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Archive for February 22, 2021

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By CNA Staff

Archdiocese of Panama warns of abortion group claiming ‘Catholic’ title

The Archdiocese of Panama warned the country’s faithful that “Catholics for the Right to Decide” (CDD in Spanish), which is... Read more

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Pope Francis on Divine Mercy anniversary: ‘Let us ask Christ for the gift of mercy’

Pope Francis urged Catholics to ask Christ for the “gift of mercy” in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican cardinal reflects on the value of penance in a time of pandemic

The penance called for in the Christian life, and accentuated during Lent, can help us make sense of the sacrifices... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

From Pius XI to Pope Francis: A history of Spiritual Exercises at the Vatican

For nearly 100 years, popes have set aside time for an annual retreat and meditation on spiritual exercises.   Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Burma’s Catholic bishops call for peace and dialogue as two protesters killed

The Catholic bishops of Burma have called for a “return to dialogue” as two protesters were killed during demonstrations over the weekend.  Read more

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Catholic bishop welcomes progress in cause of priest who sought conversion of England

A bishop on Sunday welcomed a step forward in the beatification cause of a convert to Catholicism who worked tirelessly... Read more

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Supreme Court will hear case on federal funding of pro-abortion groups

The Supreme Court will consider a case involving federal funding of domestic pro-abortion groups.  Read more

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Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation.  Read more

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By Matt Hadro

Scholar’s critique of transgender movement reportedly de-listed by Amazon

One scholar’s critical book on the transgender movement has reportedly been removed from Amazon.com.  Read more

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By Matt Hadro

How a religious White House office could promote the common good—or politicize religion

As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended... Read more

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Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty

Virginia is expected to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, after its general assembly voted on... Read more

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Children's book helps Catholics in Scotland consecrate themselves to Mary

A Scottish bishop has encouraged families and individuals to join him in a consecration to Mary by a less conventional... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Biden’s HHS nominee supported assisted suicide in California

President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) received the praise of pro-euthanasia organizations during his... Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Cordileone commends prosecution of Serra statue vandals for working justice

Amid calls from California activists to drop vandalism charges against five assailants who destroyed a statue of St. Junipero Serra... Read more