This week in Catholic news (5/20)

1. A win for religious freedom in the Little Sisters case…sort of. On Monday, the Supreme Court sent the current HHS mandate cases of religious non-profits (Zubik v. Burwell) back to the lower courts where they had originated and vacated the previous circuit court rulings in those cases. Both sides are claiming victory, and the court did […]

Policeman in heartwarming viral video also a Franciscan grad

People on the Internet are praising a Los Angeles police officer and his colleagues after a video of them comforting a toddler left at the scene of a hit-and-run has gone viral. LAPD officer John Neal Cooke, a seven year veteran of the force, told CBSLA.com that tending to the upset child was “kind of just […]

Whoopi Goldberg pulls off her own ‘Sister Act’ with big donation to nuns

Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host of the T.V. show “The View” and of “Sister Act” fame, surprised a group of Harlem nuns with a donation of a new van, a year’s worth gas and $10,000 to go towards their order’s charities. The order of the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary caught Goldberg’s attention as one […]

This week in Catholic news: 5/6

1. The stories of Christian persecution from last week’s #WeAreN2016 international congress on religious freedom in New York City continue to pour out. A priest and a religious sister shared their testimonies with the congress about how they and their people have kept the faith amidst the atrocities of a civil war that has been going […]

Poll: How often do you pray for persecuted Christians?

This week, CNA published several stories focusing on the different ways Christians are facing persecution around the world. In Syria, In southern Nigeria, the Bishop of Nsukka, Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, urged Catholics to resist seeking revenge after armed men shot and killed some 40 people in their diocese. While Bishop Onah found it disturbing that […]

This week in Catholic news: 4/29

1. Persecuted Christians: A #WeAreN2016 congress calling for the end to Christian persecution throughout the world was held in New York this week, where Christians  from Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere spoke about their experiences and the need for action. The hosts of the event, CitizenGo and the Spain-based religious liberty advocacy group MasLibres, petitioned […]

Poll: What is most important to you when choosing a Catholic news agency to follow?

For this week’s poll, Catholic News Agency wants to hear about what you as readers value most in choosing a news agency to follow. Timeliness of stories? Faithfulness to Church teaching in reporting? Something else? let us know by taking our poll below:   What is most important to you when choosing a Catholic news […]

Watch this rare video of Cardinal Ratzinger playing the piano

By ChurchPop Though he rarely played in public, Pope Benedict XVI was a skilled pianist. Here is a rare video of him playing when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger: This post originally appeared at churchpop.com

Poll: Do you agree with North Carolina’s bathroom law?

Last month, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, overturning Charlotte City Council’s ordinance which would have allowed people to use restrooms according to their gender identity, not their biological sex. The new law has received blowback from businesses including Starbucks and Bank of America, to musicians such as Bruce Springsteen who cancelled his concert in Greensboro, […]

Poll: What is the biggest issue facing marriage and family life today?

  Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris laetitia, focused on family life in today’s world. The document is the conclusion of a two-year synod discussing both the beauty and challenges of family life. While most of the Western media focused on homosexuality and communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, the bishops addressed topics from domestic […]

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