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Canadian archdiocese drops vaccine registry for Mass

The Canadian Archdiocese of Moncton has rescinded a policy that required all Catholics wishing to…

Catholic leaders call for better treatment of Haitians, other migrants at border

Catholic leaders on Wednesday called for better treatment of Haitians and other migrants crowded under…

Statement of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in Opposition to Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021

HR 3755, the misnamed “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021,” shows to what radical extremes…

St. Padre Pio and the Transverberation of the Heart

What does it mean to be hidden, to carry a burden no one can see…

Did the Vatican really issue a vaccine mandate? Did a Canadian archdiocese?

Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the governorate of Vatican City, instituted on Monday a new…

Cutting Throats, Burning at the Stake, and Excommunication: The Pope and Eucharistic Incoherency

“No Place for Politics in Biden Communion Flap”“Pope Says Bishops Should be Pastors, Not Politicians”“Pope…

Why did Peter Sink?

Midway through my life’s journey, I saw the lights of a police car in my…

Why Are Billion-Dollar Companies Hysterical Over the Texas Pro-Life Law?

Several high-tech firms strongly oppose Texas’ new pro-life heartbeat law. The Match Group, which owns apps including Match.com…

Social Media Is Attention Alcohol

Last year, researchers at Instagram published disturbing findings from an internal study on the app’s effect…

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to uphold legal abortion

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade, the court’s…

Meet Juliana Taimoorazy: Nobel Peace Prize nominee and advocate for Iraqi Christians

It was 1989, and Juliana Taimoorazy’s family was desperate to escape Iran. Facing increasing persecution…

The Recovery of St. Matthew

This piece on St. Matthew first appeared in the Autumn 2020 Scripture issue of Evangelization &…

Moroccan Christians Welcome End of a Decade of Islamist Government

For the first time in his life, Rachid Imounan cast a vote—and overturned Morocco’s Islamist-oriented…

What does your diocese have to say about religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines?

Some bishops in the United States have come out with specific rules about vaccination and exemptions in their diocese. We’ll help you stay connected here.

Signs of Hope in Budapest

If you’re like me, this year’s International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest hasn’t been on your radar….

Pope St. John Paul II Brought God Into My Suffering, Just When I Needed Him Most

“Christ is the Lord! This will be confirmed in the Resurrection, but it is already contained in the Crucifixion. Precisely…

The Persecution Report

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

Facebook has known for a year and a half that Instagram is bad for teens despite claiming otherwise

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media…

The deacons’ wives: Heart of the domestic church, backbone of the family

Behind every great man, there is a great woman, or so the saying goes.  In…

Catholic diocese rejoices as priest is freed barely 24 hours after kidnapping

A Nigerian Catholic priest kidnapped at his parish residence on Monday has been freed. The…

Urgent prayers needed for kidnapped Nigerian priest

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father…

Poland’s New ‘Blesseds’ and Divine Providence

“Poland, the nation of Mary, the land of saints and blesseds!”  Thus Cardinal Marcello Semeraro,…

Abortion and the Eucharist: What did the pope just say?

During the return flight from his recent trip to Hungary and Slovakia, Pope Francis on…

How Catholic dioceses are handling COVID vaccine employer mandates

Catholic dioceses will not be exempt from the employer vaccine mandates announced last week by…

Pro-life group says Google engaging in censorship

Live Action, a pro-life activist group, says that are being censored by Google. In a…

Our Lady of Sorrows: When We Can Grieve With Mary

It’s happening again—you find yourself sinking into hopelessness as you scroll or flip or turn…

The Tender Solicitude of Our Lady of Sorrows

In the early 1980s, Our Lady of Kibeho appeared to three schoolgirls in Rwanda and gave…

The Mighty Pen of Fr Paul Mankowski

In the summer before the Second Vatican Council opened, Pope John XXIII met with Cardinal…

Trapped by the Taliban, Praying for Escape from Afghanistan

For two decades, Sher Shah had worked alongside U.S. and Afghans to build a democratic…

Pro-Life Group Leader Bombarded with Threats after Home Address Publicized in Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

A senior staffer at a Texas pro-life organization has been bombarded with threats after Planned…

Obedient to Death: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

There is a line in the Mass readings for September 14 that grabs my heart…

Christian aid worker says time in Sudanese prison allowed him to share Gospel

Petr Jasek is a Czech national and aid worker who was imprisoned in Sudan for…

Remembering 9/11: The Day Canadian Town Of Gander Opened Its Doors, Hearts To Complete Strangers

“They would come to the Lions Club and say, `Hey, who needs a shower? Come…

When My Friend Cussed in Front of Mother Teresa, This Was Her Surprising (and Funny) Reaction

This video originally appeared at Real Life Catholic and is used with permission. Sign up for Chris…

The Gift of St. John Chrysostom’s Eloquent Teaching

The Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Chrysostom on September 13th. It was transferred…

‘I still get letters’: How the famous 9/11 photo of firefighters at Ground Zero came to be

Photographer Tom Franklin wasn’t even supposed to be in the newsroom that morning. He’d been in the Dominican Republic for…

The remarkable story of how a 9/11 fireman became a priest

All of us old enough have vivid memories of where we were when the news…

U.S. ambassador to Vatican recalls events of 9/11

Twenty years ago, on September 11, Ambassador Jim Nicholson had just arrived in Rome. Nicholson…

The brutal, powerful 9/11 stories of Catholic priests

On the clear, sunny morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Fr. Kevin Madigan heard an explosion…

9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight…

20 Years Later, a Priest Remembers 9/11 at the Pentagon

As a new priest on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Father Stephen McGraw was still getting…

Catholics Who Voted for Biden: Time to Make Reparation

Faithful pro-life Catholics, whether Republican or Democrat or whatever political stripe, were treated to a…

What is the Mark of the Beast, actually?

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, grabbed attention last week when he said…

The policeman who might be a saint

With police brutality in focus around the world, one priest says it is important to…

Afghan Christian’s plea to CNA: ‘You are my last hope’

He says the Taliban executed his father. And his brother. Now, they are hunting for…

St Peter Claver, Slave to the Africans

The boats would pull into the dock like any other day in Cartagena. As the…

Was the Virgin Mary born on September 8?

The Bible is silent about the birth of the Virgin Mary, but the Church celebrates…

Ann Arbor Dominicans’ new prioress set to follow in Mother Assumpta’s footsteps

Since the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, were founded in Ann Arbor…

Wisconsin Bishop Slams Biden for Reversing Abortion Stance

A bishop in Wisconsin criticized Joe Biden Friday, after the president said he doesn’t believe that life…

Mexican Supreme Court Invalidates State Pro-Life Law

Mexico’s Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated several articles that protected life from conception in the…

The unusual new normal on Chinese bishops’ appointments

The appointment of the sixth Chinese bishop to be named under the terms of a…

The Texas Heartbeat Bill: A Historic Moment for the Pro-Life Movement

Teaching is a profession that can age you quickly. The generations of students fly by…

Three Chicago priests step aside from ministry amid investigations of inappropriate acts with adults

Three priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago have been asked to step aside from ministry…

Metropolitan Hilarion: Catholics, Eastern Orthodox are united in belief in Christ’s Real Presence

A Russian Orthodox leader said on Monday that belief in Christ’s Real Presence in the…

Rekindling Eucharistic Belief

On Sept. 12, Pope Francis will travel to Budapest, Hungary, to celebrate the closing Mass…

Our duty to challenge Catholic politicians who support abortion rights

Salvatore J. Cordileone is the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco. Prominent politicians lost no time…

Church of England bishop to be received into the Catholic Church

A Church of England bishop said on Friday that he was stepping down to enter…

North American College to cancel teaching and celebrating Masses in the Extraordinary Form

In a memo sent to “the Community ” at the North American College (NAC), Rector…

Brooklyn bishop cleared of abuse allegations by Vatican-ordered investigation

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has cleared Brooklyn’s Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of…

What Does ISIS Want Now?

Fifty years ago, John Kerry asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a question that is…

China’s new rules allow kids on video games just 3 hours a week

People in China under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play video…

Texas Becomes First State to Implement Fetal Heartbeat Law after Supreme Court Declines to Act

A Texas law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected went into effect on Wednesday…

Military missionary – A priest in Afghanistan

As a young Marine, Andrew Young was part of the first wave of America’s military…

What clerical abuse victims expect from McCarrick trial

Theodore McCarrick will be arraigned in a Massachusetts courtroom this week on sexual assault charges….

Muslim Perseverance vs Western Myopia: The Real Lesson of Afghanistan

In an interview conducted back in 2005, al-Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri was asked about the statuses…

Fact check: FDA has fully approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine

The claim: The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t fully approved Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine The Food…

Archbishop Naumann encourages Catholics to get vaccinated but also calls for rights of conscience to be respected

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life…

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Reportedly Kidnapped by Separatists

Separatists reportedly kidnapped the vicar general of a Catholic diocese in the troubled Southwest Region…

U.S. completes withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan after 20-year war

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan on Monday, ending 20…

Is Francis resigning? Why the rumors churn

The Catholic press and social media have gone into PapalRumorModeOverdrive™ in recent days, touting gossip…

Like John the Baptist, we’re called to seek goodness and righteousness

Today, the Church continues to walk through Ordinary Time. While there is much to write…

A Letter from Cardinal Burke

Praised be Jesus Christ! In the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the Immaculate Heart…

Left behind

For the last two weeks, James, an Afghan who for seven years worked as a…

Mother Teresa’s Nuns Escape Kabul with Orphans and Show Us How to Live

On the eve of the 111th birthday of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, five Missionaries of Charity arrived…

St. Monica Shows Us Patience and Perseverance

This year, I resolved to take a walk with a saint. This idea came from…

Brian Siemann, a paralympian raised with Catholic faith

After praying to St. Gerard about fertility problems, Teresa Siemann got more than she bargained…

What Ever Happened to the “Lay Moment”?

For two thousand years, the Church has been proclaiming the Good News. Billions of souls…

Stranded at the Airport

Afghan Christians have spent nearly four days outside the gates of the Kabul airport trying…

Near-Death Experience Paves Way to the Priesthood

Father Vincent Lafarge likes to celebrate Nov. 14th each year, as it marks the day of…

The Saints & Their Eucharistic Encounters With Angels

It was the end of September, during the feast of the Holy Arch­angels. St. Angela…

Sanctuaries for speech

With heart-shaped sticky notes in hand, participants of an annual prayer meeting on July 1…

Inmates receive sacraments for first time since pandemic began

For many of us, COVID-life halted many of our social interactions with one another. We…

Buffalo Bishop Responds to Deluge of Abuse Lawsuits: ‘Tragedy of Epic Proportions’

Bishop Fisher added that the diocese is “fully focused on fulfilling what this process is…

Catholic church demolished despite protests in Pakistan

UN calls on Pakistan’s government to stop mass evictions and respect minority rights A Catholic…

US regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, potentially boosting public confidence in…

McCarrick’s first court date is next week. Here’s what to expect

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was criminally charged in Massachusetts last month with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old during…

St. Rose of Lima and the Fragrant Love Born of Suffering

A Saint You Can Always Bank On With St. Rose of Lima we find another astounding saint…

We Have a Holy Queen on Our Side

Catholics are often accused of inventing theology, of making things up that have no basis in…

Psaki Contradicts Admin Officials, Members of Congress on Stranded Americans

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called it “irresponsible” to say that Americans are “stranded” in…

Gems of Wisdom from St Bernard of Clairvaux

Today, the Church honors the memory and witness of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), abbot…

Flashback: Evangelical Leader Chuck Colson Dead at 80

editor’s note: as we celebrate 25 years of Ave Maria Radio, we are looking back…

Cardinal Burke: An Appreciation

[Editor’s note: As Raymond Cardinal Burke continues his fight against COVID-19, his friends and admirers felt…

Giving & Receiving Mercy is at the Heart of Marriage

he matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of…

At Paralympics, looking for goalball gold and God’s glory

Matt Simpson stepped onto a Rio de Janeiro Paralympic court in 2016 with a mixture…

Terrified Christians in Afghanistan brace for attacks: ‘We are coming for you’

Afghanistan’s terrified Christians are bracing for a new round of persecution in the wake of…

Black Elk: Future Patron Saint and Model for Instituted Lay Catechists?

Could Nicholas Black Elk become the Catholic Church’s patron saint of lay catechists? That thought…

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more…

Waiting in Kabul

Chad Robichaux has five planes that each carry up to 500 passengers on standby overseas….

Prayer to the Sacred Heart by St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes was among the many promoters of devotion to the Sacred Heart over…

Canadian mum requests euthanasia for disabled four-year-old son

A mother of a disabled boy is asking the Canadian government to extend euthanasia to…

Haiti Quake’s Death & Suffering: A Cry for Solidarity From the US

Father Louis Merosne had just returned home from the United States and was driving on Haiti’s…

Former priest among 3 men arrested in Michigan sting operation for soliciting minors

A sting operation conducted Friday led to the arrest of three different men who each…

MSNBC Columnist Compares Pro-Lifers to the Taliban

In an absurd and tone-deaf opinion piece, MSNBC columnist Dean Obeidallah argues that Republicans must be…

Health Update for Cardinal Burke

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world…

Pope Francis saddened by ‘brutal attack’ which killed Catholic nuns in South Sudan

Pope Francis has sent his condolences after a violent attack on a group of Catholic…

On the Credibility of the Catholic Church

Editor’s note: The essay first appeared Aug. 14 in the French-language newspaper Le Figaro. The English translation is…

Afghans who clung to departing US plane fall to their death in chaos that left 7 dead: officials

At least seven individuals have been killed in the chaos at Kabul’s international airport on Monday as…

Death toll in Haiti earthquake climbs to 1,297 as search continues for survivors

The death toll from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti soared to at least 1,297 Sunday as…

The Taliban’s Return is Catastrophic for Women

One morning in the summer of 1999, Shukriya Barakzai woke up feeling dizzy and feverish….

EWTN Honors Archbishop Charles J. Chaput With First Annual Mother Angelica Award

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., was honored as the first recipient of the annual Mother Angelica Award by the EWTN Global Catholic Network. EWTN Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw presented the inaugural award to Chaput during an August 15 ceremony that was broadcast around the world by the Network. The date also marks the 40th anniversary of the Network’s launch on the Solemnity of the Assumption in 1981.

Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Archdiocese

A federal district court on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis,…

St Clare and the Priority of Christ

Saint Clare, whose feast the Church celebrates today, was born into a wealthy family in…

Telling the World’s Greatest Story with seven simple points

At some point on life’s journey, every person should get to meet a gifted storyteller….

St. Clare and her intense love of the Eucharist

While many are familiar with St. Clare of Assisi and her radical decision to pursue…

Pope Francis meets actor who plays Jesus in ‘The Chosen’

The actor who plays Jesus in the internet series “The Chosen” metPope Francis on Wednesday,…

The Problem With the “Happy Catholic” Narrative

“There was a time when I said: ‘Next year I will finally have it together,’…

Italian police say sender of envelope with bullets addressed to Pope Francis has been identified

Italian police announced Monday that the sender of the letter addressed to Pope Francis containing…

Military Archdiocese Supports COVID Vaccine Mandate for Service Members

The Pentagon is reportedly set to require that all troops receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according…

European Court Rejects Parents’ Appeal Against Removal of 2-Year-Old’s Life-Support Treatment

The parents of a two-year-old girl lost their appeal to the European Court of Human…

St. Lawrence and the Treasures of the Church

Today the Church celebrates the witness of Saint Lawrence, who was brutally tortured and killed because he…

Cuomo’s Very Catholic Ending

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the collapse of Gov. Cuomo: On this date…

EWTN To Present First Annual Mother Angelica Award

Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, announced that EWTN will present its first annual Mother Angelica Award in a ceremony that will be broadcast August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption and the 40th Anniversary of EWTN’s launch.

Bishops in Colorado back conscientious exemption for coronavirus vaccines

The Catholic bishops in Colorado have emphasized the need to respect those with conscientious objections…

Archbishop Cordileone ‘Grieved’ by ‘Disrespectful’ Responses’ to Pope Francis’ Curbs on Traditional Latin Mass

The Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco said on Thursday that he is “grieved” by “disrespectful…

Elijah & the Food We Need for Life

It’s hard enough to do the right thing. But when you get blame for it…

The Olympics Are About Failure

I still remember how it felt when I first saw it. The year was 1984,…

Anticipating a rough horizon

Under a dull, Sunday morning sky, ­American troops lowered the flag at Camp Antonik. For…

The Eucharist: Sacrifice and Sacrament

The Sacrament of the Eucharist has two sides: it is both a sacrifice and a sacrament. Inasmuch as…

NY archdiocese warns priests not to grant religious vaccine exemptions

The Archdiocese of New York has instructed priests not to grant religious exemptions for COVID-19…

The Most Difficult Saint to Love?

For non-Catholics, Francis is the easiest saint to understand and love, while Dominic is the…

Dublin’s Catholic archbishop pays tribute to priest who ‘sacrificed himself to save his secretary’

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin paid tribute on Wednesday to an Irish priest who died…

Christian Street Artist Honors Beirut Explosion Victims with 204 Illegal Portraits

Nine months later, Brady Black was fed up—and inspired. Last August, one of the largest…

Bishop Paprocki Discusses ‘Traditionis Custodes’: Liturgical Unity Doesn’t Mean Liturgical Uniformity

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, a canon lawyer, sparked headlines after he promptly issued dispensations…

Roe v. Wade was a lousy decision. The Supreme Court should take the opportunity to overturn it.

Last month, Mississippi presented a brief to the Supreme Court arguing that our national charter, the Constitution…

Finding Men Like Frassati

When the maid screamed, it only took seconds for 23-year-old Pier Giorgio Frassati to come to…

The kids are not alright – A look at US religious belief and practice

A large generational divide is developing on both belief in God and regular church attendance…

New report says anti-Christian violence in Nigeria highest level for years

At least 3,462 Christians, including ten priests or pastors, were murdered in Nigeria in the…

Erasing the Uyghurs

Dolkun Isa began alerting the international community about China’s oppression of his people group five…

Understanding the liturgy of the domestic church

Have you ever thought of your family life as a liturgy? The liturgy of domestic…

Plans for ‘synod on synodality’ underway

With fewer than three months before a multi-year synodal process is set to begin, U.S….

U.S. Olympic Runner Praises God After Setting World Record: “Jesus Has Given Me Everything”

United States field and track runner Sydney McLaughlin set the world record for the 400-meter…

Archbishop Cordileone schedules monthly Traditional Latin Mass at cathedral

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has instituted a monthly Traditional Latin Mass at San Francisco’s Cathedral of…

Theodore McCarrick Faces New Civil Sex-Abuse Lawsuit

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex-abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after…

Fulton J. Sheen: Marriage is a Symbol of the Nuptials Between Christ & the Church

Marriage as a sacrament belongs to an entirely different order than the mere union of…

The Counter-Reformation: Ignatius and the Jesuits

On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther, long fearful for his own…

Do You Suffer From Depression? St. Ignatius of Loyola Has Been There Too

In a secluded cave, near the Catalonian town of Manresa, there was a man. The…

Life Lessons From Simone Biles: Throw Stones or Give Thanks?

Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from Olympic competition this year has certainly generated a great…

Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneakers

The church of San Giuseppe in Molfetta, Italy, has already installed the first stained glass…

Theodore McCarrick faces new civil sex abuse lawsuit

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey,…

28 Abducted Baptist School Students Freed in Nigeria

Armed kidnappers in Nigeria have released 28 of the more than 120 students who were…

Catholic gymnasts who took leaps of faith

Since the turn of the century the United States women’s gymnastic team has been a…

The Virtue of Obedience

We live in a turbulent time; a time that’s similar, in some ways, to the…

Olympian Lifts Up Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal After Winning Gold Medal for the Philippines

Congratulations to this talented Olympian!  Olympian Hidilyn Diaz won the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines on July 26,…

The War Against Our Lady and Womanhood Marches On

It is a curious thing that whenever Christianity recedes, paganism ascends. It is like a…

World Day of Grandparents: Living to a Happy Old Age and the Fruits of NFP

The summer light always came in the windows early when we stayed at Grandma and…

Be Catholic to Save the World by Grace! Some Words of Encouragement from the Early Church

There are some who would have the Church step back to avoid persecution or giving…

Asking Pope Francis the Rite Questions

Pope Francis’s motu proprio Traditionis Custodes has been the cause of no small amount of alarm and sorrow…

3,462 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 200 days, 3000 Abducted, 300 Churches Attacked

The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a nonprofit based…

Knowing the real Saint Mary Magdalene

Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene, the Magdalene: whatever you call her, she has been one…

War Cries in Cuba

The military junta that rules Cuba has just received a great shock. For the first…

Forming Catholic Priests for a Changing World

In 2019, a gunman opened fire in a Walmart store in El Paso, killing twenty-three…

The Limits of a Priest’s Right to Privacy

Yesterday Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigned from his position at the USCCB as a general secretary with…

Let’s Study the Impact of the Traditional Latin Mass

In Traditionis Custodes(Guardians of the Tradition), the motu proprio that sets out provisions for curtailing the availability of…

She overcame adversity with faith and is heading to the Paralympics in Tokyo

Mahira Bergallo Brzezicki, 19, is an Argentine athlete who will be participating in the Paralympic…

Pope praying after suicide bomb causes Baghdad’s deadliest attack in 6 months

Pope Francis has expressed his deep sadness at the terrorist bombing at the Al-Wuhailat market…

More bishops issue statements on Latin Mass, following papal document

More U.S. bishops have issued guidance on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in…

Norwegian handball team fined $1,700 for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms

The Norwegian women’s handball team is facing a steep fine for breaking the dress code…

Diocese responds after state senator says he was denied Communion

After a New Mexico state senator said he was denied Communion this weekend because of…

New Research Describes The Negative Effects That Men Who Frequently Watch Porn Experience

Researchers recently presented their findings of a new study at the European Association of Urology Congress. The…

Court Upholds Ruling in Favor of InterVarsity at U of Iowa

A federal appeals court has upheld a 2019 ruling against the University of Iowa, affirming that…

Pillar Investigates: USCCB gen sec Burrill resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, former general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference, announced his resignation Tuesday,…

Cuba protests: Seminarian released by police

Rafael Cruz Dévora, a seminarian who was arrested on Monday after participating in protests of…

The Montreal priest who keeps the homeless in shoes

Fr. Jean-Pierre Couturier is a priest and a cobbler. Both are late vocations that this…

Lawsuit in California fights back against canceling St. Junípero Serra

The San Diego Unified School District and one of its school principals targeted the Catholic…

To Russia With Nuns

Although Christianity can now be freely practiced in Russia, the effects of more than 70…

Archbishop Cordileone: Traditional Latin Mass will continue in San Francisco

As diocesan bishops consider how to implement Pope Francis’ motu proprio on the use of…

Pope makes extraordinary changes for Extraordinary Form

Pope Francis on Friday promulgated Traditionis custodes, a new set of norms that makes significant changes to…

Who is the nun who will be beatified with Cardinal Wyszynski, Poland’s ‘Primate of the Millennium’?

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, a giant of 20th-century Catholicism, will be beatified on Sept. 12. But…

Catholic Converts Tell Their Story of Eucharistic Reckoning

Last month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to craft a teaching document “On the Meaning…

Black Lives Matter blames US, praises Cuban regime, social media erupts

Black Lives Matter faced fierce criticism late Wednesday after posting a statement that blasted the U.S….

War Cries in Cuba

The military junta that rules Cuba has just received a great shock. For the first…

Big hopes for the National Eucharistic Revival

Nearly buried last month in the hubbub surrounding the U.S. bishops’ debate over who is…

Road to nowhere: Vatican made 7m investment in fake US highway

A now-indicted senior investment manager at the Vatican Secretariat of State duped the Holy See…

‘God, where are you?’ – Haiti after a president’s assassination

On July 7, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home, reportedly by a…

Priest beaten, arrested amid Cuba protests

Father Castor Álvarez was beaten and arrested in Camagüey while he was defending young protesters…

What’s behind a false rumor about Pope Francis resigning ‘in the next few hours’?

Rumors started to fly around social media Monday claiming that Pope Francis was “likely” to…

Did the Early Christians Subscribe to Sola Scriptura?

The issue of authority remains the most fundamental source of division between Catholics and Protestants….

What Mary’s First Communion Teaches Us About Reverencing the Eucharist

It sometimes takes a mystic to pierce through the familiar aspects of our Catholic faith…

Stood up: China’s century of broken promises

On the morning of July 1st, at Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party celebrated the centenary…

Enter the narrow gate to receive the Eucharist

Jesus counseled the disciples to enter “through the narrow gate,” since the road that leads…

Pope Francis to Lead Sunday Angelus from Hospital After Intestinal Surgery

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will lead the Angelus from his hospital room on Sunday…

In Italy, church and culture collide in national soccer madness

ROME – From the outside, you might think the most talked-about thing in Rome right…

Probe Into Father Jacques Hamel’s Murder Shows Attackers’ Links to ISIS

A investigation into the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel documents messages exchanged between…

2 More US Bishops Emphasize the Need for Eucharistic Document

The U.S. bishops are drafting a Eucharistic document to catechize Catholics, not to score political…

Japan declares state of emergency, Olympics still on but without fans in Tokyo

The Tokyo Olympics will happen amid a state of emergency, and without fans at events in the…

How early Christians carefully protected the Eucharist

During the first few centuries of the Church, bishops and priests were diligent in their…

Takin’ Him to the Streets

Weekly Sunday Mass participation is now under 25% among U.S. Catholics, irrespective of fallout from the COVID-19…

Nigeria: Suspected Members of Boko Haram Kidnap Catholic Priest

A Catholic diocese in Nigeria asked Tuesday for prayers for a priest abducted by suspected…

Florida Condo Collapse Claims Catholic Family of 4: ‘Christ Never Leaves Us Abandoned’

MIAMI — As rescue efforts continue in Surfside, Florida, after a condominium collapsed in the…

The Eucharist is medicine, but what kind?

The debate about “Eucharistic coherence” (i.e., determining what makes one worthy to receive the sacrament),…

Who will say what during the Vatican financial trial?

The announcement that 10 individuals will face charges for a range of financial crimes marks…

Fans beg Amazon to keep Middle Earth clean

A petition asking Amazon Studios to keep nudity out of its upcoming Lord of the Rings television…

Church in Cuba celebrates nun’s 75th anniversary as a religious

The Church in Cuba offered a special Mass of thanksgiving for the 75 years of…

Viral Video Encourages Women to Reject Abortion: ‘You Can Do This’

A viral video is challenging society and the media for pressuring women to choose abortion….

140 Nigerian Baptist Students Kidnapped in Kaduna

More than 100 students at a Baptist boarding school in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna…

St. Maria Goretti, Young Saint of Mercy, Pray For Us

On July 6 we commemorate the feast of St. Maria Goretti, one of the youngest canonized…

CCP: 100th anniversary of the party that killed 50 million

Finally, here we are. The party for the Party starts, and what Chinese media have…

Pope Francis Recovering From Surgery in Same Hospital Room Where John Paul II Was Treated

Pope Francis is recovering from his colon surgery this week in the same hospital room…

World’s Most Premature Baby Defies All Odds: From 11 Ounces to Baby Richard’s First Birthday!

The pictures have circled secular media for about a week now: a tiny baby dependent…

Church fires are latest chapter in unmarked grave scandal

Churches are burning across western Canada in a spate of fires which local authorities are…

St. Junípero Serra and the Founding of the West

The story of the American founding usually begins in the East. In that account, we speak…

French Archbishop to Expel Traditional Priestly Fraternity in Anticipation of New Papal Decree

A French archbishop who plans to expel a traditional priestly fraternity from his diocese because…

Islamic State group says it’s behind Congo suicide bombing

An Islamic State group in Africa claimed responsibility Tuesday for two explosions in eastern Congo,…

After 75 days battling COVID-19, man credits Blessed Solanus for his recovery

Daniel Gormley was a healthy 67-year-old man when he started to feel ill one spring…

Bill Cosby to walk free after court overturns sex assault conviction

Bill Cosby had his sexual assault conviction thrown out Wednesday — in a stunning ruling by Pennsylvania’s…

Pope to meet with delegation of Indigenous People of Canada

In a statement on Tuesday,  the Bishops of Canada said that a delegation of Indigenous People is scheduled…

Biden’s DC Parish Says It Will Not Deny Communion

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s regular parish in Washington, D.C. issued a statement on Tuesday…

The turning tide of intellectual atheism

Recently, I spent some time on the phone with Niall Ferguson, the Scottish historian and…

“Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in Rome

Two summers ago, we took a trip to Italy, and after emerging from the Catacombs,…

Pew: What India’s Christians, Hindus, and More Think About Religion

A third of Hindus in India would not be willing to accept a Christian as…

Activist: China’s ‘killing’ of Hong Kong paper has ‘serious implications’ for religious liberty

A human rights activist has said that the Chinese Communist Party’s “killing” of a pro-democracy…

Pope Francis: Saints Peter and Paul found freedom in Christ

In the largest Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica since the start of the pandemic, Pope…

Benedict XVI Celebrates 70 Years as a Priest: 10-Year Milestones in Joseph Ratzinger’s Service to the Church

Twenty years ago, for the solemn feast of Sts. Peter and Paul — princes of…

Miami Catholics Unite in Prayer as Search Continues for Survivors of Condo Building Collapse

As more deaths were confirmed over the weekend from a building collapse in South Florida,…

Benedict XVI to mark 70 years as priest with brother’s choir

This week marks the 70th anniversary of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination as a priest…

Pope Francis meets Secretary Antony Blinken at Vatican

Pope Francis received U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a private audience in the…

Five Marian Facts about St. Irenaeus of Lyons

The Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar celebrates St. Irenaeus of Lyons on June 28th.  Born in…

Who’s Really Weaponizing the Eucharist?

In the wake of the decision by the U.S. bishops to include a treatment of…

What is Heresy, and How Did St. Irenaeus Fight It?

I was edified to see that Bishop Kevin Rhodes of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, called…

When bishops debate unity, are they talking about ‘accompaniment’ or ‘accommodation’?

Last week’s USCCB session saw the nation’s bishops divided in a fractious discussion over —…

Breaking: European Parliament backs ‘extreme’ abortion report despite protests

The European Parliament voted Thursday in favor of a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare”…

A newborn weighed less than a pound and was given a zero percent chance of survival. He just had his first birthday.

Right before Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born, his doctors delivered the news that he…

In Defense Of Mother Teresa: Why She Is A Saint, Not A ‘Cult Leader’

Historical figures are going through a reckoning. They have been for some time. Some with…

Pope Francis Receives Bishop Bätzing, Reportedly Encourages German Synodal Path

VATICAN CITY — During a private audience this morning, Pope Francis urged the president of…

Kidnappers free Catholic priest and four others in Mali

Kidnappers freed a Catholic priest and four other people on Wednesday in the West African…

Celebrate The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Tomorrow, June 24th, we celebrate the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. This feast stands…

After Outcry, Vatican Eases Restrictions on Individual Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica

The archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica has made concessions to widen opportunities for priests to…

Catholic Priest Among Five People Kidnapped in Mali

MOPTI, Mali — A Catholic priest is among five people kidnapped on Monday in the…

Why was Spider-Man at Pope Francis’ general audience?

People attending Pope Francis’ weekly audience on Wednesday, and those following via livestream, were surprised to…

A Response to the “Statement of Principles”

The history of Catholic immigrants to the United States and their descendants is exemplary of…

Beijing’s attempt to stop the press

Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s only pro-democracy print newspaper, will end its 26-year run by midnight Thursday….

More dioceses require Catholics to return to Sunday Mass

More and more dioceses are lifting the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation, with many…

New European Draft Resolution Seeks to Have Abortion Recognized as a Human Right

The so-called “Matić Report” on “the situation of sexual and reproductive health and rights in…

Judge orders priests must get access to Wisconsin prisons for Mass, sacraments

For the first time in 15 months, priests in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be…

USCCB president: Eucharistic document seeks to deepen ‘awareness,’ ‘amazement’

The U.S. bishops are seeking to deepen “awareness” of the Eucharist with their new teaching…

Proposed change to brain death laws draws criticism from some doctors, ethicists

A proposed change to U.S. law concerning the determination of brain death has drawn criticism…

St. John Fisher, the Martyr Overshadowed by St. Thomas More

It’s not Thomas More’s fault. His fame is so widespread that he has put in…

The Call of Man to Fatherhood

s we progress through the month of June, I have encountered numerous articles in which…

Whispered Prayers, Hidden Bibles, Secretly Scribbled Verses: Inside the Resilient Faith of the #BringBackOurGirls Hostages

They were the world’s most famous hostages, yet no one seemed to know what it…

#SBC21: Press wrestles with Twitter-niche labels as Southern Baptists choose a new leader

If you have followed mainstream coverage of religion (and politics) in recent decades, you know…

Mexican priest killed in crossfire on way to say Mass

A priest was killed in a hail of bullets while he was on his way…

Biden Doesn’t Expect Not to be Admitted to Holy Communion

On Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden was asked about a “resolution” of the U.S. bishops…

Cultural Colonialism

By Matthew Handley Ann Arbor, Michigan, 21 June 2021 / 12:30 pm On Friday, Ed…

POLL: Majority of Canadians believe Church is responsible for residential schools

While the work toward a formal apology from Pope Francis is ongoing, a clear majority…

What Do We Mean by the Term ‘Kerygma?’

On Wednesday, Archbishop Christophe Pierre addressed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. His fundamental message…

“This Church Harasses Women!”: Priests Face Belligerent Mob During NYC Pro-Life March

Pray for the conversion of pro-abortion activists! On Sat., June 12, two priests walked through…

Christians in Nigeria have ‘risen to the challenge’ after terrorist attacks, bishop says

According to Bishop Mathew Kukah of Sokoto, the Church in Nigeria is one of martyrs….

US bishops approve drafting of Eucharist document, other action items

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week voted to move forward on several action…

Supreme Court sides unanimously with Catholic Social Services in religious freedom case

The Supreme Court on Thursday decided unanimously in favor of Catholic Social Services in its…

USCCB Meeting: Debate Erupts Over Allowing Unlimited Debate on Proposal to Draft Document on Eucharist

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) spring general assembly got underway with some immediate…

Poll: Regular Mass Attendees Say Politicians Who Oppose Church Teaching on Grave Matters ‘Create Confusion’

A poll by a Catholic advocacy group released on Tuesday found that, among Catholics who…

Why Listen to the Misogynists, Paxton? A Woman Doesn’t Need Abortion to Succeed

Texas high schooler Paxton Smith gave a surprise valedictorian’s address at her high school’s graduation…

Italian court backs Vatican’s Torzi charges, excuses senior clerics

Gianluigi Torzi, the broker at the center of the Vatican property scandal, acted with insider…

Catholic Colleges Continue to Weigh COVID Vaccine Requirements

Just under 30 Catholic colleges and universities are now requiring COVID vaccines for students returning…

Canadian Catholics Asked to Skip Mass by First Nation Leaders to Protest Abuses of Indigenous

First Nation leaders are encouraging Canadian Catholics to skip Mass in response to historic abuses…

Catholic Charity Pledges Support for Parishioners Trekking for Miles to Church in Malawi

Christians from St. Joseph’s outstation of Nkhate Parish in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa have…

Meeting between Biden and Francis nixed

President Joe Biden’s attendance at early morning Mass with Pope Francis was nixed from an…

The Official Kresta in the Afternoon Summer Reading List

The Kresta in the Afternoon team shares their suggestions for summer reading.

The Case for a Global Ban on Surrogacy

The surrogacy industry got its start based on the same principles of bodily autonomy and…

Correcting priests and bishops

By Kresta in the Afternoon Ann Arbor, Michigan, 15 June 2021 / 12:00pm Since the…

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…

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…

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