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  • Polish bishops pledge greater sensitivity for abuse victims
    on May 24, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Warsaw, Poland, May 24, 2019 / 11:34 am (CNA).- The bishops of Poland are speaking out against sexual abuse, pledging to continue to “eliminate factors conducive to crime” as well as to adopt a more sensitive attitude toward victims than in the past. “We admit that as shepherds […]

  • Pope Francis urges Catholics to help children by supporting adoption
    on May 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Vatican City, May 24, 2019 / 10:39 am (CNA).- Adoption is often a difficult and bureaucratic process, but there are many children who need homes and the Church should step up to help them, Pope Francis said Friday. Speaking May 24 to employees and patients of an Italian hospital for abandoned […]

  • California advances bill to violate sacramental seal
    on May 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Sacramento, Calif., May 24, 2019 / 09:38 am (CNA).- State senators in California have voted to approve a law that would require priests to violate the seal of confession. Senate Bill 360 passed Thursday by an overwhelming margin, with legislators voting 30-2 in favor of the measure. The bill would […]

  • Former airline pilot appointed to lead diocese of Saginaw, MI
    on May 24, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Vatican City, May 24, 2019 / 04:53 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Friday named Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota, the next bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan. In Saginaw, Gruss succeeds Bishop Joseph Robert Cistone, who died Oct. 16, 2018 at the age of 69, after a battle with […]

  • Pro-life student group wins affiliation at Scottish university
    on May 24, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Aberdeen, Scotland, May 24, 2019 / 01:01 am (CNA).- A pro-life group at the University of Aberdeen has been granted affiliation by the school's student association, a month after filing a lawsuit charging unlawful discrimination. “This week, the Aberdeen University Students’ […]

  • Pro-life leaders invite GOP to discuss language surrounding abortion exceptions
    on May 24, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Washington D.C., May 24, 2019 / 12:26 am (CNA).- Shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump insisted that state pro-life laws should include exceptions for rape, incest, and threats to the mother’s life, a group of pro-life leaders invited the Republican party to discuss the way in which the […]

  • Scottish pro-lifers lose appeal of decision allowing self-administered abortion pills
    on May 23, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Edinburgh, Scotland, May 23, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- A pro-life group in Scotland has, for a second time, lost a legal challenge against the government’s decision last year to allow women to self-administer abortion pills at home. “We are greatly saddened by this decision. We have been […]

  • Indian police investigate claim against Cardinal Gracias of failure to report abuse
    on May 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Mumbai, India, May 23, 2019 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Police in India are investigating a claim that Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay and two auxiliary bishops covered up an accusation of clerical sexual abuse involving a minor that reportedly occurred four years ago. In 2015, a 13 year-old boy was […]

  • China's technological controls keep Christians under constant surveillance
    on May 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Beijing, China, May 23, 2019 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- As the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests approaches, the Chinese Communist Party is utilizing authoritarian tactics old and new to crack down on Christians. High tech means of controlling religious observance include facial […]

  • Georgetown Visitation alumnae respond to ‘heartbreaking betrayal’
    on May 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Former students of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School have published an open letter challenging a recent decision they say undermines the Catholic identity of the school. “The false choice you have set up, between embracing the truth of […]

  • Pro-life activist conceived in rape addresses Alabama abortion law
    on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recently signed the Human Life Protection Act into law. The legislation would make performing or attempting to perform an abortion a felony in the state. The bill permits exceptions if the life of the mother is at risk, but […]

  • Chemical abortions may be slowing the decline in US abortions
    on May 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 12:19 pm (CNA).- While the number of abortions procured in the US has steadily declined in recent decades, recent data indicate that this decline may be slowing as the use of chemical abortions rises. The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life […]

  • The Holy Spirit came as fire, not a schedule, Pope Francis tells Catholic charity
    on May 23, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Vatican City, May 23, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Thursday condemned an exaggerated focus on plans and agendas which do not leave room for the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit. He cautioned against “those particular churches, those who do so much in the organization, plans, to […]

  • Pelosi says pro-life laws show ‘lack of respect’ for women
    on May 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has condemned the recent passage of pro-life laws in several states and accused pro-life lawmakers of being afraid of women. “This is about lack of respect for women,” said Pelosi on Wednesday […]

  • 'The Eucharist is only in this Church'- How one 2019 convert found, and embraced, the Catholic Church
    on May 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Washington D.C., May 23, 2019 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Elise Amez-Droz’s journey to the Catholic Church began in a place well known for religious fervor, but not exactly known for Catholicism: Salt Lake City, Utah. While at a conference in Salt Lake City, Amez-Droz, 24, met someone who was […]

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