Latest news: US

Jul 17, 2019 - 05:20 pm .- Father Carter Griffin of the Archdiocese of Washington, author of “Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest,” told CNA in an interview that celibacy has been intrinsically linked to the Catholic priesthood from the very beginning, when Jesus, who was himself celibate, ordained the apostles as the first priests.
Jul 17, 2019 - 03:53 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is evaluating options to respond to severe financial strains, exacerbated in the last year by the sex abuse crisis, a diocesan official said Wednesday.
Jul 17, 2019 - 02:55 pm .- The Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota announced Wednesday that a $5 million settlement has been reached in 15 sexual abuse lawsuits filed against it, bringing to conclusion all open sexual abuse litigation against the diocese. The diocese says it will be the only one in Minnesota to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection. Crookston's bishop, however, is still accused personally of covering-up abuse.
Jul 17, 2019 - 11:00 am .- Survivors of deadly Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka have forgiven their perpetrators, but distrust between religious groups threatens a tenuous peace in the country.
Jul 17, 2019 - 08:00 am .- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States will not contribute the expected $32.5 million to the agency.
Jul 16, 2019 - 04:53 pm .- A pro-life group in Colorado is leading a signature drive in the hopes of asking voters in 2020 whether to ban abortion after 22 weeks.
Jul 16, 2019 - 03:52 pm .- Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president is stepping down.
Jul 16, 2019 - 01:23 pm .- Shortly before launching the third season of 13 Reasons Why, Netflix has announced that it is removing a scene depicting a graphic teen suicide from the show’s first season.
Jul 16, 2019 - 01:05 pm .- The president of U.S. bishops’ conference issued a statement on Tuesday condemning a newly-announced rule on asylum eligibility at the southern border.
Jul 16, 2019 - 09:15 am .- U.S. leaders called for a worldwide “grassroots” movement to fight religious persecution at a global religious freedom gathering on Tuesday.
Jul 16, 2019 - 03:34 am .- The heat index in McAllen, Texas was 125 degrees on Saturday, but that did not stop members of the pro-life movement from delivering a semi-truck full of supplies and thousands of dollars in aid to respite centers at the border of the United States and Mexico.
Jul 16, 2019 - 12:23 am .- A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously blocked Department of Health and Human Services rules that would have exempted employers who want to opt out of coverage for artificial contraception for moral or religious reasons.
Jul 15, 2019 - 05:56 pm .- The Trump administration announced Monday evening that parts of the Protect Life Rule, which prohibits recipients of Title X family planning funds to refer or provide abortion services, will go into effect immediately.
Jul 15, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- The Diocese of Orange will dedicate its Christ Cathedral July 17 after a seven-year, $77-million renovation process.
Jul 15, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The Trump administration announced a new rule on Monday, changing the asylum application process along the U.S.-Mexco border.
Jul 15, 2019 - 10:32 am .- Bishop Robert Christian, O.P., an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and rector of St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, died in his sleep Thursday at his residence at the seminary.
Jul 15, 2019 - 03:01 am .- It is an overcast day with threatening rain clouds overhead, but the mood in the basement of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Northeast Washington is downright sunny. Here, a group of Catholic teens are hard at work helping to prepare the “Holy Foods Market” food pantry for one of its monthly openings, and then later in the day they would make and distribute bagged lunches to some of DC’s homeless population.
Jul 14, 2019 - 04:08 pm .- On an island in Rome’s Tiber River, there is a basilica devoted to the Christian martyrs of the 20th century, the bloodiest century in the history of the Catholic Church.
Jul 14, 2019 - 03:26 am .- Poor women are the most likely population to obtain an abortion.
Jul 13, 2019 - 06:01 am .- The bishops of Connecticut have joined a number of bishops’ voices in calling for “a complete overhaul of existing immigration policies” in the face of escalating tensions at the southern border of the United States.
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