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Update: Mississippi governor signs 15-week abortion ban; judge blocks it

JACKSON, Miss. (CNS) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law March 19 the most restrictive state abortion bill in the nation because it bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Cardinal Dolan hopes Supreme Court will uphold free speech

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops'Committee on Pro-Life Activities said March 20 that he prayed the Supreme Court would "do the right thing and uphold our fundamental right to free speech" when it decides a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in Rome prison

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis once again will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in a prison and will wash the feet of 12 inmates.

Supreme Court to hear arguments about California abortion law

Washington D.C., Mar 19, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, to decide if a California law mandating that pro-life pregnancy centers post information about abortion is a violation of the First Amendment and free speech rights.

Speakers focus on role of God's grace, Mary's intercession in daily life

LINTHICUM, Md. (CNS) -- Their lives could not have started more differently. At age 7, Wesley Baker was shining shoes on Baltimore's notorious Block. The troubled youth, conceived when his mother was raped at age 12 or 13, fell victim to child sex abuse and suffered a drug overdose before he reached adolescence.

Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate church; youths ask church to listen

ROME (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults.

Future priests must be able to 'see where mercy is needed,' says nuncio

EMMITSBURG, Md. (CNS) -- The apostolic nuncio to the United States challenged an audience of seminarians, faculty and staff at Mount St. Mary's Seminary to see future priests not as functionaries of the sacred or managers of a business, but as compassionate pastors and missionaries who joyfully announce the Gospel.

Pope by numbers: Vatican releases statistics of Francis' pontificate

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In just five years as leader of the universal church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, traveling 154,906 miles -- the equivalent of six times around the world.

Vatican releases full text of contested letter from Pope Benedict

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Five days after releasing only a portion of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI regarding a collection of books about the theology of Pope Francis, the Vatican Secretariat for Communication released the complete text of the letter.

Imitate St. Pio's life, don't forget poor, marginalized, pope says

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (CNS) -- Many people admire St. Padre Pio, but too few imitate him, especially in his care for the weak, the sick and those who modern culture treats as disposable, Pope Francis said during Mass at Padre Pio's shrine.