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Canon Law

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Pope Francis Updates Canon Law on Dismissal from Religious Institutes

Apr 26, 2022

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Seeks "healthy decentralization" with New Changes to Canon Law

Feb 15, 2022

Pope Francis signed the motu proprio on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

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Christmas Falls on a Saturday This Year. What Does That Mean for Mass Obligations? 

Dec 21, 2021

This weekend, Latin rite Catholics have an obligation to attend Mass on both Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25, and on the following day, Sunday, Dec. 26. 

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

Jun 1, 2021

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Sr. Marren Rose Awiti, a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters) and a Canon Lawyer lecturing at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). / Sr. Marren Rose Awiti.

Why Religious Who Depart from Their Institutes in Africa Struggle to Fit in Secular World

Dec 29, 2020

Starting a new life after departing from a Religious Order or Society of Apostolic Life is an arduous task in Africa, according to a Catholic nun who has suggested different ways to assist Religious who embark on such transitions as they seek to fit in the secular world.  

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 4, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis requires bishops to have Vatican permission for new diocesan religious institutes

Nov 4, 2020

Pope Francis has changed canon law to require a bishop to have permission from the Holy See prior to establishing a new religious institute in his diocese, further strengthening Vatican oversight in the process.

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South African Prelate Encourages Training of Female Theologians in Women’s Month Message

Aug 23, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has lauded women who assume ministerial roles in the absence of their Clergy and urged the Church in the Southern African country to find ways of encouraging more women to take up leadership positions in the Church, including enrolling for theology classes.

St. Mary’s Modeco Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Morogoro, Tanzania, closed this week following an incident of desecration on Monday, April 27. / Fr. Pius Onyango

Parish Church in Tanzania’s Morogoro Diocese Closed Over Desecration

Apr 30, 2020

St. Mary’s Modeco, one of the parishes in Tanzania’s Catholic diocese of Morogoro was closed early this week following an incident of desecration during the early hours of Monday, April 27, and Mass is being celebrated at the parish hall, Priests ministering at the parish have told ACI Africa.

Archbishop Jean Patrick Iba-ba signing the Bull of nomination, on April 12, 2020, in Libreville. / Eglisecatholique-gabon.org

Fighting for “a more just and fraternal Gabon” an Ambition of Newly Installed Archbishop

Apr 24, 2020

Fighting for a society that is governed by justice and fraternity is one of the of primary “ambitions” of the recently installed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Libreville in Gabon, Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba.  

A Dutch church closed because of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Jasper Suijten/shutterstock.

Analysis: The Sacramental Shutdown, Coronavirus, and Canon Law

Mar 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption around the world. To politics, economics, and to the life of the Church: most especially to the steady regularity of her sacramental life, which many Catholics see as the anchor of consistency amid a world of chaos.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane (left), Maesaiah Thabane (right) who got married to PM in a Catholic wedding, and the estranged wife of PM, the late Lipolelo Thabane (in picture) who was shot dead in 2017

Lesotho Prime Minister Murder Case Could Have Canon Law Consequences

Feb 26, 2020

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the murder of his estranged former wife. The trial could also have an canonical consequence for Thabane and his second wife.

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Canon Law Revision Project is Concluding

Feb 21, 2020

Pope Francis said on Friday that canon law can be like medicine, because justice is healing for the entire Church. The pope also said that a long-running process of revising canon law’s penal norms has come to an end, suggesting that major revisions to the Code of Canon Law could soon be issued.

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga  of Kampala, Uganda.

“It is forbidden to distribute, receive Holy Communion in the hands”: Ugandan Archbishop

Feb 4, 2020

In what could be considered a controversial move, the Archbishop of Kampala in Uganda, has issued a decree forbidding the reception of Holy Communion in the hand in order to promote reverence for the Eucharist and to stop “abuses.