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Kentucky diocese to restore Communion under both species

Communion from the chalice, as well as on the tongue, will again be options in a western Kentucky diocese beginning on the feast of Corpus Christi, amid the national eucharistic revival.

Healing, forgiveness seen in execution’s aftermath

The maker of the documentary film "An American Tragedy" witnessed the transformation of a convicted killer and reconciliation with his victim's family, before his own execution.

Word on Fire addresses sex allegation, employee firing

The media ministry founded by Bishop Robert Barron said May 2 it had fired an employee possibly over an incident involving some unwelcome advances.

Catholic News Service to cease domestic operations at year’s end

The U.S. bishops said May 4 that the Washington, D.C. and New York offices of the century-old bureau will close at the end of the year, and 21 employees let go, to fit "the communications environment today."

Pro-life advocacy groups plan next steps after abortion opinion leak

A mix of caution and elation marked responses to a draft Supreme Court document indicating the 1973 Roe v Wade decision may be overturned.

Leaked draft of Supreme Court opinion indicates overturn of Roe decision

The document has been verified as authentic, but the court cautioned a final decision has not been issued in a landmark case that could return abortion laws back to state levels.

Young adult Catholics talk of promoting climate change efforts

With more than three-quarters of young Catholics worried about climate change, church leaders should make it a higher priority, said panelists at a Georgetown forum.

National pro-life advocate Deirdre McQuade dies at 53

As a leader with the U.S. Catholic bishops from 2005 to 2018, McQuade was interviewed by media and spoke at numerous events to offer views on palliative care, abortion and alternatives to physician-assisted suicide.

Restoration of environmental rules hailed by Catholic bishops

The chair of a key U.S. bishops' committee said April 25 that the provisions allowing for greater local input on environmental impacts of federal projects will serve as "a vital guardrail against ecological and social harm."

Judge might block plan to end pandemic border restriction

A federal judge appointed by former President Trump threatened to keep in place his Title 42 order at the U.S.-Mexico border that has increased the number of expulsions of immigrants trying to enter the U.S.