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  • Three-time Olympian shares her conversion story
    on April 17, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Dominique Dawes. / Credit: Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy. Denver Newsroom, Apr 17, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA). Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes talks about her conversion to the Catholic faith, and how God has been at work in her life and in her gymnastics career.

  • White House says it will increase refugee cap in May
    on April 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Orhan Cam/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA). President Joe Biden will increase the refugee admissions limit by May 15 - after reports that he would keep the refugee cap at its record-low level for this fiscal year. 

  • NIH reverses restrictions on fetal tissue research
    on April 16, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Alex_Traksel/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 15:15 pm (CNA). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday announced it will not require ethics boards to review federally-funded research proposals using fetal tissue of aborted babies.  

  • Former Cincinnati auxiliary bishop’s role with Catholic school undetermined, as parents express concerns
    on April 16, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Cincinnati auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer. / Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 16, 2021 / 14:11 pm (CNA). Parents at St. John the Baptist School in Hamilton County, Ohio expressed concern this week about former Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer, who resigned and apologized last year […]

  • NGO praises Mastercard for trying to curb illegal pornography
    on April 16, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Zyabich/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 12:06 pm (CNA). The National Center on Sexual Exploitation praised the credit card association Mastercard for implementing new policies to curb illegal pornography.

  • Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman
    on April 16, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0) Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 11:01 am (CNA). Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican official has said.

  • USCCB: Permitting mail-order abortion pills places women’s health ‘in serious jeopardy’
    on April 16, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Ivanko80/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 10:33 am (CNA). The pro-life chair of the U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned that loosening federal regulations of the abortion pill places women’s health “in serious jeopardy.”

  • Benedict XVI turns 94 years old
    on April 16, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. / Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 10:13 am (CNA). Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement from the papacy in 2013, Benedict continues to live […]

  • Indianapolis archbishop offers prayers in response to local mass shooting
    on April 16, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Archdiocese of Indianapolis Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 09:46 am (CNA). The Archbishop of Indianapolis on Friday offered prayers and called on Catholics to work to end gun violence, after a deadly mass shooting at a local FedEx facility the night before.

  • Vatican statement on Ramadan: 'Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope'
    on April 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019 / Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 09:30 am (CNA). The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for […]

  • Christian anthropology can renew the West, Vatican foreign minister says
    on April 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

    Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Apr 16, 2021 / 05:38 am (CNA). "I retain an optimism that leads me to believe that with due commitment we can rise again," Archbishop Paul Gallagher said.

  • More states pass bills aimed at protecting women’s sports
    on April 16, 2021 at 11:00 am

    lzf/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). State legislatures of West Virginia and Kansas recently passed bills restricting participation in women’s sports to one’s biological sex and not gender identity.

  • St. Faustina relic given to Catholic basilica hit by Croatia earthquake
    on April 16, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Relics of St. Faustina and Blessed Michał Sopoćko at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Sisak, Croatia. / Diocese of Sisak Rome Newsroom, Apr 16, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). A Catholic basilica in one of the towns most-damaged by an earthquake in Croatia last December recently received a relic of St. […]

  • Why Maine Catholics, unable to meet in person, aren't sheepish about their faith
    on April 16, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). With the Maine Catholic Youth Meeting taking place virtually for the second year in a row, the Diocese of Portland is trying something new to engage young Catholics - a healthy dose of sheep […]

  • Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood
    on April 16, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105. / Catholic Charities/Jeffrey Bruno (CC BY 2.0). Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2021 / 02:18 am (CNA). This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, […]

  • How a Catholic family of 16 lives debt-free
    on April 16, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Catholic family of 16 are debt free. / Sam and Rob Fatzinger / EWTN Pro-Life Weekly Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:30 pm (CNA). Five years ago, a Catholic family of 16 made international news for sending their children to college without any debt – and now the parents are offering their […]

  • Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools
    on April 16, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Catholic school students. CNA file photo. Charleston, S.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:01 pm (CNA). The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public funds from going to private schools.

  • Father Kapaun's remains to return to Kansas, family says
    on April 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Father Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar on Oct. 7, 1950. / Public Domain Wichita, Kan., Apr 15, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA). The remains of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, army chaplain and hero of the Korean War, will return to Kansas after his body was identified […]

  • Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis to make tour of schools in Argentina
    on April 15, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Carlo Acutis. / carloacutis.com ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 15, 2021 / 16:22 pm (CNA). A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis will be displayed for veneration April 18 at a school in Córdoba, Argentina, marking the start of a tour of schools in the country, with the goal of making the “cyber-apostle of the […]

  • Pope Francis: Meeting Christ in the poor renews our missionary vigor
    on April 15, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 15:18 pm (CNA). Pope Francis said Thursday that the poverty and exclusion from the job market caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made the work […]

  • Under financial pressure, Rockville Centre diocese sells pastoral center, closes several schools
    on April 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York. Credit: Nassau Crew via Wikimedia (CC0 1.0) Rockville Centre, N.Y., Apr 15, 2021 / 14:01 pm (CNA). In the wake of bankruptcy filings, the Diocese of Rockville Centre in March announced the sale of its $5.2 million pastoral center to help pay […]

  • ‘Refugee resettlement has effectively been halted’: Catholics implore Biden to accept more refugees
    on April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Syrian refugee family at a camp in Passau, Germany - August 2015 / Jazzmany/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Catholic organizations expressed dismay that the United States this year could admit the lowest number of refugees in decades. 

  • After vandalism, Houston parish welcomes back refurbished Our Lady of Guadalupe statue
    on April 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Our Lady of Guadalupe. / Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). CNA Staff, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:53 pm (CNA). A Catholic parish in Houston held an inauguration ceremony this week for a refurbished statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that had been vandalized late last year.

  • Soon-to-be-beatified Italian woman pioneered faith-based feminism
    on April 15, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Armida Barelli. / Archdiocese of Milan Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:11 pm (CNA). Armida Barelli, a lay Catholic leader who formed “generations of conscious and motivated women” in the faith, will be beatified after the Church approved a miracle attributed to her intercession.

  • Pope Francis to Brazil's bishops: the Risen Christ is 'our strength, our unity'
    on April 15, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:01 pm (CNA). Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Brazil’s bishops to be united to each other and to their faith in the risen Christ, who will help […]

  • Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton to speak at Vatican health conference
    on April 15, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a White House press briefing, conducted by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, at the White House Jan. 21. / Alex Wong / Getty Images Vatican City, Apr 15, 2021 / 11:39 am (CNA). Anthony […]

  • Archbishop Gomez: Gospel is the answer to the 'new religion' of secularism
    on April 15, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Daniel Ibanez/CNA Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 10:21 am (CNA). True social justice is rooted in the Gospel and not in a secular materialist vision, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told Catholic activists on Thursday.

  • Cardinal Parolin: ‘War is the antithesis of fraternity’
    on April 15, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Cardinal Pietro Parolin's video message to Climate Adaptation Summit Jan. 25, 2021. YouTube Screenshot. Vatican City, Apr 15, 2021 / 08:08 am (CNA). Cardinal Parolin said Thursday “the huge sums of money and human resources allocated to armaments make us reflect.”

  • Members of Congress want a vote to protect abortion survivors – will they get one?
    on April 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

    lazyllama/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). Members of the House are once again trying to bring up a vote on legislation protecting infant survivors of abortions.

  • 'What I can do is love': This Catholic sister is a missionary to refugees in Greece
    on April 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Sr. Victoria Kovalchuk with a refugee girl in Athens, Greece in April 2021. / Alexey Gotovsky/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Apr 15, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). "I tell them: I came here to be with you in your situation. When you cry, I will be with you. When you laugh, I will be with you."

  • House Republicans seek to defund UN agency over abortion concerns
    on April 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA). House Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill to defund the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), alleging its complicity in forced abortions and sterilizations in China.

  • Haitian archbishop demands release of abducted Catholics
    on April 14, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    A tent camp in Haiti. / arindambanarjee/Shutterstock. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Apr 14, 2021 / 15:45 pm (CNA). The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom.

  • White House spokeswoman grilled on fungibility of Title X funding
    on April 14, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary. / EWTN News Nightly YouTube CNA Staff, Apr 14, 2021 / 14:18 pm (CNA). Earlier today, EWTN’s White House Correspondent Owen Jensen questioned White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the proposed reversal of the Trump administration’s Protect Life […]

  • Amazon pulls transgender-critical book before relisting it
    on April 14, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    nito/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 14, 2021 / 14:07 pm (CNA). The online retail giant Amazon delisted another book critical of transgender ideology, before apparently relisting it for sale on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Complaint filed against student and doctor in Mexico for advising on how to abort at home
    on April 14, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Abortion pill / Shutterstock Puebla, Mexico, Apr 14, 2021 / 13:47 pm (CNA). Pro-life leaders have filed a complaint with the Puebla State Attorney General's Office against a university student and a doctor for advising women how to procure abortion clandestinely at home, in violation of state law […]

  • Biden administration proposes restoring Title X funding for abortion clinics
    on April 14, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Planned Parenthood clinic in Newton, NJ Credit: Glynnis Jones CNA Staff, Apr 14, 2021 / 12:49 pm (CNA). President Joe Biden is moving to reverse a Trump-era policy that barred federal Title X funding to entities that perform and refer for abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. 

  • Former Crookston bishop apologizes for failures in governance
    on April 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Bishop Michael Hoeppner. CNA file photo. Crookston, Minn., Apr 14, 2021 / 10:57 am (CNA). Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who has resigned as Bishop of Crookston after being accused of mishandling cases of priests accused of sexual misconduct, apologized Tuesday for his failures at governing the diocese.

  • Vatican’s saints office says it did not ask for money for beatification
    on April 14, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    The statue of St. Peter holding the keys, outside St. Peter's Basilica. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 14, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA). “What was said is not true,” the undersecretary of the saints congregation wrote in an April 9 letter to the journalists of an investigative news program.

  • Pope Francis: ‘The Church is a great school of prayer’
    on April 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA Vatican City, Apr 14, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Wednesday that an essential task of the Church today is to teach people how to pray.

  • Young woman dies after getting legal abortion in Argentina
    on April 14, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Young girl. / Pixabay ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 13, 2021 / 19:00 pm (CNA). A young woman in Argentina died April 11 following a legal chemical abortion, the first such recorded death after the passage of a law legalizing abortion in December last year.

  • Pro-life leaders: Allowing mail-order abortion pill will pose 'grave danger' for women
    on April 14, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Ivanko80/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2021 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Pro-life groups criticized the Biden administration for allowing the distribution of the abortion pill through the mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Priest-president of elite NY Jesuit high school sacked, sexual misconduct against adults alleged
    on April 13, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Regis High School in New York City. / ajay_suresh via Flickr (CC_BY_2.0) CNA Staff, Apr 13, 2021 / 17:17 pm (CNA). A Jesuit priest who was president of an all-boys high school in New York City has been removed after the board of trustees determined he engaged in inappropriate, non-consensual […]

  • Federal court upholds Ohio's Down syndrome abortion ban
    on April 13, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Natalia Bratslavsky/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). A federal court on Tuesday upheld an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

  • Former auxiliary bishop who mishandled reports of misconduct named pastor in Cincinnati archdiocese
    on April 13, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral on W 8th Street in Cincinnati, Ohio. / Nagel photography/Shutterstock Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 13, 2021 / 16:01 pm (CNA). A Catholic bishop who resigned last year as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati amid controversy for failure to report to his […]

  • Abuse commission of Church in Germany defends citing Michel Foucault
    on April 13, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    The Square Michel Foucault in Paris. Credit: J. Maughn via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Rome Newsroom, Apr 13, 2021 / 15:15 pm (CNA). The abuse commission of the Catholic Church in Germany has defended its citation of French philosopher Michel Foucault in a position paper drafted earlier this year.

  • Christian leaders in N. Ireland call for ‘unified’ negotiations, peaceful solutions
    on April 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Nationalists attack police on April 8, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. / Charles McQuillan/Getty Images. CNA Staff, Apr 13, 2021 / 14:10 pm (CNA). The Catholic archbishop of Northern Ireland on Tuesday joined with other Christian leaders in calling for a “unified” response to recent unrest […]

  • Following Supreme Court ruling, California lifts capacity limits on religious gatherings
    on April 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Los Angeles / Leonid Andronov/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Apr 13, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). California lifted all capacity restrictions on religious gatherings on Monday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling over the weekend that the state’s […]

  • Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamization attempt after recent judicial appointments
    on April 13, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the UN General Assembly, Sept. 28, 2015. / UN Photo/Amanda Voisard. Abuja, Nigeria, Apr 13, 2021 / 12:15 pm (CNA). Christian leaders in Nigeria claimed Sunday that Muhammadu Buhari's government is keen on Islamizing the West African nation, following […]

  • Pope Francis hails St. Teresa of Ávila as exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood
    on April 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Pope Francis and St. Teresa of Avila / Public domain/ACI Prensa. Rome Newsroom, Apr 13, 2021 / 11:00 am (CNA). Pope Francis has hailed St. Teresa of Ávila as exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood in a letter marking fifty years since the 16th century Spanish mystic was declared the first […]

  • Cardinal Bo: 'We need the light of God’s mercy in Myanmar'
    on April 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Charles Maung Bo pictured during a visit to Rome in 2017. / ACI Stampa Rome Newsroom, Apr 13, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA). Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has urged Catholics in Burma to share God’s mercy amid the suffering caused by the military coup in their country by visiting the mourning, sharing food […]