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Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: The story of the Holy Land is the 'Fifth Gospel'

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.

Fr. Peter Williams, pastor of Holy Family parish in Springfield, Vt.

Burlington priest asks parishioners to tell bishop of his pastoral care, mental health

Jan 17, 2022

Father Peter Williams says the Diocese of Burlington is trying to remove him as pastor of his parish because he will neither be tested regularly for COVID-19 nor be masked. He is asking his parishioners to testify on his behalf, because he says the diocese, and his family, are trying to prove that he is physically and mentally unfit for the job.

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis looks ahead to the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to offer their sufferings for Christian unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Use ‘preferred pronouns’ or else, university’s gender inclusion plan warns

Jan 16, 2022

The bishops of Fargo and Bismarck are speaking out against a proposed “gender inclusion” policy that would require everyone at the University of North Dakota — even visitors — to use preferred pronouns and affirm individuals’ chosen gender identities, or face the consequences.

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Bishop of Fort Worth asks for prayers for Synagogue hostage situation involving alleged Al Qaeda terrorist

Jan 15, 2022

Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, made an urgent request to Catholics to pray for those involved in a hostage situation that took place at a synagogue in nearby Colleyville Saturday evening.

Remains of statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Cardinal Dolan laments attacks on houses of worship in Religious Freedom Day message

Jan 15, 2022

Attacking houses of worship and religious art is akin to attacking the community who prays there, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York ahead of Religious Freedom Day, observed Jan. 16. 

Pope Francis at the general audience on April 25, 2018.

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit reforms the Church through the saints

Jan 15, 2022

Pope Francis said Saturday that it takes saints to reform the Church and for this each Catholic is called to deeper conversion.

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.

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Remains of statues vandalized at Our Lady of Mercy parish in New York City, July17, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Brooklyn.

Cardinal Dolan laments attacks on houses of worship in Religious Freedom Day message

Jan 15, 2022

Attacking houses of worship and religious art is akin to attacking the community who prays there, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York ahead of Religious Freedom Day, observed Jan. 16. 

Pope Francis at the general audience on April 25, 2018.

Pope Francis: The Holy Spirit reforms the Church through the saints

Jan 15, 2022

Pope Francis said Saturday that it takes saints to reform the Church and for this each Catholic is called to deeper conversion.

The US Capitol

Pro-life congressional leaders praise pledge to oppose federal abortion funding

Jan 15, 2022

One hundred and eighty one members of the House of Representatives co-signed a letter praising the pro-life leadership of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as promising to vote against any appropriations bill that does not include a prohibition of the use of federal funds for abortion. 

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US bishops' pro-life novena to begin next week

Jan 14, 2022

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “9 Days for Life”, as the bishops once again encourage everyone to pray for an end to abortion.

Pope Francis is seen leaving a record store in Rome.

'We must not lose our sense of humor': Pope writes to journalist who caught him leaving record store

Jan 14, 2022

After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter.

Surveillance footage shows a man hammering at the Our Lady of Fatima statue located outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2021.

Here's the latest update on the attack on the Our Lady of Fatima statue in D.C.

Jan 14, 2022

Police say they have identified a person of interest after releasing security camera footage of a man damaging an Our Lady of Fatima statue by hammering at its hands and face but they have released no further information and no arrests have been reported.

Lady Justice atop the Old Bailey in London.

English prosecutors consider guidelines advising against charges for those who assist in 'mercy killings'

Jan 14, 2022

The Crown Prosecution Service, which brings criminal charges in England and Wales, is considering a proposal to examine “mercy killings” that would advise against charging those who assist in the deaths of gravely ill people who wish for assisted suicide or euthanasia if there is evidence that the person wanted to die.

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand

A joyful, faithful 'warrior': Catholic philosopher, author Alice von Hildebrand dies at 98

Jan 14, 2022

Alice von Hildebrand, known to her friends as "Lily," died Jan. 14, leaving behind an impressive collection of writing and a large number of friends and admirers around the world.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 14, 2022

The 94-year-old is a champion of truth, Mozart — and cats.

The Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine near Seosan, South Korea.

South Korean shrine celebrates designation as international pilgrimage site

Jan 14, 2022

Haemi Catholic Martyrs’ Shrine is the second Korean site to receive the honor.

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., pictured on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer: ‘Trust the science’ does not convince those who most need to be convinced

Jan 14, 2022

Brother Guy Consolmagno said the phrase left him ‘puzzled.’

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was acquitted of charges of the rape of a nun Jan. 14, 2022.

Catholic bishop in India cleared of charges of raping a nun

Jan 14, 2022

A bishop charged with the repeated rape of a nun over the course of two years was acquitted by a court in India’s Kerala state on Friday.