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Mark Houck and his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck, prior to entering the federal court house in Philadelphia on Jan. 25, 2023.

Mark Houck trial update: Alternate chosen to replace juror

Jan 30, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The alternate took the place of the original juror at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, when deliberations began again. Read more

Mark Wahlberg starts as Father Stuart Long in "Father Stu: Reborn."

‘There is power in suffering’: Meet the bishop who ordained the real-life Father Stu

Feb 4, 2023

By Aaron Lambert

Father Stuart Long was ordained a priest by Bishop George Leo Thomas in 2007 after God took the crooked lines... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg, (left) and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

Synod organizers tell Continental Assemblies not to ‘impose an agenda’ on discussions

Jan 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Mario Grech and Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich stressed that the Synod of Bishops is not meant “to address all... Read more

Materials from the Synodal Final Assembly in Spain.

Spanish bishops lament low participation in Synod on Synodality, especially by young people

Jan 31, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has presented the Synthesis for the European Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality. Read more

Sen. Marco Rubio  Credit: Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock

Rubio bill would block Biden from declaring public health emergency to expand abortion

Jan 31, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill that would prohibit the executive branch from expanding abortion access through a... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall plenary assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 16, 2022.

U.S. bishops urge Congress to pass No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Jan 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Bishop Michael Burbidge issued a letter Friday to House and Senate leaders supporting the legislation to permanently ban taxpayer funding... Read more

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio leads the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Head of U.S. bishops’ conference contradicts Biden’s claims about taxpayer-funded abortions

Feb 1, 2023

By Matt McDonald

President Biden asserted this week that neither the pope nor all Catholic bishops oppose public funding for abortion in the... Read more

Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023.

Priest, 5 students arrested for chants against president after Pope Francis event in DRC

Feb 4, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The students and Father Guy Julien Muluku were detained nearly 34 hours before being released shortly before 10 p.m. on... Read more

Young people from eastern Congo lay down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness in a moving encounter with Pope Francis during his trip to the country Feb. 1, 2023.

Pope Francis ‘left without words’ after children’s shocking stories of violence in eastern Congo

Feb 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The moving encounter with the pope provided a potent reminder of the horrors taking place in eastern Congo. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein celebrates Mass in the Vatican crypt close to the tomb of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 31, 2023, to mark one month since the death of the pope emeritus on Dec. 31, 2022.

Archbishop Gänswein celebrates Mass for Benedict XVI one month after pope’s death

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope emeritus’ longtime personal secretary offered the Mass in the Vatican crypt close to Benedict’s tomb in the presence... Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019.

The pope kissed his feet. Who is the cowboy-hat-wearing president of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

At a Vatican retreat in 2019, Pope Francis kissed the feet of President Salva Kiir — and those of his... Read more

Mark Houck talks to reporters outside the U.S. District courthouse in Philadelphia with his lawyers, Peter Breen (left), Brian McMonagle (right), and Andrew Bath (background) following his acquittal on two charges of violating the FACE Act, Jan. 30, 2023.

Pro-life advocates and lawmakers react to news of Mark Houck’s acquittal

Jan 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold, Jonah McKeown

Mark Houck’s pro-life supporters hailed Monday’s verdict while also chastising the Department of Justice for filing charges against the Catholic... Read more

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, where dozens were slain in a massacre on June 5, 2022.

Republican and Democrat leaders urge Biden to add Nigeria to list of countries violating religious freedom

Feb 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Rep. Chris Smith and a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress introduced a resolution Tuesday urging the State Department to... Read more

On Jan. 25, 2023, 60 youth and 24 adults, including Bishop Christian Carlassare (center) and Sister Orla Treacy (right) started on a nine-day, 255-mile pilgrimage from Rumbek to Juba, South Sudan for Pope Francis’ Feb. 3-5 visit.

Youth walk 9 days and 250 miles across South Sudan to see Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The peace pilgrimage, an initiative of the Diocese of Rumbek in central South Sudan, began from Holy Family Cathedral on... Read more

Father Luis Enrique Guillén.

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

Cardinal George Pell’s funeral Mass drew thousands of mourners to Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral Feb. 2, 2023.

Thousands mourn Cardinal Pell at Sydney funeral: ‘Be not afraid’ was his motto 

Feb 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Civic leaders, friends, and members of Cardinal George Pell’s family remembered the Australian cardinal’s dedication to the Church. Read more

Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.

Biggest papal Masses ever: How does today’s Mass in the DRC compare?

Feb 1, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Papal Masses, especially in the last 50 years or so, have attracted crowds of millions — many of them at... Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Charges dropped, for now, against woman arrested for praying silently outside UK abortion clinic

Feb 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce says the charges still could be revived, leaving her in an ambitious legal situation. Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Senate sends far-reaching abortion bill to governor’s desk

Jan 31, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic leaders had strongly denounced the bill, proposing instead a slate of pro-family measures that they say will reduce demand... Read more

An artisanal miner carries a sack of ore at the Shabara artisanal mine near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Oct.12, 2022.

Here’s what Pope Francis said about exploitative mining in the Congo

Feb 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Democratic Republic of Congo exports 70% of the world's cobalt, a once-obscure element now in great demand because it’s... Read more