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Scottish pro-lifers lose appeal of decision allowing self-administered abortion pills

Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- A pro-life group in Scotland has, for a second time, lost a legal challenge against the government’s decision last year to allow women to..
CNA - Published

Indian police investigate claim against Cardinal Gracias of failure to report abuse

Mumbai, India, May 23, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Police in India are investigating a claim that Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay and two auxiliary bishops covered up an accusation of clerical sexual..
CNA - Published

China's technological controls keep Christians under constant surveillance

Beijing, China, May 23, 2019 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests approaches, the Chinese Communist Party is utilizing authoritarian tactics old and new to crack..
CNA - Published

Georgetown Visitation alumnae respond to ‘heartbreaking betrayal’

Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Former students of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School have published an open letter challenging a recent decision they say undermines the Catholic..
CNA - Published

Pro-life activist conceived in rape addresses Alabama abortion law

Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed the Human Life Protection Act into law. The legislation would make performing or attempting to perform an abortion..
CNA - Published

Chemical abortions may be slowing the decline in US abortions

Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 12:19 pm (CNA).- While the number of abortions procured in the US has steadily declined in recent decades, recent data indicate that this decline may be slowing as the..
CNA - Published

The Holy Spirit came as fire, not a schedule, Pope Francis tells Catholic charity

Vatican City, May 23, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday condemned an exaggerated focus on plans and agendas which do not leave room for the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit. He..
CNA - Published

Pelosi says pro-life laws show ‘lack of respect’ for women

Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has condemned the recent passage of pro-life laws in several states and accused pro-life lawmakers of being..
CNA - Published

'The Eucharist is only in this Church'- How one 2019 convert found, and embraced, the Catholic Church

Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Elise Amez-Droz’s journey to the Catholic Church began in a place well known for religious fervor, but not exactly known for Catholicism: Salt Lake..
CNA - Published

El Salvador archbishop rips proposed amnesty for those who committed war crimes (Fides)

An estimated 75,000 people lost their lives in the Salvadoran Civil War, which took place from 1979 to 1992.
Catholic Culture - Published

Japanese government confers honor on cardinal (AsiaNews)

Cardinal Raffaele Farina, 85, was archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives and librarian of the Vatican Library from 2007 to 2012.
Catholic Culture - Published

Bishops call on Indonesians to accept election results (Fides)

Riots broke out in Jakarta, the nation’s capital, after incumbent President Joko Widodo was officially declared the winner of the presidential election. His opponent, Prabowo Subianto, “ran a..
Catholic Culture - Published

'Our recent sorrow and shame do not define us,' Archbishop Gregory preaches at Washington installation Mass (Catholic Standard)

During his installation Mass (video), Archbishop Wilton Gregory paid tribute to his predecessor: “Cardinal [Donald] Wuerl has been and remains a cherished friend and episcopal colleague now for many..
Catholic Culture - Published

Leading Polish bishop apologizes to abuse victims (Zenit)

The “bishops apologize to everyone who has been affected by this sin and crime,” said Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki, president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference. A recent report released by the..
Catholic Culture - Published

California diocese aids, shelters migrants left off at bus station by border patrol agents (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

“The surge in migrants has had a cascading effect: Instead of turning people over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Patrol agents have dropped off families” at shelters and bus..
Catholic Culture - Published

Hong Kong Catholics mark Tiananmen anniversary (UCANews)

In 1989, the Communist Chinese government brutally suppressed the pro-democracy Tiananmen Square protests.
Catholic Culture - Published

Franciscans urge participation in global climate march (Order of Friars Minor)

“By charismatic identity and by fidelity to the Gospel we cannot remain on the sidelines, nor indifferent to the cry of the Earth and the cries of the poor,” stated the Office of Justice, Peace and..
Catholic Culture - Published

Christian laborer killed by employer in Faisalabad because he wanted to change jobs (AsiaNews)

The city of 3.2 million is Pakistan’s third largest. Javed Masih “had to put with religious discrimination at the hands of his boss and his friends,” his wife said. “We never had the courage to..
Catholic Culture - Published

Czech bishops: 'Vote for candidates with Christianity as a way of life' (SIR)

The 2019 European Parliament election is taking place May 23-26. The Czech Republic (map), a Central European nation of 10.7 million, is 10% Catholic.
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope prays for peace in Ukraine, recalls murdered missionary nun, pays tribute to St. Rita (Vatican Press Office)

The Pontiff made his remarks following his May 22 general audience. The brutal murder of Spanish missionary Sister Inés Nieves Sancho, 77, took place in the Central African Republic village where she..
Catholic Culture - Published

In meeting with EU officials, Iraqi cardinal advocates for nation's beleaguered Christians (COMECE)

Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church since 2013, met with EU officials and “emphasized the need to promote a full and common citizenship to respect human rights..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope greets Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege (Rome Reports)

Mukwege, a gynecologist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Catholic Culture - Published

1 month after Easter bombings, Vatican cardinal presides at laying of foundation stone for shrine's reconstruction (Fides)

The Sri Lankan jihadist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath was responsible for the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, which killed over 250 people and injured over 500. The visit of Cardinal Fernando Filoni,..
Catholic Culture - Published

19 states, 3 major cities sue administration over expanded health care conscience rules (Religion Clause)

In a May 2 statement, two USCCB committee chairman praised the Department of Health and Human Services for “adopting important new regulations to ensure that existing laws protecting the rights of..
Catholic Culture - Published

Pope Francis expresses 'special closeness and affection' for Catholics in China (Vatican Press Office)

May 24 is the feast of St. Mary Help of Christians, who is particularly venerated at a shrine near Shanghai. Following his May 22 general audience, the Pope expressed “special closeness and affection..
Catholic Culture - Published

Argentinian doctor convicted of refusing to perform abortion

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 23, 2019 / 12:32 am (CNA).- Dr. Leandro Rodríguez Lastra, an OB-GYN in Argentina, was found guilty on Monday of having prevented an abortion, after he decided to save the..
CNA - Published Also reported by •Catholic Culture

Work against conflict and division, Pope encourages new ambassadors (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis accepted the diplomatic credentials of several new ambassadors to the Holy See on May 23, and told them that “the greatest threats to harmonious living together are violence and armed..
Catholic Culture - Published

Brazil's President Bolsonaro consecrates nation to Virgin Mary (LifeSite News)

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro consecrated the nation to the Virgin Mary, at a May 21 ceremony at which he was joined by Bishop Fernando Areas Rifan and retired Bishop Joao Evangelista Martins..
Catholic Culture - Published

Migration of Fulani tribes destabilizes entire Sahel region, bishop reports (Fides)

Muslim Fulani herdsmen have moved into the Central African Republic, causing conflicts with the predominantly Christian residents, reports Bishop Juan José Aguirre Muños of Bangassou. The bishop..
Catholic Culture - Published

'Abortion saves lives'? Catholic doctor responds to NYT op-ed

New York City, N.Y., May 22, 2019 / 04:51 pm (CNA).- Following an op-ed in the New York Times claiming that all pregnancies are life-threatening, a Catholic doctor emphasized that pregnancy is a..
CNA - Published

These Franciscan University alumni expect 'great things' from new president

Steubenville, Ohio, May 22, 2019 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Franciscan University of Steubenville announced Wednesday the appointment of Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, as the university’s seventh president. Several..
CNA - Published

'Lust is a monster': Gay porn star quits industry, joins fight against porn

Salt Lake City, Utah, May 22, 2019 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- An actor who has been featured in dozens of homosexual pornographic films has announced his exit from the industry and his entrance into the..
CNA - Published

Biden backs federal abortion protections 'if necessary'

Washington D.C., May 22, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Joe Biden would support federal laws protecting abortion rights, “should it become necessary.” The former vice president is the current frontrunner..
CNA - Published

Italy's fledgling pro-life movement finds inspiration in US abortion fight

Rome, Italy, May 22, 2019 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- The Italian March for Life was held Saturday as thousands of people from Italy and around the world rallied and marched one mile through the center of Rome..
CNA - Published

The generals who marched with 'Warriors' in Lourdes

Lourdes, France, May 22, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe and Africa, and Lt. Gen Chris Cavoli, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, are two of the..
CNA - Published

Investigative authority continues to fight misuse of Vatican financial entities

Vatican City, May 22, 2019 / 11:49 am (CNA).- The Vatican's Financial Information Authority said in their annual report Tuesday that they continue to catch cases of fraud involving the city state's..
CNA - Published

Pivonka appointed Franciscan University president

Steubenville, Ohio, May 22, 2019 / 09:58 am (CNA).- Franciscan University of Steubenville announced that Fr. David Pivonka, TOR, has been appointed the university’s seventh president. “It’s..
CNA - Published

States sue over HHS' stronger conscience protections for doctors, nurses

Washington D.C., May 22, 2019 / 09:55 am (CNA).- An array of states and cities filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a new Department of Health and Human Services rule allowing medical professionals to..
CNA - Published

Pope Francis prays for China invoking Mary Help of Christians

Vatican City, May 22, 2019 / 03:56 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Wednesday asked Our Lady Help of Christians to intercede for Chinese Catholics, whom he said continue to believe and hope amid..
CNA - Published

Pope concludes weekly audiences on the Our Father (Vatican News)

“Jesus has revealed to us that Christian prayer begins with the audacity to call God ‘Father,’” Pope Francis said during his May 22 general audience (video). The Pontiff devoted most of his..
Catholic Culture - Published

Mexican bishops deplore murder of 2 young people in front of church (Fides)

The shooting took place in Fortín de las Flores, a city of 19,000 in the state of Veracruz (map).
Catholic Culture - Published

Caritas leaders gather to discuss 'one human family, one common home' (Caritas Internationalis)

The general assembly of Caritas Internationalis, the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, takes place every four years. “The sheer number of displaced people, the spread of..
Catholic Culture - Published

Congolese priest murdered in Mozambique (Fides)

Father Landry Ibil Ikwel, 34, directed an institute for the blind.
Catholic Culture - Published

Brazilian bishop accused of theft, covering up abuse resigns (CNS)


Catholic Culture - Published

Christians bear life's burdens without losing peace, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Zenit)

At a Mass celebrated in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 21, Pope Francis preached on John 14:27-31, the Gospel of the day.
Catholic Culture - Published

Amazon synod's working document approved (Vatican News)

“Amazonia: new pathways for the Church and for an integral ecology” is the theme of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, which takes place October 6-27. The text..
Catholic Culture - Published

Anglican-Catholic dialogue turns to ethical teaching (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)

The Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) recently concluded a six-day meeting in Jerusalem. The commission has been engaged in dialogue for over five decades and is now in its..
Catholic Culture - Published

As Church in Thailand marks 350th anniversary, Vatican cardinal urges faithful to be missionary disciples (Vatican News)

The Southeast Asian nation of 68.6 million (map) is now 95% Buddhist and 4% Muslim.
Catholic Culture - Published

Vatican diplomat urges US, Russia not to abandon nuclear treaty (Holy See Mission)

At a recent UN committee meeting, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, called on the US and Russia not to let the..
Catholic Culture - Published

Indian police investigating Cardinal Gracias on abuse cover-up charge (Crux)

Police in Mumbai have opened a full investigation into charges that Cardinal Oswald Gracias covered up evidence of sexual abuse in 2015. The investigation was ordered by a special court set up for..
Catholic Culture - Published

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