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Christians in Northern Ireland concerned about push for vague 'conversion therapy' ban

May 20, 2021 / 18:01 pm

After Northern Ireland lawmakers passed a resolution to develop a ban on “conversion therapy” regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, several Christian leaders have warned that the ban’s language is vague and could cover ordinary pastoral care and Christian activity.

US bishops promote prayer octave for China

May 20, 2021 / 17:01 pm

The chair of the US bishops’ international justice and peace committee on Thursday called for participation in the prayer octave for the Church in China urged by Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of Yangon.

Laudato si' Week recalls encyclical's sixth anniversary

May 20, 2021 / 11:29 am

The Vatican is observing Laudato si’ Week to mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The week includes an online climate summit.

Bishop Wall on politicians and Communion: 'Our concern is not political but pastoral'

May 19, 2021 / 14:53 pm

Bishop James Wall of Gallup responded Tuesday to a recent essay from Bishop Robert McElroy, in which the Bishop of San Diego opined that in discussions about whether  pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be admitted to Communion, the sacrament is being “weaponized for political ends.”

Native American Catholics focus of Knights of Columbus documentary

May 17, 2021 / 19:01 pm

The historical and contemporary witness of Native American Catholics are the subject of a Knights of Columbus-produced documentary set for broadcast in upcoming weeks.

Hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained in China's Xinjiang region

May 17, 2021 / 16:44 pm

New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated a genocide— hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained on suspicion of “extremism,” despite little evidence of any behavior other than the typical behavior of an imam. 

After investigation, priest who presided at Biden inaugural Mass resigns as Santa Clara U president

May 17, 2021 / 15:19 pm

Santa Clara University president Father Kevin O’Brien, S.J., engaged in questionable behavior at informal dinners with Jesuit graduate students, the local Jesuit province has ruled, leading to O’Brien’s announcement that he will resign as president of the California Jesuit university. He has entered an outpatient program to address personal issues including alcohol use and stress.

After Supreme Court takes up abortion case, White House signals support for Roe v. Wade

May 17, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The White House on Monday made statements in favor of legal abortion and the Equality Act.

UK bill would fine universities for failing to protect free speech

May 14, 2021 / 18:01 pm

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if they fail to protect freedom of speech for students, staff, and visiting speakers.

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

May 14, 2021 / 16:01 pm

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland in a three-day 1971 incident known as the Ballymurphy Massacre, a new inquiry has ruled. The official finding places the incident as a possible forerunner to Bloody Sunday, another massacre of Catholic demonstrators by British paratroopers.

Metuchen seminarian killed in hit-and-run accident in New York City

May 13, 2021 / 11:01 am

A seminarian for the Diocese of Metuchen was killed Tuesday evening in a hit-and-run accident in Manhattan. 

Minnesota Catholic Conference highlights Church's role in public square

May 12, 2021 / 18:19 pm

As Minnesota’s legislature prepares to finish its legislative session for the year, the state Catholic conference has noted a recent meeting of the state’s bishops with executive and legislative leaders.

Colorado Springs bishop calls for prayers after deadly shooting

May 10, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The bishop of Colorado Springs called Catholics to prayer on Monday after a local shooter killed seven people, including himself, over the weekend.

George Weigel: Church in Germany called to fidelity to revelation

May 10, 2021 / 06:01 am

The Church in Germany is called to follow revealed truth rather than the spirit of the times, George Weigel, biographer of St. John Paul II and a leading Catholic scholar, has said in response to recent comments defending the “Synodal Way” made by the head of the German bishops’ conference.

CNA Newsroom: "Saintly Superheroes"

May 9, 2021 / 20:13 pm

On this episode of CNA Newsroom, we criss-cross the globe to bring you the story of how— and why— one of the world’s biggest comic book companies decided to bring the stories of three beloved saints to the world. 

Phoenix bishop warns of ‘deadly apathy’ of silence on pro-abortion Catholic politicians

May 7, 2021 / 12:10 pm

The bishop of Phoenix this week supported a recent letter from the archbishop of San Francisco stating that Catholics cooperating with abortion should not present themselves for Communion.

Baton Rouge diocese to celebrate 60th anniversary by celebrating St Joseph

May 6, 2021 / 22:01 pm

The Diocese of Baton Rouge plans to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph in conjunction with its 60th anniversary. 

Anthony Fauci, Deepak Chopra speak at first day of Vatican health conference

May 6, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Fauci spoke about the evolution of the scientific community’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In Iowa, progress for pro-life constitutional amendment

May 5, 2021 / 21:01 pm

Iowa lawmakers have laid the groundwork for a proposed state constitutional amendment to prevent recognition of abortion as a legal right, countering a state Supreme Court decision. The main questions now are whether the legislation will pass as soon as possible, and whether voters will back the amendment on a statewide ballot as early as 2024.

Archbishop Cordileone after stabbing of Asian women: "we must stop hating one another"

May 5, 2021 / 18:26 pm

Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, called local Catholics to "engage in prayer, adoration and fasting for an end to violence and hatred," after two Asian women were stabbed at a bus stop in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday at around 5:00 pm.