Archive for August 18, 2023


By Tyler Arnold

North Carolina bans child sex changes, gives parents more educational rights

The Republican-dominated state House and Senate approved the measures during a veto session on Aug. 16. Read more


By AC Wimmer

Faith meets ecology: Rosaries made from ocean plastic shine at World Youth Day

Pilgrims from Vancouver, British Columbia, handed out rosaries crafted from recycled ocean plastic to attendees of World Youth Day in... Read more


By Daniel Payne

Pennsylvania ends decadeslong funding for crisis pregnancy centers

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro in a release about the announcement tied the decision explicitly to support for abortion. Read more

The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it acquired several hundred guns as part of a “buyback” program financed by local parishes and individual donors on Aug. 5, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Baltimore Archdiocese says it obtained over 360 guns in $50,000 buyback program

The gun “buyback” was financed with more than $50,000 in funds “from Catholic parishes and individual donors,” the archdiocese said.  Read more

A weapon is seen in the house where allegedly five young men were murdered in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco State, Mexico, on Aug. 17, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

Bishops of Mexico call for prayers for peace: ‘We live surrounded by violence’

Since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office on Dec. 1, 2018, 131,507 first-degree murders have been recorded in Mexico... Read more

Workers carry sacks of grain in a warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the city of Abala, Ethiopia, on June 9, 2022. The Afar region was the only passageway for humanitarian convoys bound for Tigray.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Tigray food crisis deepens as Catholic leaders plead for relief

Over 20 million people in Ethiopia rely on food assistance, but it was halted four months ago after the discovery... Read more

The Ryken Center at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Two Worcester Catholic schools say they won’t implement bishop’s new gender policy

Members of the religious orders affiliated with the schools said a policy is already in place that “respects the dignity... Read more


By Daniel Payne

Minnesota single-sex Catholic colleges say students who identify as ‘nonbinary’ may apply

Two single-sex Catholic colleges in Minnesota are allowing males and females to openly apply to either one of the respective... Read more

South African platinum and chrome miners drilling holes in rock for blasting.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

South African bishops file class-action suit against mining company over black lung disease

The bishops began the process of filing a class-action suit against a global mining company on behalf of current and... Read more

The economic sciences building of the Central American University (UCA) in Nicaragua.?w=200&h=150

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

Jesuits’ superior general condemns seizure of university by Nicaragua dictatorship

The superior general of the Jesuits denounced the confiscation and expressed his solidarity with the UCA, its directors, and its... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses returnees and refugees at their camp in the Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan Aug. 15, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

Vatican secretary of state pledges solidarity with refugees, returnees from Sudan

“We feel very sorry for … what happened to you in Sudan,” the cardinal said, adding: “We can do something... Read more