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Priest discovers chalice poisoned with bleach at Mass

A Catholic priest in southern Italy was the victim of a poisoning attempt on Sunday involving bleach mixed in with the water and wine used at Mass, in what many observers believe was a mafia-related attempt at intimidation. Source: Crux.

Europe Marriage

Greece’s Catholics and Orthodox deplore approval of same-sex marriage

Greece’s minority Catholic Church has deplored a parliamentary vote to allow same-sex marriage and child adoption, the first in a predominantly Orthodox country. Source: OSV News.

Agriculture Europe

Udder disgrace: Ercolina II moved on from St Peter’s Square

A cow that has become a symbol of Europe-wide protests against low food prices and rising costs was denied entry to St Peter’s Square on Sunday. Source: Crux.

Agriculture Europe

Bishops across France back farmers’ protest

As many as 20 French bishops from mainly rural dioceses have issued statements of solidarity with farmers whose protests culminated in an attempt to blockade Paris with their tractors last week. Source: The Tablet.


Celebration plans for reopening of Notre Dame unveiled

Ten months before the reopening of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishop of Paris has unveiled celebrations for the inauguration of the Gothic masterpiece. Source: Vatican News.

Europe Sacraments

Church in Belgium appeals against ruling allowing ‘debaptism’

The Church in Belgium, facing rising protests after a television film on abuse and cover-ups in its ranks, has appealed against a government data protection agency ruling that the Ghent Diocese must let a person be “debaptised”. Source: The Tablet.

Abortion Europe

France to codify ‘right to abortion’ in constitution

The French National Assembly yesterday voted to introduce a “right to abortion” in the French Constitution, less than two weeks after thousands of French citizens participated in the Paris March for Life. Source: CNA.

Crime Europe

Islamic State claims responsibility for Istanbul church attack

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a Catholic church in Türkiye during Sunday Mass that left one man dead. Source: CNA.

Crime Europe

Man shot dead in Catholic church in Istanbul

Two masked assailants opened fire in a Catholic church in Istanbul during Mass yesterday morning, reportedly killing one person during the consecration. Source: CNA.