In long meeting, Biden thanks pope for speaking up on poverty, climate crisis

U.S. President Joe Biden greets Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican on Oct. 29. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and U.S. President Joe Biden had an unusually long meeting at the Vatican Oct. 29, talking about the climate crisis and poverty, among other issues. The Vatican described the president’s meetings with both the pope and with top Vatican diplomats as consisting […]

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Texas’ 6-week abortion ban is law after Supreme Court fails to block it

A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2019 annual March for Life rally in Washington. A new law in Texas that became effective Sept. 1 is one of the strictest abortion measures in the country, banning abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

(This story was updated on Friday, Sept. 3.) By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a late-night decision Sept. 1, the Supreme Court ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. The 5-4 vote, issued with a one-paragraph unsigned opinion, said the challengers to the Texas law […]

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Church assesses damage from major earthquake in Haiti; how you can help

The destroyed Immaculate Conception Church is pictured in Les Anglais, Haiti, on Aug. 14 after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. At least 18 people were reported killed in the church. (CNS/courtesy AVSI)

By  Catholic News Service LES CAYES, Haiti (CNS) — The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti collapsed the bishop’s residence in Les Cayes, killing one priest, leaving one missing and injuring Cardinal Chibly Langlois. Father Emile Beldor died of his injuries after the Aug. 14 quake. Father Jean-Antoine Coulanges is reported missing. Cardinal Langlois sustained […]

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Pope prays for peace in Afghanistan as Taliban takes control

Taliban fighters stand outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. During his Angelus address Aug. 15, Pope Francis expressed his concern for Afghanistan amid the Taliban's control of the country. (CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hours before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Pope Francis expressed his hope for the peace and safety of the country’s citizens. “I join in the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask all of you to pray with […]

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‘The Way Back,’ ‘Pray,’ Dolly Parton special among 2021 Christopher Award winners

Christopher Awards are seen in this illustration photo. (CNS/Paul Schneck, courtesy The Christophers)

By Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The feature film “The Way Back,” a documentary on Father Patrick Peyton, and a Christmas special featuring Dolly Parton were among this year’s Christopher Award winners. ABC News also claimed two awards among the 22 overall winners announced in New York by the Christophers, whose motto is […]

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Privacy concerns prompt advice that priests not vote in the Minnesota primary

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis is pictured in a Nov. 12, 2019, photo. Citing concerns from the Minnesota Catholic Conference about privacy and partisanship in casting primary votes, Archbishop Hebda suggested in a Feb. 25 letter to his priests they abstain from voting in Minnesota's upcoming primary on Super Tuesday, March 3. (CNS/Bob Roller)

By Joe Ruff / Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis shared some advice from the Minnesota Catholic Conference with priests and deacons in the archdiocese: It might be best not to vote in the March 3 presidential primary. Given the pastoral need for a […]

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Catholic faith helped Tim Conway weather ups, downs of entertainment life

Actor Tim Conway poses with actress Carol Burnett Nov. 6, 2002, at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 15th annual Hall of Fame ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif. Conway, a Catholic, who won four Emmy Awards on the "Carol Burnett Show," died May 14, 2019, at age 85. (CNS/Fred Prouser, Reuters)

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Tim Conway, who died May 14 in Los Angeles at age 85, was probably best known for his 11 seasons on TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show,” where he delighted viewers with outlandish sketch comedy and physical humor. Others remember him from his four-year stint on the sitcom […]

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Bishops invite all to participate in ‘9 Days for Life’ prayer, action campaign Jan. 14-22

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual “9 Days for Life” prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. Sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro Life Activities, the “9 Days” observance leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Jan. […]

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Voters in two states OK anti-abortion measures, but Oregon funding stays

Voters line up prior to casting their ballots at a polling station in Nesconset, N.Y., on Election Day Nov. 6. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Dennis Sadowski / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — An Oregon measure that would have banned state funding for elective and late-term abortions was defeated by voters Nov. 6, while an amendment to the West Virginia constitution stating that women do not have a right to an abortion was passed by a narrow margin. Alabamans […]

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Helping, not fame from chainsaw video, brings true joy, says Carmelite

Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin, principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, holds the chainsaw she used to help clean up debris following Hurricane Irma. (CNS photo/courtesy Sister Margaret Ann)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — She inspired many when she rolled up the sleeves of her habit to clean up after Hurricane Irma with a chainsaw. After the local police department posted a video Sept. 12 on Twitter of Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin trimming branches off a fallen tree […]

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