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Graduates process across the historic St. Mary’s University campus in San Antonio toward their commencement ceremony in 2018.

Catholic university grads report high levels of fulfillment, moral thinking, survey finds

Jun 28, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The study found that in areas such as life goals, graduates of Catholic universities and colleges had more of a... Read more

Mary Rice Hasson has been a three-time keynote speaker for the Vatican at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She currently serves as the Kate O’Beirne Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School.

Mary Rice Hasson named visiting fellow for Franciscan University’s Veritas Center

Mar 12, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Hasson co-founded and directs the Person and Identity Project, which offers resources to help parents, churches, and teachers navigate gender... Read more

University of Dallas President Dr. Jonathan Sanford speaks at the Heritage Foundation on Feb. 8, 2024.

University of Dallas president: Mission of higher ed is open debate in pursuit of truth

Feb 12, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

University of Dallas President Jonathan J. Sanford expressed concerns about the level of politicization that reigns in American universities. Read more


Catholic University fires professor who hosted ‘abortion doula’ in class

Jan 30, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

An email from the school’s president, Peter Kilpatrick, obtained by CNA said that the school began an investigation into the... Read more

Portiuncula chapel on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Catholic higher ed in 2023: 3 universities that thrived, 1 that decided to close its doors

Dec 29, 2023

By Kate Quiñones

CNA took a closer look at three Catholic universities that experienced impressive growth in 2023 and one that will be... Read more


Catholic Distance University renamed Catholic International University, plans expansion

Nov 21, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The name change is meant “to adjust to the new technologies and the reality of our university that is going... Read more

In 2021, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, named Vincent D. Rougeau as the first lay president of the Jesuit college.

Report: Leadership of Catholic colleges shifting as religious vocations plummet

Jul 25, 2023

By Daniel Payne

A report found that the leadership of U.S. Catholic colleges and universities “has been progressively handed over by the sponsoring... Read more

Shellyne Rodriguez vandalized a pro-life display on May 2 that was sponsored by Students for Life of America.

UPDATE: NYC professor who vandalized student pro-life display is fired

May 23, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A professor at Hunter College in New York City had vandalized a pro-life display on May 2 that was sponsored... Read more

Ashley Banks and her son Jakori (left) and Janyla (right) at MiraVia on Dec. 12, 2019.

MiraVia maternity home brings hope and life to pregnant students in North Carolina

May 23, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The MiraVia maternity home on the campus of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina has helped more 60 pregnant and... Read more

A drag performer dresses up as a Catholic religious sister and dances provocatively on stage while wearing a gay pride flag.

Students protesting annual drag show at Catholic university threatened with violence

May 19, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A group of students protesting an annual drag show at Loyola University Chicago said a group of counterprotesters destroyed their... Read more

Abbot Placid Solari, 70, chancellor of Belmont Abbey Catholic College in Belmont, North Carolina.

A monk’s radical proposal for college today: ‘We’re convinced there is objective truth to be learned’ 

Apr 6, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

To Abbot Placid Solari, a Benedictine monk who serves as Belmont Abbey’s chancellor, the Catholic faith and college naturally go... Read more

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

Cornell rejects student group’s call for ‘trigger warnings’

Apr 5, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The leaders of Cornell University have rejected a student resolution advocating that the university mandate “content warnings for traumatic content... Read more


Witnesses tell House panel that speech is being silenced on college campuses 

Mar 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Four witnesses testified to the absence of free speech at public universities and alleged bias against conservative and religious students... Read more

Patrick Callahan, director of the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, founded in 2015 by Bishop James Conley for education in the New Evangelization

This college’s Newman Institute is attracting non-Catholics with its ‘Catholicism 101’ class

Dec 18, 2022

By Anna Youell

Almost half of the students who signed up for the Catholicism 101 class at the University of Nebraska’s Newman Institute... Read more

Hand wearing gay pride rainbow wristband making a power fist gesture in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Via Shutterstock

Methodist-linked university’s Christian conduct code under fire from LGBT advocates

Sep 22, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Do church-affiliated universities and Christian moral codes have a place in higher ed? Critics of Seattle Pacific University, it seems,... Read more

Applications are open for the new scholarship program established by the Bellarmine Fund.

Follow in the footsteps of St. Robert Bellarmine: scholarships for scholars

A new scholarship program aims to support future members of the workforce with an “authentically Catholic” education. Read more

Peter Kilpatrick, the new president of The Catholic University of America, addresses students, staff, and faculty at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 1, 2022, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, new Catholic University president urges students

Sep 1, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Peter Kilpatrick has a background in the hard sciences but spoke to students about matters of the soul, urging them... Read more

A photo of the earth by the crew of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, which entered lunar orbit Dec. 24, 1968. Credit: NASA/Bill Anders.

Grant to fund network of Catholic thought institutes, fostering faith-science dialogue

Feb 18, 2022

By Kate Olivera

A Chicago-based Catholic nonprofit has been awarded more than $3.6 million to assist the launch of a national network of... Read more

Williams Memorial Chapel at the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri.

Christian college argues against co-ed housing requirement in appellate court

Nov 18, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Attorneys representing a Christian college in Missouri delivered oral arguments Nov. 17 in federal court, seeking to preserve the school’s... Read more


UK bill would fine universities for failing to protect free speech

May 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if... Read more