‘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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Bishops, pro-life leaders decry Biden decision to rescind ‘Mexico City policy’

President Joe Biden signs an executive order about climate change at the White House in Washington on Jan. 27. The following day, he signed a memo rescinding the so-called "Mexico City" policy that blocked U.S. funding for nongovernmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a form of family planning in other nations. (CNS/Reuters)

By Julie Asher / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life and international policy committees said President Joe Biden’s memo rescinding the so-called “Mexico City policy” Jan. 28 is a “grievous” action that “actively promotes the destruction of human lives in developing nations.” “(It) is antithetical to reason, violates […]

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Chaos stops electoral vote count as Trump supporters mob U.S. Capitol

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb on walls at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 6, 2021, during a protest against Congress certifying the 2020 presidential election. (CNS/Stephanie Keith, Reuters)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, putting the building on lockdown and interrupting the count of electoral votes to certify the 2020 election, capping the last days of a tumultuous presidency with chaos. Much of the country, and the […]

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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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Knights of Columbus to change fourth-degree uniform: What do you think?

At left, members of a Knights of Columbus fourth degree honor guard in full traditional regalia are pictured during a recent procession at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. At right are the new uniforms shown Aug. 1 during during the international fraternal organization's 135th annual Supreme Convention in St. Louis. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody and CNS/Knights of Columbus)

By Tony Gutierrez / Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change. The traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Aug. 1 during the international fraternal organization’s 135th annual […]

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Chicago cardinal praises Gov. Rauner’s ‘principled stand’ to veto abortion bill

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago is seen in Chicago April 4. He praised Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto a bill that would use public funds for abortion. (CNS/Karen Callaway)

By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken a “principled stand” by promising to veto a bill to allow taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Under the bill pending in the state General Assembly, the public money […]

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