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United States
March 17, 2021
CNA Staff
Named for the late congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, the Hyde Amendment is longstanding federal policy that prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions. However, the policy is not permanent law and must be attached to individual appropriations bills in order to take effect.
March 09, 2021
CNA Staff
Chauvin is being charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 in Minneapolis after he was restrained by Chauvin during an attempted arrest. Video footage of the arrest taken by bystanders revealed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, as Floyd audibly moaned and said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd appeared to be unconscious by the end of the video, which went viral. 
March 08, 2021
Kevin Jones/CNA
Image: Fr. Kapaun. Courtesy of the Diocese of Wichita via CNA Denver Newsroom, Mar 5, 2021 / 05:27 pm MT (CNA).- Department of Defense investigators have identified the remains of U.S. Army chaplain and Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun among the unknown Korean War soldiers buried in a Hawaiian cemetery, much to the surprise
March 04, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Denver Newsroom, Mar 4, 2021 / 04:24 pm MT (CNA).- Bishops across the United States have weighed in with varied guidance for their flocks amid renewed debate over the morality of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which received emergency FDA authorization last weekend. 
February 25, 2021
Matt Hadro/CNA
While Becerra has not directly filed lawsuits against Catholic nuns in his time as California attorney general, two different orders of Catholic nuns have claimed religious freedom violations by government mandates that he supported in his official capacity.
February 23, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Denver Newsroom, Feb 22, 2021 / 07:01 pm MT (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 doing so would set a dangerous precedent.
February 22, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Houthi rebels in Yemen have continued their advance on the government’s northern stronghold of Marib after the Biden administration cuts aid to Saudi-backed coalition.
February 14, 2021
Priscilla Huff
In the end, seven Republican senators voted in favor of convicting Donald John Trump on the article of impeachment: incitement of an insurrection. The U.S. Constitution requires not just a majority, but two-thirds of the U.S. Senate to agree, 67 out of 100. The president pro tempore of the Senate, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), confirmed that the motion to convict the former president failed on a vote of 57-43.
February 12, 2021
Catholic News Agency
Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2021 / 05:00 pm MT (CNA).- A former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) warned that pro-lifers should be concerned about President Biden’s pick for the position.
February 12, 2021
Ferdie Rous
The military coup in Myanmar has revived pro-democracy demonstrations in neighbouring Thailand.
February 11, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Cardinal Álvaro Ramazzini has condemned the violent treatment of Central American migrants  by Guatemalan security forces.
February 09, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Catholic schools in the US face the sharpest decline in enrolment of students in nearly fifty years, new study finds.