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Pope Francis to meet with Canadian Indigenous delegation this year

A meeting between Pope Francis and a delegation of Canadian Indigenous people at the Vatican…

Father Thomas Joseph White On Leading the Angelicum, Vocations, and the Hillbilly Thomists

Dominican Father Thomas Joseph White says he is “humbled by the decision” to be appointed…

Catholic Priest in Mozambique Fears for Children Radicalization amid Increased Abductions

There is fear that young boys kidnapped by Al Shabaab militants in northern Mozambique are…

Catholic pro-democracy leader released from Hong Kong jail

Agnes Chow, the Catholic pro-democracy activist, has been released from prison in Hong Kong after…

Pope Francis: Marginalizing the poor threatens ‘the very concept of democracy’

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor…

The Official Kresta in the Afternoon Summer Reading List

By Kresta in the Afternoon Ann Arbor, Michigan, 11 June 2021 / 7:15pm Al Kresta’s…

The Persecution Report

THE BEST NEWS AGGRAGATE ON THE INTERNET IN SUPPORT OF OUR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS…

Dem Leadership Rebukes Omar over ‘False Equivalencies’ between U.S., Israel and Terror Groups

House Democratic leadership rebuked Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) over a tweet in which she…

Faithful gather for unique Eucharistic procession on Feast of Corpus Christi

On June 6, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus…

Catholic scientists ask: What if aliens exist?

A group of Catholic evolutionary biologists, astrochemists, astrophysicists, theologians and astronomers will gather in Washington,…

Australian state drops plan to nationalize Catholic cemeteries

The government of New South Wales, Australia, has dropped plans to bring local Catholic cemeteries…

Cardinal Marx: Pope Francis’ resignation decision a ‘great challenge’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as…

What the USCCB already teaches about ‘Eucharistic coherence’

As the U.S. bishops’ conference prepares to discuss “Eucharistic coherence” at their annual spring assembly,…

Is there a ‘McCarrick effect’ for diocesan appeals? A look at trends in diocesan giving

Diocesan-wide fundraising appeals have declined in recent years, a study conducted by The Pillar concludes. But the…

A Long Journey Back Home

I am a cradle Catholic, born and raised in the 1960s in Los Angeles among…

‘Signers’ distance themselves from USCCB agenda letter

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati did not give permission for his name to be added…

Can Mass ever be Irreverent?

Dear Father Joe: I have a friend who has listened to some podcasts and read…

How to Correct Bishops Correctly

It has become increasingly common today for the lay faithful (and, to a lesser extent,…

Catholic Media Tycoon Jimmy Lai Sentenced to Another 14 Months in Prison

By Ave Maria Radio News Ann Arbor, Michigan, 28 May 2021 / 11:00 am A…

Church Under Fire – The Persecution Report

By Matthew Handley Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7 June 2021 / 1:50 pm Catholic church in…

Sacred Heart: Love that Crushes Evil

“Sacred Heart devotion isn’t our devotion. It’s God’s. It’s God’s devotion to us”, writes Fr. James…

Signatories on letter opposing USCCB vote on ‘Eucharistic coherence’ include 5 cardinals, 6 archbishops

The signers of a May 13 letter which pressed the U.S. bishops’ conference to suspend…

Cardinal Marx’s Resignation: An Act of Self-Preservation or Penance for the Sins of the Church in Germany?

The publication — with the express approval of Pope Francis — of an offer to resign by…

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

An Italian nun who was stabbed to death by three teenage girls was beatified on…

St. Dominic Savio’s intercession credited with healthy birth after bad prenatal prognosis

The May issue of the Italian bimonthly magazine Miracoli e misteri (“Miracles and Mysteries”) includes the beautiful…

Tulsa Race Massacre: Reflections on the Role the Cathedral Played Then and Now

Editor’s Note: This article was published by the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, and is reprinted with permission….

Who Am I Not to Judge? Correcting the Sinner Is an Essential Work of Charity

In the Gospel for Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time, there is a Scripture passage that…

Inside the Search for Polish Catholic Sisters Killed by the Red Army and on the Path to Beatification

ORNETA, Poland — Sr. Maria Gunhilda was recovering from tuberculosis at a hospital in Orneta,…

The Holy See is made a permanent observer of the WHO

The World Health Assembly named the Holy See a nonmember state observer of the World…

Woke Inc. celebrates Pride Month — but not in the Middle East

Woke capitalism had its very best values on display during the first week of Pride…

Cardinal Marx offers to resign

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced on Friday that he…

Carlo Acutis: His Life and Legacy

The tomb is white stone, appearing to levitate, with light streaming from behind it, breath-taking…

Catholic Couple Acquitted of Blasphemy after 7 Years on Pakistan’s Death Row

The Pakistani Christian woman who replaced Asia Bibi in her prison cell on death row, Shaguftah Kausar,…

Australian state moves to cancel Catholic cemeteries

The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, has launched a petition opposing a new government plan to…

Bishop Stowe Nods ‘Blessings’ of Same-Sex Couples At Catholic Dissenters’ Pride Month Event

Catholic dissenters and LGBTQ activists on Tuesday hosted an online Pride Month “blessing” in a…

Fr. Daniel Jones remembered as humble formator of countless priests

Fr. Daniel Jones, who passed away on the Feast of Pentecost, May 23, 2021, will…

Michigan high school valedictorian allowed to reference Jesus in graduation speech

A Michigan high school valedictorian will be allowed to reference her Christian faith in her…

Boris Johnson’s Catholic wedding: Why didn’t the New York Times consult a Canon lawyer?

When preparing news reports about a chess match, it really helps if reporters quote one…

Medieval Christians saw eclipses as signs from God — but they also understood the science

A total eclipse of a super blood moon was visible in Australia for around 15…

The History Behind the Next Landmark School Choice Case

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the public school system in crisis…

The World Medical Association’s Plan to Gut Medical Conscience

With the effective destruction of the Hippocratic Oath, doctors who wish to follow the Oath’s…

EWTN Honors First Millennial Beatified By The Catholic Church

In response to extraordinary viewer interest in the newly beatified teenage computer whiz Carlos Acutis, EWTN…

Origin of Covid — Following the Clues

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its…

The Church’s new penal canon law: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The revised text contains a number of important changes to the way in which penalties are…

Tulsa Church Ledger Preserves Stories of Faith After Historic Massacre

The book might look like it’s just a list of names and numbers, but Robert…

Is Pope Francis Writing New Document to Restrict the Extraordinary Form?

VATICAN CITY — A new Vatican document is allegedly being drafted that will restrict the…

China allows three children in major policy shift

China has announced that it will allow couples to have up to three children, after…

Archbishop Broglio: Military ‘largest single source’ of vocations to priesthood

The archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services says that the military is the…

Why I didn’t “Just Bake the Cake”

The following is excerpted and adapted from The Cost of My Faith: How a Decision in…

The Mass on Mt Suribachi

After the American flag raising in Iwo Jima, a mass occurred in the top of…

A Prayer for Memorial Day

God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride. Banish violence…

Lessons on Motherhood from the Visitation

Monday, May 31st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a…

Rutgers Chancellor Apologizes for Condemning Anti-Semitic Attacks

The chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick issued an apology to the university’s Palestinian community on…

How Seven Soldiers Carried One Bible into 11 Combat Tours

Jesse Maple first carried the Bible because his mother taught him to respect the Holy…

Joy Break: Girl With Cancer Returns to Compete in Her High School’s Relay Race

When we turn on our televisions or smart phones we are bombarded with news that…

Spanish bill would criminalize pro-life witness near abortion clinics

A bill proposed last week by the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party would criminalize “harassment”…

Pakistani Christians protest over poisoning case

More than 300 mourners protested for several hours alongside the body of a Christian laborer…

Vatican Synod on synodality will be multi-year global process

The Church’s upcoming synod on synodality will be a two-year process that involves meetings at…

Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant

The first topic I will tackle is your question: “And could you explain more about…

Cardinal Pell: Prison Journal is “a historic record and daily spiritual discipline”

Australian Cardinal George Pell, 79, has released a new book through Ignatius Press: Prison Journal, Volume…

CARDINAL PELL: “How many alibis do you want?”

By Kresta in the Afternoon Ann Arbor, Michigan, 27 May 2021 / 9:30 pm Cardinal…

67 Bishops Urge Archbishop Gómez to Drop Discussions on Eucharistic Coherence

By Ave Maria Radio News Ann Arbor, Michigan, 27 May 2021 / 6:45 pm Sixty-seven…

Actor John Cena Apologizes to Chinese Fans after Calling Taiwan a ‘Country’ in Interview

Actor and WWE star John Cena apologized to Chinese fans on Monday after he referred…

No White Saviors: How Suburban Minneapolis Churches Learned to Help

Buffalo Evangelical Free Church wanted to help. About an hour’s drive from downtown Minneapolis, the…

Chicago Archdiocese Reinstates Father Pfleger After Investigating Sex Abuse Allegations

CHICAGO, Ill. — Outspoken activist priest Father Michael Pfleger will return to the pulpit, after…

A cannonball that changed the world: Pope Francis marks 500 years since St. Ignatius’ conversion

Pope Francis said Sunday that the cannonball that wounded Ignatius of Loyola 500 years ago…

We want choices, not universal child care

President Joe Biden’s $1.8-trillion American Families Plan is about half right. We support the half…

Nearly half of Americans think they’re a better person than EVERYONE they know!

NEW YORK — For almost half of all Americans, modesty may not be their best quality….

An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins

Originally published August, 2014 Dear Dr. Dawkins, Earlier this week, on Twitter, you drew attention…

Nick Thomm: Reflections of the past six months

May 24, 2021 marks six months since the death of former Kresta in the Afternoon…

DeSantis Signs Bill to Fine Social-Media Companies That Censor Politicians

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday to penalize social media companies that…

Ireland Returns to Worship After Months Away From the Mass

As one would expect on the official Irish government website, there is much information on…

Cardinal Bo Steps Up to Speak for the Beleaguered Catholics in China

The day of prayer for China is being extended to an octave, with U.S. bishops echoing…

Beauty of concert Ave Maria drew woman to Catholic Church

Though she could not comprehend the Latin, something about a powerful, building song the Chor…

Wrapping our Family in Mary’s Mantle

One of my sharpest memories as a child is of my grandmother’s house. It was…

Catholic priest killed, another kidnapped in attack on Nigerian parish

Gunmen attacked a Catholic parish in northern Nigeria Thursday, killing one priest and kidnapping another….

Making the wrong kind of mess

tarting in 2013 and variously thereafter, Pope Francis has called upon Catholics, especially young Catholics,…

At Pentecost: Spread Fire, Not Cancer

At Pentecost, why do we ask the Holy Spirit to “kindle in us the fire”…

Lay volunteer nurses to be beatified as martyrs in Spain

Three Red Cross nurses are to be beatified as martyrs in Spain, 85 years after…

Biden, the Bishops, and the Eucharist

Many American Catholics are concerned, confused, and even scandalized by the fact the president’s policies…

The “Great Dissenter”: Justice John Marshall Harlan the First as a Role Model of Resistance in a Post-Constitutional Age

In his book Trust, Pete Buttigieg argues that many Americans now demand a more democratic polity,…

Benedict XVI to minor seminary: What has withered in Germany still blossoms in Poland

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has written to a minor seminary in Poland, saying that he…

The Church needs to empower and equip the lay priesthood

Pope Francis recently created the new secular “ministry of catechist.” As a secular ministry, the…

Nonsense and Disability: In Response to Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins doesn’t learn from his mistakes. He just makes them broader. In his infamous…

St. Bernardine of Siena

The Catholic Church honors St. Bernardine of Siena on May 20. A Franciscan friar and…

Israel and Hamas agree to cease-fire over Gaza conflict

Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday voted to approve a tentative cease-fire after 11 days of…

John Paul II’s Hero: Stefan Wyszyński Faced Communism With Clear Eyes and a Steel Spine

“The modern world needs to be reminded of the great truth that men are called…

The Saints Who Levitated: Extraordinary and Concrete Miracles

Carl Sagan once said, “Ex­traordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Levitation is an extraordinary claim, to…

Catholic priest among 11 people kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna archdiocese

A Catholic priest serving in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna archdiocese is among 11 people reportedly kidnapped…

New lawsuit alleges child sex abuse by former Newark archbishop

A new lawsuit alleges that the late archbishop of Newark groomed and molested a five…

Church Attacked and Desecrated in Eastern Turkey

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on May 11, 2021, it was discovered that…

For the Care of Souls

In the past few months, several Catholic bishops have issued statements on the question of…

Members of Congress call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing

Congressional leaders called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics – if they are…

Ordinations 2021: Soon-to-Be Priests Ready to Serve the Church

This year, the Catholic Church will receive a fresh crop of priests in the United…

George Weigel lauds ‘thoroughly lovable’ John Paul II 101 years after saint’s birth

George Weigel lauded John Paul II as “a man of God, a brilliant analyst of…

Despite protests from senators, Planned Parenthood affiliates still received PPP loans in 2021

Planned Parenthood affiliates have continued to be approved for emergency small business loans in 2021,…

Pastor diagnosed with cancer explains why he doesn’t blame God

While most people’s January was filled with (broken) New Year’s resolutions, Patrick Schwenk was getting…

Catholics and Protestants Share Communion at German Ecumenical Convention

Protestant and Catholic worshippers in Germany defied Church teaching on Sunday by taking part in…

Father of South Bend baby killed in semi truck crash forgives wrongful driver

The father of a baby, who died in a semi truck crash in Peru earlier…

Reggie Littlejohn to Testify Tuesday at Congressional Hearing re: China Olympics

On Tuesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the…

New Bishop of Hong Kong says ‘no’ then ‘yes’ to appointment

Pope Francis has appointed Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, as the new Bishop of Hong Kong…

President Biden and Public Scandal

Should President Joseph Biden be admitted to Holy Communion when he attends Mass? The simple…

The ‘gray divorce’ trend: As the Gates split shows, more older couples are getting divorced. Here’s why

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda Gates have Tweeted out their decision to divorce….

Supreme Court will consider Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a case involving a state 15-week abortion…

Biden, the Bishops, and the New Face of Catholicism

The Catholic Church in America has been thrust into a new and unprecedented crisis—namely the…

A Warning Against the Synodal Path

The following letter was recently sent to Vatican Magazin. Translated from the German by Msgr. Hans Feichtinger…

Suffering with Christ

In 2015 Petr Jasek traveled to Sudan as part of his routine but not-so-routine work…

Pelosi Says She’s ‘Pleased’ with Vatican Letter to U.S. Bishops on Communion

WASHINGTON —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Thursday said she was “pleased” with the Vatican’s…

How Much Does Prayer Weigh?

Praying can be easy. A prayer can be a thought, a word, a heavenward plea…

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United…

On World Communications Day and the need for personal encounter

It was one of the main reasons I decided to leave the secular media. I…

Metuchen seminarian killed in hit-and-run accident in New York City

A seminarian for the Diocese of Metuchen was killed Tuesday evening in a hit-and-run accident…

Can we simply drop the Ascension story?

The Ascension of Jesus Christ, related in the Gospels of Mark and Luke and referred…

Cardinal Ladaria’s Letter on Reception of Communion: An Explainer

As divisions heightened along the Pacific Coast Highway about pro-abortion Catholic politicians — President Joe…

Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police

The image of Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng kneeling before police urging them not to…

May 13 Connects Fatima Apparitions, John Paul II Shooting

Forty years ago, on May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II stepped into his vehicle…

10-year-old Christian refugee is now America’s newest chess master

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a once-homeless Christian refugee in New York City who fled persecution with his…

Uyghur journalist: ‘The Chinese government sees any religion as a threat to its rule’

For Gulchehra Hoja, the Chinese government’s systematic repression of Uyghur Muslims is personal: her mother,…

Making monkeys out of us

A US-Chinese team of scientists have produced embryos that include human cells and cells of a nonhuman…

Survey of U.S. Catholics measures pandemic’s impact on faith

A recent survey is measuring the extent of the world pandemic’s impact on U.S. Catholic…

New Vatican working group aims to excommunicate mafia members

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has announced the creation of a working…

‘Mary’s Maternal Love’: St. John Paul II and Fatima

In 1982, Mother’s Day fell on Sunday, May 9, just as it did this year….

Love is Not About Abstractions

Following up on Sunday’s Gospel and noting that in the Office of Readings during the…

Tony Timpa Suffered the Same Fate as George Floyd — But Received None of the Attention

From her home near Dallas, Vicki Timpa watched the nation erupt last summer after police…

Mozambique in “panic” at the prospect of new terrorist attacks

There is a generalized panic” among the population, and fear of new attacks by terrorist…

If German bishops go into schism, the Reichskonkordat comes into play

If Catholic bishops in Germany were to be declared in schism amid a row over…

What does it mean to be “pastoral?”

Popes answer questions. It is the office of any bishop, but especially the Bishop of…

Wyoming Bans Vaccine Passport Requirement In Public Spaces

Republican Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon took action Friday to ban state agencies, boards, and commissions…

Death toll rises to 85 in Afghanistan girls’ school bomb attack

The death toll in a bomb attack that targeted schoolgirls in Kabul on Saturday has risen to…

Peoria diocese continues promoting Sheen’s beatification cause

The Diocese of Peoria is continuing to promote the cause for beatification of Ven. Fulton…

German Catholics defy Vatican with blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples

Priests and pastoral workers in Germany defied the Vatican Monday by conducting blessing ceremonies attended…

St. Damien of Molokai: Brother & Servant to the Forgotten

Imagine an island, shaped vaguely like a shark, rising from the waters of the Pacific Ocean….

A Leper for Christ

When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-community beset by…

Four Lies That Keep Us from Church

After Hurricane Katrina passed through my state in 2005, I was selected to be a…

Blessed Mothers: From Generation to Generation

In Catholic culture, we have a number of images symbolically associated with mothers and motherhood….

Indiana Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Archdiocese

An Indiana court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, filed by a former…

Phoenix Bishop Olmsted Warns of ‘Deadly Apathy’ of Silence on Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians

PHOENIX, Az. — The bishop of Phoenix this week supported a recent letter from the archbishop of…

Will this priest killed in the year 2000 be the next Filipino saint?

Rhoel Gallardo was born on November 25, 1965, in Olongapo City, located in the Luzon…

Philippines finishes construction of largest Marian statue in the world

The Philippines will soon inaugurate the tallest statue of the Blessed Mother in the world. Known…

Church in India celebrates announcement of first canonization of lay person

MUMBAI, India – India’s newest saint is “a model a beacon for us and for…

San Diego bishop: Don’t weaponize the Eucharist for political ends

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Eucharist must never be instrumentalized for a political end, no matter…

Intentionally-set fire won’t stop the mission of Women’s Care Center in Peoria

Our doors are open. We just don’t have any doors.” That’s how Connie McClure, director…

Cardinal Burke and Seven Other Princes of the Church Made Cardinal Priests

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals Raymond Burke, Walter Brandmüller, and Robert Sarah are among eight cardinals…

Wokeness: old religion in a new bottle

Woke anti-racism certainly appears to have taken on the trappings of religion. White people have been seen…

A busy week for pro-life governors

In a grand finale for the 2021 legislative session, states passed at least 28 pro-life…

They Were Promised a Socialist Paradise, and Ended Up in ‘Hell’

SEOUL — On a bright August morning in 1960, after two days of sailing from…

These 4 Attributes of Mary Will Help You Become a Better Friend to Your Friends

It’s May. My thoughts are even more on Mary. So, I turned to one of…

Death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, mother’s faith inspired man to become Catholic

Orlando Richardson came into the Church at the Easter Vigil, April 3, this year at…

Islamist militants are terrorizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Terrorists are kidnapping people and giving them the choice between converting to Islam or death….

The Blessed Mother & the Desolation of Smaug

The late British professor of linguistics and author, J.R.R. Tolkien has gifted to the world…

“Why Me?” a Beautiful Message by Arthur Ashe

The legendary Wimbledon Player who was dying of AIDS, which he got due to Infected…

Driver calls LA County deputy ‘murderer’ in racist attack caught on video: ‘You’ll never be White’

A woman can be heard verbally attacking a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy with racist slurs during a standard traffic…

Meet the Pro-Life Activist Who Narrowly Escaped Being Aborted Herself

The most powerful stories are those that bring the hypothetical to life. In 1989, a…

Why ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ converted to Catholicism

Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. He…

Pastor of Luther’s Church: Synodal Path Is the ‘Wrong Path’

The Protestant Pastor of the German church where Martin Luther preached and is known as…

Why The ‘Jeopardy!’ Three-Finger Farce Is A Sinister Sign For America

Following decades of grooming, our once-liberal society teeters on the edge of totalitarian control. Proof…

Vatican adds seven invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

The Vatican’s divine worship office announced Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the…

Cardinal once persecuted by Albanian communist regime celebrates 65 years of priesthood

Sixty-five years of priesthood, some of them practiced under extreme conditions: Albanian Cardinal Ernest Simoni,…

Finnish MP faces criminal charges after tweeting Bible verse

An MP in Finland is facing jail over a social media post that included a…

Priests must build a post-pandemic missionary Church, says Vatican clergy chief

The Vatican cardinal with responsibility for clergy has said that “nothing will be the same…

Archbishop Cordileone: Catholics supporting abortion should not present themselves for Holy Communion

The Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore J. Cordileone, released on May 1, 2021 a pastoral letter about…

May Day: the Socialist Worker vs. St. Joseph the Worker

May Day has all sorts of historically varied meanings and traditions among various groups, including…

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of President Biden’s home diocese

Pope Francis appointed Friday a new bishop of Wilmington, the home diocese of President Joe…

Remaining Catholic clergy kidnapped in Haiti finally released

The Society of Priest of St. Jacques announced this Friday, April 30th, that the remaining…

Christian Colleges fight LGBT students’ lawsuit seeking to block Title IX religious exemptions

Christian universities are fighting a lawsuit filed by an LGBT legal group, which seeks to…

‘A heavy disaster’: More than 40 killed as stampede crushes attendees of religious festival in Israel

At least 45 people were killed and more than 150 injured in a stampede at…

Five dead, including two deputies and suspected shooter, in North Carolina standoff

Five people, including two sheriff’s deputies, were killed during an hourslong standoff in North Carolina,…

USCCB has ‘nothing in the works’ on Biden and Communion

Recent reports that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops may at their spring general assembly…

Second-oldest woman religious in the U.S. turns 108

Sr. Piscatella’s story is the stuff blockbuster films are made of — complete with adversity…

Scholar reflects on “enormous significance” of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Just one week prior to his 1939 invasion of Poland and the mass slaughter that…

Biden at 100 Days: What Catholics Should Know About His Promises and Priorities

As President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office come to a close, an assessment…

St. Catherine of Siena’s Profound Love as a Spiritual Mother

Natural motherhood and the love of mothers is an experience that is often easily understood…

Five Catholic Priests in Indian Diocese Die of COVID-19 in 10 days

There are seven priests currently hospitalized with COVID-19 from the archdiocese of Ranchi in one…

More of ‘The Same’: Ireland, Quebec flex their ‘post-Catholic’ muscles

Social issues aren’t enough: In ‘post-Catholic’ societies, writes Charles Collins, governments want the Church to know…

Cardinal Pell: ‘The Duty of the German Bishops is to Uphold the Teachings of Scripture’

VATICAN CITY —Cardinal George Pell has said in an interview that the situation of the…

Things my wife wishes they had covered in RCIA

I am an adult convert to Catholicism, as is my wife. She entered the Church…

Stalin was a ‘cancel culture’ pioneer: the inside story on how he cancelled ‘Hamlet’

William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is considered by some to be the single greatest story ever written. Hamlet has…

Log Off and Know that I Am God

If an alien life form visited Earth to learn about the American church and only…

Return from Hell

I was born in Yonkers, New York, near the Bronx. My parents had immigrated from…

Christian advocates praise Biden for recognizing Armenian genocide

Christian advocates praised President Joe Biden for officially recognizing the Armenian genocide over the weekend….

Lord David Alton Is Not Remaining Silent on China and Human Rights

On March 26, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) imposed sanctions on the British Catholic parliamentarian Lord…

Asia Bibi challenges Pakistan leader on blasphemy laws

A woman who said she suffered “psychological torture” while in a Pakistani prison on blasphemy…

Call Upon the Saints to Help Our Daughters to Grow in Holiness

The great Bishop Fulton Sheen once remarked on his hit television show that if you “marry the…

How the Year of St. Joseph Should Change Me

I understand that when this year of St. Joseph is done, I should have a…

Meet St Margaret of Castello, the pope’s unexpected canonization

Margaret of Castello Margaret of Castello was an Italian woman in the 13th and 14th…

The Newsom Recall Effort Qualifies for a Fall Election

The effort to recall California governor Gavin Newsom has gained enough signatures to be placed…

Keeping the Faith

The more religiously committed parents are, the more they want their children to grow up…

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani, who was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on…

Sun Belt states gain, Rust Belt states lose congressional representation as the 2020 census shifts power

States in the Sun Belt and West are expected to gain seats in the House…

Abortion Survivor Claire Culwell: ‘I Can Trust God, and That Gives Me Hope’

As a national and international speaker advocating for life as well as the host of…

Neighbors in turmoil

Fatigue and frustration are apparent in 57-year-old Pastor Darryl Spence’s voice: “It’s scary being black.”…

Ponder this news question: What happens to Afghan religious minorities post-USA?

First things first. There is no question that, if and when U.S. troops leave Afghanistan,…

IOC approves continued ban on protests at Olympics

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday approved a continued ban on protests and demonstrations at…

U.S. religious freedom commission: some countries used pandemic to target religious minorities

Some countries used the COVID-19 pandemic to target religious minorities last year, a federal commission…

ISIS executes another Coptic Christian: Once again, this appears to be ‘conservative’ news

Let’s spend a moment examining a basic (you would think) file produced by a Google…

Pastors hope for “small steps to healing” after Chauvin verdict

One-year-old Reynaldo enjoys his pacifier and plays serenely on the beige carpet, unaware of the…

St. Anselm: Sounding the charge for religious freedom

With the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Congress prohibited “the federal government from substantially…

Vatican Dedicates May to Global Rosary ‘Marathon’ for End of COVID-19

The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for…

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George…

Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws claim two more victims

District Headquarters Hospital Faisalabad is a 570-bed hospital in the second-largest city in the Punjab,…

We Must Break Up Big Tech

I haven’t always seen Big Tech as a big problem… Libertarian-leaning conservatives like me, who…

Beauty from Ashes

Faith to Fire I was a very prayerful little girl and was born and raised…

Minneapolis archbishop calls for healing after Derek Chauvin verdict

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Minneapolis called for peace, reconciliation, and a greater respect for human…

Plymouth man sees God using his cancer battle to ‘bring people back to Him’

Jim Weeks remembers that day, sitting in the adoration chapel at Our Lady of Good…

Notre Dame Fire: Two Years Later, Despite Massive Cost Overruns, Officials Vow ‘the Cathedral Will Open’ by 2024

More than 24 months after an April 15, 2019, fire engulfed the spire and most…

ISIS Executes Christian Businessman Kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai

The Islamic State has claimed another victim. And Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has won another…

‘A word of hope’ – Archbishop Hebda on healing and justice in Minnesota

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U.S. State Department backs away from the idea of a Beijing Olympics boycott

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Pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend, she refused to abort, trusting in God

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When I was in kindergarten, I used to play with a girl named Gail, who…

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China Imposes Sanctions on Leading British Catholic Human Rights Campaigner Lord Alton

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“St. John Neumann Was Here” — Philadelphia’s Bishop and America’s Saint

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Palm Sunday bombing at cathedral in Indonesia injures Catholics leaving Mass

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The Annunciation shows us what to do when God changes our plans

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Miscarriages and stillbirths: New Zealand to allow bereavement leave

Couples in New Zealand who have a miscarriage or stillbirth will be eligible for paid…

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Study: Today’s Pastoral Counseling Is More Fluent in Psychology

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Procession honors fallen officer Eric Talley in Boulder King Soopers shooting

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South African Bishop Mourns Traditional King, Says He “respected Catholic Church”

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‘Like a Museum’: Dead Silence in St. Peter’s Basilica as Suppression of Individual Masses Comes into Force

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Baker Sued Once Again over Refusal to Make Gender Transition Cake

A Colorado baker who won a case before the Supreme Court in 2018 over his refusal to…

Addictions: A Pastoral Approach for the Catholic Spiritual Director and Confessor

Saint Paul refers to a thorn in his flesh, a messenger of Satan that is…

5 Stories of people with Down syndrome inspiring the world during the pandemic

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U.S., allies announce sanctions on China over Uyghur ‘genocide’

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St. Nicholas Owen, a Carpenter Saint for the Year of St. Joseph

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Analysis: What a Xavier Becerra HHS could mean for Catholics

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Catholicism in Cambodia: A few faithful in a land recovering from autogenocide

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Did the Vatican profit from the Elton John movie ‘Rocketman’?

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Hail Holy See’s Clarification on Same-Sex Unions

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Portugal’s president vetos assisted suicide bill

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Christian Family in Pakistan Attacked for Unblocking a Sewer Drain

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Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls

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Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Irish humor, suffering, and love for the Catholic Faith

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) found his Irish heritage provided a multitude of teachable…

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People have noted that the Fundamental Text of the German Synodal Way threatens outright schism in the…

Bombshell Correction Sums Up the Political Media’s Corruption

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Does the domestic church discriminate?

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Pope Francis prays for ‘martyred Syria’ on eve of 10th anniversary of war

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Meat Friday: Thanks, St. Joseph

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‘No easy answers’: Top German Catholic bishop responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

A leading German Catholic bishop responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples…

The world episcopate and the German apostasy

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To help heal from sin this Lent, call on the Divine Physician

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Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

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Catholic priest pursues legal challenge as Scottish government shifts on public Mass ban

A Catholic priest will proceed with a challenge to the Scottish government’s ban on public…

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Amazon says its ban of transgender-critical book was due to updated content policy

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Parishes report few outbreaks, successful safety protocols as Catholics return to Mass

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St. Joseph in art: The silent knight

St. Joseph, whose voice is never heard in the four gospel accounts, was often overlooked…

This Catholic family is asking Fulton Sheen’s intercession for a second miracle

A Catholic couple in Peoria, Illinois, is asking for the intercession of hometown hero Ven….

Vatican says general absolution still permissible during pandemic

Offering general absolution to the faithful without having them personally confess their sins first may…

Arkansas Bans Most Abortions in Bid to Challenge Roe v. Wade

Arkansas is the latest state to pass legislation banning almost all abortions, in an effort…

Time for a Restoration – of Women’s Glory

The 1970s were hard years on churches. Altar rails, statuary, reredos, stained-glass windows, and elegant…

How China Plans to Control Hong Kong’s Elections and Elevate ‘Patriots’

China approved on Thursday a drastic overhaul of election rules for Hong Kong that would…

Masses following CDC health guidelines ‘extremely safe’ to attend, expert says

With parishes across California resuming their liturgical lives, Massgoers should be reassured about the level…

Cardinal Sarah: ‘The Only Thing That Counts Is to Seek God Ever More Deeply’

In his first interview since Pope Francis accepted his resignation as prefect of the Congregation for Divine…

Catholic nun begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

A religious sister in northern Burma knelt before police on Monday, begging them not to…

US bishops to vote on plan for Eucharist and pro-choice Catholic politicians

The U.S. bishops’ conference could be given a vote this June on whether to draft…

Malaysian Christians Can Call God ‘Allah,’ Rules High Court

A Malaysian court ruled Wednesday that non-Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God, in…

Pro-abortion protesters face charges for disrupting Mass in Columbus

Several pro-abortion protesters who disrupted a pro-life Mass in Columbus, Ohio in January have been…

The often silent and surprising history of devotion to Saint Joseph

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The untold story of an LA priest’s brush with death in Africa

The bandits stepped from the roadside bushes and opened fire just as Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka…

Learning to say “I Forgive You”

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Bishop Conley discusses extended sabbatical for mental health

Following a nearly year-long sabbatical to attend to his mental health, Bishop James Conley of…

Medal of Honor chaplain Fr Emil Kapaun’s body identified, as sainthood inquiry continues

Department of Defense investigators have identified the remains of U.S. Army chaplain and Servant of…

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Quarantine and political violence have made city life considerably less appealing, leading to a noticeable exodus out…

Pope Francis returns historic prayer book saved from Islamic State to the Nineveh Plains

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10 Women from the Bible who lived out the feminine genius

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Christ was Cancelled First

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One of my favorite things to do with my small grandchildren is to tell them…

Investigator: There Could Be 10,000 Abuse Victims in French Catholic Church Since 1950

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When you tread again, with Christian tradition, the road to Calvary, you recall the meeting…

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A crowd of hundreds, including Cardinal Joseph Zen, gathered outside West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court in…

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At age 75 and in evident good health, Cardinal Robert Sarah likely has many fruitful…

Catholic bishops urge Sri Lankan government to release report on 2019 Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government must release its report on the Easter 2019 terrorist attack on…

Digital Book-Burning: Amazon Bans Scholar Ryan T. Anderson’s Book On Transgenderism

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The saint who refused to bow to Caesar

The Church remembers the witness of Saint Polycarp today, who was killed because he would…

When ‘Pretend Life’ Has a Human Heartbeat

Protesting the passage of his state’s new heartbeat bill protecting unborn babies, South Carolina Democratic…

Congress Is About to Vote on the ‘Equality Act,’ a Grave Threat To Religious Liberty — Please Take Action Now

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What was Lent like in the early Church?

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The ultimate Catholic coronavirus vaccine morality explainer

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Remembering Leah Sharibu

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5 Ways Catholics Can Grow Spiritually From the Christological Collects During Lent 2021

On Ash Wednesday, priests in the United States will be changing the way we finish…

The Chair of St. Peter invites us to join our prayer for the pope to that of Jesus

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Pope Francis on Divine Mercy anniversary: ‘Let us ask Christ for the gift of mercy’

Pope Francis urged Catholics to ask Christ for the “gift of mercy” in a letter…

Catholics in the Crosshairs of Big Tech?: Recent Cluster of Cases of De Facto Online Censorship Raises Concerns

Saintly Heart is a small, online Catholic toy shop, which describes the wooden toys and temporary…

When Addiction Strikes Those You Love: It’s Not Just Drugs and Alcohol Anymore

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Preparing for Lent In A Catholic HOM

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Why this South Carolina Democrat bucked his party and voted for the ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

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Amid a winter storm that brought freezing temperatures and widespread power outages to much of…

Court in Pakistan Orders Abducted Christian Teen to Rejoin Her Family

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Deacons as Apostles for the New Evangelization

“Whoever believes that Christ the Lord is the way, the truth and the life, whoever…

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The Truth & the Life: A Meditation for Lent

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Saintly retreat: This is how St. Francis observed Lent

During Lent St. Francis would suspend his apostolic ministries and withdraw to the hermitages. But…

16 Killed, Church Destroyed in DRC Attack

16 people were killed and a Catholic church was burned down on Sunday during an…

Why did Jesus fast for 40 days in the desert?

Did you ever wonder why the solemn season of Lent is 40 days long? I…

“Lent is a journey of return to God” – Pope Francis’ Ash Wednesday Homily

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Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70

Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone,…

House Republican resolution urges US to boycott 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Republican Rep. Mike Waltz on Monday introduced a resolution urging the U.S. to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing if…

Baptism of Blood

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Two Christian Evangelists Charged with Committing Blasphemy in Pakistan

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that two Christian evangelists are being charged with violating…

3 Saints who show us how Lent should look

Our liturgical calendar is filled with saints who lived colorful lives of extraordinary grace. They…

This Lent, Listen to Your Mother

“Know and understand well, you the most humble of my sons, that I am the…

Our Fifteen-Year Wedding Feast at Cana

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Report: Catholic nuns join protests against Burma’s military coup

Catholic nuns in Burma have joined widespread protests against the recent military coup, Asian Catholic…

From transgender to transhuman: The expanding culture of death

Most faithful Catholics have viewed the burgeoning transgender industry as encouraging a misguided belief that…

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as ‘saints of all Christians’

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by…

To dust you shall return: Ash Wednesday to utilize ancient sprinkling rite this year

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Be Not Afraid

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Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and…

1st feast of Blessed James Miller since beatification: 2nd native-born US martyr

The Church celebrates February 13 the first feast day of the second native-born US martyr since his…

Staying Married: Getting Past the Honeymoon Hype

I’m standing in front of, say, a dozen masked high-school juniors, and there’s another half-dozen or…

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When Paul and his wife started the car for church on Sunday mornings, the neighbors…

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“That damn movie follows me around like an albatross,” Christopher Plummer once fumed about the…

Losing our Leprosy – A Homily for the 6th Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel this Sunday, we see the healing of a leper (this means you and…

Adrian Dominicans receive ‘outpouring of support’ after nine sisters die of COVID-19

For 11 months, the Adrian Dominican Sisters have been living with COVID-19 restrictions.  Sisters took meals…

With St. Joseph’s help, these clergy were saved from death at Dachau

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Catholic missionary priest nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill…

The hidden history of Black Catholic nuns in the U.S.

Black Catholic nuns have made manifold contributions to the Church in the United States, and…

Nun who survived flu pandemic, both world wars and coronavirus celebrates 117th birthday with red wine

A French nun who survived both world wars, the 1918 flu pandemic and a coronavirus infection is…

Jeep pulls Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl ad over drunken driving charge

Bruce Springsteen’s Super Bowl ad for Jeep calling for the country to unite has been…

“We have shed enough blood”—Myanmar bishops call for dialogue

Following the military coup in Myanmar, the bishop’s conference of the country has addressed an…

Pakistani Judge Rescinds Bail in Blasphemy Case after Threats from Local Attorneys

Blasphemy cases in Pakistan continue to create upheaval both inside and outside the courtrooms. The…

God’s Mercy Endures Forever

There is rampant friction among Christians of all ages surrounding the notion that a person…

Catholic priest developing COVID-19 vaccine for the poor

Fr. Nicanor Robles Austriaco is a Filipino-American scientist, microbiologist, and professor, as well as a…

French Catholic nun to turn 117 after surviving COVID-19

Sister Andre Randon, a religious sister in France, will turn 117 years old this week,…

Pope Francis Presented with Historic Prayer Manuscript Saved from Islamic State

Pope Francis was presented on Wednesday with a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript rescued from the…

Archbishop calls Catholics back to Mass starting March 13, with some exceptions

Citing the “essential and central nature of the Eucharistic Sacrifice” in the life of the…