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Catholic health care giant Ascension to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees

Jul 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic health care network Ascension will mandate coronavirus vaccination for its employees, physicians, volunteers, and vendors. It cited a... Read more

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Ohio enacts health care conscience protections

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Ohio state law now includes conscience protections for medical professionals, after Governor Mike DeWine signed a state budget bill into... Read more

University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics

Jun 26, 2021

The regents of the University of California have advanced a proposal that could end longtime partnerships with Catholic hospitals, as... Read more

Arkansas governor signs landmark medical conscience objection law

Mar 29, 2021

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law on Friday legislation allowing doctors to decline to perform non-emergency medical procedures that... Read more

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020.

Pope Francis honors sacrifice of medical workers who died in coronavirus pandemic

Feb 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the... Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan campaign focuses on lifesaving medication for the poor

Feb 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Lenten campaign launched by Caritas Venezuela is raising money to help poor and vulnerable people in the country buy... Read more

Judge blocks HHS rule protecting doctors who object to transgender surgery

Aug 18, 2020

A federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s rule protecting doctors’ right to object to abortion and transgender surgery, just... Read more

Transgender lawsuit against Catholic hospital cites new US Supreme Court precedent

Jul 20, 2020

A Catholic hospital in Maryland faces a lawsuit from a person who presents as a transgender man because it would... Read more

Virtual conference to address Catholic health care in a time of crisis 

Jul 17, 2020

In a time of significant social and civil upheaval due to a pandemic, civil unrest over racial inequality, and legal... Read more

Catholic non-profit highlights dignity of people with disabilities amid coronavirus

Apr 8, 2020

Amid limited medical supplies, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability released a statement on the sanctity of life, emphasizing that... Read more

Dominicans open hospital in Peru to serve the poor

Feb 22, 2020

A Dominican province in Peru has converted its formation house for aspirants in Lima into a hospital.  Read more

Pope Francis addresses medical personnel at St. Louis Catholic Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand Nov. 21, 2019.

Merciful care should affirm the dignity of the sick, pope tells Catholic hospital in Thailand

Nov 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The dignity of the human person can be recognized and affirmed through loving medical care to the sick and injured,... Read more

Family questions criteria after euthanization of Canadian man

Sep 30, 2019

After Alan Nichols' death by voluntary euthanasia at a British Columbia hospital in July, his family have questioned the imprecision... Read more

Leana Wen speaks at a press conference in Washington DC May 23, 2019.

Ousted Planned Parenthood president says board violating contract on terms of exit

Sep 16, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Dr. Leana Wen, the former president of Planned Parenthood whom the board fired in July amid a dispute over the... Read more

Pope Francis hospital ship.

Hospital boat named 'Pope Francis' sets sail to serve rural Amazon region

Aug 20, 2019

By Courtney Mares

A hospital boat named the “Pope Francis” set sail this week in the Amazon River to bring medical care to... Read more

Catholics outside Asmara, March 2007.

Eritreans suffering from seizure of Catholic health clinics, aid group says

Jul 24, 2019

The Eritrean government’s recent closure of all Catholic-run health clinics in the country will have devastating effects for the people... Read more

Leana Wen speaks at a press conference in Washington DC May 23, 2019.

Amid internal dispute over mission, Planned Parenthood president pushed out

Jul 16, 2019

Citing disagreements with board leaders over whether Planned Parenthood should focus on health care or abortion advocacy, the organization’s president... Read more

Catholics outside Asmara, March 2007.

Eritrean Catholic Church remains opposed to health facilities' closure

Jul 9, 2019

As the Eritrean government continues to seize and close Catholic healthcare sites throughout the country, the Church has denounced the... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholics dedicate Apostles' Fast to pray over clinics' closure

Jun 26, 2019

The head of the Eritrean Catholic Church has called for the Church's faithful to observe the current fasting season in... Read more

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara.

Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Jun 18, 2019

The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics... Read more