Vatican says no changes foreseen in direction priests face during Mass

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Recent comments by a high-ranking Vatican official have sparked questions about the direction priests should face while celebrating Mass, but the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are foreseen.


USCCB president says violence calls for 'moment of national reflection'

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas to protest fatal shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week "calls us to a moment of national reflection," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Bishops urge passage of conscience protection bill regarding abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees are urging Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 as an "immediate federal remedy" for government "coercion on abortion."