To church’s dismay, Veracruz state approves bill decriminalizing abortion

Lawmakers in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz approved a bill decriminalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It was the second such decriminalization measure approved in Mexico in barely two weeks.

L.A. volunteers say end to Masses for migrant children is bittersweet

Since April, the Long Beach Convention Center has housed migrant children with nowhere else to go, while authorities searched for adult family members and sponsors in the country.

Vaccination is an act of love, pope says in ad campaign

When each individual makes a small act of charity, like getting the COVID-19 vaccine, every gesture added together can transform the world, Pope Francis said in a global ad campaign.

Cardinal calls on monastic communities to pray ahead of synod

Without prayer, especially from the many religious men and women in contemplative life, the journey of the next Synod of Bishops "will surely not bear the hoped-for fruit," said Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops.

CRS program works with Ugandan men as they take on new family roles

It is not unusual these days to find Raymond Okello, who lives in the Karamoja area of northeastern Uganda, washing dishes, tending the kitchen garden, or caring for the baby when home.

‘Nest mentality’ in church leads to judgment, exclusion, pope says

Christians must be on guard and avoid the temptation of thinking themselves better than others, an attitude that risks turning the church into a place of "separation and not communion," Pope Francis said.

Black Catholic administrators call out treatment of Haitians at border

A group of Black Catholic administrators is calling on "Catholic leaders to do something, to say something" about undertones of racism they say is playing out in the treatment of Haitians at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Vatican publishes regulations for official promoters of sainthood causes

To avoid any appearance of impropriety or undue influence, a cardinal or bishop who is a member of the Congregation for Saints' Causes and anyone officially appointed as a consultant to the congregation cannot serve as the postulator or official promoter of a candidate's cause for sainthood.

Texas bishop urges Biden ‘to act immediately’ to end ‘Remain in Mexico’

The Biden administration must issue an immediate termination of the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the "Remain in Mexico" policy, El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz said Oct. 25.

Conversion of Heart: Discipleship and evangelization efforts lead to encounters with Christ

Bishop Olmsted reflects on how forming new relationships with his brother priests and lay Catholic families helped him "turn within"