Last Updated: Sep 1, 2015

All priests will be able forgive sin of abortion during Jubilee for Mercy

Vatican City, Sep 01, 2015 / 07:33 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins.

Planned Parenthood's CEO validates suspicions, advocacy group says

Washington D.C., Sep 01, 2015 / 12:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Under fire after a series of recent sting videos, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s (PPFA) 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.

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

Cotonou, Benin, Sep 01, 2015 / 07:15 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe.

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Sep 01, 2015 / 01:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stressed its importance, and the nation's bishops suggest the commission would help the U.S. fulfill Pope Francis’ call to protect religious minorities.