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Major Daniel E. O'Connell, MD, MPH, receives the 2021 Catholic Doctor of the Year Award on Oct. 26, during the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ annual Mass for Catholic Healthcare Professionals.

Catholic doctor honored for service during COVID-19 pandemic

Oct 26, 2021

By Kate Olivera

A neurologist who responded to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City in 2020 has been awarded... Read more

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Orthodox leader discusses religious freedom, climate change with Biden

Oct 26, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I discussed religious freedom and climate change with U.S. leaders on Monday in Washington, D.C., and announced... Read more

Toufic Baaklini at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 2016

Head of Christian advocacy group resigns over ties to illegal campaign donations

Oct 26, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The president of an advocacy group for Middle Eastern Christians has resigned from the organization over his connection to illegal... Read more

Angela Wu Howard, a legal scholar with Becket, a nonprofit organization that focuses on religious liberty issues.

Abortion is failing women: An interview with Angela Wu Howard

Oct 25, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Legal scholar Angela Wu Howard is one of the signers of an amicus brief in the Dobbs abortion case that... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the USCCB religious liberty committee

US bishops warn against ‘extreme’ abortion provisions in budget bills

Oct 25, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Spending bills introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion,... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Human rights begin in the womb, Cardinal Dolan says

Oct 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The first step to ending all forms of violence in society— whether related to crime, racism, or poverty— is ending... Read more

Archbishop Paul Coakley. Courtesy photo.

Oklahoma City archbishop issues call to prayer for end to abortion, death penalty

Oct 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City has issued a call to prayer for the abolition of the death penalty and... Read more

Michael Madrigal, a lay minister in the Diocese of San Bernardino, recites the “Native American Prayer to the Four Directions” at the beginning of the diocese’s opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 17, 2021 at Holy Angels Church in Riverside, California.

Indigenous prayers, dancing in San Bernardino Synod Mass spark backlash

The Diocese of San Bernardino says its opening Mass for the Synod on Synodality Oct. 17 sought to celebrate the... Read more

The Sanctuary of Chimayo

Here’s how to take a local Catholic pilgrimage in the U.S.

Oct 23, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The most popular pilgrimages for Catholics range from the Holy Land to the Camino de Santiago. But, pilgrims should know,... Read more

Young people hold signs opposing abortion during the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Will Roe be overturned? Here are 6 notable Supreme Court decisions that have been struck down

Oct 22, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

Interest in instances where the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned its prior decisions is heightened now because of Dobbs v.... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber 1.

Catholics pray after Alabama executes death row inmate

Oct 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Alabama executed inmate Willie B. Smith III on Thursday evening, Oct. 20, marking the first execution in the state since... Read more

Supporters for and against legal abortion face off during a protest outside the United States Supreme Court.

Why legal abortion is bad precedent: Roe v. Wade critics make the case to Supreme Court

Oct 22, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

As the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn its precedents mandating legal abortion nationwide, critics of legal abortion have argued... Read more

Rebuilding project in Haiti

Christians pray, fast for release of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Oct 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The ringleader behind the kidnappings of 17 missionaries in Haiti has threatened to kill the hostages unless he received his... Read more

Mike Gutelius (center), head football coach of The Catholic University of America, watches the action on the sidelines.

College football coach, Ignatian scholar team up for video project

Oct 22, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Mike Gutelius, head football coach of The Catholic University of America, and world-renowned Catholic speaker, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., set... Read more

Texas state capitol building

Supreme Court to hear challenges to Texas heartbeat law

Oct 22, 2021

By Matt Hadro, Katie Yoder

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider two legal challenges to Texas’ pro-life heartbeat law, just weeks before it... Read more

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more

Bishop Glen Provost of Lake Charles

Bishops of Lake Charles, Raleigh issue statements on Latin Mass

Oct 21, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Three months after the release of Traditionis custodes, Pope Francis’ restrictions on traditional liturgies, U.S. bishops are continuing to implement... Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which hosted the attempted ordination of Anne Tropeano Oct. 16, 2021.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila says Mass for the Transitional Deacon Ordination in 2020.

Denver archbishop denounces ‘anti-Semitic and hateful vandalism’ at two schools

Oct 21, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver denounced recent incidents of “anti-Semitic and hateful vandalism” that occurred at two area schools last... Read more

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Missouri Christian church wins settlement over coronavirus restrictions on worship

Oct 20, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Kansas City-area Baptist megachurch has reached a $150,000 settlement with the county over coronavirus restrictions, with the church claiming... Read more