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U.S. bishops approve plan for youth, young adult ministry

Pilgrims kneel in adoration at a World Youth Day event in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event was hosted by the U.S. bishops' conference and featured a talk by Bishop Robert Barron culminating in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour. / Credit: Claudette Jerez/EWTN News video screen shotCNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 11:15 am (CNA).The U.S. bishops approved a new pastoral framework for youth and young adult outreach, titled "Listen, Teach, Send," following their spring meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, last week. The framework was approved on Monday, passing with 188 in favor, four against, and four abstentions, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced in a Tuesday press release. The initial vote was held at the bishops' spring plenary assembly, but not enough eligible bishops were present to vote and were contacted to cast their votes after, the release noted."We're hoping that 'Listen, Teach, Send' can offer new life for these ministr...

Arizona governor vetoes bill requiring insurance companies to cover trans 'detransitions'

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs sits in the audience prior to President Joe Biden's remarks at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Sept 28, 2023, in Tempe, Arizona. / Credit: Rebecca Noble/Getty ImagesCNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 15:45 pm (CNA).Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs this week vetoed a bill that would have required insurance companies to cover "detransitioning" procedures for transgender-identifying individuals who had undergone sex-change surgeries.The Democratic governor vetoed state Senate Bill 1511 after it passed both houses of the state Legislature. The measure would have stipulated that health insurance plans that offer "coverage for gender transition procedures" may not "deny coverage for gender detransition procedures."It would have also required that physicians who perform gender transition procedures "must agree to provide or pay for the performance of gender detransition procedures.""Detransitioners," or transgender-identified individuals who have ceased trying ...

New York court puts pro-abortion amendment back on November ballot

Pro-abortion activists gather in front of pro-life advocates outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Manhattan on Feb. 3, 2024, in New York City. / Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesCNA Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 17:45 pm (CNA).A New York court ruled in favor of putting a proposed amendment to enshrine a right to abortion in the state constitution back on the Nov. 5 ballot, but Republicans plan to take the fight to appeal.The unanimous appellate court decision on June 18 reverses a lower court ruling that would have taken the proposal off of state ballots.Although the lower court had ruled that the state did not follow the proper procedure when approving the ballot language, the appellate court found that the lawmakers who challenged the procedure had done so after the statute of limitations had passed. For this reason, the appellate court dismissed the complaint entirely.Republican opponents of the ballot measure intend to appeal the appellate ru...

Culture of death advances in Spain with two new developments

null / Credit: Josh Applegate/UnsplashACI Prensa Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 17:30 pm (CNA).The culture of life suffered two setbacks as the culture of death advanced again in Spain: The government is proposing to extend euthanasia to people with mental illness, while the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of abortion for minors 16 and over without parental knowledge.According to the Diario Médico journal, the Spanish government's Ministry of Health is going to modify the "Manual of Good Practices for Euthanasia" to include mental illnesses.The draft of the planned change states that the Organic Law for the Regulation of Euthanasia "does not exclude mental illness, allowing people with an unbearable suffering due to the presence of a mental illness to request PAM [aid in dying] on ??equal terms with those whose suffering comes from a bodily illness."Consequently, the government would apparently allow euthanasia for people with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),...

Argentine bishops speak out about interrupting Mass with political chants

null / Credit: ShutterstockACI Prensa Staff, Jun 19, 2024 / 16:30 pm (CNA).In two separate recent incidents, participants at Mass in Argentina started chanting the political slogan "the country is not for sale," an expression of opposition to the policies of President Javier Milei. Videos showing the chanting have circulated on social media, leading several bishops to speak out about the situation.One of the Masses was celebrated by the auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires, Gustavo Carrara, who later issued a statement "humbly apologizing" to those who might have felt offended. Although he did not participate in the chanting, as the celebrant he took responsibility for what had happened.The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge García Cuerva, also spoke out about the incidents during a June 15 Mass at St. Ildephonsus Parish, making it clear that "the Mass is something sacred.""Here we come to be nourished by unity, brotherhood, peace. That's why it's not good to use the Mass to divide,...

Jesuits in Bolivia admit their actions were 'disastrous' in dealing with sexual abuse

Photograph of Father Luis María Roma, SJ, in the auditorium of the John XXIII boarding school in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the place where another Jesuit priest, Alfonso Pedrajas ("Padre Pica") allegedly committed most of his abuse of minors. This image was taken there in October 2023. / Credit: Andrés Henríquez/ACI PrensaACI Prensa Staff, Jun 18, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA).The Jesuits of Bolivia admitted that their actions were "negligent, indolent, and disastrous" in response to the sexual abuse of minors by priests such as the late Luis María Roma, who kept a diary and had photographs and videos of the Indigenous girls he allegedly abused. In another notorious case, "Padre Pica" also kept a diary in which he admitted abusing up to 85 boys and adolescents.In a statement dated June 16, the Society of Jesus in Bolivia recognized "with deep regret that the actions of those who were in charge of addressing the complaints of sexual abuse of girls, boys, and adolescents and acting on be...

Three young adult pilgrims walk from Paris to Jerusalem 'to deepen our faith'

The sisters Madeleine and Marie-Liesse together with Louis Antona at the entrance of Greece. The three young people covered the distance from Paris to Jerusalem on foot, arriving in mid-May 2024. "I needed to walk 4,500 kilometers to understand that Jesus is not just in Jerusalem, but was by my side every step of the way," Antona told CNA. / Credit: Photo courtesy of French pilgrims Madeleine and Marie-LiesseJerusalem, Jun 18, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA).On Sept. 17, 2023, two sisters left Paris and walked for approximately eight months to Jerusalem. Madeleine and Marie-Liesse, 19 and 22, who grew up in a Catholic family, decided to become pilgrims to grow in their faith. "We needed to make the faith our own," they told CNA. "This pilgrimage was to discover God, to truly search for him and deepen our faith. We learned that we can trust God; he takes care of us in everything. The Gospel is not a joke."Two months later, in mid-November 2023, Louis Antona, 24, also left Paris on fo...

Federal court shields U.S. bishops from abortion mandate as lawsuit plays out

null / Credit: ShutterstockCNA Staff, Jun 18, 2024 / 15:45 pm (CNA).A federal court on Monday protected the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) from a new federal abortion rule as litigation over the directive plays out in court. The USCCB will not be "forced to support employee abortions against their religious beliefs" while a federal lawsuit works its way through the courts, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said in a Monday press release.The bishops, along with several other Catholic plaintiffs including the Catholic University of America, filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration last month over regulations that would require that employers accommodate women for workplace limitations that arise from "having or choosing not to have an abortion."The new regulations issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) were related to the implementation of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The pregnancy law ...

Bishops speak out against worsening violence in southwest Colombia

The flag of Colombia. / Politicnico Grancolombiano Departamento de Comunicaciones via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 18, 2024 / 17:50 pm (CNA).The bishops of the dioceses located in the Valle del Cauca district of Colombia have demanded that armed groups stop their actions that continue to cause more deaths in the southwestern part of the country and have called on the authorities to "find the solutions" that would bring peace to the country.The prelates issued a statement on June 14 signed by the archbishop of Cali, Luis Fernando Rodríguez; the bishop of Buenaventura, Rubén Darío Jaramillo; Bishop César Alcides Balbín of Cartago; Bishop José Roberto Ospina of Buga; as well as the bishop-elect of Palmira, Father Rodrigo Gallego Trujillo, and the apostolic administrator of the same diocese, Bishop Edgar de Jesús García.In their statement, the prelates decried "the worsening of polarization, threats, harassment, extortion, attacks, murders, and other acts of violence ...

U.S. bishop applauds Biden's move to allow undocumented spouses pathway to citizenship

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at an event marking the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the East Room at the White House on June 18, 2024, in Washington, D.C. / Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWashington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 18, 2024 / 17:30 pm (CNA).The head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday praised the Biden administration's new plan to offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented spouses and children of American citizens.This new streamlined process will permit noncitizen spouses married to U.S. citizens to apply to legally live and work in the U.S. without fear of being deported. In addition to the spouses, noncitizen children of applicants would also be allowed to receive such protections.To be eligible for this process, noncitizens must have resided in the U.S. for 10 years or more and be legally married to an...

Thought of the Day

Matthew 5: 38-39

Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.”

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