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HHS considers defining sex based on birth, genetics

38 min 47 sec ago
Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2018 / 12:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The department is seeking a definition based "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."

Federal agents serve subpoenas to Pennsylvania dioceses

10/18/2018 - 5:45am
Philadelphia, Pa., Oct 18, 2018 / 04:45 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Department of Justice has served subpoenas to several dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania, in what is believed to be a state-wide move by federal authorities to investigate sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

Florida Catholics rally after Hurricane Michael

10/17/2018 - 4:30am
Pensacola, Fla., Oct 17, 2018 / 03:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Since Hurricane Michael made landfall in the area Oct. 10, St. Dominic Catholic Church has served as a staging area for disaster relief in Panama City, Florida. Associate Pastor Luke Farabaugh, himself a native of the area, told the Pensacola News Journal that the church has "become an aid facility," with "a lot of 18 wheelers" in the parking lot.

Trump set to pick Catholic lawyer as next White House counsel

10/15/2018 - 1:30pm
Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2018 / 12:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- President Donald Trump has reportedly chosen a Catholic lawyer, Pat Cipollone, to replace White House counsel Donald McGhan. In addition to his professional work, Cipollone serves on the board of directors for the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2004.

Thousands gather in L.A. archdiocese to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

10/15/2018 - 7:15am
Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 15, 2018 / 06:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and celebrations.

Pittsburgh Diocese begins years-long parish consolidation process

10/15/2018 - 6:21am
Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct 15, 2018 / 05:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- An interim Mass and confession schedule went into effect Oct. 15 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the six-county diocese moves to condense its parishes into groups, with the eventual goal of creating new multi-site parishes.

Washington archdiocese releases the names of 48 accused clergy

10/15/2018 - 6:15am
Washington D.C., Oct 15, 2018 / 05:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Just days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, the D.C. archdiocese has released the names of 28 former clergy of the archdiocese who had been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of minors dating back to 1948.

'Repairing God's House': Maryland parishes hold days of adoration

10/14/2018 - 9:00am
Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2018 / 08:00 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Two churches in Maryland have held days Eucharistic adoration with prayers for healing from the recent scandals that have plagued the Church. St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring, along with Sacred Heart Church in La Plata, hosted a 24-hour "Day of Prayer: Repair My House" October 4-5.

Cardinal O'Malley expands sex abuse investigation to include all Boston seminaries

10/12/2018 - 1:59pm
Boston, Mass., Oct 12, 2018 / 12:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Thursday that it is expanding its sex abuse investigation to include all three of its seminaries.

Wash. Supreme Court strikes down death penalty as arbitrary, racially biased

10/12/2018 - 1:54pm
Olympia, Wash., Oct 12, 2018 / 12:54 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The use of the death penalty is arbitrary, racially biased and unconstitutional, the Washington state Supreme Court has said in a unanimous decision barring its use.

American pastor released in Turkey after years in detention

10/12/2018 - 7:00am
Ankara, Turkey, Oct 12, 2018 / 06:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A Turkish court has released Pastor Andrew Brunson after two years' detention, leaving him free to return to the United States. The court declared him free to leave on Oct. 12.

Supreme Court rejects appeal in Tennessee death row case

10/12/2018 - 4:15am
Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2018 / 03:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A previously delayed execution in Tennessee will likely go ahead after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a convicted murderer currently on death row. The decision was made Oct. 11.

Report on campus ministry highlights opportunity and unmet needs

10/11/2018 - 7:15am
Washington D.C., Oct 11, 2018 / 06:15 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The benefits and drawbacks of different Catholic campus ministry models were the focus of a new U.S. bishops' report released Oct. 9. The report also highlighted a lack of a Catholic presence especially at community colleges.

Humanae vitae is prophetic 'blueprint' for society, bishop says

10/11/2018 - 6:30am
Lincoln, Neb., Oct 11, 2018 / 05:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The message of Humanae vitae is  "good news" and a guide for rebuilding family and society Bishop James Wall of Gallup, New Mexico, has said. He made the remarks during a talk on the famous encyclical and the legacy of Pope Paul VI.

Texas dioceses make joint pledge to release lists of accused clergy

10/11/2018 - 5:00am
Austin, Texas, Oct 11, 2018 / 04:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas plan to release names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to a release from the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops. The release will include all accusations dating back to the 1950s.

Vermont bishop to form lay committee to review clergy files

10/10/2018 - 6:00am
Burlington, Vt., Oct 10, 2018 / 05:00 pm (EWTN News).- The Diocese of Burlington, the only Catholic diocese in Vermont, is forming a lay committee to investigate personnel files relating to sexual abuse of minors by priests, Bishop Christopher Coyne announced in a statement Oct. 10. When is concludes its review, the committee will publicly release a list of accused priests.

Nikki Haley to leave role as UN ambassador

10/09/2018 - 1:00pm
Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Nikki Haley will leave her post as the United States' ambassador to the United Nations at the end of the year, it was announced Tuesday. Haley has been a vocal champion of religious freedom during her time at the UN.

Oakland diocese to release names of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse

10/09/2018 - 8:01am
Oakland, Calif., Oct 9, 2018 / 07:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland has announced that the diocese will release the names of all clerics credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor.

For transparency, San Bernardino diocese lists priests credibly accused of sex abuse

10/09/2018 - 5:01am
San Bernardino, Calif., Oct 9, 2018 / 04:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A list of 34 priests credibly accused of abuse in recent decades was released Monday by the Diocese of San Bernardino. The local bishop has apologized to victims and said the failure to protect children has led to "new awareness" about the "terrible scourge" of sex abuse.

Vast majority of private school blue-ribbon winners Catholic

10/09/2018 - 4:30am
Washington D.C., Oct 9, 2018 / 03:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Department of Education has awarded the 2018 National Blue Ribbon to more than three dozen Catholic schools. Of the nearly 50 private schools to receive the designation, almost 90 percent were Catholic.