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Protests in Havana, July 11, 2021.

Cuban priest decries summary trials of protesters without a defense lawyer

Participants in last month’s protests of Cuba’s communist government are facing summary trials without adequate legal aid, a Jesuit priest... Read more

The US Penitentiary at Terre Haute.

US Justice Department halts federal executions

US Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a moratorium on federal executions while the Department of Justice conducts a review of... Read more

Demonstrators pray the rosary near the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020,

For justice and healing: Catholics explain why they marched

Catholics around the country told CNA that they attended recent protests against racism and police brutality in cities, suburbs, and... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 30, 2020.

Pope Francis: Trust in the mercy and justice of God

Pope Francis said Monday that the Church can trust in the mercy and justice of God.  Read more

Hospitals, states consider how to distribute healthcare if coronavirus surges

In Italy, which has the most deaths from coronavirus, some doctors have said they have had to overlook older patients... Read more

How should healthcare be distributed when hospitals are overwhelmed?

As there are concerns over the ability of the healthcare system to manage the coronavirus pandemic, discussions are being had... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address via video livestream March 11, 2020.

Pope Francis: Humanity needs Christ's justice

Pope Francis said Wednesday Catholics must spread the Gospel to a world which hungers and thirsts for the justice of... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience May 2, 2018.

Moon landing should inspire 'even greater goals,' Pope Francis urges

Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, encouraging Catholics to look to that great event for... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis highlights virtue of justice in healthy society

Pope Francis on Saturday called on Italian judges to better society through their work, emphasizing the virtue of justice in... Read more

Vatican official laments lack of fair trade label for commercial fishing

An upcoming world congress by the Catholic organization Apostleship of the Sea will focus on the plight of fishermen, who... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 30, 2016.

Victims always come first, Pope tells trafficking summit

Pope Francis asked judges, prosecutors and magistrates gathered at the Vatican for a summit on human trafficking this week to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Feb. 3, 2016 general audience in St Peter's Square.

Do mercy and justice contradict each other? Pope Francis says no

When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis,... Read more

Pope Francis in Florence on Nov. 10, 2015.

In Tuscany, Pope Francis says proximity overcomes indifference

Pope Francis today traveled to the Tuscan city of Prato, where he told the city’s labor force – many Chinese... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014.

Defend others before the Father, Pope Francis urges

In his daily homily Pope Francis warned that those who judge others are “obsessed” and far from God, stating that... Read more

Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun speaks with CNA in her office on May 24, 2014

Vatican is the 'oil' keeping Bethlehem's star lit, mayor observes

The first woman mayor of the town where Jesus was born referred to the strong connection they have with the... Read more

President Barack Obama speaks during the 50th Anniversary of March on Washington.

Crowds in DC urged to continue work of Martin Luther King

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Bishop urges US to respect rights of Guantanamo detainees

The U.S. bishops’ international justice head told the U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel that detainees held on terrorism charges... Read more