Archive for December 7, 2023

Pope Francis at the general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers hear from 2 female professors on women’s role in the Church

The pope’s Council of Cardinals has been discussing the role of women in the Church since February 2022. Read more

Spanish protesters show their rosaries in Spain in protest against the action of the police on Nov. 28, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Why protesters in 50 Spanish cities are praying the rosary this Friday

On Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception — the patroness of Spain — hundreds of Spaniards will gather... Read more

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By Daniel Payne

Data shows most states moving away from use of the death penalty

Executions peaked in 1999 and have been on a mostly unbroken downward trajectory since then with more states ending the... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of Italy's National Association of St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis reads speeches unassisted for the first time in nearly two weeks

The pope seemed to show improvement Thursday by reading out his speeches during his various meetings on Dec. 7.  Read more

Republican presidential candidates (left to right) former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Vivek Ramaswamy participate in the NewsNation Republican Presidential Primary Debate at the University of Alabama Moody Music Hall on Dec. 6, 2023, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Republican presidential candidates debate parental rights, sex changes for kids

Four candidates took the stage in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the debate hosted by NewsNation. Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry preaches at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, India, on Palm Sunday 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Syro-Malabar Church, Cardinal Alencherry

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, based in... Read more

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By Peter Pinedo

Religious sisters sue Smith & Wesson for ‘facilitating’ mass shootings

A collection of four congregations of Catholic religious sisters filed a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson on... Read more

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By Daniel Payne

‘Social emergency’ of low fertility may be driven partly by pesticides, study shows

Plunging fertility rates, due to multiple factors, present profound challenges for couples today, and the future does not look bright.  Read more

A sonogram picture in the second trimester of a woman’s pregnancy.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Wisconsin court rules that pro-life law doesn’t apply to abortion

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Diane Schlipper wrote in her Dec. 5 ruling that the 1849 law “does not apply... Read more

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By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Italy’s ‘most handsome man’ leaves modeling career to become a priest

Edoardo Santini, considered “the most handsome man in Italy,” has decided to leave his promising career as a model and... Read more

Silvio Alvarado with his wife, Paulina, and their two children.?w=200&h=150

By Diego Lopez Marina

Ecuadoran with incurable illness: Only God has authority over death

In an interview with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, Silvio Alvarado explained that euthanasia “is not the path I... Read more

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a memorandum in 2022 announcing that the department would provide paid leave and reimbursement for travel expenses for service members who seek to obtain an abortion.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Congress drops amendment banning military spending on abortion and sex change surgeries  

A draft of the compromise version released Thursday revealed the House backed off from both the abortion and transgender amendments... Read more

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned Texas hospitals that despite a Dec. 7, 2023, court ruling that a woman could have a legal abortion, hospitals involved may be persecuted for violating the state's law.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Texas judge’s ruling that woman can have abortion leaves hospitals liable to prosecution

Attorney General Ken Paxton warned that the court order will not shield the doctor, the hospital, or anyone else from... Read more