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Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021.

Pope Francis applauds beatification of monks who died protecting the Eucharist

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from French soldiers in 1799.

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020.

Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied in recent months, and I observe with great concern the increase in military activities,” Pope Francis said April 18.

Sister Stephanie Baliga of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago runs a marathon on a treadmill in 2020.

Chicago's Running Nun talks about faith and sport

Through the Chicago marathon, Sister Stephanie Baliga and her team have raised more than $1.1M for her community's outreach to the poor on the west side of Chicago. She talks with CNA about the intersection of running and her Catholic faith.

Pro-abortion billboard campaign in Kentucky draws pro-life response

“The Catholic Church has a deep and cherished commitment to give voice to the child in the womb and to support mothers in choosing life for their unborn children.”

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Pro-abortion constitutional reform in Mexico paused

The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology.

Dominique Dawes.

Three-time Olympian shares her conversion story

Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes talks about her conversion to the Catholic faith, and how God has been at work in her life and in her gymnastics career.

White House says it will increase refugee cap in May

President Joe Biden will increase the refugee admissions limit by May 15 - after reports that he would keep the refugee cap at its record-low level for this fiscal year. 

NIH reverses restrictions on fetal tissue research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday announced it will not require ethics boards to review federally-funded research proposals using fetal tissue of aborted babies.  

NGO praises Mastercard for trying to curb illegal pornography

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation praised the credit card association Mastercard for implementing new policies to curb illegal pornography.

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican official has said.

USCCB: Permitting mail-order abortion pills places women’s health ‘in serious jeopardy’

The pro-life chair of the U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned that loosening federal regulations of the abortion pill places women’s health “in serious jeopardy.”

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI turns 94 years old

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement from the papacy in 2013, Benedict continues to live a retired life in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on Vatican grounds.

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019

Vatican statement on Ramadan: 'Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope'

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Christian anthropology can renew the West, Vatican foreign minister says

"I retain an optimism that leads me to believe that with due commitment we can rise again," Archbishop Paul Gallagher said.

More states pass bills aimed at protecting women’s sports

State legislatures of West Virginia and Kansas recently passed bills restricting participation in women’s sports to one’s biological sex and not gender identity.

Relics of St. Faustina and Blessed Michał Sopoćko at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Sisak, Croatia.

St. Faustina relic given to Catholic basilica hit by Croatia earthquake

A Catholic basilica in one of the towns most-damaged by an earthquake in Croatia last December recently received a relic of St. Faustina Kowalska.

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland

Why Maine Catholics, unable to meet in person, aren't sheepish about their faith

With the Maine Catholic Youth Meeting taking place virtually for the second year in a row, the Diocese of Portland is trying something new to engage young Catholics - a healthy dose of sheep puns. 

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to a COVID-19 online world.