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Catholic school district in Canada mandates LGBT Pride Month awareness, staff training

While a Catholic school district in Ontario failed to pass a proposal to fly the rainbow-colored LGBT Pride Flag outside schools in June, the school board changed the proposal to say that staff should “raise awareness around Pride Month.” The board mandated staff training on the issue to encourage “shared understanding” and requested a review from the Ontario education minister.

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open ourselves up to others, especially those in greater need," Pope Francis said.

The McGarrity family (L to R) Jeffrey, Augustine, Sonia, Charlotte, Jeff, RoseMarie, Cecilia, Sean, Brendan, Thomas. Photo courtesy of Patrick Sola.

Just 'do the next thing': How one Colorado couple is raising four children with Down syndrome

Many things in the McGarrity household start early, including preparations for Mother’s Day. Sonia McGarrity has eight children, ranging in age from three to 18, three of whom are adopted. Four kids, including McGarrity’s third oldest son and their three adopted daughters, have Down syndrome. For Mother’s Day, McGarrity has all of her children—biological and adopted—sign cards for the three birth mothers and six grandmothers of the girls. 

Rosario Livatino.

Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of Agrigento, Sicily.

Mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside Christ Cathedral in Orange, California

Mother’s Day: 12 Catholic Quotes on the Beauty of Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, Catholics recognize two important figures: our mother, and Mary, Mother of God. In celebration of all that mothers do, here are 12 quotes from saints and other Catholic figures on the beauty and significance of motherhood:

Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of an online Vatican health conference on Saturday.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis calls for suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents in ‘Vax Live’ concert video

“I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable,” the pope said.

Catholic Charities Arlington sees growing interest in adoption 

A spokesperson for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington says the organization has seen a growing interest from prospective adoptive parents.

Chelsea Clinton.

Vatican Conference 2021: Chelsea Clinton, Francis Collins speak on second day

Chelsea Clinton called for the regulation of “anti-vaccine content” on social media.

Current House GOP conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo,) at an April 2019 pro-life press conference. Cheney is expected to be replaced in her role by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.).

House Republicans could have a new conference chair next week - is she pro-life? 

Top House Republicans moved this week to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as head of the GOP conference, and are likely to replace her with the Trump-backed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). 

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Milwaukee archdiocese sues over pandemic prison ministry prohibition

On Friday, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections after the agency refused to adjust a policy that prevents in-person clergy visits to correctional facilities. 

A statue of Christ at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Waltham, Mass., that was vandalized May 2-3, 2021.

Christ statue at Massachusetts church vandalized

During the night of May 2-3 a statue of Christ at a Massachusetts parish was decapitated.

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass with First Communions in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky, Bulgaria on May 6, 2019.

Father Weinandy: Pro-abortion rights Catholic politicians abuse, politicize sacraments

Dissenting Catholic politicians abuse and politicize the Eucharist when they receive the sacrament while promoting policies and actions contrary to the faith, such as legal abortion, according to theologian Father Thomas Weinandy.

Holy Ghost Cathedral in Enugu, Nigeria.

Enugu bishop declares week of prayer after cathedral desecrated by priest’s followers

The Bishop of Enugu announced on Thursday a week of prayer in atonement and reparation following the desecration of the city’s cathedral, reportedly by followers of a priest of the local Church.

NARAL head brags about helping remove pro-life LifeSiteNews from Facebook

The head of a national abortion advocacy group on Friday claimed that the group worked to have the pro-life group LifeSiteNews banned permanently from Facebook.

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix celebrates Mass with members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Region XIII at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls on Feb. 12, 2020, during their ad limina visit

Phoenix bishop warns of ‘deadly apathy’ of silence on pro-abortion Catholic politicians

The bishop of Phoenix this week supported a recent letter from the archbishop of San Francisco stating that Catholics cooperating with abortion should not present themselves for Communion.

Pregnancy Test.

Abortion kills more than does Covid, says mother who almost aborted daughter

“Abortion is a scourge that kills many children and moms, it kills more than COVID. It's relentless,” said Liz Martínez, a 33-year-old Colombian mother who almost two years ago was about to abort her daughter Lucrecia.

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Diocese of Huarí, Peru, May 6, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with bishop of murdered lay missionary

Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, died April 24.