National Catholic News

  • Pope Francis: It's time to rediscover amazement, surprise, gratitude
    on June 24, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Vatican City, Jun 24, 2018 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has said Christians should model the amazement, surprise and gratitude of Elizabeth and Zechariah - and their community - at the birth of their son, John. “The whole event of the birth of John the Baptist is surrounded by a […]

  • Meet Sair Del Toro: Hispanic evangelist extraordinaire
    on June 24, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 24, 2018 / 12:15 pm (CNA).- If you ask Sair del Toro to tell you her story, she tells you the stories of other people. Women who have escaped abusive relationships. Gang members who have given their lives to Jesus. Teenagers who found healing after abortion. She hardly […]

  • Why hundreds are still drawn to the powerful legacy of the 'Rosary Priest'
    on June 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Easton, Massachusetts, Jun 24, 2018 / 06:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly three decades after his death, Father Patrick Peyton still receives fan mail. People from all over the world submit letters and electronic notes - intercessory prayer requests and stories of prayers answered in the name of […]

  • #BigFertility: New documentary aims to shed light on the surrogacy industry
    on June 23, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    San Francisco, Calif., Jun 23, 2018 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Becoming a surrogate mother seemed like a natural option for Kelly Martinez, who enjoyed helping people and liked being pregnant. Just 20 years old, she thought working with big surrogacy agencies was a safe way for her to help couples have a […]

  • Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of child porn charges
    on June 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Vatican City, Jun 23, 2018 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of his civil trial in the Vatican, former Holy See diplomat Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella was found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography and given a five-year prison sentence. The priest was also asked to pay a […]

  • Filipino bishops hesitant about priests seeking gun permits
    on June 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Manila, Philippines, Jun 23, 2018 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After three priests were murdered during the last six months, Philippine officials say they have received gun carry permit applications from nearly 250 religious workers, including 188 Catholic priests – but some of the […]

  • Pa. court indefinitely blocks release of clergy sex abuse report
    on June 22, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Harrisburg, Pa., Jun 22, 2018 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The release of a Grand Jury report detailing cases of clerical sex abuse in six of the eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has been blocked by the state’s Supreme Court for unspecified reasons. The court released the unsigned […]

  • During trial, former Vatican diplomat admits viewing child pornography
    on June 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Vatican City, Jun 22, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the start of his Vatican City trial Friday, Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former diplomat for the Holy See, admitted to charges of the possession and distribution of child pornography while working in the U.S. Capella, 51, a former […]

  • 'Not one more death' - Nicaraguan bishops appeal for peace
    on June 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Masaya, Nicaragua, Jun 22, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Amid continued unrest in Nicaragua, Church leaders traveled to the city of Masaya Thursday to pray and appeal for peace. Protests began April 18 after Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced social security and pension reforms. The changes […]

  • Give space peace a chance, Holy See says
    on June 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Vienna, Austria, Jun 22, 2018 / 02:37 pm (CNA).- After U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a new military branch referred to as the “space force,” the Holy See has encouraged a unified, peaceful approach to space exploration. “The Holy See wishes to stress the […]

  • Murdered nuns' opposition to death penalty leads to life in prison for killer
    on June 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Jackson, Miss., Jun 22, 2018 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A man convicted of the 2016 slayings of two religious sisters in Mississippi will not receive the death penalty and will instead spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Rodney Earl Sanders, 48, pled guilty on […]

  • Des Moines diocese defends legality of school grants
    on June 22, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Des Moines, Iowa, Jun 22, 2018 / 10:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After reviewing $844,000 worth of grants that were given by Polk County, Iowa to local Catholic schools a few years back, the Diocese of Des Moines said that it believes the grants complied with state law. “The Roman Catholic […]

  • Pope Francis: Jerusalem must be protected from political disputes
    on June 22, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Vatican City, Jun 22, 2018 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis stressed Friday the important role the Eastern Catholic Churches play in spreading the Gospel given that many of them are concentrated in the Holy Land, and said Jerusalem in particular should be protected from tensions and […]

  • Saints John Fisher and Thomas More: Following God’s law above all else
    on June 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

    London, England, Jun 22, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA).- The feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More is observed as an optional memorial June 22. So that our readers don’t have to fish for more information, CNA has compiled a question-and-answer lowdown on their lives and legacies:Who was St. […]

  • Study finds mounting global restrictions on religion
    on June 22, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2018 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Government restrictions on religion continued to rise across the globe in 2016, according to a recently released Pew study, which linked the stifling of religion to nationalist parties and organizations. “This marks the second year […]

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