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UK birth of ‘three-parent baby’ came at a high moral cost, Catholic bioethicists warn

Illustration of eight-cell embryo. / Shutterstock

Denver, Colo., May 11, 2023 / 14:50 pm (CNA).

“This is the destruction of two embryonic human individuals to create a third individual,” the Anscombe Bioethics Centre said.

Pope Francis urges freedom in message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 

Migrants in Greece. / Ververidis Vasilis via

Denver, Colo., May 11, 2023 / 13:10 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis has expressed the importance of a migrant’s freedom to make the “decision to leave one’s native land.”

Spanish bishops: Abortion as a right makes the unborn child ‘a true undocumented person’

Plenary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference. / Credit: CEE

ACI Prensa Staff, May 11, 2023 / 11:00 am (CNA).

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference criticized the May 9 ruling by the country’s constitutional court that upheld abortion as a right.

First British baby with DNA from three people is born after IVF procedure

Gene editing in vitro genetic CRISPR genome engineering medical biotechnology health care concept with a fertilized human egg embryo and a group of dividing cells as a 3D illustration. Via Shutterstoc / null

CNA Newsroom, May 10, 2023 / 10:05 am (CNA).

The first baby born in the U.K. with DNA from three parents was born after doctors performed a revolutionary IVF procedure.

Pope Francis says traditional Latin Mass was being used in an ideological way

In his address to a Catholic university in Hungary on April 30, 2023, Pope Francis spoke about the false freedoms offered by both communism and consumerism, and encouraged people to seek out Christ’s truth. / Vatican News

Rome Newsroom, May 9, 2023 / 12:20 pm (CNA).

The pope spoke about the Latin Mass in a private conversation with Jesuits on the second day of his April 28–30 trip to Budapest, Hungary.

French lay group travels to build crosses and restore faith in Ireland

S.O.S. Calvaires, a French lay group, restores a crucifix in France. The group says it aims to restore the artistic and religious heritage of France. / Credit: S.O.S. Calvaires/Facebook

Angers, France, May 9, 2023 / 06:00 am (CNA).

A lay Catholic movement that restores Catholic monuments in France is in Ireland May 5–13 to build crosses with the hope of restoring faith in that country.

Here’s the prayer of a journalist saint before he died for freedom of the Catholic press

St. Titus Brandsma / Credit: Congerdesign on Pixabay / St. Titus Brandsma Public Domain - Wikimedia Commons

ACI Prensa Staff, May 6, 2023 / 11:00 am (CNA).

St. Titus Brandsma was a Carmelite priest whose efforts cost him his life at the hands of the Nazi regime.

For centuries this Catholic family has orchestrated Britain’s most Anglican royal events

Arundel Castle in Sussex has been the seat of the Duke of Norfolk's ancestors for 850 years. / Miles Sabin from Brighton, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

London, England, May 4, 2023 / 09:00 am (CNA).

The 18th Duke of Norfolk, current Earl Marshal Edward Fitzalan-Howard, continues his family’s important role in royal spectacles.

Catholic prelate to participate in British coronation for first time since Reformation

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates a Pontifical Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London, Sept. 11, 2021. / Mazur/

London, England, May 3, 2023 / 12:30 pm (CNA).

Along with other Christian leaders, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Catholic archbishop of Westminster, will bestow a special blessing on King Charles III.

Hate speech bill advances in Ireland amid fears it would silence J.K. Rowling and the Church

Critics of the Hate Speech bill worry that it could criminalize the speech of people such as author J.K. Rowling, who has said that "transgender women" are not actually women. / Daniel Ogren |Wikipedia|CC BY 2.0

Denver, Colo., May 2, 2023 / 10:30 am (CNA).

The bill bars incitement to violence or hatred against persons on account of protected characteristics.