Top Stories

63716
Under New Australian Law, Assisted Suicide Applications Higher Than Expected

MELBOURNE, Australia — A total of 52 people in the Australian state of Victoria ended their lives by doctor-assisted suicide in the first six months since the state’s Voluntary Assisted Dying law went into effect.  Between June 19 and December...

63715
Ahead of Plenary Council, Head of Australian Bishops' Conference in Rome

BRISBANE, Australia — Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian bishops’ conference, is in Rome for high-level discussions ahead of the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II, set to begin in...

63714
What to Expect When Vatican Archives on Venerable Pius XII Open in March

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s archives on the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII will become available for study March 2, possibly bringing to light new information about the pope’s actions during World War II. Vatican archivists have said,...

63713
Tennessee Governor Denies Clemency to Death Row ‘Model Inmate’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The governor of Tennessee has denied a clemency request for a condemned prisoner described as a “model inmate,” clearing the way for his execution on Thursday, February 20. The decision was made despite appeals to spare his...

63712
Pope Francis Urges Catholic Educators to Teach Inclusive Integral Ecology

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for an educational revolution Thursday, telling the Congregation for Catholic Education that more effort needs to be made to accelerate the inclusiveness of education. Ecology and fraternity are an integral...

63697
In ‘Querida Amazonia,’ Does ‘Mission’ of Aparecida Live Again?

Does Aparecida live again? Now that the Amazon synod process has been completed with the publication of Querida Amazonia, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, what is the status of the Aparecida vision most dear to him? At the Latin...

63627
St. Jacinta’s Holy Legacy With Our Lady

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Fatima seer St. Jacinta Marto. The 9-year-old died on Feb. 20, 1920, weeks short of her 10th birthday, which would have been on March 11. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of her...

63709
How California's Abortion Mandate Trampled on Catholic Nuns

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — California could lose federal funds for requiring employer health plans to cover elective abortion, federal officials have said. But the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic consecrated women whose legal...

63708
Diocese of Harrisburg Files for Bankruptcy Amid New Sex Abuse Lawsuits

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announced Wednesday that it is filing for bankruptcy. A landslide of clergy abuse lawsuits have been filed against the diocese after a watershed Pennsylvania grand jury report on...

63707
LGBT Law Clinic at Gonzaga Law Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ for Spokane Bishop

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University’s plan to become the first Jesuit university to open a law clinic focused primarily on LGBT advocacy has raised “serious concerns” for Spokane's Bishop Thomas Daly. “While the Catholic tradition does uphold...