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June 24, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The U.S. Supreme court has over-ruled a landmark ruling which made abortion up to birth a constitutional right. The decision does not abolish access to abortion but hands the power to individual American states to decide what their abortion laws might be. The court over-turned Roe vs Wade, a 1973 abortion case, by five votes
June 24, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Earlier this week a man fleeing at least one gunman tried to hide in a Mexican church. The assassins followed him inside and in the frenzy that followed two Jesuit priests were murdered as they tried to protect him. The gunmen removed the bodies of all three of their victims from the church in Cerocahui,
May 21, 2022
Luke Coppen CNA
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in his archdiocese, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion. Cordileone said on May 20 that the step was “purely pastoral, not political” and came
May 10, 2022
CNA Staff
Criminal acts targeting Catholic churches and pro-life advocates were reported after a weekend marked by unrest in multiple locations in the U.S. tied to anger over a possible Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In one of the latest incidents, the pastor a Catholic church in Katy, Texas, reported on May 9 that its
May 04, 2022
Katie Yoder/CNA
President Joe Biden has asserted that no “mainstream” religion claims to know when human life begins, contradicting his Catholic faith. Biden made the statement while addressing a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion signalling that justices will overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. “Roe says what all basic mainstream religions
February 17, 2022
Simon Caldwell
A priest in America has resigned from his parish after invalidly baptising thousands of people. Fr Andres Arango has stepped down from his post as parish priest of St Gregory Church in Phoenix, Arizona, after he disclosed that he had used the incorrect formula for baptisms between 1995 and 2021. He now wants to commit
February 16, 2022
Christine Rousselle/CNA
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
Christine Rousselle/CNA
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
January 14, 2022
Kevin Jones/CNA
A 26-year-old woman has turned herself in on two charges related to some $10,000 in vandalism damage to Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Madeline Ann Cramer faces one charge of criminal mischief and another of a bias-motivated crime in connection with an Oct. 10 incident, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Jan. 13. Both
October 29, 2021
Simon Caldwell
US President Joe Biden has boasted how the Pope gave him his blessing to continue receiving Holy Communion because he was a “good Catholic” – in spite of an outcry over his record of support for abortion. Speaking to reporters after his first Vatican visit as US president, Mr Biden said he and the Holy
October 28, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Vatican City, Oct 27, 2021 / 09:00 am The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis is considering an invitation to visit Canada in light of the Canadian bishops’ “pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” A communique from the Holy See Press Office on Oct. 27 said that the pope has “indicated his willingness to
October 27, 2021
Christine Rousselle/CNA
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
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