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Archive for April 29, 2021

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By Kevin J. Jones

Texas bill proposes longer waiting limit for divorce: a small step to strengthen marriage?

A Texas legislator has again proposed extending the waiting limit on no-fault divorce, a proposal that has drawn support from... Read more

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Polish Catholics commemorate fifth of diocesan priests killed in World War II

Around 2,000 of Poland’s 10,000 diocesan priests perished during the Nazi German occupation. Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

In anti-corruption law, Pope Francis seeks to quash Vatican ‘envelope’ culture with ban on gifts over $50

The new regulation is part of a sweeping new anti-corruption law. Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of South Korean Cardinal Cheong

The cardinal sought to bring peace and unification to the Korean peninsula. Read more

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By Kate Scanlon

How churches can respond to the COVID-19 mental health crisis

With concerns that suicide rates are rising in communities of color during the pandemic, Catholic mental health workers say the... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican accused of investing in companies making ‘morning-after pill’

An Italian investigative news program claimed that the Vatican’s treasury invested millions in pharmaceutical companies. Read more

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West Virginia governor signs law that only girls may play girls’ sports

West Virginia’s governor on Wednesday signed a bill into law clarifying that only females may play girls’ sports in the... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: St. Catherine of Siena is a gift to the Church and humanity

The pope has sent a telegram marking the 560th anniversary of the saint’s canonization. Read more

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German bishops’ leader: Day of same-sex blessings not ‘helpful’

A nationwide event in defiance of the Vatican’s “no” to blessings for same-sex couples will take place on May 10. Read more

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Ecuadorian court approves decriminalizing abortion in cases of rape

The Constitutional Court of Ecuador ruled Wednesday to approve the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape. Read more

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Catholic Law to start program on Catholicism and the Constitution

The Catholic University of America’s law school will create a three-year program to study the compatibility of the U.S. Constitution... Read more

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Swiss campaigners secure same-sex marriage referendum

More than 61,000 signatures were collected in favor of giving Switzerland’s 8.5 million population a final say on the law. Read more

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USCCB has 'nothing in the works' on Biden and Communion

Recent reports that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops may at their spring general assembly press pro-abortion Catholic politicians not... Read more

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Biden introduces family aid plan - but would it help the families who need it the most?

President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled the American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion package that includes paid leave, education spending,... Read more

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Sri Lanka's government proposes burqa ban

Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in... Read more

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Man takes sledgehammer to Marian mural in Los Angeles archdiocese

A masked man bashed a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a sledgehammer last week, at a parish in... Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

Owensboro priest's faculties reinstated by CDF 

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reinstated the faculties of a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro... Read more

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Ecuadorian bishops say corruption claims 'without foundation' after double-resignations in diocese

The Ecuadorian bishops have rejected claims that corruption was behind the unusual simultaneous resignation of a bishop and his presumptive... Read more

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By Joe Bukuras

Catholics respond to Washington Post article and tweet calling Biden a ‘very Catholic president’

Prominent Catholics are passionately responding to a recent Washington Post tweet which said “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic... Read more