place Monday night but was not discovered until early Tuesday, when the person who opened the church noticed the damage and theft.

Spanish priests criticize radio personalities who say Mother Teresa took advantage of poor

St. Teresa of Calcutta. / Credit: © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia-Commons), 1986 / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de

ACI Prensa Staff, Sep 20, 2023 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

On Monday, a contributor to a Spanish radio station news program claimed that St. Teresa of Calcutta was part of a list of “bad people who did things well.”

Ethnic Armenians surrender and disarm following Azerbaijan offensive

Protestors gather in downtown Yerevan, Armenia, on Sept. 20, 2023, as separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan’s authorities announced they would cease hostilities, signaling the end of an “anti-terror” operation launched just one day earlier by Azerbaijan’s forces in the breakaway region. / Credit: KAREN MINASYAN/AFP via Getty Images

CNA Staff, Sep 20, 2023 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

A day after an Azerbaijan offensive in which as many as 100 were killed, ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh have agreed to lay down their arms.