Pope Francis reiterates a strong 'no' to women priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (CNA/EWTN News) — During a press conference Tuesday aboard the papal plane from Sweden to Rome, Pope Francis said the issue of women priests has been clearly decided, while also clarifying the essential role of women in the Catholic Church.

Brain cancer survivor lends voice to campaign against assisted suicide

TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) -- Two years ago, as terminally ill 29-year-old Brittany Maynard made national news by publicly advocating for her right to end her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity law, Sarah Steele sat in her Camden County home, quietly anguishing over her right to live.

Bishops to elect officers, hear task force report, vote on action plan

WASHINGTON (CNS) The U.S. bishops will discuss ways to promote peace in U.S. communities torn apart by violence, vote on ways to implement priority areas for their conference approved last year and elect new leaders during their Nov. 14-16 fall general assembly in Baltimore.