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Archive for March 5, 2021

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By Kevin J. Jones

Despite denials, HHS nominee Xavier Becerra sued to take away nuns' religious freedom rights

Xavier Becerra, US president Joe Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, did indeed sue to take away the religious exemptions for... Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane to Iraq on March 5, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis meets with Iraqi refugees before flight to Baghdad

Pope Francis met with Iraqi refugees in Rome early Friday before his flight to Baghdad.  Read more

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More than 90% of Poles identify as Catholics despite increasing secularization

More than 90% of Poles identify as Catholics despite increasing secularization, according to a report published on Friday.  Read more

Pope Francis gives his address at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad March 5, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

Full text: Pope Francis’ address to the Iraqi authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps

Here is the full prepared text of Pope Francis’ address to the Iraqi authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses local authorities at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad. Credit: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis in Iraq: ‘The name of God cannot be used to justify acts of murder’

In his first speech in Iraq, Pope Francis called for an end to violence and extremism so that ordinary Iraqis... Read more

Pope Francis at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

Full text: Pope Francis’ address at Baghdad’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ address to bishops, priests, religious, consecrated persons, seminarians, and catechists, delivered March... Read more

Pope Francis at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad, Iraq, March 5, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis meets Iraqi Catholics in church where 48 died in 2010 terrorist attack

Pope Francis met with Iraqi Catholic leaders in Baghdad on Friday, in a cathedral where 48 people were martyred during... Read more

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Archbishop Gomez to Congress, Biden: Don’t force pro-life Americans to oppose COVID relief

As the Senate considers a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on Friday, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference warned... Read more

Julia Kulba, left, with her sister during restoration work at the church in Adamovichi, Belarus. Photo courtesy of Julia Kulba and Hrodna.life.?w=200&h=150

Tattoo artist restores Stations of the Cross in Belarus

A tattoo artist has restored the Stations of the Cross at a church in Belarus at the invitation of the... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Maine diocese, state, increase church attendance in time for Holy Week

Two weeks after the Bishop of Portland in Maine called state restrictions on religious gatherings “unacceptable,” Maine’s governor is allowing... Read more

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Pope Francis backs prior of ‘troubled’ ecumenical community amid clash with founder

Pope Francis on Friday underlined his support for the prior of a “troubled” ecumenical community amid a dispute with its... Read more

Vida Hanna, director of public and international relations at The Catholic University in Erbil, who is coordinating Pope Francis March 7 Mass in Erbil. Credit: Alejandro Bermudez/CNA.?w=200&h=150

By Alejandro Bermudez

Papal Mass in Erbil 'nothing short of a miracle'

When Vida Hanna was told by the Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil that Pope Francis was... Read more

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Tasmania poised to legalize euthanasia, assisted suicide

The Australian island of Tasmania is expected to become the third Australian state to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia, after... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the hall of the Presidential Palace in Baghdad on March 5th, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA?w=200&h=150

By Matt Hadro

Why Christians hope Pope Francis’ visit will bring a ‘reset’ for Iraq

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq is hoped to bring a “reset” for the country, said one U.S. religious freedom advocate... Read more

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States consider restrictions on gender transitioning, transgender participation in girls’ sports

Lawmakers in Mississippi and Alabama have been debating bills concerning children who identify as transgender.  Read more

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By Matt Hadro

Catholic scholars: Covid vaccines can be received 'without fear of moral culpability' for abortion

A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to... Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

Actors say they have not been paid for their work on 'Roe v. Wade' film

Several actors who worked on the film “Roe v. Wade” claim they are still waiting to be paid for their... Read more

Fr. Kapaun with his pipe. Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Medal of Honor chaplain Fr Emil Kapaun's body identified, as sainthood inquiry continues

Department of Defense investigators have identified the remains of U.S. Army chaplain and Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun among... Read more