Catholic News Service

Catholic News Service, serving since 1920 as a news agency specializing in reporting religion, is the primary source of national and world news that appears in the U.S. Catholic press.

rss feed

Catholic News Service's Latest Posts

Washington Post files motion to dismiss Covington student’s lawsuit

Washington Post files motion to dismiss Covington student’s lawsuit

| Carol Zimmermann | April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lawyers for The Washington Post filed a motion in federal court April 9 seeking the dismissal of the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed against the newspaper by Nick Sandmann, a student at Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School.

Continue Reading

Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges

Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges

| April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that would make it illegal to carry out an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Continue Reading

It’s in the cards for woman religious who threw perfect pitch

It’s in the cards for woman religious who threw perfect pitch

| Carol Zimmermann | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The perfect pitch Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck threw prior to a Chicago White Sox game last summer not only went viral but is still out of the park.

Continue Reading

Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

| Carol Glatz | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.

Continue Reading

Draft of new constitution for Curia reform ready for consultation

Draft of new constitution for Curia reform ready for consultation

| Carol Glatz | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

A draft of the proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia will soon be sent out to leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences, religious orders and some pontifical universities for their observations and suggestions.

Continue Reading

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

| Bronwen Dachs | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of executions worldwide has dropped by almost one-third, Amnesty International said in its latest review of the death penalty.

Continue Reading

Indian police charge bishop with repeatedly raping nun

Indian police charge bishop with repeatedly raping nun

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Indian police charged Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, with a charge sheet that is 2,000 pages long.

Continue Reading

President of Franciscan University resigns; search underway for successor

President of Franciscan University resigns; search underway for successor

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Franciscan Father Sean O. Sheridan, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville since 2013, said that “after a great deal of prayer,” he submitted his resignation to the university’s board of trustees.

Continue Reading

During hearing on pain-capable abortion act, ‘pain’ definition contested

During hearing on pain-capable abortion act, ‘pain’ definition contested

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Statehouses across the United States have served as venues for the abortion debate to play out in the past few months, but the action April 9 was on Capitol Hill with a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Continue Reading

‘Breakthrough’ shows miracles happen, prayer is powerful, actress says

‘Breakthrough’ shows miracles happen, prayer is powerful, actress says

| Denis Grasska | April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

This Easter, a new film promises to tell the real-life story of a person who died and miraculously came back to life.

Continue Reading

USCCB pro-life committee chair urges end to ‘barbaric’ late-term abortions

USCCB pro-life committee chair urges end to ‘barbaric’ late-term abortions

| April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee called on Congress to pass a measure that would stop “the barbaric practice of late-term abortion.”

Continue Reading

Cardinal O’Brien turns 80; U.S. left with nine cardinal electors

Cardinal O’Brien turns 80; U.S. left with nine cardinal electors

| Cindy Wooden | April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

U.S. Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, celebrated his 80th birthday April 8, meaning he is no longer eligible to enter a conclave to elect a new pope.

Continue Reading