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Mercy Health Perrysburg Hospital in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ohio hospital system offers clarification on ‘medically necessary abortions’ report

Jun 29, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

A spokesperson for a major Catholic hospital system based in Ohio clarified to CNA this week that the system does... Read more

The Biden administration holds that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) can be used to require emergency room doctors to perform abortions.

Biden administration launches reporting tool for health law at center of abortion dispute

May 23, 2024

By Daniel Payne, Tyler Arnold

At the center of the dispute is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). Read more

Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, Michigan belongs to the network of Ascension Health facilities in 19 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Cyberattack on largest Catholic hospital chain in the U.S. disrupts care 

May 9, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Ascension Health, the largest chain of Catholic hospitals in the U.S. is investigating a cyberattack that has affected “access to... Read more


Catholic hospital under fire for naming euthanasia provider as palliative care director

Sep 16, 2023

By Anna Farrow

Dr. Danielle Kain is a palliative care specialist who is both a staunch proponent and practitioner of euthanasia. Read more

Historic Tower at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Franciscans return to Walter Reed after contract controversy resolved

Jun 15, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The friars’ longtime ministry was interrupted when their contract for pastoral services expired on March 31, just before Holy Week. Read more


U.S. bishops: Catholic health care providers shouldn’t perform ‘gender transition’ procedures

Mar 20, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The procedures “do not respect the fundamental order of the human person as an intrinsic unity of body and soul,... Read more

The historic Fatebenefratelli Hospital, on Rome’s Tiber Island.

Vatican steps in to help failing Catholic hospital in Rome

Oct 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The historic Fatebenefratelli Hospital is located on Rome’s Tiber Island. Read more

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis creates new Vatican foundation for Catholic hospitals facing financial difficulties

Oct 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The foundation for Catholic healthcare will support institutions worldwide. 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

Conjoined twins can have 'normal lives' after Vatican hospital performs separation surgery

Jul 8, 2020

Twins who were conjoined at the head are likely to return home within months from the Vatican’s pediatric hospital where... Read more

Busy Nurse's Station In Modern Hospital.

NY Catholic hospital to become specialist COVID-19 center

Mar 20, 2020

A Catholic hospital in western New York will become the state’s first hospital entirely dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients, it... 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

Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia required to offer assisted suicide, euthanasia

Sep 20, 2019

A Catholic hospital in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia will now be required to offer assisted suicide and euthanasia... Read more

October 23, 2018- Protestors in Love Park in Philadelphia in response to a Trump administrations memo defining gender as an unchangable biological trait.

Catholic hospital group sued for refusing transgender hysterectomy

Mar 25, 2019

A group of five Catholic hospitals in California is being sued by a woman who identifies as a transgender man... Read more

Newborn babies at the Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Photo: Courtesy of  Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation

There's room for newborn babies at Bethlehem's Catholic hospital

Dec 20, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A half mile away from the Nativity Church, the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem also strives to be a special... Read more

Leo Varadkar.

Irish prime minister: Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions

Jun 15, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the... Read more

Mercy Health logo.

Condom giveaways, needle exchanges—Are Catholic hospitals called to more?

Apr 8, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A clean needle exchange program that distributes condoms is hosted in the parking lot of an Ohio Catholic hospital, and... Read more

In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Aug 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

Pope orders Belgian religious group to stop offering euthanasia to patients

Aug 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis is cracking down on a Belgian Brothers of Charity-run organization, giving the group until the end of August... Read more

In historic move, Irish nuns to give up three Dublin hospitals

May 30, 2017

Ireland's Sisters of Charity will end their management of three Dublin hospitals, the sisters have announced, saying they will hand... Read more