National / International News

National / International News

Texas parish thrilled to have pope as surprise guest at ABC town hall

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) -- At Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, members of the community, most of them volunteers at a respite center for immigrants at Sacred Heart parish hall, were invited to a special event by ABC News, but were not informed in advance of just how special that event would be.

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.