Fraternity needed to address global challenges, Vatican official says

Fraternity is more than just a virtuous principle, it is a necessary means to confront the great humanitarian and social challenges facing the world, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

Church in Haiti calls for national strike following violence, kidnappings

In response to recent kidnappings of clergy and religious in Haiti and growing anarchy in the Caribbean nation, Catholic schools, churches and other entities called for a national strike April 15.

Biden announces commission to study potential changes to Supreme Court

Less than a week after President Joe Biden signed an executive order announcing the formation of a commission to look into possible reforms to the Supreme Court, congressional Democrats are moving ahead with introducing legislation to expand the court from nine to 13 justices.

Sponsor a gargoyle: New fundraiser launched for Notre Dame in Paris

A novel fundraising approach to restore one of the most iconic monuments in the world, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, enables donors to have a piece of history.

Federal appeals court says Ohio can enforce Down syndrome abortion law

A federal appeals court April 13 upheld a 2017 Ohio law that prohibits doctors from knowingly participating performing an abortion because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Catholic Labor Network report finds wage theft in construction industry

A report released April 14 by the Catholic Labor Network reveals that wage theft is rampant in the construction industry in the District of Columbia.

Apostolic nuncio to Mexican bishops: ‘Look reality in the eye’

The apostolic nuncio to Mexico urged the country's bishops to "look reality in the eye" as the country's non-Catholic population increases and Mexicans increasingly identify as nonreligious.

German legislators consider ending state payments to churches

Germany's lower house of Parliament is considering replacing state payments to the nation's two largest churches. The Catholic and Protestant churches received combined state benefits of more than $650 million in 2020.

African cardinal urges resistance to Western ideologies

One of Africa's most senior Catholic leaders has denounced the imposition of "foreign ideologies" across the continent and urged Africans to seek modernization without succumbing to Western influences that erode family bonds.

Faith is bolstered by prayer, not money, power, media, pope says

Without prayer, everything crumbles and any initiatives for church reform will just be proposals by some group and not the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis said.