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  • Britney Spears clarifies she asked for a Catholic church wedding: ‘I don’t like being called a liar’
    on August 11, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Singer Britney Spears attends the MTV Bash at the Hollywood Palladium on June 28, 2003 in Hollywood, California. / Kevin Winter/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). American pop star Britney Spears said that she asked to get married in a Catholic church in […]

  • Catholic schools’ free lunch funds jeopardized by Biden LGBT rule change
    on August 11, 2022 at 12:00 am

    null / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Catholic school leaders need to be aware that their schools could be cut off from the federal government's free and subsidized lunch program if their policies don't comply with the Biden administration's revised rules […]

  • Bishops of Mexico stand in solidarity with Nicaragua ‘at a time of profound suffering’
    on August 10, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, was placed under house arrest by the police of Daniel Ortega's regime in early August 2022. / Photo credit: Diocese of Matagalpa Denver Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 17:12 pm (CNA). The Mexican Bishops’ Conference expressed its […]

  • Indian cardinal denies cover-up to shield bishop charged with fathering a child
    on August 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 15:47 pm (CNA). Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias adamantly denied allegations that he attempted to arrange for a fake paternity test for a […]

  • What is the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life?
    on August 10, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    null / Vatican Media. Rome Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 09:47 am (CNA). A controversy over a book and statements made on Twitter has recently drawn increased attention to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life.In late June, the academy's official Twitter account began promoting a […]

  • Historian: Church did not give ‘carte blanche’ for mistreatment of indigenous in Americas
    on August 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Painting by Dióscoro Puebla depicting the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, on Oct. 12, 1492. / null ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 10, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA). Unlike the “doctrine of discovery” allowing the European conquerors to mistreat indigenous people, a historian points out that “the […]

  • Kansas woman arrested after allegedly striking pro-life teen ‘with fists’ to the head
    on August 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Students for Life Action volunteer Grace Hartsock / Courtesy of Students for Life Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA). Grace Hartsock was knocking on doors to encourage Kansas citizens to vote for a pro-life amendment when, she says, she was attacked.The 18-year-old from […]

  • Pope Francis: The desire for ‘eternal youth’ and ‘unlimited well-being’ is delusional conceit
    on August 10, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022 / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 04:48 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of “eternal youth” and “unlimited well-being.”Speaking at […]

  • Is Latin more effective in driving out demons? An exorcist responds
    on August 10, 2022 at 10:00 am

    null / Photo credit: David Clode / Unsplash ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 10, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). Is Latin more effective than vernacular languages in driving out demons? An exorcist answers this controversial question.Interviewed by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language sister news agency, Father […]

  • Will Biden's Inflation Reduction Act work? Here's what cash-strapped families need to know
    on August 10, 2022 at 9:00 am

    null / Shutterstock Washington D.C., Aug 10, 2022 / 03:00 am (CNA). President Joe Biden is poised to sign the $485 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law later this week, promising Americans relief from the rising cost of food and other necessities.But the massive spending bill is drawing […]

  • Young Catholics in Ireland say their voices have not been heard during synodal process
    on August 10, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland. / Tom Haymes (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). CNA Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 01:54 am (CNA). A group of 500 young Catholics in Ireland have signed a letter saying they love the Church’s teaching, but that their voices had not been heard in the process […]

  • Vatican enlists influencers to get young, disenchanted Catholics to answer Synod survey
    on August 9, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    null / Shutterstock Washington D.C., Aug 9, 2022 / 16:34 pm (CNA). Last fall, Catholics around the world began gathering in church basements and school gyms to, in the words of Pope Francis, “look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say.” These listening sessions were the first […]

  • Lightning strike causes major fire damage to historic Illinois Catholic church
    on August 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Firefighters work to put out a roof fire at historic St. James Catholic Church, in Rockford, Illinois, on Aug. 8, 2022. The Diocese of Rockford said a lightning strike was a possible cause. / Screenshot of Rockford Diocese video Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 15:10 pm (CNA). A lightning […]

  • Pro-lifers react with dismay to news that Irish government plans to fine for praying near abortion clinic
    on August 9, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    The flag of the Republic of Ireland. / Michael Care Anderson (CC BY-NC 2.0). CNA Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 09:51 am (CNA). Pro-life campaigners and advocates for religious freedom in Ireland have expressed dismay following the news that the Irish Government intends to introduce fines and prison […]

  • Why did the floor of a Spanish monastery turn blood red once a year for almost 500 years?
    on August 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    The community of Trappist monks of the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain. / Photo credit: Archdiocese of Burgos Denver Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). On Aug. 6 in the year 953, 200 monks living at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain, were put to […]

  • Reacting to pontifical academy, theologian says teaching of Humanae vitae can't change
    on August 9, 2022 at 1:01 am

    St. Paul VI / public domain Denver, Colo., Aug 8, 2022 / 19:01 pm (CNA). The teaching of Humanae vitae on contraception is an instance of the ordinary and universal magisterium, and as such is irreformable, a moral theologian has said in response to a statement from the Pontifical Academy for […]

  • Drive-by gunshots target Denver-area Catholic church
    on August 8, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Adams County, Colorado, sustained thousands of dollars in estimated damage from a pair of drive-by shootings Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, 2022. / Courtesy of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church Denver, Colo., Aug 8, 2022 / 17:30 pm […]

  • Indiana’s broad abortion ban overshadows another pro-family law passed the same day
    on August 8, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signs bills in Indianapolis, March 10, 2022. / Governor Eric Holcomb via Flickr (public domain) St. Louis, Mo., Aug 8, 2022 / 17:04 pm (CNA). The same day last week that Indiana adopted an abortion ban with limited exceptions, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law another […]

  • Nicaraguan police place Catholic bishop, priests under house arrest
    on August 8, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, walks with other pilgrims to the Shrine of the Divine Child in July 2022. / Credit: Manuel Obando and Diocese Media Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Aug 8, 2022 / 15:20 pm (CNA). The regime of President Daniel Ortega has ordered police in Nicaragua to launch […]

  • Pope Francis wishes ‘hope in the risen Christ’ to victims of Cuba oil fire, explosions
    on August 8, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    null / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA Vatican City, Aug 8, 2022 / 11:21 am (CNA). Pope Francis said Monday he is spiritually close to those hurt or killed in a fire at an oil facility in Matanzas, a city on the northwestern shore of Cuba.The fire, which began with an Aug. 5 lightning strike, has set off […]

  • German bishop, accused of abuse, found to have helped wanted pedophile priests escape to Latin America
    on August 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Bishop Emil Stehle / Screenshot / YouTube / BR24 CNA Newsroom, Aug 8, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). A German prelate who served as bishop in Ecuador is not only accused of having sexually abused minors in several countries. As director of a German aid organization he also helped pedophile priests wanted […]

  • Cardinal Tomko, oldest living cardinal, dead at 98
    on August 8, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Cardinal Jozef Tomko in 2018 at a shrine on Mount Zvir, above the village of Litmanová, Slovakia. / Sirocan69 via Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0 Rome Newsroom, Aug 8, 2022 / 04:53 am (CNA). Cardinal Jozef Tomko died early Monday morning in Rome at the age of 98. At the time of his death, the […]

  • Archie Battersbee, 12, dies after being taken off life support against his parents’ wishes
    on August 7, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Hollie Dance (center left) and Paul Battersbee (center right)), the mother and father of Archie Battersbee, speak to the media as they leave the Royal Courts of Justice on June 29, 2022 in London, England. Archie's parents ultimately lost their legal fight to keep their son on life support. He died […]

  • Pope Francis: Put your trust in God and his care for you
    on August 7, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Aug 7, 2022 / 06:10 am (CNA). Hold fast to trust in God and stay alert to his presence in your life, Pope Francis said during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.“Let us walk without fear, in the […]

  • 12 Polish pilgrims bound for Medjugorje killed in bus crash in Croatia
    on August 7, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Map of Croatia. / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 7, 2022 / 04:40 am (CNA). Twelve Polish pilgrims bound for Medjugorje were killed Saturday when their bus crashed into a ditch, authorities said. Another 31 people were injured, some critically.A Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman told […]

  • Meet Michael McGivney Schachle, the miracle baby who helped make his namesake a Blessed
    on August 7, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Daniel and Michelle Schachle with their son, Michael McGivney Schachle, 7, at the annual convention of the Knights of Columbus held Aug. 1-4, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. / Joe Bukuras/CNA Nashville, Tenn., Aug 7, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). Seated in a small black wagon pulled by his father, […]

  • ‘Good Morning Man’ remembered for dedicating life to others after ‘conversation with God’
    on August 6, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    A framed photo of Larry Tutt stands in front of a basket holding red whistles reading "RIP Larry Tutt 2022" following a memorial Mass at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2022. / Katie Yoder / CNA Washington D.C., Aug 6, 2022 / 07:30 am (CNA). Larry Tutt had no ordinary […]

  • New leader of African bishops conference says ‘greatness is service’
    on August 6, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa, who was elected present of SECAM July 30, 2022. / Courtesy of SECAM Rome Newsroom, Aug 6, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA). Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa, who is to be made a cardinal later this month, has been elected head of the African bishops’ conference.The […]

  • Spanish bishop: We’re creating ‘monsters’ if youth don’t grow up to be loving and generous
    on August 6, 2022 at 10:00 am

    null / Devin Avery / Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Aug 6, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). Bishop Juan Carlos Elizalde of Vitoria, Spain, warned that some young people are “at risk” for self-centeredness because of the way they’re being raised and educated. “We’re creating monsters if, in loving our […]

  • Unborn babies are tax exempt under Georgia’s heartbeat-based abortion law
    on August 6, 2022 at 1:00 am

    The Georgia capitol in Atlanta. / Rob Wilson / Shutterstock. Denver Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA). An unborn baby is now recognized as a dependent who will qualify expectant parents for a $3,000 deduction in Georgia tax rules, under the same law which bans abortion based on a detectible […]

  • Two-year-old lawsuit accusing Theodore McCarrick of repeatedly raping boy still pending in NJ
    on August 6, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021. / Andrew Bukuras/CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). One of the more graphic sexual abuse lawsuits against former cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick is […]

  • Little Sisters of the Poor to close Denver nursing home after 105 years
    on August 5, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. / null Denver, Colo., Aug 5, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). After years of service to the elderly in the Archdiocese of Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced this week their intention to withdraw from a nursing home […]

  • Visa, Mastercard pause ad buys with Pornhub following controversy
    on August 5, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    sxc.hu. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 16:37 pm (CNA). On Thursday, Visa and Mastercard temporarily suspended ad purchases with Pornhub and its parent company, MindGeek, after the latest court ruling in a child pornography lawsuit. The action follows a court ruling last week that denied […]

  • How to comment on Biden rule forcing doctors to perform transition surgeries, abortions
    on August 5, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    null / Darko Stojanovic via Pixabay (CC0). Washington D.C., Aug 5, 2022 / 16:36 pm (CNA). The Biden administration’s proposed rule that would force doctors and hospitals to provide gender transition procedures and abortions went live Wednesday, beginning the 60-day comment period during which […]

  • Nicaragua’s Ortega regime blocks bishop from leaving diocesan offices to celebrate Mass
    on August 5, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022. / Diocese Media TV Merced / Diocese of Matagalpa ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 5, 2022 / 15:11 pm (CNA). Riot police from the Nicaraguan government blocked the bishop of Matagalpa, José Álvarez Lagos, from leaving the diocesan […]

  • Don’t ignore Canada’s spike in anti-Catholic hate crimes, watchdog says
    on August 5, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Fire destroys St. Jean Baptiste parish in Morinville, June 30, 2021. / St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church Denver Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 15:00 pm (CNA). Catholics in Canada suffered the largest spike in religion-based hate crimes last year, and government officials must take action in response, a […]

  • Mexican bishops offer prayers for trapped miners
    on August 5, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    A relative of a miner is seen near the coal mine where 10 miners were trapped Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, after a collapse in the Agujita community, Sabinas municipality, Coahuila state, Mexico. / Photo by JULIO CESAR AGUILAR/AFP via Getty Images ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 5, 2022 / 13:48 pm (CNA). The […]

  • Chinese embassy shares anti-Catholic cartoon amid Pelosi visit to Taiwan
    on August 5, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    The front of the Chinese embassy in Paris, France / Pymouss|Wikimedia|GFDL St. Louis, Mo., Aug 5, 2022 / 12:47 pm (CNA). On the day of a controversial visit to Taiwan by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the Chinese Embassy in France tweeted a political cartoon that is drawing criticism for […]

  • U.S. bishops urge support for mothers and babies after Biden abortion executive order
    on August 5, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    null / Credit: Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 11:42 am (CNA). Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the U.S. bishops’pro-life chair, on Friday called on President Joe Biden to increase support and care for mothers and children.The Aug. 5 message was in response to an executive order […]

  • Anglicans recognize Pope as ‘father of the Church in the West,’ says archbishop of Canterbury
    on August 5, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. / Vatican Media Canterbury, England, Aug 5, 2022 / 09:26 am (CNA). In ecumenical discussions at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, has said that most […]

  • Ahead of trip to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis meets with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Anthony
    on August 5, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    Pope Francis meets with Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk at the Vatican, August 5, 2022 / Vatican media CNA Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 08:22 am (CNA). The new head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations met with Pope Francis today. It was the first visit of […]

  • Pope Francis calls on young people to turn to Jesus like Blessed Carlo Acutis did
    on August 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Pope Francis speaking to participants of an Italian youth camp on August 5, 2022 / Vatican media CNA Newsroom, Aug 5, 2022 / 07:13 am (CNA). Pope Francis told young Catholics on Friday that Jesus is not just a moral precept but a person and a great friend. He encouraged them to build and […]

  • How a village of 7 residents mobilized hundreds to restore altarpiece of its small church
    on August 5, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Altarpiece of St. Euphemia Church in Terradillos de Sedano (Burgos, Spain) / Cultural Association of Santa Eufemia de Terradillos Terradillos de Sedano, Aug 5, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). A crowdfunding campaign through the Hispania Nostra Foundation has raised the necessary funds to restore the […]

  • Hostility toward Christian values is growing in European institutions, Polish politician and philosopher says
    on August 5, 2022 at 7:04 am

    Flag of the European Union / Alexey Larionov / Unsplash (CC0) Budapest, Hungary, Aug 5, 2022 / 01:04 am (CNA). The European Commission’s 2022 Rule of Law report has once again singled out Poland and Hungary, accusing both countries of not addressing “serious concerns,” including breaches in […]

  • Public Masses suspended at Chicago's Shrine of Christ the King
    on August 4, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    A community Carols and Candles event at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago, Ill., Dec. 16, 2017. / Marc Monaghan via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Denver Newsroom, Aug 4, 2022 / 17:19 pm (CNA). A prominent Chicago church that is home to a Traditional Latin Mass religious […]

  • Kansas abortion vote: Why did the pro-life amendment fail?
    on August 4, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    A poll worker helps a voter cast their ballot in the Kansas Primary Election at Merriam Christian Church on August 02, 2022 in Merriam, Kansas. / Kyle Rivas/Getty Images. Washington D.C., Aug 4, 2022 / 16:18 pm (CNA). The reason a pro-life amendment — known as the “Value Them Both” amendment […]

  • This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for August 2022
    on August 4, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, July 31, 2022. / Vatican Media Denver Newsroom, Aug 4, 2022 / 15:12 pm (CNA). Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray for small businesses during the month of August. “As a consequence of the pandemic and the wars, the […]

  • Archdiocese asks faithful to pray to Curé of Ars for priests in Nicaragua
    on August 4, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, in a priestly ordination ceremony. / Lázaro Gutiérrez B. / Archdiocese of Managua Denver Newsroom, Aug 4, 2022 / 14:33 pm (CNA). On the feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, known as the Holy Curé of Ars, celebrated by the Catholic Church on Aug. 4, […]

  • Britney Spears’ wedding: Who can get married in a Catholic church?
    on August 4, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood" at the Chinese Theatre on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. The couple wed in June 2022. / Kevin Winter/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 4, 2022 / 14:30 pm (CNA). […]

  • Rep. Jackie Walorski, killed in car accident, leaves behind pro-life legacy 
    on August 4, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Then-Indiana Congressional candidate Jackie Walorski speaks during the Republican National Convention on Aug, 28, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. / Mark Wilson/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 4, 2022 / 12:02 pm (CNA). The tragic death of Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski and her two staff […]