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Planned Parenthood report: increase in abortion, decrease in health services

Planned Parenthood's latest annual report shows an increase in abortions from the previous year, while also showing a decrease in health services.
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Arizona high court upholds 1864 abortion ban as ballot measure becomes likely

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled April 9 that a 160-year-old near-total abortion ban still on the books in the state is enforceable, a move that could shutter abortion clinics in the state. But, Arizona may have the issue of abortion ...
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Pope marks 800th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi’s stigmata

With a visiting group of Italian Franciscan friars from La Verna and from Tuscany April 5, Pope Francis joined celebrations of the 800th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi receiving "the gift of the stigmata" after he had withdrawn to ...
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‘Caitlin Clark has the world by her fingertips’: Iowa Hawkeyes basketball superstar supported by Catholic faith, family

Wearing scrubs en route to the hospital to begin her day, a health care specialist was asked how much she knew about Caitlin Clark, the University of Iowa basketball superstar who has led her Hawkeye teammates -- and by extension, ...
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phases of a solar eclipse | Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash

Eclipse seen as a way to pray, ‘engage with the work of God’s hands’

An astronomy buff since childhood, Father Robert Schrader anticipates quite a birthday present when he turns 75 April 8.
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Hundreds of people joined “Do Not Be Afraid: March and Vigil for Human Dignity,” a March 21, 2024, event organized by the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, along with organizations such as Hope Border Institute as well as religious and community leaders from the borderlands. (OSV News photo/Diego Adame, courtesy of Hope Border Institute)

‘We have hope’ say advocates at El Paso march and vigil for migrants’ dignity

On the evening of March 21, hundreds of people joined the demonstration "Be Not Afraid: March and Vigil for Human Dignity" organized by the Diocese of El Paso, Texas.
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Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI at the retired pontiff's Vatican residence Dec. 23, 2013. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Pope Francis on his relationship with Benedict: ‘He always defended me’

For the nearly 10 years that Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI lived on opposite sides of St. Peter's Basilica, the two popes' relationship was marked by a deep mutual respect and sense of solidarity.
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