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Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020. / Secretariat of Major Archbishop Shevchuk.

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2021 / 06:05 am (CNA).

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied in recent months, and I observe with great concern the increase in military activities,” Pope Francis said April 18.

Chicago's Running Nun talks about faith and sport

Sister Stephanie Baliga of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago runs a marathon on a treadmill in 2020. / Courtesy: Sister Stephanie Baliga.

Denver Newsroom, Apr 18, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA).

Through the Chicago marathon, Sister Stephanie Baliga and her team have raised more than $1.1M for her community's outreach to the poor on the west side of Chicago. She talks with CNA about the intersection of running and her Catholic faith.

Pro-abortion billboard campaign in Kentucky draws pro-life response

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Louisville, Ky., Apr 17, 2021 / 17:03 pm (CNA).

“The Catholic Church has a deep and cherished commitment to give voice to the child in the womb and to support mothers in choosing life for their unborn children.”

Pro-abortion constitutional reform in Mexico paused

Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. / Octavio Hoyos / Shutterstock.

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 17, 2021 / 06:01 am (CNA).

The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology.

Three-time Olympian shares her conversion story

Dominique Dawes. / Credit: Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy.

Denver Newsroom, Apr 17, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA).

Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes talks about her conversion to the Catholic faith, and how God has been at work in her life and in her gymnastics career.

White House says it will increase refugee cap in May

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Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

President Joe Biden will increase the refugee admissions limit by May 15 - after reports that he would keep the refugee cap at its record-low level for this fiscal year. 

NIH reverses restrictions on fetal tissue research

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Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 15:15 pm (CNA).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday announced it will not require ethics boards to review federally-funded research proposals using fetal tissue of aborted babies.  

Former Cincinnati auxiliary bishop’s role with Catholic school undetermined, as parents express concerns

Cincinnati auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer. / Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 16, 2021 / 14:11 pm (CNA).

Parents at St. John the Baptist School in Hamilton County, Ohio expressed concern this week about former Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer, who resigned and apologized last year after failing to report concerns about a priest to the archbishop, being assigned to pastor two churches associated with the school. 

NGO praises Mastercard for trying to curb illegal pornography

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Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 12:06 pm (CNA).

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation praised the credit card association Mastercard for implementing new policies to curb illegal pornography.

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 11:01 am (CNA).

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican official has said.