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Our elders are lonely – do we care?

Dec 26, 2017

By Mary Farrow

It was August in Rome, the dog days of summer, and most people had left the Eternal City for the... Read more

Texas bishop: Don't deport mother of young cancer patient

Aug 9, 2017

Deportation to Mexico of the mother of a cancer-stricken girl would be cruelty, the Bishop of El Paso has said.  Read more

Charlie Gard holds metal of St. Jude.

Charlie Gard was baptized, held St. Jude medal before death

Jul 31, 2017

Charlie Gard, an 11 month-old British infant who made headlines around the world over a fierce legal battle on parental... Read more

Judge axes order reducing jail time for sterilized inmates

Jul 28, 2017

Tennessee Judge Sam Benningfield has rescinded his controversial order offering reduced sentences to prisoners who would undergo sterilization procedures.  Read more

Charlie Gard. Photo via Charlie Gard's GoFundMe page.

Charlie Gard's family could be allowed permanent US residency

Jul 19, 2017

Amid the Gard family's legal battle in the U.K. to pursue experimental treatment for their infant son, a committee in... Read more

Chemical attack in Syria 'shocks the soul,' says top US bishop

Apr 5, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious and political leaders have renewed calls for peace as they decried dozens of reported civilian deaths by poison gas... Read more

Forced abortion in China cost a UN agency millions in US funds

Apr 4, 2017

The United States has ended funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), saying the agency's support for Chinese population... Read more

Priest relocated over threats from drug lords in Argentina

Mar 16, 2017

A diocese in Argentina has decided to transfer a priest after a series of threats he's received for protesting the... Read more

At the Mexico border, Catholic bishops unite for migrants

Feb 16, 2017

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, Catholic bishops of both countries stressed the right of people to migrate and the need for... Read more


Doctor cleared after having family 'hold down' patient during euthanasia

Feb 2, 2017

A Dutch doctor who drugged an elderly woman and had her restrained as she fought lethal injection has been cleared... Read more

Jose Manuel Roas Trivino and Pablo Roas. Photo courtesy of Jose Manuel Roas Trivino.

The story of a father who runs marathons with his disabled son

Feb 2, 2017

Most fathers like to share their hobbies with their sons. But for José Manuel this proved a challenge – given... Read more

Collette of Collettey's Cookies.

Young baker with Down Syndrome an international sensation

Jan 26, 2017

Meet Collette: a talented young baker from the Boston area, who has been working on her own original cookie recipes... Read more

In Philippines, brutal drug war prompts Catholic outcry

Jan 25, 2017

Catholic leaders have spoken out against a drug war that has left thousands dead, and the Philippines' new president is... Read more

Sofia Vergara.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own frozen embryos

Dec 9, 2016

Emma and Isabella are suing their mother, Sofia Vergara, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.  Read more

Euthanasia of alcoholic father sends 'dangerous' message

Dec 2, 2016

By Mary Farrow

A doctor in the Netherlands performed euthanasia on a 41 year-old father of two who claimed his alcoholism had made... Read more

China's 'disgraceful' human rights record gets worse every year

Oct 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

China’s “utterly disgraceful” human rights record is not just bad, it’s getting worse every year, a new Congressional report has... Read more

Police crime tape closes the entrance of Tsukui Yamayuri En care home on July 27, 2016 in Sagamihara, Japan.

Why Japan won't release the names of its knife attack victims

Sep 13, 2016

By Mary Farrow

In late July, the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II left 19 people dead and 26 people... Read more

The problem with killing coma patients for their organs

Sep 8, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

There are severe ethical shortcomings in a British doctor's proposal to help unconscious patients die so their organs can be... Read more

Was it a mistake to lift the arms embargo against Vietnam?

May 23, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. lifted its decades-long arms embargo with Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit there, human rights advocates argued... Read more

Prescription bottle.

'Don’t go there' – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

May 10, 2016

The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia... Read more