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Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia's highest-ranking Catholic clerics, arrives at a court for his trial in Hong Kong on Sept. 26, 2022.

Cardinal Zen and Jimmy Lai among Hong Kongers nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 

Feb 3, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A bipartisan congressional commission chaired by Rep. Chris Smith announced Thursday the nomination of six Hong Kongers for their efforts... Read more

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country.

Pope Francis lands in South Sudan, fulfilling yearslong dream of visit to war-torn country

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.” Read more

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AP tells reporters to call crisis pregnancy centers ‘anti-abortion centers’

Feb 6, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Reporters should “avoid potentially misleading terms such as pregnancy resource centers or pregnancy counseling centers,” according to the AP’s Abortion... Read more

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3 dead, 20 injured after bus traveling to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico overturns

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

The accident occurred Sunday on the Mexico-Puebla highway as the pilgrims were en route to the Basilica of Our Lady... Read more

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; Pope Francis; and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, lead a prayer service for Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian christians in Juba, Sudan.

Pope Francis at ecumenical prayer service in Sudan: Those who choose Christ choose peace

Feb 4, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

About 50,000 people attended the ecumenical prayer service. Read more

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20 attorneys general warn CVS, Walgreens against abortion pills in their states

Feb 2, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The letter states that companies must “keep apprised not only of federal law but also of the laws of the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis on World Day for Consecrated Life: Religious have ‘special role’ in the Church

Feb 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ message was read at the beginning of a Mass for consecrated men and women in Rome’s St. Mary... Read more

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis holds moment of silence for slain priests and religious in South Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious on the second day of his historic visit to South Sudan. Read more

Father Oscar Benavidez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua sentences priest critical of the regime to 10 years in prison

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

Father Óscar Danilo Benavidez Dávila was found guilty Jan. 16. State prosecution requested a sentence of eight years in prison;... Read more

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France

European court: Russia violated human rights by not legally recognizing gay unions

Feb 6, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Three couples claimed Russia’s failure to recognize their request for homosexual marriages violated the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights. Read more

On his second day in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Feb. 1, 2023, Pope Francis listened to the stories of victims of violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern region.

Pope Francis to Congolese charities: ‘It’s not philanthropy, but faith’

Feb 1, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The pope praised the work being done to assist those in poverty and emphasized the importance of Christian charity as... Read more

Former assistant secretary of state Robert Destro discusses the need for religious freedom. Pictured from left,  Imam Talib Shareef of the Nation’s Mosque; Destro; and Cole Durham of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School. Peter Pinedo/CNA

Religious freedom ‘under assault’ across the world, leaders testify at summit

Feb 2, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Faith leaders from across the world gathered in Washington, D.C., at the International Religious Freedom Summit this week. Read more

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, 2023, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue to bring the Congolese people Jesus, who “heals the wounds of every human heart.”

Pope Francis to priests in Congo: Bring people Jesus, who ‘heals the wounds of every heart’

Feb 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue... Read more

Image of the Virgin Mary in the rubble of the Cathedral of Alexandria in Turkey, Feb. 6, 2023.

Statue of Mary untouched in earthquake that demolished cathedral in Turkey

Feb 7, 2023

By CNA Staff

The image of Our Lady was unharmed in the quake that brought down Annunciation Cathedral in the city of Alexandretta... Read more

Member of Mexico Congress Salma Luévano.

Mexican court rules against pro-family leader who called a trans woman legislator a man

Feb 6, 2023

By David Ramos

The court ruled against the National Front for the Family and its president, Rodrigo Iván Cortés, for calling Salma Luévano,... Read more

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2022. Risch is the primary sponsor of the American Values Act.

Senate bill would expand restrictions on foreign aid for abortions

Feb 3, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The bill, known as the American Values Act, would clarify existing prohibitions on foreign aid for abortions. Read more

Pope Francis addresses South Sudan’s government and members of the diplomatic corps Feb. 3, 2023.

‘No more bloodshed,’ Pope Francis begs South Sudan’s leaders

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the first day of his peace pilgrimage, Pope Francis begged the leaders of South Sudan to work together to... Read more

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Court rules pro-life group owes nearly $1 million in fines for Planned Parenthood protests

Feb 7, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A Spokane County judge ruled in December that the “Church at Planned Parenthood” repeatedly violated state law. Read more

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Church in Costa Rica to compensate four victims of ex-priest serving 20-year sentence

Feb 6, 2023

By CNA Staff

An agreement has been reached to compensate four victims of sexual abuse by ex-priest Mauricio Víquez Lizano, who is serving... Read more

Richard Leskun says he was pressured repeatedly to put a do-not-resuscitate order on his wife Marilynn at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Then staff offered to euthanize her.

Canadian man says hospital staff ‘pressured’ him to euthanize his wife

Feb 7, 2023

By Terry O’Neill

The widower is sounding the alarm over what he says is a shocking and dangerous bias in the medical system... Read more