National Catholic News

  • Iowa religious freedom bill sets 'highest standard' for government, backers say
    on February 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- An effort to restore strong religious freedom protections in Iowa has the backing of the state Catholic conference and others who say there should be a high threshold for any state interference with the free exercise of religion. While the […]

  • Supreme Court rejects California county’s continued ban on indoor worship
    on February 27, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 12:01 pm (CNA).- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a California county’s continued ban on indoor worship services due to the coronavirus pandemic, drawing the praise of a local bishop.  “I join all Catholics and people of faith in Santa Clara […]

  • Pope Francis says seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety when he was younger
    on February 27, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Vatican City, Feb 27, 2021 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday. The pope spoke with an Argentine journalist about his physical and mental […]

  • House passes COVID relief, pro-life groups warn it funds abortion
    on February 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).- The House passed a massive COVID relief bill early on Saturday morning, without protections against abortion funding.   After debating the bill on Friday evening and voting on early Saturday morning, the House passed the $1.9 trillion […]

  • St. Dominic entrusted this Marian icon to nuns in Rome 800 years ago
    on February 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Eight hundred years ago, a barefoot St. Dominic carried an icon of the Virgin Mary across Rome to entrust the Marian image to a new community of cloistered nuns, who have safeguarded the icon within the walls of their convent to this day. The icon, […]

  • How a former heroin addict unearthed a book of Irish martyrs
    on February 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

    CNA Staff, Feb 27, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- For Damien Richardson, it just seemed like another job. A man had asked him if he would clear out the house of his late sister in north Dublin.  Richardson, a waste contractor, set to work. His house clearance method didn’t involve throwing […]

  • Courage offers virtual Lenten reflection
    on February 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Denver Newsroom, Feb 27, 2021 / 03:48 am (CNA).- As pandemic restrictions continue to affect in-person events, a pair of ministries for people with same-sex attraction and their loved ones is hosting a free, virtual Lenten reflection to foster spiritual growth and community. The day of […]

  • Vancouver archbishop asks officials to ease ban on religious services
    on February 27, 2021 at 12:05 am

    CNA Staff, Feb 26, 2021 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- As religious services in British Columbia are still shut down by government orders, a Catholic archbishop is asking the government to reconsider and offer religious institutions the same rights as businesses. On Feb. 19, Archbishop J. Michael Miller […]

  • Amazon faces questions over removal of transgender-critical book
    on February 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2021 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Online retailer Amazon is still facing questions several days after it removed a book critiquing the transgender movement.    Ryan Anderson, who was recently appointed president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), said earlier […]

  • Spain to permit feminist marches, while restricting worship services
    on February 26, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Madrid, Spain, Feb 26, 2021 / 03:11 pm (CNA).- While maintaining restrictions on transit, gatherings, and worship services amid the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish authorities will allow marches for International Women’s Day next month. Various feminist organizations are already calling for […]

  • Female athletes can’t be silent when forced to compete with males, attorney argues
    on February 26, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2021 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- Girls cannot be silent when forced to compete against biological males in athletics, one attorney argued on Friday.   In the case of Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, several female athletes had sued over Connecticut’s policy […]

  • USCCB opposes lack of pro-life protections in COVID relief bill
    on February 26, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Washington D.C., Feb 26, 2021 / 11:02 am (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is opposing the COVID relief package currently under consideration in the House, over its lack of pro-life protections.    In a digital campaign, the USCCB wrote that although the American […]

  • Australia’s Catholic bishops issue plenary council working document
    on February 26, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 26, 2021 / 06:05 am (CNA).- Australia’s Catholic bishops on Thursday issued a working document ahead of the first assembly of a landmark plenary council in October. The text, released on Feb. 25, will inform discussions at the first plenary council of the Australian […]

  • Head of German Catholic bishops: ‘I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it’
    on February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

    CNA Staff, Feb 26, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing told journalists at a press conference on Feb. 25 that it was necessary […]

  • As Fr Pfleger abuse inquiry continues, Chicago archdiocese counters 'misconceptions' of priest's supporters
    on February 26, 2021 at 2:01 am

    Chicago, Ill., Feb 25, 2021 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Defenders of outspoken activist priest Fr. Michael Pfleger are wrong to claim an investigation has cleared him of decades-old sexual abuse allegations or to claim that the priest was singled out, the Archdiocese of Chicago has said. “It is […]

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