Author: Archdiocese of San Antonio

Catholic bishops in Kenya urge government to address doctors strike

April 23, 2024

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Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are calling on the Kenyan government to “speedily” address the concerns of doctors in the East African country where health services remain paralyzed due to a protracted strike of medical doctors. Through the strike, which is in its fourth week, doctors in Kenya are seeking better pay per…

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Pope Francis to canonize new female saint

April 22, 2024

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Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Elena Guerra, paving the way for the canonization of a new female saint known as “an apostle of the Holy Spirit.” A friend of Pope Leo XIII and the teacher of St. Gemma Galgani, Elena Guerra (1835–1914) is known for her spiritual writings and her passionate devotion…

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Sudan civil war leaves no seminarians and almost no Catholic Church

April 22, 2024

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The third Sudanese civil war has terribly affected the entire country but especially the local Catholic Church, which — according to the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) — has no seminarians and has practically disappeared from the country. Since April 15, 2023, armed clashes have broken out in Sudan between the Army, commanded by…

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The Catholic Church by the numbers: more Catholics but fewer vocations 

April 21, 2024

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The number of Catholics worldwide increased by 14 million in 2022, according to the Vatican’s 2022 Statistical Yearbook of the Church released earlier this month and highlighted in a report by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. The figures from 2021 to 2022 — the most recent years where numbers are available — marked a decrease…

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New film tells inspiring story of young priest who left a lasting impact

April 20, 2024

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A new film titled “Love God’s Will” that recently debuted in various theaters in Houston tells the inspiring story of Father Ryan Stawaisz, a young priest who touched the hearts of many and embraced God’s will after receiving a life-altering diagnosis. Palomita Films — a Houston-based film production company consisting of Cimela Kidonakis, Jessi Hannapel, and Garret…

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130,000 oppose leftist government’s attempt to change meaning of Spain civil war monument

April 19, 2024

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The Association for Reconciliation and Historical Truth has garnered more than 130,000 signatures on a petition calling for the Madrid regional government to protect the Valley of the Fallen as an asset of cultural interest (BIC, by its Spanish acronym) in opposition to the socialist government’s plans to desacralize and reconfigure the area’s historical significance….

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New Hampshire legislators reconsider ‘medical aid in dying’ legislation

April 18, 2024

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives is poised to reconsider its narrow passage of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in the “Live Free or Die” state. Last week, New Hampshire state representatives passed HB 1273 by a margin of just three votes, 179-176. Twenty-four representatives abstained during the vote. However, the bill has…

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Canadian judge grants 27-year-old autistic woman’s request for assisted suicide

April 17, 2024

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A judge in Canada has ruled that a woman with autism can be granted her request to die by assisted suicide, overruling efforts by the woman’s father to halt the deadly procedure.  In a decision this week, Justice Colin Feasby of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta said the 27-year-old woman, identified in documents as…

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Governors in West Virginia, Utah, Idaho sign religious freedom bills

April 16, 2024

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Governors Jim Justice of West Virginia, Spencer Cox of Utah, and Brad Little of Idaho — all Republicans — signed legislation in their states to enhance religious freedom protections.  The new West Virginia law establishes stronger religious freedom protections for student organizations at public universities. The Utah law allows residents to bring civil action against government entities if those…

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Five tips for evangelizing on social media

April 15, 2024

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Friar Nelson Medina, a Dominican known for his extensive apostolate on the internet, offered five tips for Catholics to do a better job evangelizing on social media. The Colombian priest, who holds a doctorate in fundamental theology, shared the following recommendations with CNA. 1. Practice gratitude. “Consider it a privilege and a great opportunity to…

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