Archive for March 18, 2021

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Credit: Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne.?w=200&h=150

German cardinal facing calls to resign welcomes release of independent abuse report

A German cardinal facing calls to resign has welcomed the release of a long-awaited report on the handling of abuse... Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. Credit:

‘We have finally established clarity’: an interview with Cardinal Woelki on the Gercke report

The full text of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki’s interview with CNA Deutsch, following the publication of an independent report on... Read more

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Pope Francis writes to embattled ecumenical community

Pope Francis has sent a letter to an ecumenical community experiencing “a severe trial,” encouraging the group to “persevere in... Read more

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Cardinal Farrell: Blessings are for marriage, but Church’s pastoral life is for all

The Church’s pastoral life is open to all people, but blessings are reserved for couples who are married according to... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican abuse trial: Victim alleges 6 years of abuse by older student

The alleged victim in a trial concerning a Vatican youth seminary has testified that he was sexually assaulted over a... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis invites priests to learn from St. Joseph’s fatherhood

Pope Francis has invited Catholic priests to rediscover St. Joseph and learn from his fatherhood during the year dedicated to... Read more

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German Catholic archbishop offers to resign from office after abuse report findings

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all... Read more

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Sainthood cause advances of priest called ‘supernatural man’ by St. Maximilian Kolbe

The sainthood cause of a Swiss priest whose “supernatural conceptions” made an impression on St. Maximilian Kolbe has advanced, along... Read more

Swiss Franciscan Conventual Friar Léon Veuthey (1896-1974)?w=200&h=150

Sainthood cause advances of priest called ‘supernatural man’ by St. Maximilian Kolbe

The sainthood cause of a Swiss priest whose “supernatural conceptions” made an impression on St. Maximilian Kolbe has advanced, along... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Catholic scientists, journalists create COVID-19 info group

An international group of Catholic media professionals and scientists have founded a new organization to help counter misinformation about the... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Canadian diocese to release list of priests found guilty of sex abuse

The Canadian diocese of Saskatoon has promised to release a list of priests and Church officials found guilty of sexual... Read more

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White House claims that Pope Francis approved the 'efficacy' of COVID vaccines

The White House on Wednesday claimed that Pope Francis has affirmed “the safety and efficacy” of the COVID vaccines approved... Read more

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House advances ratification efforts for the Equal Rights Amendment

The House on Wednesday voted to remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S.... Read more

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Catholic opposition to NJ abortion rights bill based on 'commitment to human life and dignity'

The Catholic Church’s opposition to a bill that would guarantee a right to abortion under New Jersey law is founded... Read more


Senate confirms Xavier Becerra as HHS secretary

Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general and former congressman, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate as secretary of the Department of... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Kentucky Catholic Conference praises school choice law

The Catholic Conference of Kentucky is pleased with the recent passage of a school choice bill in the commonwealth.  Read more


Spain passes euthanasia, assisted suicide law

Spain’s legislature passed a law Thursday to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Catholic leaders have decried the measure as “a... Read more

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By Matt Hadro

The congresswoman who was almost aborted

The youngest Republican female member of Congress says her mother’s courageous decision to choose life is a narrative the pro-life... Read more

Photomicrograph of a human blastocyst, at 20x magnification. Scientists have now generated blastocyst-like structures from human cells. Credit: Vladimir Staykov/Shutterstock. ?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Human embryo, or a model? Resist 'depersonalizing' research, ethicist cautions

New “models” of early human embryos that cannot grow into full human beings provoke ethical questions about whether they are... Read more