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Washington D.C., Apr 23, 2017 / 05:29 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week.

Richmond, Va., Apr 22, 2017 / 04:13 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Catholic bishops of Virginia welcomed a decision by the governor to commute a prisoner's death sentence on the grounds that false information was presented during his sentencing.

Jefferson City, Mo., Apr 21, 2017 / 09:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Stronger medical standards for abortion clinics were thrown out in Missouri by a federal judge who cited a Supreme Court decision on a similar law in Texas.

Chicago, Ill., Apr 21, 2017 / 07:13 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A promise from the governor of Illinois to veto an abortion funding bill drew the gratitude of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who called it a "principled stand."

Nashville, Tenn., Apr 20, 2017 / 02:44 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The state of Tennessee has agreed to stop enforcing two abortion restrictions which are similar to those in Texas that were struck down by the Supreme Court last year.

Chicago, Ill., Apr 20, 2017 / 12:24 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on April 20 appointed Bishop Venedykt (Valery) Aleksiychuk as Bishop of the Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Eparchy of Chicago.

Chicago, Ill., Apr 19, 2017 / 09:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will focus on beginnings: the origin of consciousness, the origin of human language, the origin of the cosmos, and the origin of living things.

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2017 / 04:24 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn apart: many of them were shipped over a thousand miles to Louisiana, and many more were barred from practicing their Catholic faith by new slave masters.

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2017 / 03:42 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about whether a state benefit program could exclude churches because of their religious status.

Fresno, Calif., Apr 18, 2017 / 04:53 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A 39-year-old man is in custody following a shooting spree that left three people dead in Fresno, California on Tuesday, including one person who was killed in the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building.

Little Rock, Ark., Apr 18, 2017 / 04:24 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholics in Arkansas and around the country continue to pray for death row inmates in the state, after courts on Monday blocked two executions in an eight inmate, 10 day flurry of executions planned by the governor.

Cleveland, Ohio, Apr 18, 2017 / 03:59 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Mourning family members of a Cleveland man whose murder on Easter Sunday was posted online in a Facebook video said that despite their grief, they forgive their father's killer.

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2017 / 07:37 am (EWTN News/CNA).- A group of women and children from Central America who have been prioritized for deportation lost a legal battle Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal of a lower court's ruling that prevented a federal judge from reviewing their expedited deportation orders.

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2017 / 04:18 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual Easter Season has begun, how should Catholics observe it?

Washington D.C., Apr 17, 2017 / 09:31 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Easter is a joyous reminder that Jesus' Resurrection overcomes fear and doubt, the U.S. bishops said in their 2017 Easter message.

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2017 / 05:50 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said mercy is essential in living the Christian life, because it not only allows us to understand ourselves and God better, but it also prompts us to recognize and help those in need.

Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2017 / 12:52 pm (EWTN News).- The devil's hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of the Church, Pope Francis said at a special liturgy that focused on modern martyrs.

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2017 / 09:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis sent a letter to the president of Brazil, apologizing for his inability to visit in 2017 and encouraging the leader's attention to the country's social issues.

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2017 / 11:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Time Magazine has released its 2017 list of the world's 100 most influential people, and Pope Francis is among the leaders highlighted by the publication.

Fatima, Portugal, Apr 20, 2017 / 07:00 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The niece of Blessed Franciso and Jacinta Marto has voiced excitement for the coming canonization of her relatives, sharing stories of the time of the Fatima apparitions and personal memories of what it was like growing up in a family that had saints among its members.

Vatican City, Apr 20, 2017 / 04:06 am (EWTN News/CNA).- During his trip to Portugal for the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions next month, Pope Francis will canonize visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto, making them the youngest non-martyrs to ever be declared saints.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2017 / 07:05 am (EWTN News/CNA).- As the Church jumps into the Easter season, Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ's Resurrection and the start of Christianity, saying it's not about us and what we do, but what the Lord has done for us.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2017 / 07:01 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2017 / 06:09 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Tuesday, the Vatican announced the appointment of Msgr. Thomas Robert Zinkula as the new leader of the Davenport diocese in Iowa, and Fr. John P. Dolan as a new auxiliary bishop for San Diego.

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2017 / 08:59 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Just two months after Pope Francis faced intense backlash for his reforms when critical posters were plastered around Rome, a new set went up around the city over Easter, this time praising the Pope for his commitment to mercy and inclusion.

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2017 / 01:03 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis on Sunday thanked Assisi's bishop for creating a shrine dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi's divestiture, when he renounced his family's wealth, embracing poverty as he stripped himself of his fine clothes.

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2017 / 04:24 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- At his birthday party on Monday, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told his Bavarian guests that "My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years which the good God has given me."

Vatican City, Apr 17, 2017 / 06:30 am (EWTN News/CNA).- On Easter Monday, Pope Francis stressed that Christ's resurrection calls each of us to bring the message of Easter – a message of hope and life – to the world.

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2017 / 05:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In a lengthy interview with EWTN's German television branch, Benedict XVI's closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2017 / 06:17 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis reminded Christians on Easter Sunday that the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith – and that even in the face of unexplainable tragedy and suffering in the world, we can declare, "Christ is risen!"