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Former priest Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, faces sexual misconduct allegations

(OSV News) — Embattled former priest and pro-life activist Frank Pavone is facing accusations of sexual misconduct that took place prior to his laicization in November 2022. Pavone, national director of the nonprofit Priests for Life, was the subject of …

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In interview, pope says criticism is annoying, but can be helpful

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Public criticism by cardinals and bishops is annoying — “like a rash that bothers you a bit,” Pope Francis said — but differences need to be aired and criticism can be helpful, he told the Associated …

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Monterey Park shooting a ‘gut punch’ for L.A.’s Chinese Catholics

LOS ANGELES (OSV News) — Local Chinese Catholics celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown’s Catholic parish also prayed for the victims of the mass shooting in nearby Monterey Park the night of Jan. 21. “We pray …

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Vatican funding for charitable works totals $10.7 million in 2022; $2.2 million alone goes to needs in Ukraine

KRAKOW, Poland (OSV News) — It was a sunny day in Rome Jan. 13 when a truck was fully loaded with supplies. Thermal clothing, power generators and food were put inside with the help of a papal official: Cardinal Konrad …

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March for Life holds first national event after overturn of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (OSV News) — Tens of thousands of pro-life advocates descended upon the nation’s capital for the 50th March for Life Jan. 20 — the first national march since the overturn of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade …

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A suicide prevention sign is pictured on a protective fence on the walkway of the George Washington Bridge between in New York City Jan.12, 2022. The suicide epidemic in the U.S. is costing lives, and Catholic dioceses and ministries are racing to get in place much needed accompaniment for those crying for mental health help. (OSV News photo/Mike Segar, Reuters)

Experts: Mental health ministry a dire need across the U.S. church

During the six months following the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline launch in July, more than 2 million calls, texts and chat messages have streamed into its 200 call centers coast-to-coast, the Associated Press recently reported.

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Cordel Tyus and Devo McGraw sit on roofing from an industrial building in front of their home in Selma, Ala., Jan.12, 2023, after a tornado ripped through the area the previous day. A giant, swirling storm system billowing across the South Jan. 11, killed at least six people in central Alabama, the Associated Press reported. (OSV News photo/Mickey Welsh, USA Today Network via visa Reuters)

Alabama Catholics turn to prayer, outreach after deadly tornadoes

Katelee Hagan imagined Jan. 14 would be just another ordinary day at the Selma, Alabama, child care center where she works. But moments after the 21-year-old walked through the doors, a colleague told her, “We’ve got to go. A tornado is heading straight for us.”

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