Despite the pandemic, Catholic shrine enjoys ‘biggest pilgrimage season’ in its history

Despite the pandemic, Catholic shrine enjoys ‘biggest pilgrimage season’ in its history

CNA staff—When the coronavirus pandemic gripped England in March, the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham was forced to close and cancel pilgrimages.  But rather than seeing this as a disaster, shrine rector Msgr. John Armitage regarded it as an opportunity. England’s national Marian shrine had already built up a following with its…

UK Bishops Speak Out: Elderly and disabled have same right to treatment as others amid pandemic, say bishops

UK Bishops Speak Out: Elderly and disabled have same right to treatment as others amid pandemic, say bishops

CNA—Elderly and disabled coronavirus patients have the same right to life-prolonging treatment as others, the bishops of England and Wales have said, including Bishop Paul Mason (featured image). In a statement April 20, the bishops noted that the pandemic had placed immense strain on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).  “With the escalation of the coronavirus,…

Historic Moment: Britons re-dedicate England to Our Lady, more than half a million take part

Historic Moment: Britons re-dedicate England to Our Lady, more than half a million take part

CNA—More than half a million people took part Sunday in the re-dedication of England to Our Lady Sunday, organizers have said. The English bishops had originally asked Catholics to gather in churches and cathedrals for the re-dedication at noon March 29. They were forced to change their plans when the government imposed a lockdown across…

Doctors promised disabled woman ‘new doll’ after planned forced abortion

Doctors promised disabled woman ‘new doll’ after planned forced abortion

London, England, Jun 25, 2019—CNA—Following a decision by the Court of Appeals in England to overturn an order for a forced abortion on a disabled woman, new details have emerged about the case. Lawyers told the appeal court Monday that doctors had prepared the woman for the enforced abortion by promising her a new doll after…