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  • Phoenix Eucharistic retreat seeks to foster sacramental devotion
    on March 24, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Phoenix, Ariz., Mar 24, 2019 / 03:26 pm (CNA).- At the end of this month, the Diocese of Phoenix will host a retreat that aims to inspire devotion to and education on the Eucharist. According to Catholic Sun, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted expressed hope that the event will help participants […]

  • Pope Francis tells Catholics to not abuse God's mercy
    on March 24, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Vatican City, Mar 24, 2019 / 07:09 am (CNA).- The mercy of God is not an invitation to “spiritual laziness,” but requires a sincere and prompt response from those who want to grow in holiness, Pope Francis said Sunday. “Despite the barrenness which sometimes marks our existence, […]

  • Montreal priest stabbed at Mass 'eager' to return
    on March 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Montreal, Canada, Mar 23, 2019 / 03:19 pm (CNA).- Father Claude Grou is out of the hospital and grateful for the groundswell of support he received after he was stabbed by an assailant while celebrating a televised Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal Friday morning. The 77-year-old […]

  • Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of cover-up
    on March 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Vatican City, Mar 23, 2019 / 09:21 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Saturday accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, who has faced accusations that he was involved in covering up the crimes of several abusive priests. Cardinal Ezzati’s […]

  • Disability rights activists protest assisted suicide bills as dangerous, discriminatory
    on March 23, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Washington D.C., Mar 23, 2019 / 04:17 am (CNA).- As multiple states consider assisted suicide legislation, disability activists are speaking out, saying the bills are slippery slopes that put the lives of people with disabilities at risk. Connecticut lawmakers are now considering HB 5898, […]

  • Catholics bring pro-life voices to the UN Commission for Women
    on March 22, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    New York City, N.Y., Mar 22, 2019 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- As participants in the UN Commission for Women’s annual gathering advocated for increased international access to abortion, side events hosted by the Vatican and other Catholic groups presented a pro-life perspective on women’s […]

  • Proposed changes to mercury regulations 'troubling,' bishops say
    on March 22, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2019 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- A proposal to ease regulations on mercury pollution levels in the air fails to show proper respect for human life and health, said the heads of two committees at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Friday. “The proposed change to the […]

  • In Edmonton, growth puts pressure on Catholic school enrollment
    on March 22, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Edmonton, Canada, Mar 22, 2019 / 01:16 pm (CNA).- Edmonton’s Catholic schools are at full capacity and may soon have to turn away students, although school district officials are hopeful that new funding from the Alberta government will be announced. The Edmonton Catholic School District […]

  • Pope: Education, encounter are key in furthering access to clean water
    on March 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Vatican City, Mar 22, 2019 / 11:13 am (CNA).- In a message for World Water Day, Pope Francis stressed the need to remember the suffering of billions of people who do not have reliable access to clean water in their homes. “Joint work is essential to eradicate this evil [of a lack of access […]

  • Catholic priest in Montreal stabbed during Mass
    on March 22, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Montreal, Canada, Mar 22, 2019 / 09:38 am (CNA).- A Catholic priest in Montreal is in stable condition after being stabbed during Friday morning Mass. One suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the attack. Fr. Claude Grou, rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory, was celebrating Mass […]

  • Civil disobedience is a fundamental right, says Venezuelan cardinal
    on March 22, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Caracas, Venezuela, Mar 22, 2019 / 03:02 am (CNA).- A Venezuelan cardinal has called on state security forces to exercise civil disobedience when given orders to use lethal force against citizens. “State security agencies exist not to take care of the government but to take care of the […]

  • St John Paul II’s abuse record defended by his long-time secretary
    on March 21, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Krakow, Poland, Mar 21, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a personal friend and close collaborator of St. John Paul II, this week defended the Polish pope’s record on the abuse crisis, which has lately come under criticism from some areas. “The emerging opinions that […]

  • US Catholics' awareness of Christian persecution increasing
    on March 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2019 / 03:54 pm (CNA).- Nearly half of American Catholics say global persecution of Christians is “very severe,” a 16 percent increase from a year ago, according to a new survey commissioned by the papal charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Despite this […]

  • 'We're in a very different time now': Montreal officials oust crucifix from City Hall
    on March 21, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Montreal, Canada, Mar 21, 2019 / 03:32 pm (CNA).- Montreal’s City Hall doesn’t need Christ, officials have said. A crucifix that has hung on the wall of Montreal’s City Hall since 1937, reminding city officials to let God guide their decisions, will be taken down for a renovation […]

  • Indiana legislature fails to restore two genders to driver’s licenses
    on March 21, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Indianapolis, Ind., Mar 21, 2019 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Indiana lawmakers did not act to restore gender options on driver’s licenses as “male” or “female” after the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced it would allow for a third “non-specified gender,” but […]

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