Archive for March 17, 2021

Stained glass of St. Patrick by C.E. Kempe in the church of St John the Baptist.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin Jones

Patrick: The saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his... Read more

Irish immigrants in Kansas City, Missouri.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin Jones

How the Irish built Catholic America

The history of Catholic America is, in many ways, an Irish story, with immigrant congregations and their descendants putting their... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, pictured May 21, 2015.?w=200&h=150

English Catholic bishop fears Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ will lead to ‘de facto schism’

An English Catholic bishop has said he fears that the German Church’s “Synodal Way” will lead to a “de facto... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bill restricting abortion for disability reasons passes first vote in Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favor of a bill which would restrict abortions on the basis of non-fatal... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 17, 2021?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: ‘I too kneel on the streets of Myanmar and say stop the violence’

At today’s general audience, Pope Francis made an emotional appeal for an end to violence against protesters in Burma. Read more


Catholic bishops criticize plan to increase U.K. nuclear weapons stockpile

Catholic bishops have signed a statement calling the U.K. government’s plan to increase its nuclear weapons stockpile a “retrograde step.” Read more

Bishop Dermot Farrell is installed as the new archbishop of Dublin in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

On St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin archbishop says public Mass a matter of human dignity

In a St. Patrick’s Day homily, Dublin’s new archbishop has called on authorities to prioritize the right to worship as... Read more


By Hannah Brockhaus

All-Ireland Primate: Pandemic a chance to ‘rescue’ real St. Patrick from shamrocks and green beer

The pandemic is a chance to rescue the real St. Patrick from things like green beer and shamrocks, Archbishop Eamon... Read more

The reliquary of Carlo Acutis in Ełk, Poland?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Relics of Carlo Acutis brought to Poland in hope of inspiring young Catholics

Relics of Carlo Acutis can now be found in a cathedral in Poland thanks to the initiative of a youth... Read more


New Mexico Senate passes assisted suicide bill

The New Mexico state Senate has passed a bill to decriminalize assisted suicide, which the state’s Catholic bishops had strongly... Read more


By CNA Staff

Japanese district court: Failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

A district court in Japan has ruled that the government’s failure to acknowledge same-sex marriage is a violation of the... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

A Catholic guide to March Madness 2021

CNA is once again providing its annual look at all of the Catholic colleges and universities among the 68 teams... Read more

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Pro-life Democrats organize ‘Day of Action’ in support of Hyde Amendment

The group Democrats for Life of America announced on Tuesday that they will organize a nationwide “Day of Action” in... Read more

Jeanine Áñez, then-interim president of Bolivia, in La Paz, Nov. 18, 2019. Áñez was arrested March 13, 2021, on charges of terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy. Credit: Radoslaw Czajkowski/Shutterstock?w=200&h=150

Bolivian bishops decry growing political persecution as ex-interim president arrested

The Bolivian Bishops’ Conference has denounced the arrest of the former interim president of the country, Jeanine Áñez, on charges... Read more

St. Joseph by Guido Reni. Public Domai?w=200&h=150

Priest attributes to St Joseph miracle of plane that broke in half with no one killed

Fr. Gonzalo Mazarrasa, a Spanish priest, credits Saint Joseph for the survival of all passengers of a plane his brother... Read more


Arkansas legislature approves medical conscience protection bill

With a 72-20 House vote on Monday, both chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly have approved a bill allowing medical... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Christian medical groups oppose health secretary nominee

Groups of medical professionals warn that President Biden’s health secretary nominee would bring about an “unprecedented assault” on conscience rights.  Read more

Rough road leading to the Illinois State Capitol Building. Springfield, Illinois.?w=200&h=150

Tell Illinois lawmakers not to junk parental notice abortion law, Catholic bishops say

Illinois’ requirement to notify parents of a minor who seeks an abortion is a law that helps save lives and... Read more

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Opponents of Equality Act warn of 'sweeping' impact in Senate hearing

Opponents of the Equality Act warned Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the legislation could have a far-reaching... Read more


On St Patrick's Day, Ireland's religious leaders stress progress and continued engagement

Christianity can shed light on the path forward for the peace process in Ireland, religious and political coexistence, and understanding... Read more