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The commission Pope Francis appointed to study the history and identity of women deacons did not reach a unanimous conclusion about whether deaconesses in the early Church were “ordained” or formally “blessed,” the pope said. more
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation May 7 to ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks. more
Prayers for peace are important, but they must lead those praying to roll up their sleeves, reach out their hands and open their hearts, Pope Francis said at an interreligious meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. more
Pope Francis will head to the Eastern periphery of Europe May 5-7, visiting Bulgaria and North Macedonia, both predominantly Orthodox countries with a small, but active Catholic minority. more
The announcement of a new conscience protection rule May 2 protecting health care workers who object to abortion procedures on religious grounds was welcome news to U.S. Catholic bishops and the president of the Catholic Health Association. more
Jockey Mike Smith, a Catholic who rode Justify last year to a Triple Crown victory, prays before every race, but he doesn’t pray to win. more
People gathered to pray at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte the day after a student opened fire April 30 in a classroom at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, which killed two people and wounded four others. more
In a memo released late on April 29, President Donald Trump ordered changes for how refugees may apply for asylum to the U.S., requesting an application fee from asylum-seekers and denying them permission to work depending on how the applicant entered the country. Though the changes are not immediate, he gave administration officials 90 days to work on new regulations. more
Parents must feel at times it’s a losing battle keeping screens out of their children’s hands, much less away from their eyes. more
Fears of suicide bomb attacks kept many Christians and Muslims away from churches and mosques for Sunday Mass and Friday prayers a week after the Easter bombings. more
Catholic bishops from around the U.S. were quick to condemn the April 27 attack on a Jewish community gathered at a synagogue near San Diego, which left one person dead and three others injured. more
Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the former archbishop of Krakow and longtime secretary to St. John Paul II, celebrated his 80th birthday April 27, ending his eligibility to vote in a conclave. more
All Sri Lankans “are going through one of the saddest and most devastating periods of our history,” Father Nalaka Silva told those gathered at an evening interfaith memorial service April 24 in Manhattan for the victims and all people affected by the Easter terrorist attacks. more
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square in praying for the hundreds of people who died or were injured in bomb blasts the previous day in Sri Lanka. more
During April 23 oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the majority of justices seemed in favor of an added question about U.S. citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire. more
As people in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, the blaze stirred genuine emotions that could come only from witnessing the loss of beauty, art historian Elizabeth Lev said. more
The 10th bishop of the Vermont Diocese of Burlington has opened a cause for canonization for the first bishop of the statewide diocese. more
Mientras la maquinaria armamentista continúa produciendo armamento más peligroso, solo el poder y la alegría de la resurrección de Cristo pueden llenar los corazones de consuelo y paz, dijo el Papa Francisco antes de dar su bendición de Pascua. “Qué el que nos brinda su paz, acabe con el estruendo de las armas—tanto en zonas de conflicto como en nuestras ciudades—e inspire a los líderes de las naciones a trabajar para ponerle fin a la carrera armamentista y la … more
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country’s authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed … more
La arquidiócesis de Nueva York se ha unido a una red de diócesis católicas que han formado Pastoral Migratoria, un programa pastoral integral que ayuda a los nuevos inmigrantes con su … more
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