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 2021-02-25 07:45 

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'Roe v Wade' film aims to accurately portray history of landmark decision...

Denver Newsroom, Feb 25, 2021 / 12:45 am ( CNA ).- The co-writer and star of a new film chronicling the courtroom drama of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case said in a recent interview that the film aims to be a truthful and historically accurate acc...

 2021-02-25 00:07 

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After suicide at Catholic services center, Seattle archbishop emphasizes hope...

Seattle, Wash., Feb 24, 2021 / 05:07 pm ( CNA ).- In the wake of a suicide at a Catholic social services headquarters in Seattle, Archbishop Paul Etienne said that Christians should remember the "desperation and hopelessness" of those in distress,...

 2021-02-25 00:01 

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Brazilian priest who 'concelebrated' Mass with Protestant minister removed as pastor...

Jundiai, Brazil, Feb 24, 2021 / 05:01 pm ( CNA ).- The local bishop and the regional superior of a priest who last week attempted to concelebrate the Eucharist with a Protestant minister have removed the priest as pastor of his parish. Fr. Jose Carlos Ped...

 2021-02-24 23:00 

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Report: Australia has less than half the palliative care doctors it needs...

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 04:00 pm ( CNA ).- An Australian university has found that the country has less than half the number of palliative care physicians needed to care for terminally-ill patients. A study published by Australian Catholic Univers...

 2021-02-24 22:33 

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Virtual conference to focus on St. Joseph...

CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 03:33 pm ( CNA ).- As part of the Year of Saint Joseph called for by Pope Francis, the National Shrine of St. Joseph will host a virtual conference and rededicate the saint's statue. The event takes place on March 19, the Sol...

 2021-02-24 22:28 

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At hearing, Becerra won't name single abortion restriction he favors...

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 03:28 pm ( CNA ).- President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services declined at a hearing Wednesday to state if he would support any theoretical type of restriction on abortion. Sen. Steve Daines...

 2021-02-24 21:24 

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Health secretary nominee: 'I have never sued any nuns'...

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 02:24 pm ( CNA ).- On Wednesday, President Biden's health secretary nominee explained his support of coercive contraceptive and abortion coverage mandates against Catholic nuns, claiming he had never "sued any nuns....

 2021-02-24 20:26 

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Catholic bishops urge Sri Lankan government to release report on 2019 Easter bombings...

Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb 24, 2021 / 01:26 pm ( CNA ).- The Sri Lankan government must release its report on the Easter 2019 terrorist attack on Christian churches and hotels, say Catholic leaders. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo reportedly will not mee...

 2021-02-24 19:00 

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Romanian Catholic archbishop: The Church needs to form 'post-COVID-19' generation...

CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm ( CNA ).- Archbishop Aurel Perc has never led his archdiocese in normal times. He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest on Jan. 11, 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed Romania. In his f...

 2021-02-24 18:00 

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Education Department reverses stance on Connecticut's transgender athlete policy...

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 11:00 am ( CNA ).- The Department of Education (ED) on Tuesday reversed its previous opposition to Connecticut's policy of allowing biological males to play girls' sports. In a letter to attorneys for several Connec...

 2021-02-24 16:00 

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Former HHS official: Becerra must be questioned over conscience violations...

Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2021 / 09:00 am ( CNA ).- President Biden's health secretary nominee must be held accountable for forcing California Catholic nuns to cover abortions, said a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

 2021-02-24 15:10 

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English cardinal calls for 'unambiguous legislation' against 'hateful extremism'...

CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 08:10 am ( CNA ).- An English cardinal called on Wednesday for "unambiguous legislation" to fight "hateful extremism" following a report arguing that gaps in U.K. law allow extremists to operate with impunity. Car...

 2021-02-24 14:00 

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Pope Francis' new doctor is a specialist in aging...

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2021 / 07:00 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis on Wednesday named a specialist in aging to be his personal doctor, after his previous physician died earlier this year. Roberto Bernabei, 69, is from Florence, Italy, and is a professor of inte...

 2021-02-24 12:00 

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Vatican foreign minister: religious freedom 'being eroded' by COVID-19 response...

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2021 / 05:00 am ( CNA ).- A robust understanding of the right to religious freedom is being eroded in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican's foreign minister said in a video message to the United Nations H...

 2021-02-24 11:15 

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Pope Francis praises 'exemplary witness' of Italian ambassador killed in Congo...

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2021 / 04:15 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis expressed his condolences on Tuesday after three people were killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy traveling in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Luca Attanasio, the Italian ambassador ...

 2021-02-24 10:23 

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In confidential interviews, Catholic bishops talk COVID, Joe Biden, Pope Francis...

Denver Newsroom, Feb 24, 2021 / 03:23 am ( CNA ).- A series of one-on-one interviews with more than two dozen bishops has revealed significant concern among the Church leaders over the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic and political tensions. The interviews...

 2021-02-24 03:01 

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Petition to preserve religious liberty in Chile launched...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 08:01 pm ( CNA ).- Alliance Defending Freedom International has launched a petition addressed to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule in favor of religious freedom in Chile. The ruling will have ramifications for all ...

 2021-02-24 02:49 

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Lagos archbishop urges Nigerian president to secure release of kidnapped girl...

Lagos, Nigeria, Feb 23, 2021 / 07:49 pm ( CNA ).- Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria's Diocese of Maiduguri, the Archbishop of Lagos has called on the country's head of state to "...

 2021-02-24 02:13 

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Latino Catholic entrepreneur recognized among Chicago '40 under 40'...

Chicago, Ill., Feb 23, 2021 / 07:13 pm ( CNA ).- A Latino Catholic entrepreneur and founder of a successful ministry for millennials was this month listed among the most influential Latinos in Chicago under age 40 by a national Hispanic business publicati...

 2021-02-24 01:00 

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Senators denounce Amazon's removal of transgender-critical book...

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2021 / 06:00 pm ( CNA ).- After a critique of the transgender movement was de-listed by Amazon this week, U.S. senators responded. On Sunday, conservative scholar Ryan Anderson reported that his 2018 critique of the transgender mo...

 2021-02-24 00:01 

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Alleged abuse victim of Brooklyn bishop files civil lawsuit...

Trenton, N.J., Feb 23, 2021 / 05:01 pm ( CNA ).- An alleged abuse victim who last year went public with allegations against the Bishop of Brooklyn has now filed a lawsuit in a New Jersey court, claiming that the bishop abused him repeatedly in the late 19...

 2021-02-23 23:35 

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Democrats for Life oppose Becerra nomination...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 04:35 pm ( CNA ).- The nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary has been opposed by Democrats For Life of America, which has called for his nomination to be withdrawn....

 2021-02-23 22:16 

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Heartbeat International prepares for 50th annual conference...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 03:16 pm ( CNA ).- The world's largest pregnancy help organization is preparing for its 50th annual training conference, with both virtual and in-person options. The Heartbeat International Conference will take place in Colum...

 2021-02-23 22:00 

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NGO names 'Dirty Dozen' top contributors to sexual exploitation...

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2021 / 03:00 pm ( CNA ).- The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) on Tuesday announced its annual "Dirty Dozen" ranking of the top mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation. Some entities on the list profit...

 2021-02-23 21:00 

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German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 02:00 pm ( CNA ).- A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions. Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz also suggested that Catholics with homosexual inclinations cann...

 2021-02-23 20:00 

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Twitter restores Irish Catholic bishop's post on assisted suicide after review...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 01:00 pm ( CNA ).- Twitter has restored an Irish Catholic bishop's post about assisted suicide following a review. In the Jan. 31 tweet , Bishop Kevin Doran expressed opposition to efforts to legalize the practice in Ireland....

 2021-02-23 19:00 

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German bishops' conference elects first female general secretary...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 12:00 pm ( CNA ).- The theologian Beate Gilles was elected general secretary of the German bishops' conference on Monday, becoming the first woman to hold the post. She succeeds Fr. Hans Langendrfer, S.J., who held the office...

 2021-02-23 18:00 

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Health secretary nominee grilled on partial-birth abortion, taxpayer-funded abortion...

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2021 / 11:00 am ( CNA ).- President Biden's nominee for health secretary on Tuesday would not commit to preventing federal funding of abortions, and would not say why he once opposed a partial-birth abortion ban. Appearing bef...

 2021-02-23 16:00 

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Former Vatican ambassador in Baghdad looks ahead to Pope Francis' trip to Iraq...

Rome Newsroom, Feb 23, 2021 / 09:00 am ( CNA ).- When Cardinal Fernando Filoni served as the papal nuncio in Iraq in the early 2000s, he remained in Baghdad amid bombings and suicide attacks. In an interview with EWTN, the cardinal remembered the words th...

 2021-02-23 14:05 

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Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution...

Rome Newsroom, Feb 23, 2021 / 07:05 am ( CNA ).- Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it distributes and administers the COVID-19 vaccine. In a joint statement Feb. 23, Cari...

 2021-02-23 13:00 

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Pope Francis asks new bishop of divided Swiss diocese to serve for at least five years...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 06:00 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis has asked the new bishop of a divided Swiss diocese to remain in the post for at least five years, serving beyond the customary retirement age of 75. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican C...

 2021-02-23 11:00 

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Vatican archbishop celebrates 90th anniversary of Divine Mercy apparition...

CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 04:00 am ( CNA ).- A Vatican archbishop celebrated the 90th anniversary of the first Divine Mercy apparition on Monday in the Polish city of Pock. Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawowski, an official at the Vatican Secretariat of State, ce...

 2021-02-23 02:01 

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Archbishop Cordileone commends prosecution of Serra statue vandals for working justice...

Denver Newsroom, Feb 22, 2021 / 07:01 pm ( CNA ).- Amid calls from California activists to drop vandalism charges against five assailants who destroyed a statue of St. Junipero Serra last year, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco warned that ...

 2021-02-23 01:00 

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Biden's HHS nominee supported assisted suicide in California...

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2021 / 06:00 pm ( CNA ).- President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) received the praise of pro-euthanasia organizations during his time as attorney general of California. Xavier Becerra, wh...

 2021-02-23 00:19 

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Children's book helps Catholics in Scotland consecrate themselves to Mary...

Paisley, Scotland, Feb 22, 2021 / 05:19 pm ( CNA ).- A Scottish bishop has encouraged families and individuals to join him in a consecration to Mary by a less conventional means - a children's book. "Child Consecration: To Jesus through Mary - Fol...

 2021-02-22 23:00 

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Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty...

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2021 / 04:00 pm ( CNA ).- Virginia is expected to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, after its general assembly voted on Monday to end the practice. The state senate voted 22 to 16 to approve H.B. 2263, ...

 2021-02-22 22:07 

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Archdiocese of Panama warns of abortion group claiming 'Catholic' title...

Panama City, Panama, Feb 22, 2021 / 03:07 pm ( CNA ).- The Archdiocese of Panama warned the country's faithful that "Catholics for the Right to Decide" (CDD in Spanish), which is trying to establish a presence in the country, is actually a par...

 2021-02-22 21:23 

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How a religious White House office could promote the common good—or politicize religion...

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2021 / 02:23 pm ( CNA ).- As President Joe Biden re-established a key White House faith-based office last week, former political liaisons to religious groups commended the move—but warned that the office might be misused. On...

 2021-02-22 20:00 

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Scholar's critique of transgender movement reportedly de-listed by Amazon...

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2021 / 01:00 pm ( CNA ).- One scholar's critical book on the transgender movement has reportedly been removed from Amazon.com. On Sunday afternoon, Ryan Anderson—the current president of the Ethics and Public Policy Cent...

 2021-02-22 19:00 

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Catholics press for further changes to Scotland's controversial hate crime bill...

CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm ( CNA ).- Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland's controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation. The Scottish Parliament's justice committee gave the public just four days to resp...

 2021-02-22 17:00 

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Supreme Court will hear case on federal funding of pro-abortion groups...

Washington D.C., Feb 22, 2021 / 10:00 am ( CNA ).- The Supreme Court will consider a case involving federal funding of domestic pro-abortion groups. The court on Monday morning granted petition to review a case about the Trump administration's Protect...

 2021-02-22 16:07 

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Catholic bishop welcomes progress in cause of priest who sought conversion of England...

CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 09:07 am ( CNA ).- A bishop on Sunday welcomed a step forward in the beatification cause of a convert to Catholicism who worked tirelessly for the conversion of England. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said on Feb. 21 that Fr. I...

 2021-02-22 15:00 

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Burma's Catholic bishops call for peace and dialogue as two protesters killed...

Rome Newsroom, Feb 22, 2021 / 08:00 am ( CNA ).- The Catholic bishops of Burma have called for a "return to dialogue" as two protesters were killed during demonstrations over the weekend. "The heartrending scenes of youth dying in the streets ...

 2021-02-22 14:00 

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From Pius XI to Pope Francis: A history of Spiritual Exercises at the Vatican...

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2021 / 07:00 am ( CNA ).- For nearly 100 years, popes have set aside time for an annual retreat and meditation on spiritual exercises. Pope Francis and the Roman Curia began a weeklong Lenten retreat Sunday, but for the first time si...

 2021-02-22 12:30 

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Vatican cardinal reflects on the value of penance in a time of pandemic...

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2021 / 05:30 am ( CNA ).- The penance called for in the Christian life, and accentuated during Lent, can help us make sense of the sacrifices we have been called on to make during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican cardinal has said...

 2021-02-22 11:05 

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Pope Francis on Divine Mercy anniversary: 'Let us ask Christ for the gift of mercy'...

CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 04:05 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis urged Catholics to ask Christ for the "gift of mercy" in a letter marking the 90th anniversary of the first appearance of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska on Monday. In a letter to Bishop Pio...

 2021-02-21 14:03 

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Pope Francis honors sacrifice of medical workers who died in coronavirus pandemic...

Rome Newsroom, Feb 21, 2021 / 07:03 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. "The example of so many of our brothers and sisters, wh...

 2021-02-21 12:35 

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Pope Francis: Christian life 'is a battle against the spirit of evil'...

Vatican City, Feb 21, 2021 / 05:35 am ( CNA ).- Like Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, Christians must be prepared to battle evil, knowing that "with faith, prayer, and penance," the victory is assured, Pope Francis said Sunday. In his wee...

 2021-02-20 22:11 

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French Catholic women launch manifesto on feminine vocation in the Church...

CNA Staff, Feb 20, 2021 / 03:11 pm ( CNA ).- A group of Catholic women in France has launched a manifesto to underscore the "beauty of the women's specific vocation." The idea for the manifesto arose right after the publication of Pope Francis...

 2021-02-20 18:05 

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Pope Francis visits writer and Holocaust survivor in Rome...

Rome, Italy, Feb 20, 2021 / 11:05 am ( CNA ).- Pope Francis on Saturday visited the home of the writer and Holocaust survivor Edith Steinschreiber Bruck in Rome. The 89-year-old Bruck is Hungarian-born, but has lived in Italy since her early 20s. She surv...

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