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A bronze sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims.

Today begins week of reflection prior to the International Day of Prayer against Trafficking

Feb 2, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The day will be held on Feb. 8, the feast of St. Bakhita, a symbol in the Church of the... Read more


Investment firm develops Catholic faith-aligned 401(k) plan

Jan 1, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

A Denver-based investment firm is working to develop a 401(k) retirement plan that filters out stocks that promote behavior in... Read more

More than 200 world leaders at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Nov. 18, 2023, signed the “New York Commitment,” which seeks to restore the original meaning of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion the 75th anniversary of its proclamation.

World leaders seek to restore original meaning of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nov 20, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The fifth Transatlantic Summit organized by The Political Network for Values (PNfV) last week brought together more than 200 leaders... Read more

The Romeike family fled from Germany in order to homeschool their children, and now faces deportation from the U.S.

Congress members urge DOJ to reject deportation of German family who sought asylum in US

Oct 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Romeikes were granted deferred action status in 2013 after conflicts with the German government about home-schooling their children. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matalgalpa, Nicaragua.

Imprisoned Nicaraguan bishop nominated for European Parliament human rights award

Sep 25, 2023

By Diego López Marina

The European Parliament announced the nominees for the 2023 Sakharov Prize, which honors persons and organizations who defend human rights... Read more

An undated ID photo of journalist Evan Gershkovich.

24-hour read-a-thon highlights wrongful detention of WSJ journalist Evan Gerschkovich

Jul 19, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

Journalists, as well as family and friends, are gathering in D.C., London, and Singapore to highlight the unjust arrest of... Read more

Photo from a scene in "Sound of Freedom," released in theaters on July 4, 2023.

‘Sound of Freedom’ makes history at the box office

Jul 18, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The independent, crowd-sourced film that no major studio wanted to touch continues to over-perform thanks to the support of millions. Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

UN human rights council passes religious hatred resolution amid U.S., European opposition

Jul 12, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The resolution urges member states to more aggressively prosecute acts of religious-based antagonism.  Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, during the indictment presented by the dictatorship of Nicaragua on Jan. 10, 2023.

Congressman renews request to visit bishop imprisoned by Nicaraguan dictatorship

Jul 7, 2023

By David Ramos

Rep. Chris Smith said he remains very concerned about the safety and well-being of Bishop Rolando José Álvarez after writing... Read more

Jennifer Bryson served as a lead interrogator at the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba between 2004 and 2006. She spoke with EWTN News In Depth’s Colm Flynn in an exclusive interview that aired on May 26, 2023, just days before Pope Francis released his prayer intention for June calling for an end to torture around the world.

Former Guantanamo Bay interrogator speaks about torture, conscience, and faith

Jun 17, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

Jennifer Bryson, a former lead interrogator at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, recently talked with EWTN News In Depth’s Colm... Read more

Scene from "Sound of Freedom" starring Jim Caviezel, out in theaters on July 4, 2023.

Jim Caviezel: ‘Sound of Freedom’ is ‘best film I’ve done since “The Passion of the Christ”’

Jun 15, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The actor spoke to CNA about his new film, which tells the true story of a federal agent who has... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June

May 31, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

In a new video released by the Vatican, the pope asks how humans have the capacity to be so cruel... Read more


U.S. House passes bill to combat forced organ harvesting

Mar 28, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bill, authored by Catholic Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, had nearly unanimous support, passing in a 412-2 vote. It... Read more

Map of Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan bishops express concern for thousands who are leaving the country

Nov 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

In an Advent message issued Nov. 16, the bishops acknowledged “ the concerns we have about the social, political, and... Read more


ADF calls on human rights commission to defend religious freedom in Mexico and Nicaragua

Nov 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

“Latin America is currently experiencing a surge of human rights abuses in the area of religious freedom,” stated Tomás Henriquez,... Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaking at the Vatican on Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle defends Vatican-China deal

Oct 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has defended the Vatican’s decision to renew its provisional agreement with China on the appointment of... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen’s second day in court: Magistrate rules there is sufficient evidence

Sep 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

On Tuesday, Cardinal Joseph Zen’s second day in court in Hong Kong, the magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence... Read more

Former Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom will be the keynote speaker at the March for the Martyrs,

This Muslim NBA vet is marching for persecuted Christians on Saturday

Sep 23, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Enes Kanter Freedom, a practicing Muslim from Turkey, will be speaking at the Sept. 24 March for the Martyrs in... Read more

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos is surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022. The bishop's detention was cited in a Sept. 13, 2022, U.N. human-rights report.

UN human rights report on Nicaragua cites ‘attacks on Catholic Church’

Sep 15, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

The United Nations Human Rights Council released a report Sept. 13 that condemned the regime of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega. Read more

Pavica Vojnović (right) and Lidia Rieder outside the Mannheim court.

German court rules in favor of right to pray near abortion counseling facility

Sep 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Silent prayer gatherings near an abortion counseling facility in a German town cannot be prohibited, according to a ruling by... Read more