Cardinal, archbishop praise new HHS conscience protection policies

WASHINGTON (CNS) — New policies put in place by the civil rights office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services won praise from two former presidents of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Aboard the papal plane (CNA/EWTN News) — In his five years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

Here's the newest basilica in North America

Arlington, Va. (CNA/EWTN News) — St. Mary Catholic Church in Alexandria, the first permanent Catholic parish in Virginia, has a new name and a new designation for the new year. It was announced Sunday that the Holy See had decreed the building to be a minor basilica, and the church will now be known as “The Basilica of Saint Mary.”