Notre Dame Cathedral spire to be rebuilt as replica of pre-fire design

CNA Staff, Jul 9, 2020 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced that the Notre Dame Cathedral spire will be rebuilt as a replica of the one destroyed in the fire at the cathedral last year. Macron’s government had previously initiated an...

States sue Education Department over COVID relief for private schools

CNA Staff, Jul 9, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Five states are suing the Trump administration for directing emergency relief aid to students at private schools, regardless of their income level. The states of Michigan, California, Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and the...

Biden plans to end contraception exemption for Little Sisters

Former vice president Joe Biden pledged on Wednesday to reinstate Obama-era policies that would require the Little Sisters of the Poor to ensure access to birth control and abortifacients for employees in violation of their religious beliefs. Biden, who is the...

Cardinal Tobin asks Trump for clemency in death row case

CNA Staff, Jul 9, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark has joined several U.S. bishops in asking President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a federal inmate scheduled to be executed on July 17. Exercising clemency, the cardinal told the...

Peruvian archbishop thanks doctors fighting coronavirus

Lima, Peru, Jul 9, 2020 / 02:51 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of Arequipa, Peru, thanked the doctors fighting the coronavirus pandemic, saying they offer hope to many. “I am convinced that, along with the evils that this pandemic has brought us or made apparent, the good...

The pattern of liturgical prayers: first sacrifice, then joy

Last weekend in these United States, most normal Americans celebrated Independence Day, that is our independence from – well, the British Empire. We Americans wanted our freedom, we had a nasty fight about it, we won, and the rest is history. We have now a republic,...