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  • Groups ramp up election spending on anniversary of overturning of Roe v. Wade
    on June 24, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    null / Credit: Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 24, 2024 / 18:00 pm (CNA). With Monday marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, several leading pro-abortion groups have announced plans to collectively spend over $100 million on efforts to […]

  • Pope Francis meets with Opus Dei prelate Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz
    on June 24, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    Pope Francis meets with the prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, at the Vatican on June 24, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 24, 2024 / 17:30 pm (CNA). The press office of the Holy See reported that Pope Francis received on Monday the “moderator general” of Opus […]

  • Catholic authorities in Spain excommunicate, expel renegade nuns
    on June 24, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    The decision was announced by Mario Iceta, archbishop of Burgos. / Credit: Archdiocese of Burgos, Spain ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 24, 2024 / 17:00 pm (CNA). The Catholic Church in Spain has decreed the excommunication and expulsion from consecrated life of the Poor Clare nuns of Belorado for […]

  • Texas investigates Children’s Hospital over alleged secret sex changes on minors
    on June 24, 2024 at 8:00 pm

    Texas Children's Hospital. / Credit: Zereshk|Wikipedia|CC BY-SA 3.0 Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 24, 2024 / 16:00 pm (CNA). Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into allegations that illegal sex-change procedures are being performed on minors at Texas Children’s […]

  • Irish bishops decry assisted suicide proposal as ‘a failure of hope’
    on June 24, 2024 at 6:40 pm

    Christ Church Cathedral (Holy Trinity) in Dublin, Ireland. / Credit: Bas van den Heuvel/Shutterstock CNA Staff, Jun 24, 2024 / 14:40 pm (CNA). The Catholic bishops of Ireland on Monday issued a statement laying out the Church’s teaching on end-of-life issues and advocating for palliative care […]

  • U.S. bishops applaud Supreme Court ruling on domestic violence gun law
    on June 24, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Christian Defense Coalition Director Rev. Patrick Mahoney holds a sign that reads "Abusers Should NOT Own Guns!" outside the Supreme Court on June 21, 2024, in Washington, D.C. / Credit: Andrew Harnik/Getty Images CNA Staff, Jun 24, 2024 / 12:38 pm (CNA). The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

  • Pope Francis appoints Gänswein to diplomatic role in Baltic states
    on June 24, 2024 at 11:30 am

    Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. / Credit: Bohumil Petrík Vatican City, Jun 24, 2024 / 07:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the former private secretary to the late Pope Benedict XVI, to a diplomatic […]

  • On two-year anniversary of Dobbs, pro-life activists remember the historic day
    on June 24, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, celebrates outside of the Supreme Court after the overturn of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. / Credit: Students for Life of America/Kevin Feliciano CNA Staff, Jun 24, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). It was slightly past 10 a.m. on June 24, 2022, a […]

  • U.S. bishops commemorate 2nd anniversary of Dobbs ruling
    on June 24, 2024 at 10:00 am

    The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court released its decision in the Dobbs abortion case on June 24, 2022. Pro-abortion demonstrators gradually made up a decided majority of the crowd as the day wore on. / Credit: Katie Yoder/CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun […]

  • ‘Summer Christmas’: Why does the Church celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist?
    on June 24, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Statue of St. John the Baptist with golden cross, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. / Credit: Oldrich Barak/Shutterstock Rome Newsroom, Jun 24, 2024 / 04:00 am (CNA). St. John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, is one of only three people in history — after Jesus and Mary — whose […]

  • Pope Francis: Jesus in the Eucharist strengthens us in times of trial
    on June 23, 2024 at 2:26 pm

    Pope Francis delivers a message to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on June 23, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Jun 23, 2024 / 10:26 am (CNA). Jesus does not spare us from difficulties but strengthens us with the Eucharist to have the […]

  • How principals and Partnership Schools are keeping historic inner-city Catholic schools alive 
    on June 23, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Archbishop Lyke students in the school library in 2022. / Credit: Leila Sutton/Partnership Schools CNA Staff, Jun 23, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). When historic Catholic schools started closing across the nation, an organization that manages Catholic schools in low-income communities stepped in.With […]

  • Canadian man offered euthanasia ‘multiple times’: ‘I don’t want to give up my life’
    on June 23, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Roger Foley enjoys taste-testing three different kinds of hummus, his favourite food, on the day of a video shoot with Amanda Achtman of the Dying to Meet You project in Canada. The two spoke about Foley's difficulty accessing quality care for his needs and being offered Medical Assistance in Dying […]

  • PHOTOS: Thousands take part in Italy’s pro-life march
    on June 22, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    Thousands of people from across Italy braved the summer heat to join the national Demonstration for Life in Rome on the afternoon of June 22, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA Rome, Italy, Jun 22, 2024 / 16:35 pm (CNA). Thousands of people from across Italy braved the summer heat to join the […]

  • Pope Francis names Chinese bishop who attended Synod to Archdiocese of Hangzhou
    on June 22, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    Bishop Yao Shun of Jining and Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun (right) of the People's Republic of China at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican in October 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media Vatican City, Jun 22, 2024 / 10:00 am (CNA). Pope Francis has named Bishop Joseph Yang Yongqiang to lead the […]

  • March for Life president Mancini urges advocates for unborn to continue fight
    on June 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, attends the 50th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2023. / Credit: Katie Yoder/CNA Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2024 / 09:00 am (CNA). March for Life President Jeanne Mancini opened the Celebrate Life Conference on Friday with an […]

  • Mother Angelica’s shrine fills to capacity as National Eucharistic Pilgrimage passes through
    on June 22, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Hundreds of faithful filled the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, site of Mother Angelica's tomb, beyond capacity as the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage St. Juan Diego Route passed through on June 20, 2024. / Credit: EWTN Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 22, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). “I live […]

  • The Catholic Church in France will have 105 new priests in 2024
    on June 22, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Priests concelebrate a Mass in Rome. / Credit: Martha Calderón/ACI Prensa ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 22, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA). The French Bishops’ Conference (CEF) reported that, in 2024, 105 new priests will be ordained, 17 more priests than in 2023, when 88 new priests were ordained in the […]

  • Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More: following God’s law above all else
    on June 22, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Details from St John Fisher by Jacobus Houbraken (c. 1760), and St Thomas More by Hans Holbein the Younger (1527). / Credit: Public domain London, England, Jun 22, 2024 / 04:00 am (CNA). The feast of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More is observed as an optional memorial June 22. So that readers […]

  • UPDATE: Tennessee priest indicted on additional sex crime charges
    on June 21, 2024 at 7:55 pm

    Father Juan Carlos Garcia-Mendoza is being held in jail in Williamson County, Tennessee, on $2 million bond, the police said. He had previously served at St. Philip Catholic Church in the town of Franklin. / Credit: Courtesy of the Franklin Police Department CNA Staff, Jun 21, 2024 / 15:55 pm […]

  • Vatican’s secretary of state rues Russia’s absence at Ukraine peace conference
    on June 21, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends a plenary session at the summit on peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort near Lucerne, Switzerland, on June 16, 2024. / Credit: ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images CNA Staff, Jun 21, 2024 / 15:25 pm (CNA). […]

  • EWTN earns multiple accolades at 2024 Gabriel Awards
    on June 21, 2024 at 6:55 pm

    The first season of the EWTN series “James the Less” received the Best Video award at the 2024 Gabriel Awards presentation on June 20, 2024, in Atlanta. / Credit: Ken Oliver-Méndez/CNA Atlanta, Ga., Jun 21, 2024 / 14:55 pm (CNA). The 58th annual Gabriel Awards saw EWTN, the world’s largest […]

  • Diocese of Rome closes first step toward sainthood for young wife and mother
    on June 21, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    An attendee holds a photo of Chiara Corbella Petrillo at the closing of the diocesan phase of the investigation into her life and virtues in Rome on Friday, June 21, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA Rome Newsroom, Jun 21, 2024 / 14:25 pm (CNA). The Diocese of Rome on Friday officially closed the […]

  • Pope Francis advances martyred Albanian priests along path to sainthood
    on June 21, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    Father Luigi Paliq (left) and Father Gjon Gazulli were declared martyrs by Pope Francis on June 20, 2024. / Credit: Screen capture from aciprensa.com of photo courtesy of The Order of Friars Minor, Episcopal Conference of Albania CNA Staff, Jun 21, 2024 / 13:51 pm (CNA). Pope Francis on Thursday […]

  • Democrats move to repeal federal law that forbids abortion materials in U.S. mail
    on June 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. / Credit: Shutterstock CNA Newsroom, Jun 21, 2024 / 11:30 am (CNA). Democrats worried that a new Trump administration may use a 150-year-old federal law to stop abortion pills from being sent through the mail have announced an attempt to repeal it.Sen. Tina […]

  • Is there a satanic element in rock music? An expert explains
    on June 21, 2024 at 11:00 am

    null / Credit: NOVODIASTOCK/Shuterstock ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 21, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). Claudia Caneva, an Italian professor at the Roma Tre University, gave a presentation recently on “Music and Satanism” in the course “Exorcism and Deliverance Prayer” that was held in the Italian […]

  • Catholic abbey and Baptist university exchange land ‘to build up the kingdom’
    on June 21, 2024 at 10:00 am

    In exchange for the transfer of the 74-acre Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) Green Campus — formerly St. Gregory’s University — to St. Gregory’s Abbey, OBU will receive two parcels of land for future development totaling 134 acres in Shawnee, just east of Oklahoma City. The abbey and the […]

  • Pope Francis to Lutherans: ‘Jesus Christ is the heart of ecumenism’
    on June 20, 2024 at 9:15 pm

    Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation on June 20, 2024, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 20, 2024 / 17:15 pm (CNA). Pope Francis this morning received a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation at the […]

  • National Eucharistic Pilgrimage marches through extreme heat to bring Jesus to the people
    on June 20, 2024 at 8:45 pm

    Cows in Nebraska watch as the Eucharistic Jesus passes by. / Credit: Jeffrey Bruno CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2024 / 16:45 pm (CNA). Amid a brutal heat wave in the Midwest and Northeast this week, the pilgrims on each of the four legs of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage have all passed what is roughly […]

  • Pope Francis fields questions from students about gender identity and LGBTQ discrimination
    on June 20, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Jun 20, 2024 / 16:15 pm (CNA). Pope Francis participated in a live Q-and-A video call with university students on Thursday in which a […]

  • San Diego Catholic Charities struggles with security risks after accusation of ‘smuggling’
    on June 20, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    Asylum seekers wait in line to be processed by the Border Patrol at a makeshift camp near the U.S.-Mexico border east of Jacumba, San Diego County, California, Jan. 2, 2024. / Credit: GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2024 / 15:30 pm (CNA). A California Catholic charity has […]

  • U.S. bishops issue plea for nonviolence ahead of elections
    on June 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. / Credit: Matt Cashore/Notre Dame de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 20, 2024 / 15:00 pm (CNA). A leading U.S. bishop issued a statement Wednesday urging Christians “and people […]

  • Former U.S. nuncio Viganò to undergo Church trial for schism, rejecting Pope Francis 
    on June 20, 2024 at 6:19 pm

    Archbishop Carlo Vigano. / Credit: Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register CNA Newsroom, Jun 20, 2024 / 14:19 pm (CNA). Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on Thursday claimed that the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith has initiated proceedings against him over the alleged crime of […]

  • Colorado baker returns to court after activist sues over ‘gender transition’ cake
    on June 20, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. / Credit: Alliance Defending Freedom Denver, Colo., Jun 20, 2024 / 12:08 pm (CNA). A Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, is back in court defending what he sees as his right not to bake a cake celebrating a gender […]

  • The ethics of IVF: Where Catholics and Baptists can agree
    on June 20, 2024 at 3:15 pm

    null / Credit: Tati9/Shutterstock CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2024 / 11:15 am (CNA). Last week, the Southern Baptist Convention, which represents the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., voted to approve a resolution laying out the ethical implications of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and calling […]

  • Family sues over hospital’s religious exemption for euthanasia
    on June 20, 2024 at 11:00 am

    St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. / Credit: Margarita Young/Shutterstock Vancouver, Canada, Jun 20, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). The parents of a terminally ill woman who was transferred to another facility to be euthanized after St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British […]

  • Can generous family policies help boost fertility rates?
    on June 20, 2024 at 10:00 am

    null / Credit: Shutterstock CNA Staff, Jun 20, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA). Advocates and policymakers have for years argued that extending family benefits — such as paid leave, job guarantees, and cash payouts for new babies — could help reverse the steep declines in fertility rates observed in […]

  • New York court puts pro-abortion amendment back on November ballot
    on June 19, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    Pro-abortion activists gather in front of pro-life advocates outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Manhattan on Feb. 3, 2024, in New York City. / Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images CNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 17:45 pm (CNA). A New York court ruled in favor of putting a proposed […]

  • Culture of death advances in Spain with two new developments
    on June 19, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    null / Credit: Josh Applegate/Unsplash ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 17:30 pm (CNA). The culture of life suffered two setbacks as the culture of death advanced again in Spain: The government is proposing to extend euthanasia to people with mental illness, while the Constitutional Court ruled in […]

  • Argentine bishops speak out about interrupting Mass with political chants
    on June 19, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    null / Credit: Shutterstock ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 16:30 pm (CNA). In two separate recent incidents, participants at Mass in Argentina started chanting the political slogan “the country is not for sale,” an expression of opposition to the policies of President Javier Milei. Videos […]

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill requiring insurance companies to cover trans ‘detransitions’
    on June 19, 2024 at 7:45 pm

    Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs sits in the audience prior to President Joe Biden's remarks at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Sept 28, 2023, in Tempe, Arizona. / Credit: Rebecca Noble/Getty Images CNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 15:45 pm (CNA). Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs this week vetoed a bill that would have […]

  • Pope Francis tells Communion and Liberation leader: ‘Do not look at your navel’
    on June 19, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    Pope Francis greets members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA CNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 14:57 pm (CNA). Pope Francis in an audience last week with the president of Communion and Liberation (CL) […]

  • Holy See convenes UN panel urging global abolition of surrogacy
    on June 19, 2024 at 4:30 pm

    Panelists speak at the event "Towards the Abolition of Surrogacy: Preventing the Exploitation and Commodification of Women and Children,” held by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. / Credit: Permanent Mission of the Holy See CNA Staff, Jun 19, […]

  • Pope Francis tells faithful: Learn some of the Psalms by heart
    on June 19, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Pope Francis gives a blessing to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Jun 19, 2024 / 11:45 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Wednesday there are Psalms to fit any need and that they should be learned by […]

  • U.S. bishops approve plan for youth, young adult ministry
    on June 19, 2024 at 3:15 pm

    Pilgrims kneel in adoration at a World Youth Day event in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event was hosted by the U.S. bishops’ conference and featured a talk by Bishop Robert Barron culminating in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour. / Credit: Claudette Jerez/EWTN News video screen shot […]

  • Juneteenth and the life of the first Black American Catholic priest
    on June 19, 2024 at 11:00 am

    Venerable Augustus Tolton. / Credit: Public domain CNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA). On June 19, the United States commemorates the anniversary of the 1865 order that gave freedom to enslaved African Americans in Texas, issued two months after the Civil War ended. More commonly known as […]

  • From alcoholic to future saint: The inspiring conversion of Ireland’s Matt Talbot 
    on June 19, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Venerable Matt Talbot, an Irishman whose journey from alcoholism to the heights of holiness has inspired many who struggle with addiction, is being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church.  / Credit: Courtney Mares/CNA Rome Newsroom, Jun 19, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA). Venerable Matt Talbot, […]

  • ‘American Spartacus’: Honoring a Black Catholic Civil War hero on Juneteenth
    on June 19, 2024 at 8:00 am

    An 1889 rendition by architects Bullard & Bullard of the National Emancipation Monument proposed for Springfield, Illinois (Library of Congress), superimposed on a 34-star U.S. flag dating to the Civil War. / Credit: Wikimedia Commons National Catholic Register, Jun 19, 2024 / 04:00 am (CNA). […]

  • Bishops speak out against worsening violence in southwest Colombia
    on June 18, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    The flag of Colombia. / Politicnico Grancolombiano Departamento de Comunicaciones via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 18, 2024 / 17:50 pm (CNA). The bishops of the dioceses located in the Valle del Cauca district of Colombia have demanded that armed groups stop their actions that […]

  • U.S. bishop applauds Biden’s move to allow undocumented spouses pathway to citizenship
    on June 18, 2024 at 9:30 pm

    U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at an event marking the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the East Room at the White House on June 18, 2024, in Washington, D.C. / Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 18, 2024 […]