Catholic News


  • Nun in Haiti gave her life 'even to martyrdom', Pope Francis says
    by Catholic News Agency on June 26, 2022

    Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, June 12, 2022. / Vatican Media Denver Newsroom, Jun 26, 2022 / 08:36 am (CNA). Following his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis remarked on the killing of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, an Italian missionary who served in Haiti. Sister Luisa, a Little Sister of the Gospel of Saint Charles de Foucauld, was killed the day before in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. “For twenty years, Sister Luisa lived there, dedicated above all to serving children on the streets,” the pope said June 26 in St. Peter’s Square. “I entrust her soul to God, and I pray for the Haitian people, especially for the least, so they might have a […]

  • Pope Francis: Resisting anger takes 'tremendous interior strength,' so ask God for help
    by Catholic News Agency on June 26, 2022

    Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on June 26, 2022. / Vatican Media St. Louis, Mo., Jun 26, 2022 / 08:20 am (CNA). Pope Francis addressed pilgrims gathered for the 10th World Meeting of Families at his weekly Angelus address.

  • FBI investigating suspected arson attack on Colorado pregnancy center
    by Catholic News Agency on June 26, 2022

    Spray-painted graffiti outside Life Choices, a pro-life pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado. / Courtesy of Longmont Public Safety Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 26, 2022 / 07:00 am (CNA). The FBI has joined local police investigating a suspect arson at at pro-life pregnancy center in Longmont, Colorado. The center, Life Choices, sustained fire and heavy smoke damage, authorities said. The front of the building also was defaced with pro-abortion slogans, including the words, "If abortions aren't safe neither are you," written in script with black spray paint. Longmont Public Safety responded to the fire Saturday at 3:17 a.m. MT. The suspected arson happened in the wake of Friday's […]

  • Readings of the Holy Mass – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 26, 2022

    Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

  • Jesus calls us to be ready, and determined, to follow him
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 26, 2022

    Just as Jesus was resolute in facing the cross, so must we be committed to walking in the way of the Savior, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

  • How bishops around the U.S. have responded to Dobbs
    by Catholic News Agency on June 26, 2022

    USCCB Fall Meeting 2021 / CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 25, 2022 / 18:18 pm (CNA). The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision, bringing an end to nearly a half-century of nationwide legalized abortion in the U.S.  The June 24 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was welcomed by Catholic bishops across the country.  Below is a selection of episcopal responses: A statement signed by Bishops Thomas Olmsted and Eduardo Nevares, the apostolic administrator and auxiliary bishop, respectively, of the Diocese of Phoenix, welcomed the decision, saying that “our country has begun to repair the damage done to our nation by the catastrophes of […]

  • Why did Chief Justice Roberts disagree with overturning Roe v Wade?
    by Catholic News Agency on June 25, 2022

    John Roberts testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during confirmation hearings to be Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Sept. 13, 2005. / Rob Crandall/Shutterstock. Washington D.C., Jun 25, 2022 / 17:04 pm (CNA). The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — a case that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973 — in a decision Friday that fell largely along justices’ ideological lines. One justice, Chief Justice John Roberts, strayed from the pack, as he frequently does. A majority of the nine Supreme Court justices overruled Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe in 1992, while deciding June 24 the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health […]

  • Archdiocese, senator team up to honor Vietnam-era veterans
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 25, 2022

    Catholic Housing and Community Services and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's office will host a June 29 pinning ceremony in South Philadelphia, thanking those who served the nation between 1955 and 1975.

  • Full text: Pope Francis’ message to families at the World Meeting of Families 2022
    by Catholic News Agency on June 25, 2022

    Pope Francis at Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2022 in St. Peter's Square. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Jun 25, 2022 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Pope Francis read a "Missionary Sending of Families" after Mass in St. Peter's Square.

  • Next World Meeting of Families to be held in 2028
    by Catholic News Agency on June 25, 2022

    Cardinal Kevin Farrell celebrated Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2022 on June 25, 2022. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Jun 25, 2022 / 12:15 pm (CNA). Cardinal Kevin Farrell made the announcement at the end of Mass for the 10th World Meeting of Families, which will end on June 26.

  • Pope Francis: Christ frees families from the slavery of selfishness
    by Catholic News Agency on June 25, 2022

    Pope Francis greets families in St. Peter's Square before Mass for the World Meeting of Families 2022 on June 25, 2022 / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Jun 25, 2022 / 12:00 pm (CNA). "How many people lack the greatest freedom of all, which is interior freedom," Pope Francis said at Mass in St. Peter's Square.

  • Why was Roe v. Wade overturned? Here's a look at some of the reasons given
    by Catholic News Agency on June 25, 2022

    Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court released its decision in Dobbs, June 24, 2022. / Katie Yoder/CNA Denver Newsroom, Jun 25, 2022 / 11:32 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 issued an opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, returning the question of abortion policy to the states and to the people’s elected representatives.  Why did the Court make this decision? Here are some of the reasons that the justices gave in the majority opinion for overturning Roe: 1. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion.
 The opinion […]

  • Roe v. Wade overturned: The scene outside the Supreme Court
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Anna Lulis from Moneta, Virginia, (left) who works for the pro-life group Students for Life of America, stands beside an abortion rights demonstrator outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 24, 2022, after the court's decision in the Dobbs abortion case was announced. / Katie Yoder/CNA Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2022 / 17:21 pm (CNA). Hundreds of people — both pro-life advocates and abortion supporters — descended upon the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Friday following the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.  The decision leaves abortion up to the states. While emotions ran high and some […]

  • Puerto Rican Senate passes bill banning abortion after 22 weeks
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    null / Credit: Unsplash San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jun 24, 2022 / 16:40 pm (CNA). On June 22, the Puerto Rican Senate passed Bill 693, which bans abortion on the island after 22 weeks, with several exceptions. "Passed! Senate Bill 693 has just been approved with 16 votes in favor, nine against, one abstention, and one absent,” Sen. Joanne Rodríguez Veve, president of the Puerto Rican Senate’s Committee on Life and Family Affairs, told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency. Rodríguez was one of the main authors of the bill, which now goes to the House of Representatives. If passed there, it will go to the desk of the governor of Puerto Rico for his signature.  The text […]

  • Archbishop, Ukrainian Catholics hail EU candidate status for Ukraine
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    The European Council decision, announced June 24, will not only benefit Ukraine, but strengthen the EU itself by "showing that there are principles worth living and worth dying for," said Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S.

  • Should the Church require a year of marriage prep? Catholic formators weigh in
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Michael and Deanna Johnston of Tyler, Texas, hold hands during an interview. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Jun 24, 2022 / 15:38 pm (CNA). The Vatican last week released a document with recommendations for a year-long “marriage catechumenate” to prepare Catholic couples for the sacrament of matrimony.

  • Biden calls Dobbs decision a 'tragic error', calls on Congress to codify abortion rights
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC. / Alex Wong/Getty Images Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2022 / 13:55 pm (CNA). In a Friday press conference, U.S. President Joe Biden called on Congress to codify abortion access into federal law, following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade that morning. The court’s decision returned the question of abortion policy to the states, which Biden labeled a “tragic error.”  He also said he had that day directed the Department of Health and Human Services to make abortion pills […]

  • Class of 2022 seniors net close to $450 million in scholarships
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    Colleges and universities across the nation are welcoming graduating students from the 16 archdiocesan high schools, with sizeable awards that mark a 9% increase from just two years ago.

  • Pontifical Academy of Life says overturning of Roe v. Wade ‘challenges the world’
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    null / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Jun 24, 2022 / 12:54 pm (CNA). The statement was the first official reaction to the court’s decision issued by an entity linked to the Roman Curia.

  • Dobbs excerpts: Why the U.S. Supreme Court said Roe v Wade was 'egregiously wrong'
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Associate Justice Samuel J. Alito Jr. / Screenshot from YouTube video Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2022 / 12:08 pm (CNA). The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, saying that previous abortion rulings were “egregiously wrong from the start” and on a “collision course with the Constitution.” Roe and other pro-abortion rights precedents were “an error that cannot be allowed to stand,” and the abortion debate must now return to the states. The June 24 decision, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, concerned a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi under the name Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It often echoes a draft decision leaked in May that thoroughly rebuked the […]

  • LIVE UPDATES: Bishops, leaders and companies react to Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Pro-abortion protestors outside the Supreme Court after the historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. / Katie Yoder / CNA Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2022 / 11:11 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday released its long-awaited judgment in a pivotal Mississippi abortion case — a 6-3 decision that overturns the Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood decisions that legalized abortion nationwide. Here is the latest developments: Note: Times are EDT. 4:22 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly releases a statement after the Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. “In a post-Roe world, the Knights will continue to be there for […]

  • Unrest after Dobbs? Here's what's happening.
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    An armored police vehicle is positioned on the plaza between the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court after the court handed down its decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. / Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2022 / 11:03 am (CNA). Police with riot gear arrived outside the Supreme Court at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, just hours after the court released the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which returns the regulation of abortion to the states. Although activists on both sides of the abortion topic have been raising their voices outside the court, as of midday June 24 there have been no reports of […]

  • Declaración del Arzobispo Nelson Pérez sobre la opinión de Dobbs
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    La decisión "afirma el profundo valor inherente a toda vida humana," dice el Arzobispo Nelson J. Pérez.

  • UPDATED: 6 things to know about Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson and the Supreme Court
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Pro-life and pro-abortion advocates outside of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, March 2, 2016. / Catholic News Agency Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 24, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court heard a historic case on Dec. 1, 2021 that directly challenged Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. And on June 24, 2022, the court issued its ruling, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and returning the question of abortion policy to the states. Here’s what you need to know: 1. What was the case about? The case, known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, involved a 2018 […]

  • Supreme Court overturns Roe, Casey in abortion decision
    by CatholicPhilly MG (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    In a 6-3 decision June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its nearly 50-year-old decision in Roe v. Wade that had legalized abortion. The reversal brings abortion policy decisions to the state level.

  • Read about the five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Left to right, Supreme Court associate justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Neil M. Gorsuch. / Courtesy of Supreme Court Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2022 / 09:15 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade with its landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision, issued Friday.  For the first time in almost 50 years, the debate over legal abortion returns to the individual U.S. states, allowing many states to protect the lives of the unborn.  Such protection efforts will still face strong opposition from foes who say individual autonomy should trump the right to life, and Congressional Democrats have pushed for federal […]

  • Seven myths about overturning Roe v. Wade
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    null / Photographee.eu/Shutterstock. St. Louis, Mo., Jun 24, 2022 / 08:48 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday overturning the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade as well as the 1992 decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In simplest terms, this means that abortion is no longer legal nationwide — the legality of abortion is now determined at the state level.  There are a lot of myths out there about what this ruling means and what will happen next. Here are some responses to common myths about the overturning of Roe v. Wade:  Myth 1: Abortion is now illegal in the United States.  Abortion — which the Catholic Church teaches is a “grave evil” — is still legal in many […]

  • Pro-lifers grateful for abortion ruling, ready to work for women
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    Following the Supreme Court's June 24 decision against a constitutional right to abortion, Philadelphia-area pro-life advocates say they will "redouble their outreach" to women facing challenging pregnancies.

  • Supreme Court decision ‘affirms deep value’ of every human life
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on June 24, 2022

    Archbishop Nelson Pérez welcomed the June 24 ruling against abortion, and pointed to the Catholic Church's "holistic commitment to protecting and preserving life" through its social supports.

  • Roe v. Wade is overturned. What happens next?
    by Catholic News Agency on June 24, 2022

    Map of the United States. / Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Jun 24, 2022 / 08:26 am (CNA). The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 issued a 6-3 ruling overturning the seminal decisions of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, with the immediate effect of returning the question of abortion policy to the states.  What other effects have already happened or will soon happen as a result of this decision? Here are three quick things you need to know: In these states, abortion is now completely illegal, with a few exceptions: Alabama Arkansas Idaho Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi Missouri North Dakota Oklahoma South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Wyoming 🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Following the SCOTUS […]