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February 16, 2022
A group of healthcare workers has petitioned the Supreme Court to block New York’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for healthcare employees, and allow religious exemptions to the vaccine mandate. The Supreme Court previously declined to issue an emergency injunction in the case Dr. A v. Hochul, although three justices said they would have granted relief. The
January 24, 2022
President Joe Biden pledged to defend a so-called right to abortion and reaffirmed his commitment to the widespread availability of the procedure in a Jan. 22 statement marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. “The constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago today
November 17, 2021
Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected six new chairmen-elect on Nov. 16 at their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The chairmen-elect will serve in the role for one year before assuming the position of “chairman” at the 2022 Fall General Assembly.  Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen defeated Archbishop Paul Etienne
November 11, 2021
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 10, 2021 / 11:37 am The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released further details of its upcoming trip to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis alongside representatives from the country’s Indigenous populations.  The group will include 25 to 30 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis elders, knowledge keepers, survivors of residential
November 08, 2021
Catholic schools in Guernsey will be permitted to appoint only Catholics as head teachers following a vote rejecting a proposed anti-discrimination measure. Leaders in Guernsey instead voted in favour of an amendment that would maintain the status quo on the island, meaning that a Catholic school can require its head teacher to be Catholics.  Bishop
November 03, 2021
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 2, 2021 / 17:25 pm A draft text of the U.S. bishops’ forthcoming document on Eucharistic coherence does not make explicit mention of denying the sacrament from certain high-profile Catholics and instead focuses on the importance of teaching the Real Presence of the Eucharist and the Eucharist as a tool for
November 02, 2021
Providence, R.I., Nov 1, 2021 / 21:34 pm A 28-year-old man was arrested on Monday evening after bringing a gun to the former parish of a recently-arrested priest in Providence and threatening the priest and parishioners.  The man, whose identity has not been released, went to an apartment located near St. Mary’s Church in Providence
November 01, 2021
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 31, 2021 / 14:08 pm Father James Jackson, a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) and pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested at the parish on Oct. 30 and charged with three crimes related to child sexual abuse material. Jackson, 66, was charged
October 30, 2021
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 29, 2021 / 17:09 pm A Catholic organization is calling on Oklahoma to stop executing prisoners following yet another botched execution Thursday afternoon.   Oklahoma executed John Marion Grant, the first of seven scheduled executions in the next six months, on Oct. 28. According to onlookers, Grant began convulsing and vomiting after
October 27, 2021
Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2021 / 13:40 pm Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I discussed religious freedom and climate change with U.S. leaders on Monday in Washington, D.C., and announced an interfaith initiative to encourage vaccination against COVID-19. After the Orthodox patriarch met with President Joe Biden on Monday, Oct. 25, the White House stated that the
October 27, 2021
Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2021 / 11:10 am A Catholic diocese in Canada will be requiring proof of vaccination and identity verification for anyone age 12 or older to attend Mass or other events held at parishes.  “Effective October 22, 2021, it will be mandatory for all persons 12 and older wishing to attend Masses
October 26, 2021
Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2021 / 15:02 pm Spending bills introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion, and do not include longtime protections for conscience rights, the U.S. bishops’ conference warned on Friday.   “The bills released by the Senate Appropriations chairman this week represent
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