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  • Thousands of bones discovered in search for long-missing Vatican teen
    on July 23, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Vatican City, Jul 22, 2019 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- The search for the remains of missing 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi took another twist as Vatican officials discovered “thousands” of human bones in a previously unknown ossuary on Saturday. It is unclear if any of the bones belong to […]

  • UK High Court to hear case on medical treatment of Tafida Raqeeb
    on July 23, 2019 at 12:01 am

    London, England, Jul 22, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- The High Court has agreed to hear in September a bid from the parents of Tafida Raqeeb to take her to Italy for treatment. The five-year-old girl has been comatose since February, and UK doctors want to remove her life-sustaining treatment. The UK […]

  • Chinese leaders say US is ‘fabricating lies’ about millions of detained Uighurs
    on July 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Xinjiang, China, Jul 22, 2019 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Chinese government officials denied mistreating the country’s ethnic Uighur population and said there is “no evidence” that the country is hostile to the minority group’s religion or culture, adding that the U.S. Secretary of […]

  • Senate pro-lifers caution Trump against abortion funding in spending negotiations
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2019 / 04:25 pm (CNA).- The leader of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus is asking President Trump to refuse any attempts to undermine or strip pro-life measures from future spending bills. “As you work with Congress on a deal to set discretionary spending caps for the next […]

  • HHS delays enforcement of Title X Protect Life Rule
    on July 22, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2019 / 02:01 pm (CNA).- The Department of Health and Human Services has reportedly delayed enforcement of the new Protect Life Rule, which bars public money from taxpayer-funded clinics that refer patients for abortions. The Associated Press reported that it had received a […]

  • US bishops say reported shutdown of refugee program is 'disturbing'
    on July 22, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Washington D.C., Jul 22, 2019 / 01:01 pm (CNA).- If reports of major cuts to the U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum programs are true they are alarming, the chair of the US bishops' migration committee said Friday.Politico has reported that officials in the Trump administration were considering […]

  • Car crash reveals Santa Rosa priest embezzled $95,000
    on July 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Santa Rosa, Calif., Jul 22, 2019 / 11:05 am (CNA).- When EMTs rushed to the scene of a Santa Rosa car accident June 19, they found Fr. Oscar Diaz, a local pastor, stuck in the car with a broken hip and other injuries. They also found $18,305.86, in cash. Diaz told police the money was his salary. […]

  • Catholic Church in Germany lost 200,000 members last year
    on July 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Berlin, Germany, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:55 am (CNA).- Continuing a years-long trend, the Catholic Church in Germany saw a significant drop in membership this past year, losing more than 200,000 members in 2018. According to the German Bishops’ Conference, the Catholic Church in the country […]

  • Church in Puerto Rico to hold 24 hour prayer encounter amid protests
    on July 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jul 22, 2019 / 10:40 am (CNA).- The Puerto Rican bishops' conference announced Saturday it will hold a 24-hour prayer encounter this weekend, in the face of the territory's social and governmental instability. Protesters have been calling this week for the resignation of […]

  • Pope Francis petitions Assad to protect weak and defenseless in Syria
    on July 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Vatican City, Jul 22, 2019 / 04:52 am (CNA).- Pope Francis, with concern for the humanitarian crisis in bombarded Idlib, has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to safeguard the weak and defenseless civil population in his country. “The Holy Father asks the president to do everything […]

  • Moon landing should inspire 'even greater goals,' Pope Francis urges
    on July 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Vatican City, Jul 21, 2019 / 06:29 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Sunday recalled the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, encouraging Catholics to look to that great event for inspiration to overcome injustices and mistreatment of the weak. “Fifty years ago yesterday man set foot on the moon, […]

  • The hunt for the remains of the first Filipino-born bishop
    on July 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Rome, Italy, Jul 20, 2019 / 04:36 pm (CNA).- A little over 100 years ago, the Catholic Church’s first Filipino-born bishop died while on a visit to Rome. Now, a group of Filipino priests are on the hunt for his remains. The search for Bishop Jorge Imperial Barlin’s bones began several […]

  • Fla. McDonald's sued for denying employment to Hasidic Jew because of his beard
    on July 20, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Orlando, Fla., Jul 20, 2019 / 06:01 am (CNA).- An Orlando-area McDonald’s is being sued for denying employment to a man on account of his beard. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit on the man’s behalf, said in their lawsuit that the McDonald’s […]

  • Lord Alton: Abortion law imposed on N Ireland by UK Parliament
    on July 20, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2019 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The British Parliament is imposing its will on the citizens of Northern Ireland by passing legislation decriminalizing abortion there, one Catholic lawmaker says. “We know that the last vote to be held in the United Kingdom in any of the […]

  • Illinois to fund abortion clinics after Title X Protect Life Rule
    on July 19, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Springfield, Ill., Jul 19, 2019 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- Illinois will provide state funding to abortion clinics and clinics that refer for abortions in the light of new changes to Title X rules, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. Earlier in the week, part of the “Protect Life Rule,” […]

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