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  • Carlo Acutis comic book: Meet the teenager who loved the Eucharist
    on November 27, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    A scene from “Digital Disciple: Carlo Acutis and the Eucharist” written by Philip Kosloski, the founder of Voyage Comics & Publishing. / Courtesy of Voyage Comics & Publishing Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 27, 2022 / 09:00 am (CNA). Carlo Acutis slid his books into his backpack when […]

  • ‘Violence kills the future’: Pope Francis condemns Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 2 boys die
    on November 27, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Nov 27, 2022 / 08:25 am (CNA). Pope Francis has spoken out against violence in the Holy Land, after one teenager died in a blast in Jerusalem and another teenager died in armed clashes in Palestine […]

  • Cardinal Sarah: ‘Religious liberty is under threat in the West, too’
    on November 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Cardinal Robert Sarah / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Nov 27, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA). Christians in the West should not take religious liberty and freedom of worship for granted, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in a recent interview with EWTN News.“Threats against religious liberty take […]

  • Pope Francis: God is present ‘in everyday things’
    on November 27, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Pope Francis at the Angelus Nov. 27, 2022. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Nov 27, 2022 / 07:20 am (CNA). It is good to remember that God is present to us even in the small, everyday events of our lives, Pope Francis said on the first Sunday of Advent.In his Angelus address Nov. 27, the pope said, […]

  • The ‘Random Catholic Dude’ behind the website chronicling the Catholic hierarchy
    on November 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    David M. Cheney, the creator and manager of Catholic-Hierarchy.org / Credit: David M. Cheney Rome Newsroom, Nov 27, 2022 / 07:00 am (CNA). As he describes himself on his now-dormant Twitter account, David M. Cheney is, in some ways, just a “Random Catholic Dude.”He works a full-time computer […]

  • Meet the Catholic bishop who began a pro-life ministry for pregnant women in need
    on November 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City speaks to EWTN Pro-Life Weekly on July 21, 2022. / Screenshot from EWTN Pro-Life Weekly Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 26, 2022 / 12:00 pm (CNA). When the U.S. Catholic bishops first launched a nationwide initiative to help pregnant women in need, the […]

  • Detroit bishop calls for penitential Advent after passage of abortion initiative
    on November 26, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit. CNA file photo. / null Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 26, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). The archbishop of Detroit is calling on Michigan Catholics to spend the first two weeks of Advent doing penance following the passage of a ballot initiative that amended the […]

  • Christmas 2022: Small Catholic businesses offer meaningful gifts for all
    on November 26, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Ideal for babies, toddlers, and young children, Little Saints Stories tell the story of a saint through simple writings and illustrations. / Francesca Pollio Fenton / CNA Denver, Colo., Nov 26, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). As we approach Christmas, it’s time to pull out the list of all those for whom […]

  • Vatican says China violated terms of agreement with bishop installation
    on November 26, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican. / Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images Vatican City, Nov 26, 2022 / 05:40 am (CNA). The Vatican said on Saturday that Chinese […]

  • Pope Francis prays for homeless man who died in St. Peter's Square
    on November 26, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022 / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Vatican City, Nov 26, 2022 / 03:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis is praying for a homeless man who was found dead near the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square on Friday morning.Burkhard Scheffler, a 61-year-old man born in […]

  • ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ initiative comes to Buenos Aires
    on November 25, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Fabric “balconera” with the image of the Holy Family / Credit: Facebook page Talleres del Sagrado CNA Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 13:00 pm (CNA). At the initiative of the Vicariate Center of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, this Christmas the “balconeras” are arriving in Argentina, a resource […]

  • ‘Everyone’s vulnerable to an accusation’: Bishops respond to priests’ fear of false abuse claims
    on November 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Left to right: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Worth-South Bend, Indiana, and Auxiliary Bishop Robert P. Reed of the Archdiocese of Boston. / CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). A recent survey of priests found growing […]

  • As Church allows for LGBT-employees in Germany, Vatican publishes concerns over Synodal Way
    on November 25, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    German Bishops at Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls during their visit in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022 / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA CNA Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 09:30 am (CNA). The Vatican on Thursday published the full wording of its latest warnings over another schism coming out of […]

  • Not just for students: Here’s what adults can expect at SEEK23 in St. Louis
    on November 25, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Ryan and Sara Huelsing, parishoners at St. Joseph parish in Cottleville, Missouri, at a preview event put on by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students in St. Louis on Oct. 1, 2022. Ryan leads a men's group at his parish and both hope to get involved with FOCUS' Making Missionary Disciples […]

  • UK woman praying in public asked to ‘move on’ by local authorities
    on November 25, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public / ADF International CNA Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 08:09 am (CNA). Concerns about religious freedom in the UK are intensifying after local council officers confronted a woman on the south coast of […]

  • ‘Your pain is my pain’: Pope Francis pens letter marking 9 months of war in Ukraine
    on November 25, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Pope Francis holds a flag that he received from Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022. / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 07:50 am (CNA). In an emotional letter addressed to the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis wrote that he sees the cross of Christ in the tortures and […]

  • Christmas shopping? Check out these gifts handmade by monks and nuns
    on November 25, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Dominican nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, make soap and candles which they sell at their Cloister Shoppe. / Jeffrey Bruno Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 07:00 am (CNA). If you’re looking for unique handmade gifts for those on your list this […]

  • Hong Kong court convicts Cardinal Zen and five other democracy advocates
    on November 25, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Cardinal Joseph Zen. / Bohumil Petrik Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2022 / 03:02 am (CNA). Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others were found guilty on Friday of failing to register a fund that helped pay for the legal fees and medical treatments of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.The 90-year-old cardinal […]

  • What can the Maronite rite offer the Eucharistic Revival? Here’s what two Maronite bishops say
    on November 24, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist. / Thoom/Shutterstock Boston, Mass., Nov 24, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). What can the Maronite Catholic Church offer to aid the U.S. bishops’ Eucharistic Revival that is currently underway in the United States?The two Maronite bishops in the United States say the […]

  • Remembering the hundreds of thousands of Christians martyred in Vietnam 
    on November 24, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    This work of art was displayed at St. Peter's on the occasion of the Vatican's celebration of the canonization of 117 Vietnamese martyrs on July 19, 1988. / Fair use. Denver, Colo., Nov 24, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). Christianity arrived in Vietnam in 1533, and many Vietnamese Christians became saints […]

  • The little-known connection between hoops and holiness
    on November 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    null / Gearstd/Shutterstock Denver, Colo., Nov 24, 2022 / 09:00 am (CNA). The start of basketball season always coincides with the American holiday of Thanksgiving, lending a proper season to be grateful for the American-born sport. But precisely how grateful should Catholics be for basketball (or […]

  • Was Squanto Catholic? What we know about this hero of the first Thanksgiving
    on November 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    Image from page 155 of "Young Folks' History of the United States" (1903). / Public Domain St. Louis, Mo., Nov 24, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA). In 1621, lacking both the skills and the resources necessary to survive in the harsh territory of New England, European pilgrims encountered a miracle: a Native […]

  • Seminarians run a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City State
    on November 24, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Runners in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City on Nov. 24, 2022. / Aaron Salvan/PNAC Photo Service Rome, Italy, Nov 24, 2022 / 07:30 am (CNA). American seminarians in Rome began Thanksgiving Day with a race around the world’s smallest country.The 13th Annual Thanksgiving […]

  • Pope Francis says this is the difference between theologians and catechists
    on November 24, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Pope Francis / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 24, 2022 / 06:40 am (CNA). Pope Francis on Thursday distinguished between how catechists and theologians interact with Church teaching.A theologian, he said, has a vocation to go beyond existing doctrine, because “he is trying to make […]

  • Federal same-sex marriage bill still needs religious freedom fixes, bishops say
    on November 24, 2022 at 12:47 am

    U.S. Capitol, Senate side, public domain. / null Denver, Colo., Nov 23, 2022 / 17:47 pm (CNA). A federal bill to recognize same-sex unions as marriages lacks sufficient religious freedom protections and will undermine the truth about marriage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said […]

  • Emails raise questions about Philadelphia children’s hospital transgender surgeries on minors
    on November 23, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Exterior of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. / Shutterstock Boston, Mass., Nov 23, 2022 / 14:30 pm (CNA). In a 2017 email, a doctor at the transgender clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said she was not aware of any medical studies at the time that supported the irreversible […]

  • He was in a coma for 50 days due to COVID and was just ordained a priest
    on November 23, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    A crowd accompanied Nathanael Alberione in his ordination on Nov. 21, 2022. / Credit: Christ the Worker Parish CNA Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA). Nathanael Alberione of Cordoba, Argentina, won the battle against COVID-19 in 2021, and was ordained a priest Nov. 21. On that day he received […]

  • Head doctor for Madrid soccer team calls Pope Francis a ‘very stubborn patient’
    on November 23, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022 / Pablo Esparza / CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 07:34 am (CNA). The Vatican has recruited the head doctor of a Madrid soccer team among a team of specialists to help treat Pope Francis’ knee problem.José María Villalón, a sports medicine […]

  • Pope Francis appoints Bishop Henning as coadjutor bishop of Providence
    on November 23, 2022 at 1:34 pm

    Bishop Richard Henning / Diocese of Rockville Centre Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 06:34 am (CNA). Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Henning as a coadjutor bishop of Providence on Wednesday.As coadjutor, Henning will assist Bishop Thomas J. Tobin in the administration of the Rhode Island […]

  • Dominican theologian to German Bishop Bätzing: Support for gay agenda is ‘modernist heresy’
    on November 23, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German Episcopal Conference and one of the two presidents of the German Synodal Path. / Credit: Rudolf Gehrig / ACI Press CNA Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA). Father Nelson Medina, a Dominican priest who holds a doctorate in fundamental theology, has […]

  • Pope Francis gives a shoutout to 2022 FIFA World Cup 
    on November 23, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Aug. 26, 2015. L'Osservatore Romano. Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 03:48 am (CNA). Pope Francis gave a shoutout to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of his weekly audience on […]

  • Pope Francis: What is spiritual consolation? The saints explain
    on November 23, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Pope Francis praying at the general audience on St. Peter's Square / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 02:37 am (CNA). Pope Francis used the example of several Catholic saints to explain the concept of spiritual consolation during his weekly audience on Wednesday.“What is […]

  • Will France enshrine a ‘right’ to abortion in its constitution?
    on November 23, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Paris, France / Pedro Lastra / Unsplash (CC0) Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2022 / 02:29 am (CNA). Political tensions in France and reactions to the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States are the context for a push towards adding a “right to abortion” to the European country’s […]

  • Catholic publisher pulls book on princess saints after illustrator says it was her idea
    on November 23, 2022 at 12:30 am

    An illustration by Fabiola Garza (left) and the cover of Ascension Press' book, "Catholic Princess Saint Stories, Volume I." / Images courtesy of Fabiola Garza and Ascension Press Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 17:30 pm (CNA). A major Catholic publishing house is pulling a book on […]

  • Philly archbishop to head Catholic Relief Services board of directors
    on November 22, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Archbishop Nelson Perez speaks about the heroic virtues of Father Bill Atkinson, O.S.A., and the work performed to prepare the formal documents related to his cause for beatification and canonization. / Sarah Webb Denver, Colo., Nov 22, 2022 / 16:30 pm (CNA). Philadelphia’s Archbishop Nelson […]

  • Disgraced Louisiana priest pleads guilty to filming pornographic material on parish altar
    on November 22, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Father Travis Clark after his Sept. 30, 2020, arrest. / St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 15:40 pm (CNA). Travis Clark, the disgraced priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, pled guilty Monday to a felony count of obscenity for his actions in filming […]

  • Lech Walesa, friend of St. John Paul II, exposes the lies of communism
    on November 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Lech Walesa on Nov. 19, 2022, at the Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) in Mexico. / Credit: Ana Paula Morales / ACI Prensa ACI Prensa Staff, Nov 22, 2022 / 13:30 pm (CNA). At a recent conference, Lech Walesa, a friend of St. John Paul II and a key player in the defeat of Soviet […]

  • Analysis: What is behind the changes at Caritas Internationalis?
    on November 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Pope Francis speaks in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 12:30 pm (CNA). Why did Pope Francis dismiss the entire leadership of the Church’s worldwide charity arm Tuesday?What role will Pier Francesco Pinelli play as temporary administrator of […]

  • The Worldwide Women’s Rosary is coming to the United Arab Emirates
    on November 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    In the United Arab Emirates, a group of women will join other women from around the world on Dec. 8, 2022, to honor the Virgin Mary in the Worldwide Women's Rosary. / Credit: Facebook page St.Joseph's Cathedral Abu Dhabi AUH CNA Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 12:00 pm (CNA). Women from all over the […]

  • Do we know enough about puberty blockers? No, according to N.Y. Times report
    on November 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    null / Juanje Garrido/Shutterstock Denver, Colo., Nov 22, 2022 / 11:30 am (CNA). The use of puberty blockers on self-identified transgender children and teens has drawn scrutiny in a recent New York Times article, and other commentators echo its concerns that the treatments lack strong evidential […]

  • Father Willie Doyle’s cause: fearless in his faith on Flanders Fields
    on November 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Father Willie Doyle, S.J. / null CNA Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). Last weekend, the cause for the canonization of Jesuit Father Willie Doyle was opened. An inspiring — yet unassuming — Irish World War I chaplain, he was killed in 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgium, during the Third […]

  • FDA should limit access to ‘dangerous’ chemical abortion drugs, doctors argue in lawsuit
    on November 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    null / ivanko80/Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Nov 22, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). A group of doctors and medical organizations, including the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, argue in a federal lawsuit that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “chose politics over […]

  • Pope Francis meets Jewish leaders as they launch initiative to strengthen Catholic-Jewish bonds
    on November 22, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Pope Francis meeting with a delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2022. / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 09:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis met with international Jewish leaders on Tuesday as they launched an initiative to strengthen Catholic-Jewish […]

  • Analysis: What is behind Pope Francis’ appointment of the new prefect for the Eastern Churches?
    on November 22, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti with Pope Francis / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 08:10 am (CNA). For the role of prefect of the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches, Pope Francis has chosen Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, who since 2020 was nuncio to the United Kingdom.The Italian […]

  • Pope Francis removes Caritas Internationalis leaders, appoints temporary administrator
    on November 22, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Statue of St. Peter on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA Rome Newsroom, Nov 22, 2022 / 06:11 am (CNA). Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of an international confederation of charities and appointed a temporary administrator to improve the […]

  • Divine Mercy shrine at Catholic parish in Wisconsin defaced with graffiti
    on November 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Photo illustration. / Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Nov 22, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA). A Catholic parish in southern Wisconsin suffered a graffiti attack overnight on Sunday that saw a large tiled display of the Divine Mercy image defaced with green spray-painted letters. Run by the Stockbridge, […]

  • Albany bishop asking to be laicized isn’t barred from publicly celebrating sacraments, as he claims
    on November 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany / Screenshot from 2018 YouTube video Boston, Mass., Nov 21, 2022 / 16:10 pm (CNA). Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany has asked the Vatican to laicize him, claiming that Church policy prohibits him from publicly […]

  • Colorado bishops pray for ‘peace and healing’ after shooting at LGBTQ nightclub
    on November 21, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Law enforcement officials continue their investigation into Saturday's shooting at the Club Q nightclub on Nov. 21, 2022, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Saturday evening, a 22-year-old gunman allegedly entered the LGBTQ nightclub and opened fire, killing at least five people and injuring 25 […]

  • Sen. Mike Lee challenges Republicans backing ‘Respect for Marriage Act’
    on November 21, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. / Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 21, 2022 / 11:20 am (CNA). Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is calling on the 12 Republican senators who voted to advance the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) to adopt protections for Americans who believe marriage is between one man and one […]

  • Did the Vatican ‘snub’ German bishops over Synodal Way?
    on November 21, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Facing the German bishops in Rome, Nov. 18, 2022: Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, prefect of the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state; and Cardinal Marc Ouellet, PSS, prefect of the Dicastery of Bishops (from left). / Vatican Media CNA Newsroom, Nov […]