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Cardinal Ladaria cautions US bishops on politicians and Communion

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has urged the U.S. bishops to proceed with caution in their discussions about formulating a national policy "to address the situation of Catholics in public office who support legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia or other moral evils."

Bishops urge Mexicans to vote in elections, but some see warning signs

The Mexican bishops' conference has pledged to avoid promotion of any parties or candidates in the country's upcoming midterm elections. The bishops also issued a statement May 6 calling on citizens to vote and support candidates promoting the common good.

Judge slain in Sicily by mafiosi put on path to sainthood

A magistrate slain by mobsters in Sicily and praised by two popes has been beatified by the Roman Catholic church on May 9 in the last formal step before possible sainthood. 

COVID-19 takes toll on Indian church leaders

Amid thousands dying daily of COVID-19 in India, the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on church leaders. Dozens of priests, scores of nuns and hundreds of laypeople have died since mid-April.

Papal vaccine campaigns offered punishments, rewards 200 years ago

An 1822 Vatican law described the new smallpox vaccine as a gift "put in place by divine providence" as a sign of God's "paternal love to save his children."  

'Vos Estis' expires in one year. What works and what changes are needed in version 2.0?

Bishops, canon lawyers and others discuss the way Pope Francis' sweeping church law on bishop accountability, issued two years ago, is playing out for the U.S. church.

Shut in, locked down, no green space? Six tips to connect with nature

EarthBeat asked six people how they stay spiritually rooted in the natural world even in the middle of the city or inside an apartment.

What if prominent Catholics guest-hosted 'Jeopardy!'?

Distinctly Catholic: The TV game show "Jeopardy!" first aired in 1964 — the same year NCR was founded. Alex Trebek hosted the show from its 1984 revival until his death in 2020. "What is, 'Let's have a little fun'?"

California bill could bar UC Health from affiliating with Catholic hospitals that limit abortions

California's SB 379 would ensure that, moving forward, UC Health would only affiliate with hospitals that allow its staff to provide all necessary care, but the Catholic-affiliated Dignity Health is the largest hospital provider in the state.

Theologians call Vatican stance on same-sex unions unbiblical

An international group of theologians and scholars released an academic statement alleging inconsistencies in the Vatican's arguments against same-sex relationships, and urging the church to review its stance.