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Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a need for more action to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic and promised some exemptions to the mandate for people with health problems or religious exemptions.

Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence

Latin Mass restrictions leave ‘a lot of unanswered questions,’ says Providence bishop

The bishop of Providence says patience and reflection are necessary from all Catholics while bishops study Pope Francis’ motu proprio that restricted traditional liturgies.

House passes spending bills without restrictions on abortion funding

The House this week passed spending bills that would allow funding of abortions both in the United States and abroad.  

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child Victims Act.

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. 

Maura Preszler, author of 'Choosing to See Beauty'. Credit: Hannah Quintana Photography.

Made in His Image founder writes book on trauma, forgiveness, and healing

Maura Preszler grew up in an abusive household, despite the family’s outward Catholic appearance. They went to Mass on Sundays, prayed the rosary together and celebrated the saints’ feast days, but her home was filled with domestic violence behind closed doors. She learned how to keep secrets, she said, and to internalize her feelings, which resulted in a debilitating eating disorder and depression in early adolescence.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014.

UPDATE: Surgeon provides details on Cardinal Sarah's robot-assisted surgery

The 76-year-old cardinal's urological surgery was performed with the help of the da Vinci robot.

World nurses' congress to focus on unity in mission, faith

Held every four years, the upcoming World Congress of Nurses comes at a providential time for many Catholic nurses around the world whose professional skills, families and faith have been sorely tested by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, addresses the July 28 online panel hosted by Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

Confession must be part of talks on worthiness to receive Communion, Nuncio says

The sacrament of confession must be part of the U.S. bishops’ discussions on worthiness to receive Communion, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States said on Wednesday.

Archbishop José Antonio Eguren Anselmi. Credit: Archdiocese of Piura.

Archbishop calls for unity at Peruvian bicentennial 

The Archbishop of Piura on Tuesday encouraged working for unity in Peru and reminded the faithful that neither hatred nor violence are the way to the future, as the nation celebrates its bicentennial.

Professors and students stand in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at The Catholic University of America's campus, to begin building truss number six of Notre Dame Cathedral in France.

A ‘true living medieval experience’: Catholic University students replicate Notre Dame cathedral architecture

Students and professors at the Catholic University of America (CUA) are building a full-scale truss replicating that which was destroyed in a 2019 fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

Flag of India at the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square on January 17, 2016.

In India, Catholic priest jailed for alleged hate speech after political remarks stir controversy

A Catholic priest in southern India who made political remarks, including criticism of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has been arrested for alleged hate speech. The priest denies the charges, and suggested that videos criticizing his remarks were deceptively edited, but apologized for any hurt he may have caused.

Vatican says 5th Catholic bishop consecrated under China agreement

Bishop Li was ordained July 28, after being appointed by Pope Francis in January.

Colombian bishops: Euthanasia is a danger for the frailest and most vulnerable

The Colombian Bishops’ Conference decried the July 22 ruling of the Constitutional Court that expanded access to euthanasia to non-terminally ill patients. It said this practice not only offends the dignity of persons but is a "serious danger to the frailest and most vulnerable in our society.”

Belvedere College, Dublin

Irish Jesuits apologize for ‘shameful’ mishandling of abuse case

Following the leak of the Irish Jesuits’ draft inquiry into sexual abuse committed by a deceased member, the order on Monday acknowledged its “shameful” mishandling of the case. 

Santiago de Compostela cathedral

Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela calls Holy Year ‘a time of grace and encounter’

The Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela emphasized the graces of the current Jubilee Year at the shrine of St. James the Apostle, in a homily on Sunday, the saint’s feast day.

Catholic bishops: New N Ireland abortion intervention is ‘gravely disquieting’

The bishops said the British government had imposed an ‘unjust law.’

Blessed Stanley Rother during a carnival. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Archives.

5 things you need to know about Blessed Stanley Rother

Not much is popularly known about Blessed Stanley Rother, the small town Oklahoma native who was declared blessed in September 2017 by the Catholic Church. These are five things you need to know about this American on the path to sainthood who died 40 years ago today.