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  • Disagreements escalate over Notre-Dame rebuilding project
    on November 15, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Paris, France, Nov 15, 2019 / 12:35 am (CNA).- Tensions are reportedly running high between French authorities overseeing the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, as they create plans to rebuild the church damaged by fire earlier this year. Army General Jean-Louis Georgelin and the […]

  • Church in Mexico hails election of Archbishop Gomez as USCCB president
    on November 15, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico, Nov 14, 2019 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop Alfonso Gerardo Miranda Guardiola, auxiliary bishop of Monterrey, has welcomed the election of Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles as president of the US bishops' conference, calling it an “eloquent sign” for […]

  • Planned Parenthood launches web tool to promote abortion clinics
    on November 15, 2019 at 1:49 am

    New York City, N.Y., Nov 14, 2019 / 06:49 pm (CNA).- Planned Parenthood is already the largest abortion provider in the U.S., and its new web tool aims to direct more women to its abortion clinics. The “Abortion Care Finder” tool, located on the abortion provider’s website, shows […]

  • Analysis: The USCCB 'abortion debate,' and what came after
    on November 15, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2019 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- On Tuesday, 69 U.S. bishops voted against the inclusion of a paragraph in a letter they plan to soon publish. Within hours, a conservative social media figure said those bishops “are not Catholic,” and ignited an online firestorm. […]

  • Statement of 11 nations opposes 'reproductive rights' focus of Nairobi Summit
    on November 15, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Nairobi, Kenya, Nov 14, 2019 / 05:35 pm (CNA).- On the sidelines of the Nairobi Summit, the US and 10 other nations delivered a joint statement Thursday indicating their commitment to women's health, and their concern over the summit's process and content. The statement echoes concerns that the […]

  • Catholic identity carefully guarded at CRS, bishop says
    on November 14, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2019 / 04:20 pm (CNA).- Adhering to Church teaching is a priority for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and policies are in place to ensure it is not complicit in immoral activities as it partners with groups that do not hold Catholic beliefs, said the bishop who heads the […]

  • Congressional committee examines state pro-life measures
    on November 14, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Washington D.C., Nov 14, 2019 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- A House of Representatives committee will hold a hearing on Thursday to investigate restrictions on abortion clinics passed in pro-life states.  The hearing, titled “Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health […]

  • 'We need to become an evangelizing Church,' says new USCCB VP
    on November 14, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- The new vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference says that he wants to help bring a spirit of evangelism to the conference as organized religion continues to decline in the U.S. “We need to become an evangelizing Church where the […]

  • Pope Francis: Tech companies have a responsibility to protect children
    on November 14, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Vatican City, Nov 14, 2019 / 10:39 am (CNA).- In a speech to the head of major global tech companies, Pope Francis said Thursday that protecting children from evils such as trafficking and pornography requires a recognition of the limits of online freedom. “A crucial aspect of the […]

  • Pope’s cousin, a Salesian missionary, to join papal entourage in Thailand
    on November 14, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Bangkok, Thailand, Nov 14, 2019 / 09:15 am (CNA).- Salesian Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, Pope Francis’ second cousin who has been a missionary in Thailand for over 50 years, will be in attendance during papal meetings in the country later this month. While in Bangkok Nov. 20-23, Sivori, 77, will […]

  • Pope Francis urges dialogue in face of ongoing jihadist violence in Burkina Faso
    on November 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Vatican City, Nov 14, 2019 / 07:10 am (CNA).- Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750 people in the West African country this year.  “I address a special thought to dear Burkina Faso, who for […]

  • Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit head of Vatican's economy secretariat
    on November 14, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Vatican City, Nov 14, 2019 / 04:47 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Nov. 14 appointed Spanish Jesuit Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, following the expiration of Cardinal George Pell’s term in February. From Merida, Spain, Guerrero, 60, will begin his […]

  • Catholic group to start holistic addiction recovery home in Kentucky 
    on November 14, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Lexington, Ky., Nov 14, 2019 / 03:12 am (CNA).- A Kentucky diocese is leasing a tenantless building to a Catholic charity to create a holistic recovery program for people in the area struggling with drug addictions. “It's an exciting possibility,” said Jenny Ramsay, co-founder and […]

  • What people with intellectual disabilities can teach us about friendship
    on November 14, 2019 at 7:38 am

    South Bend, Ind., Nov 14, 2019 / 12:38 am (CNA).- When French Catholic Jean Vanier brought two men with intellectual disabilities to live with him in his home, he did so more out of a sense of religious duty than anything else. But as time went on, he began to realize that what the men needed was […]

  • CRS provides relief to Bangladeshis affected by Cyclone Bulbul
    on November 14, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov 13, 2019 / 11:01 pm (CNA).- After the dissipation of Cyclone Bulbul, Catholic organizations have provided aid to the victims in Bangladesh, and assessed the immediate and long term needs of those recovering from the storm. The cyclone made landfall in India's West Bengal […]

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