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California doubles down on rule forcing Catholic nuns to pay for abortion

Sacramento, Calif., Feb 24, 2020 / 05:20 pm (CNA).- Facing the threat of major cuts to federal HHS funds, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said the state will not back down from its ban..
CNA - Published

US Hispanic Catholics more likely to attend Mass, less likely to vote Trump

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- A new poll shows that Hispanics Catholics in the U.S. are more likely to attend weekly Mass and far less likely to support President Trump than other..
CNA - Published

Filipino archbishop requests abstinence from applause during Mass

Dagupan, Philippines, Feb 24, 2020 / 04:41 pm (CNA).- In a pastoral letter anticipating the beginning of Lent on Wednesday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has asked that the faithful..
CNA - Published

New poll asks Catholics what they believe about abortion

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- While the Catholic Church teaches that procuring an abortion is always immoral, a majority of U.S. Catholics do not believe abortion is intrinsically..
CNA - Published

New poll shows Catholic divide over 2020 election tracks with deeper rifts

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- As Democratic primary voters choose which candidate will oppose President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the second in a series of..
CNA - Published

Federal appeals court upholds Trump's 'Protect Life Rule'

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the Trump administration’s policy adjustments to the Title X program can stay, meaning that Planned..
CNA - Published

Supreme Court will hear Philadelphia Catholic foster care case

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Supreme Court will decide if the city of Philadelphia was correct to terminate its relationship with Catholic Social Services because the agency did..
CNA - Published

Belgian PM condemns anti-Semitic floats in historic parade

Brussels, Belgium, Feb 24, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The Belgian Prime Minister, Sophie Wilmes, has condemned a traditional parade in the country which featured apparently anti-Semitic floats. For..
CNA - Published

Fasting and Abstinence at Lent: A CNA Explainer

Denver, Colo., Feb 24, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Most Catholics, even those who don’t often go to Mass, know that Lent is a time for Friday Fish Fries and “giving something up.” But many Catholics..
CNA - Published

Dioceses in northern Italy suspend Mass during coronavirus outbreak

Milan, Italy, Feb 24, 2020 / 06:54 am (CNA).- Several Catholic dioceses in northern Italy have suspended Mass and other activities this week to help contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory..
CNA - Published

Mediterranean dioceses are experiencing the way of the cross, Jerusalem archbishop says (AsiaNews)

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, was appointed apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 2016.
Catholic Culture - Published

Mexican bishops decry femicide (CEM (Spanish))

“The cry of pain of the victims of violence cries out to heaven for justice,” the bishops said in a statement. “Christians cannot remain indifferent.” (According to the Mexican government,..
Catholic Culture - Published

California vows to continue to mandate abortion coverage (Los Angeles Times)

The Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funds over the state’s mandate.
Catholic Culture - Published

As coronavirus speads, Philippine bishops advise sprinkling ashes on Ash Wednesday (Archdiocese of Manila)

“On Ash Wednesday, during the Imposition of Ashes, ashes can be imposed on the faithful by dropping or sprinkling a small portion of blessed ash on the crown of the head of the faithful with the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Personal conversion needed to confront Satan's lies, pope says in Lent message

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2020 / 03:34 am (CNA).- There is an urgent need for personal conversion, without which the temptations of Satan, and the presence of evil, create a “hell here on earth,” Pope..
CNA - Published

Jean Vanier initiated relations with 6 non-disabled women, investigators report (L'Arche International)

“Six adult women without disabilities” said that Vanier, who died in 2019 at the age of 90, “initiated sexual relations with them, usually in the context of spiritual accompaniment. Although they..
Catholic Culture - Published

Papal appeal for peace in Syria (Zenit)

“While we are gathered here to pray and to reflect on peace and on the fate of peoples bordering on the Mediterranean, on the other shore of this sea, in particular in the northwest of Syria, a huge..
Catholic Culture - Published

You are brothers among brothers, Pope tells Oriental Orthodox priests (AsiaNews)

The Oriental Orthodox churches ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon (451).
Catholic Culture - Published

Christ calls us to the 'extremism of charity,' Pope preaches in Bari (Vatican Press Office)

During his apostolic journey to the southern Italian city of Bari, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the city’s principal street (video). He preached, “Love your enemies and pray for those who..
Catholic Culture - Published

Some populist leaders' speeches are reminiscent of 1930s, Pope tells Mediterranean bishops (Vatican Press Office)

During his apostolic journey to the southern Italian city of Bari, Pope Francis met with Mediterranean bishops (video) and emphasized conviviality in the sense of different cultures living together. He..
Catholic Culture - Published

8 sainthood, beatification causes advance (Vatican News)

Pope Francis approved decrees recognizing miracles attributed to the intercession of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai (1712-52) and Blessed Anna Maria Rubatto (1844-1904), paving the way for their..
Catholic Culture - Published

Respond to challenges posed by artificial intelligence, Archbishop Paglia advises (OFCS.Report)

“I am convinced that, as with nuclear and climate threats, if we do not meet the challenges of artificial intelligence head on, we will not really understand them,” the president of the Pontifical..
Catholic Culture - Published

Revision of canon law section on crime, penalties is necessary, Pope says (CNS)

“Avoiding arbitrary solutions, the law becomes a valid bulwark in defense of the least and the poor, a protective shield for those who risk falling victim to the powerful,” Pope Francis told..
Catholic Culture - Published

USCCB, Catholic organizations praise Holy See, US government for response to coronavirus (USCCB)

The leaders of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Health Association of the United States joined Bishop David Malloy of Rockford (Ill.), chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International..
Catholic Culture - Published

Denver archbishop discusses February Pope Francis meeting

Denver, Colo., Feb 24, 2020 / 12:06 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Denver offered his impressions of a Feb. 10 meeting between some U.S. bishops and Pope Francis, at which the bishops’ discussion with..
CNA - Published

Supreme Court test for Catholic agency challenging LGBT foster-care rule (Fox News)

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case of a Catholic social agency that is challenging new government regulations requiring equal treatment for same-sex couples. In the case of Sharonell Fulton..
Catholic Culture - Published

Northern Italian dioceses suspend Mass as coronavirus fears mount (Chiesa di Milano (Italian))

Several dioceses and archdioceses in northern Italy—including the archdioceses of Milan and Venice—have announced that Masses and Ash Wednesday services will be cancelled until further notice. The..
Catholic Culture - Published

Archbishop in Philippines forbids clapping at Mass (AsiaNews)

Archbishp Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has told the faithful that they should not clap during Mass. Reminding the faithful that the Eucharistic sacrifice is a representation of Christ’s..
Catholic Culture - Published

Second nun hits Indian bishop with sexual-misconduct charge (AsiaNews)

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, India, who already faces a criminal charge of rape, has been charged with another count of sexual misconduct. The new charge comes from a member of the same..
Catholic Culture - Published

Papal criticism appears aimed at Trump Mideast peace plan (Reuters)

At a Sunday appearance in Bari on February 24, Pope Francis said that “inequitable solutions” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would only increase the tensions in the region and the probability..
Catholic Culture - Published

Israel settlers eye land owned by Catholic archdiocese (Fides)

Thousands of Israel settlers moved onto land owned by the Latin-rite Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on the West Bank, on February 21, apparently hoping to stake a claim to the site. The settlers came in..
Catholic Culture - Published

Catholic uni reform triggered California abortion mandate that violated federal law

Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 23, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- A California rule to require abortion coverage in health care plans now faces scrutiny from federal officials who say it violates the law. The..
CNA - Published

Father's bid to halt 8th month abortion makes headlines in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, Feb 23, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- A late term abortion case has made national headlines in Colombia after a father lost a court appeal to save the life of his unborn son. Juan Pablo..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: Ask God for the strength to love your enemies

Bari, Italy, Feb 23, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Ask God for the grace to love your enemies, Pope Francis said Sunday in a homily in the Italian city of Bari. “Love your enemies and pray for those who..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis on Middle East: War should never be considered normal

Bari, Italy, Feb 23, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari Sunday in a speech that warned against populist sentiments and condemned..
CNA - Published

Mexican bishops back repeal of statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases

Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 22, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Church in Mexico has expressed its support for several bills to eliminate the statute of limitations for the sexual abuse of minors, which..
CNA - Published

Computer programming teen Carlo Acutis to be beatified 

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Saturday the approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Carlo Acutis, an Italian teenager and computer..
CNA - Published

Dominicans open hospital in Peru to serve the poor

Lima, Peru, Feb 22, 2020 / 06:01 am (CNA).- A Dominican province in Peru has converted its formation house for aspirants in Lima into a hospital. The Hospital of the Charity of Saint Martin de..
CNA - Published

L’Arche reports sexual misconduct by founder Jean Vanier 

Paris, France, Feb 22, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- L’Arche International published the results Saturday of an independent investigation detailing sexual misconduct by its founder Jean Vanier with six..
CNA - Published

Fr. Emil Kapaun's path to sainthood to face Vatican milestone in March

Wichita, Kan., Feb 22, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- A Kansas priest recalls the holy deeds of Servant of God Emil Kapaun, a POW and chaplain during the Korean War, whose path to sainthood will meet a major..
CNA - Published

After LGBT teachers resign, Seattle archbishop says teachers must be Gospel witnesses

Seattle, Wash., Feb 21, 2020 / 06:04 pm (CNA).- After students at a Catholic high school in Washington state staged protests in support of two teachers who resigned their posts in order to civilly..
CNA - Published

Santa Fe archbishop weighs in on papal discussion of Fr. James Martin

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2020 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe has offered his recollections of a meeting between Pope Francis and the American Southwest, especially as regards a..
CNA - Published

Parts of Notre-Dame plaza, crypt expected to reopen this spring

Paris, France, Feb 21, 2020 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- French officials are hopeful that parts of the plaza of Notre-Dame de Paris, as well as the church’s crypt, will be re-opened roughly a year after a..
CNA - Published

Fla. bishops laud parental consent for abortion bill as it goes to governor

Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 21, 2020 / 03:21 pm (CNA).- The Florida bishop applauded Thursday the passage through both houses of the state legislature of a bill requiring parental consent for minors seeking..
CNA - Published

Sri Lankan cardinal calls for full investigation into Easter bombings

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb 21, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has called for a full investigation into the bombing attacks on Easter Sunday 2019,..
CNA - Published

Argentine clergy abuse victims in Rome, one year after Vatican summit

Rome, Italy, Feb 21, 2020 / 12:49 pm (CNA).- One year after the Vatican hosted a summit on the abuse crisis, three former students of an Argentine institute which cared for deaf children, and from..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis: Canon law revision project is concluding

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2020 / 11:36 am (CNA).- 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..
CNA - Published

More than 207,000 sign petition to shutter porn website after trafficking violations

Sacramento, Calif., Feb 21, 2020 / 11:26 am (CNA).- Underage pornography and trafficking videos have been found on the online pornography platform PornHub. By Feb. 21, a petition on change.org..
CNA - Published

Syria’s Hidden Victims - Samer Hanna

Damascus, Syria, Feb 21, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- The Syrian civil war has led to one of the largest refugee crises of modern times, and presented unique problems for Syria’s ancient Christian..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis prays for victims of German shooting

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis prayed Friday for the victims of a shooting in Germany that killed nine people at two hookah bars. The victims of the attack on the night..
CNA - Published

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