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Knights of Columbus release St Joseph documentary online

Dec 8, 2021

Inspired by Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of St. Joseph, the Knights of Columbus released a documentary on the Head of the Holy Family, which can now be accessed for free on their website.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 8, 2021

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays.

A St. Thomas Christian cross at the installation of Mar Joseph Srampickal at Preston North End stadium, England, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church leaders want a uniform liturgy. Why are they facing resistance?

Dec 8, 2021

Pope Francis has intervened in the decades-long dispute.

Parliament House for the state of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

Victoria anti-discrimination bill 'unfairly targets' religious organizations, archbishop says

Dec 7, 2021

Catholic leaders in Australia expressed concern this week about a new set of laws passed in the state of Victoria which prevent religious groups and schools from making hiring decisions based on protected attributes such as marital status.

Amemorial in Ottawa, Canada, in tribute to 215 indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, June 1, 2021.

Canadian Indigenous leaders' trip to Vatican delayed by Omicron variant concerns

Dec 7, 2021

The scheduled meeting between Pope Francis and a delegation from Canada has been delayed to 2022, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announced in a joint statement on Tuesday, Dec. 7. 

The opening of the Amazon synod at the Vatican's Synod Hall,  Oct. 7, 2019.

Synod of Bishops removes resource page link to New Ways Ministry

Dec 7, 2021

The U.S. bishops’ conference expressed its disapproval of the LGBT outreach ministry in 2010.

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Report: Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America unfairly attacked by Spanish newspaper

Dec 7, 2021

Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America were unfairly and inaccurately portrayed in a recent article published by a Spanish newspaper, an investigation by ACI Prensa has found.

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors

Will the Supreme Court end Roe v. Wade?

Anna Del Duca (right) and her daughter, Frances, traveled from Pittsburgh to attend a pro-life rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, in conjunction with oral arguments for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization abortion case.

Pro-life legal experts say they're encouraged by justices' questions in Dobbs abortion case

Dec 4, 2021

Three legal experts are expressing optimism for a pro-life victory in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationside.

A pro-life march in Mexico City, Oct. 3, 2021.

What would the overturning of Roe mean for Latin America?

Dec 2, 2021

If the US Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion across the country in 1973, what impact would it have on Latin America? Pro-life leaders in Latin America spoke to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language sister news agency, about how a ruling reversing Roe v. Wade would impact each of their countries.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis Oct. 29, 2021

Pro-life leaders react to President Joe Biden's statements about Dobbs abortion case

Dec 1, 2021

President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support of Roe v. Wade on Wednesday, in response to a question about the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the nation’s abortion precedent, though he said he did not listen to the oral arguments that took place earlier in the day.

Pro-life advocates at the 45th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2018.

Pro-life leaders, legal experts speak out after Dobbs arguments at US Supreme Court

Dec 1, 2021

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerning Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks. Leading up to and in response following the oral arguments, pro-life leaders and legal experts offered their perspectives. 

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Report: Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America unfairly attacked by Spanish newspaper

Dec 7, 2021

Pro-life pregnancy centers in Latin America were unfairly and inaccurately portrayed in a recent article published by a Spanish newspaper, an investigation by ACI Prensa has found.

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors

Afghan refugees in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the collapse of the country in August 2021.

1 million Afghan children could starve this winter. This humanitarian group desperately needs your help

Dec 7, 2021

A new initiative is asking Americans for donations this Christmas to help save Christians who risk death in Afghanistan during the brutal winter. Its goal is to provide a “safe winter” for the men, women, and children located there.

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New report finds freedom of conscience under threat in France, Spain, and Sweden

Dec 7, 2021

The report said further developments could lead to ‘complete exclusion of Christians from certain professions.’

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Austria’s Catholic bishops: ‘Temporary’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate permissible as last resort

Dec 7, 2021

Unvaccinated Austrians could face fines of up to $675 every three months.

The relic of the holy cloak of St. Joseph at the Basilica of St. Joseph al Trionfale in Rome.

For the Year of St. Joseph, a look at the relic of his holy cloak in Rome

Dec 7, 2021

Tradition holds that St. Jerome brought the mantle from the Holy Land.

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Workers in NYC face COVID vaccine mandate, causing 'worry' at some Catholic schools

Dec 6, 2021

Catholic and other private school employees in New York City are speaking out against a city mandate that they been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati archdiocese announces parish 'family' groups amid massive consolidation effort

Dec 6, 2021

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati this week announced plans for groupings of parishes, called “families,” which will greatly reduce the number of parishes in the archdiocese during a multi-year consolidation process.

Rebuilding project in Haiti

As three more hostages released in Haiti, Christian group thanks God and asks for more prayers

Dec 6, 2021

Three more hostages from an Ohio-based Christian group were released in Haiti, leaving 12 captives of the 400 Mawozo gang. The gang previously kidnapped and released a group of 10 Catholics, including priests and religious.

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Scientists reconstructed the face of St. Nicholas – here’s what they found

Dec 6, 2021

Scientists at a university in Liverpool unveiled what they say is the most realistic portrait ever created of St. Nicholas of Myra, the popular 4th century bishop best known as the inspiration for the modern-day figure of Santa Claus.

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Religious leaders warn Build Back Better threatens faith-based child care, education

Dec 6, 2021

Two U.S. Catholic bishops signed a letter with other religious leaders expressing concern that the child care and universal pre-kindergarten provisions in the Build Back Better Act could exclude faith-based providers.

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Greece

Dec 6, 2021

The pope spoke at the end of his five-day journey to Cyprus and Greece.