National / International News

National / International News

Planned Parenthood's CEO validates suspicions, advocacy group says

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) -- Under fire after a series of recent sting videos, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s CEO Cecile Richards wrote a letter to Congress last week addressing the issues raised in the videos, which call into question Planned Parenthood’s procurement of fetal tissue for research.

Priests in U.S., Canada can already absolve people who obtained, or participated in abortions

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Pope Francis' Sept. 1 announcement that priests worldwide will be able to absolve women for the sin of abortion during the Year of Mercy will have little effect on pastoral practices in the United States and Canada, where most priests already have such authority in the sacrament of reconciliation.

For Year of Mercy, pope extends possibilities for absolution

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an extraordinary gesture for the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has extended to priests worldwide the authority to absolve women for the sin of abortion and has decreed the full validity of the sacrament of confession celebrated by priests of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X during the jubilee year.