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Pope prays for Texas shooting victims, calls for stricter gun laws

May 25, 2022 News
Saying his heart was broken at the news of at least 19 children and two adults being shot and killed at a Texas elementary school, Pope Francis said it was time to say "Enough!" and enact stricter laws on gun sales.

Supreme Court sides with Arizona in death penalty cases

May 24, 2022 News
In a 6-3 ruling May 23, the Supreme Court said two Arizona death-row inmates could not present new evidence of ineffective counsel they said they received in state trials during their federal appeals.

San Francisco prelate says no Communion for Pelosi over her abortion stand

May 23, 2022 News
San Francisco's archbishop declared May 20 that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is not "to be admitted" to Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates "support for abortion 'rights'" and goes to confession and receives absolution "for her cooperation in this evil."

Franciscan sisters’ land acknowledgment ceremony honors Indigenous nations

May 20, 2022 News
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- In what may have been the first such ceremony held by a Catholic religious community in Wisconsin, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross hosted a land acknowledgment ceremony on the grounds of St. Francis Convent May 14.

Religious brothers can be superiors of orders with priests, pope says

May 19, 2022 News
Granting an exception to canon law, Pope Francis said the Vatican office that deals with religious orders can permit men's communities that are made up of both priests and brothers to choose one of the brothers to be a provincial superior or even the superior general.

Vatican confirms pope will visit Indigenous in Canada in late July

May 18, 2022 News
Pope Francis will meet members of Canada's Indigenous communities in late July, visiting the cities of Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit in Nunavut, the country's most northern region.

Bishops express sorrow, condemn racially motivated shooting in Buffalo

May 17, 2022 News
Several U.S. Catholic bishops expressed sorrow and called out racism and gun violence after reports of a May 14 mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left at least three injured and 10 dead—a crime authorities categorized as likely motivated by hatred for Black people.

Saints’ lives prove God’s love for all, pope says at canonization Mass

May 16, 2022 News
The lives of the saints prove that holiness is not an unreachable goal accomplished by a select few but comes from acknowledging and sharing God's love, Pope Francis said.

Report identifies abuses of Native American children in boarding schools

May 13, 2022 News
Hundreds of boarding schools supported by the U.S. government for 150 years sought to forcefully assimilate Native American and Indigenous children into white society, a first-of-its-kind report from the Interior Department said.

Titus Brandsma, Dutch priest, proposed as patron saint of journalists

May 12, 2022 News
Among the 10 men and women Pope Francis will proclaim as the Catholic Church’s newest saints is a Dutch priest and journalist who stood his ground against Nazi ideology and paid for it with his life.