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Clockwise from top left: Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, both in England, are aiding their flocks through the pandemic. (photo: Courtesy of dioceses) Three British bishops point the way. By

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The college for American seminarians in Rome is quarantining as a campus after several students tested positive for the coronavirus this week. A spokesman for the Pontifical North American College told CNA

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 10:15 am (CNA).-   Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl, forced her to convert to Islam, and then married her.  According to

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- This story is developing and will be updated: Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- U.S. Catholic bishops joined Pope Francis in mourning a deadly attack at a basilica in Nice on Thursday. “We join our prayers with Pope Francis and pray for the Catholic community in Nice,

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday called out the Chinese Communist Party as the world’s most serious threat to religious freedom. In a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 29, Mike Pompeo

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 04:15 pm (CNA).- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, civil and ecclesial authorities in the Philippines have agreed to cancel the Black Nazarene celebration in 2021, which gathers millions of churchgoers in Manila each January. Known

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has tested positive for COVID-19. Bassetti, the archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, is 78 years old. His condition is being closely monitored,

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday. The decision to move back to a livestream-only format was

Segovia, Spain, Oct 30, 2020 / 12:50 am (CNA).- After 10 years without an ordination, the Diocese of Segovia in Spain celebrated the diaconal ordination of Álvaro Marín, a 24-year-old seminarian last Sunday. The new deacon received formation in theology at

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Amid a contentious debate in Scotland over a proposed hate crimes law, which the Catholic bishops of the country oppose, a cabinet minister this week suggested that the law could apply

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Vatican has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, amid concerns about avoiding large gatherings of people in churches or cemeteries and including those confined to

The Northern Ireland Assembly voted Tuesday in favor of a motion rejecting the “imposition” of abortion legislation by the Westminster parliament. The motion was non-binding, meaning that it will not alter the law in Northern Ireland, which came into force

Bishops in Northern Ireland have strongly backed a call by a campaigner with Down syndrome to reject a law permitting abortion up to birth on grounds of disability. The bishops spoke out ahead of a June 2 debate on the

Catholic publishers in the United Kingdom are turning to social media and online sales in an effort to survive the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses. Pierpaolo Finaldi, CEO of the Catholic Truth Society (CTS), told CNA that many

The island of Guernsey will permit what may be the first public Masses in the British Isles since the coronavirus lockdown Monday. While churches remain closed across the United Kingdom, authorities in Guernsey have allowed public liturgies to resume from

Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in U.K. nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis. More than 20,000 people have died in U.K. care facilities as a result of the pandemic, according to

The bishops of England and Wales have expressed disappointment after the government said churches in the U.K. should remain closed until at least July 4. The bishops issued a statement May 11 after U.K. officials published a document Monday setting out

“Respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.” By Regis martin Hilaire Belloc, who died in 1953, was a writer I greatly admired — indeed, whose splendid prose, as

Facebook and Twitter draw scrutiny over blocked content that curbs free speech and calls for government regulation over the platforms. Jonathan Liedl When an Oct. 14 New York Post story featuring potentially damaging claims against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was suppressed by Twitter and Facebook,

The basilica celebrated the 100th anniversary of its consecration last year. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it received an average of 10 million visitors per year. By Hannah Brockhaus PARIS — Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to be classified as a protected

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday. VATICAN CITY — Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to

What it’s like to pass through the rolling and picturesque Sibillini and Apennine mountain ranges of central Italy where the saint lived. By Edward Pentin ROME — “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart,” St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder

“As a result of original sin, human nature is weakened in its powers, subject to ignorance, suffering and the domination of death, and inclined to sin…” (CCC 418) By Angelo Stagnaro Our species, most beloved of all of God’s creation, was separated

COMMENTARY: The Catholic politician ran for president almost 100 years ago. The way he responded to attacks on his faith offers five lessons for our own engagement in politics — and in arguments about politics. By David Mills It’s usually offered in

Clockwise from top left: Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, both in England, are aiding their flocks through the pandemic. (photo: Courtesy of dioceses) Three British bishops point the way. By

This is so interesting! 😮 On this week’s episode of The Catholic Talk Show, Ryan Scheel, Fr. Rich Pagano, and Ryan DellaCrosse The post The Lost Books of the Bible: The Little-Known Missing Epistle of St. Paul Mentioned in the

I am starting to prepare spiritually for All Hallows’ Eve. No bags of candy. No costumes. No pumpkins. As every year, it’ll The post “Halloween Will Be Ugly”: The Spiritual War With Demons These Exorcists Encounter on Oct. 31 appeared

This is so cool! 😱 Stalowa Wola, Poland hired artist Piotr Topczyłko to paint a giant mural of Pope St. John Paul The post Massive St. John Paul II Mural Painted on Apt. Building in Poland – Watch Creation in

Have you heard of this Eucharistic miracle? Fr. Mark Goring of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Ca. explained an amazing Eucharistic miracle The post “Properties of a Wound”: The Eucharistic Miracle That Occurred After Bl. Carlo Acutis’ Death appeared first

This is amazing! 🤣 🤣 🤣 Choice42 founder and pro-life advocate Laura Klassen posted an epic response to the pro-abortion Women’s March The post Hilarious Skit Fires Back at Stevie Nicks & Women’s March for Saying Babies Hold Women Back

Have you ever asked St. Jude for prayers? St. Jude, also known as St. Jude Thaddaeus, was one of Christ’s 12 apostles. The post Need a Miracle? Here’s St. Jude’s Powerful Prayer for Desperate & Hopeless Cases appeared first on

An Italian diocese announced the excommunication of a former spiritual director for six alleged Medjugorje visionaries in a recent press release. The The post “Serious Scandal”: Medjugorje “Visionaries'” Former Spiritual Director Excommunicated appeared first on .

This looks like a great movie! 🙌 A feature film about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe hits theaters for one night The post Movie About St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Life Hits Theaters for One-Night-Only Event – Watch the Trailer! appeared

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The college for American seminarians in Rome is quarantining as a campus after several students tested positive for the coronavirus this week. A spokesman for the Pontifical North American College told CNA

Please pray for Nice, France! Three people were killed on Thursday morning around 9 am local time at the Basilica of Notre The post 3 Stabbed, Killed Inside Notre Dame Basilica in France in “Barbaric” Terrorist Attack appeared first on

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- This story is developing and will be updated: Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- U.S. Catholic bishops joined Pope Francis in mourning a deadly attack at a basilica in Nice on Thursday. “We join our prayers with Pope Francis and pray for the Catholic community in Nice,

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday called out the Chinese Communist Party as the world’s most serious threat to religious freedom. In a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 29, Mike Pompeo

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 10:15 am (CNA).-   Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl, forced her to convert to Islam, and then married her.  According to

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 04:15 pm (CNA).- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, civil and ecclesial authorities in the Philippines have agreed to cancel the Black Nazarene celebration in 2021, which gathers millions of churchgoers in Manila each January. Known

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has tested positive for COVID-19. Bassetti, the archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, is 78 years old. His condition is being closely monitored,

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday. The decision to move back to a livestream-only format was

Segovia, Spain, Oct 30, 2020 / 12:50 am (CNA).- After 10 years without an ordination, the Diocese of Segovia in Spain celebrated the diaconal ordination of Álvaro Marín, a 24-year-old seminarian last Sunday. The new deacon received formation in theology at

COMMENTARY: Modern technology obscures both the past and the future by locking us in the frenzies of the present and interfering with reflective thought Francis X. Maier In late October a news report noted that the political environment in China had “[taken] a darker

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Amid a contentious debate in Scotland over a proposed hate crimes law, which the Catholic bishops of the country oppose, a cabinet minister this week suggested that the law could apply

Whether indirect or not, Our Lord’s claims to divinity are definitely, massively and undeniably present. Dave ArmstrongBlogsOctober 28, 2020 An anti-theist atheist, whose ramblings against the Bible I have now refuted almost 60 times, argued that “Jesus claimed to be divine only

Every November, the Church offers the faithful an opportunity to offer a plenary indulgence for the souls in purgatory. This means we can release souls from their temporal punishment in purgatory so they can immediately go to heaven! (This indulgence applies to one soul of your

In any case, it’s not the exorcist who liberates people — it is Our Lord. By Patti Armstrong The world’s leading psychiatric authority on demonic activity, Dr. Richard Gallagher gives scientific and psychological insight into the world of Satanic attacks in his new book, Demonic

Whatever the Pope’s reason and motives for making his remarks in the interview, they remain his personal opinions. By Msgr Charles Pope Many Catholics are once again grieved that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has chosen to indiscreetly express his personal views

The initiative comes in response to Pope Francis’ remarks, given in a new documentary, in which he gave his clearest support yet for civil union laws for same-sex couples. By Edward Pentin A group of lay faithful and priests gathered in St.

Scheduled to be released for one night only on Monday, Oct. 26, here is a sneak peek at the first movie featuring unknown facts about Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized in 1982. By Fr Edward Looney A lot of Catholics know the

“To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called ‘hell.’” (CCC 1033) By

By Patti Armstrong Hell: A Guide By Anthony DeStefano Thomas Nelson, 2020 256 pages, hardcover $25.95 To order: EWTNRC.com  The cosmic battle fought in heaven when Satan and his followers rebelled against God and were driven into hell by St. Michael and God’s other holy angels continues

In 1776, St. Junípero Serra, honoring his fellow Franciscan, placed California’s Mission San Juan Capistrano under St. John’s patronage. By Jim Graves Many are familiar with Southern California’s Mission San Juan Capistrano as the place where the swallows return each spring, but

Love starts with the humility that we need to turn to and be joined to Jesus Christ who is Love in order to love ourselves or others. By John Grondelsky “I’ve heard that [soccer] is a stupid sport for intelligent people, because

The Doucette children enjoy helping with the rosary construction for DesignMyRosary.com orders. By Joseph Pronechen When Matt and Elizabeth Doucette were students at Franciscan University of Steubenville and first dating, she wanted to get him a rosary for a Christmas gift. Shopping

Barrett will be the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh. By Matt Hadro WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney

Facebook and Twitter draw scrutiny over blocked content that curbs free speech and calls for government regulation over the platforms. Jonathan Liedl When an Oct. 14 New York Post story featuring potentially damaging claims against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was suppressed by Twitter and Facebook,

The basilica celebrated the 100th anniversary of its consecration last year. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it received an average of 10 million visitors per year. By Hannah Brockhaus PARIS — Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to be classified as a protected

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday. VATICAN CITY — Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to

What it’s like to pass through the rolling and picturesque Sibillini and Apennine mountain ranges of central Italy where the saint lived. By Edward Pentin ROME — “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart,” St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder

Barrett will be the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh. By Matt Hadro WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney

COMMENTARY: The proposal to extend the practice to children 1-12 is the latest episode of the country’s 40-year dance with the culture of death. By Cardinal Willem Eijk Editors’ note: The Netherlands has already legalized euthanasia for children above the age of 12. Now

The ‘Protector of Christian Family Life’ is heralded ahead of his beatification. Joseph Pronechen On Oct. 31, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, Father Michael J. McGivney will be beatified, 23 years after the opening of his cause in

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has outraged the left in Europe with its Oct. 22 ruling. Father Marcin Kowalski The Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled Thursday — the feast of Pope St. John Paul II — that killing babies in the womb on the pretext of “fetal

Sen. Joe Biden, shown asking questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 1993, was elated the year before when ‘Casey’ was decided in 1992. (photo: C-SPAN/Public domain via Wikicommons) COMMENTARY: 1992’s ‘Planned Parenthood v. Casey’ was anything but reprehensible to

“Be worthy of the flame consuming you.” —Paul Claudel By Regis Martin When a word is spoken, does anything happen? Take the word hope, for instance. When you hear it, does anything at all compute? In other words, will it signify in

Father Patrick Peyton, known for his slogan, “The family that prays together, stays together,” traveled the world to spread devotion to the Virgin Mary through the Rosary. By Michael O’Neill Staring his own mortality in the face and struggling beneath the weight

While President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization, a better strategy would be engagement and linking U.S. funding to reform, says the head of U.N. advocacy for a pro-life legal group. “Defund, don’t disengage.

Bishops in Northern Ireland have strongly backed a call by a campaigner with Down syndrome to reject a law permitting abortion up to birth on grounds of disability. The bishops spoke out ahead of a June 2 debate on the

The Center for American Progress, a longtime critic of religious freedom protections, has claimed churches seeking equal treatment under coronavirus public health rules have been “distorting religious freedom into a license to spread the coronavirus.” But religious liberty experts disagree. Churches

Pope Francis pointed to an experience of 17th-century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal as an important testimony of how one can sense the living presence of God in personal prayer. The pope called a small handwritten note that was discovered sewn

Hong Kong police have reportedly curtailed a vigil for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, citing public health concerns. The cancellation of the annual vigil comes after the Chinese legislature last week moved to impose security laws on Hong Kong

100 years after the canonization of St. Joan of Arc, this film has never seemed more relevant. By K.V. Turley Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. She was canonized 100 years ago in 1920, and a year later the

“There is no Church without Pentecost. And there is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary.” —Pope Benedict XVI By Fr. Dwight Longenecker One of the details we overlooked when we were Protestants is Mary the Mother of the Lord being present with

Someone once told me that only science could determine if a baby elephant was in one’s garage. This is untrue. Dave Armstrong Well-known online atheistBob Seidensticker once wrote that“science is theonlydiscipline that tells usnew things about reality.” I replied: “Like many atheists,

The stakes are surprisingly high for the Australian Catholic Medical Association as it holds an online conference this Saturday on Christian approaches to sex, gender and the human person. Several Australian states have considered proposals to mandate the medical affirmation of

The island of Guernsey will permit what may be the first public Masses in the British Isles since the coronavirus lockdown Monday. While churches remain closed across the United Kingdom, authorities in Guernsey have allowed public liturgies to resume from

Pope Francis urged Catholics to view the Church “with the eyes of the Spirit” as he celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In his homily May 31, he cautioned against seeing the Church in worldly terms. He said: “The Spirit

Lebanon’s longstanding tradition of Catholic schools stems from the Pontifical Maronite College in Rome whereby many Maronite priests, returning to Lebanon from Rome with a zeal for education, in turn opened schools all over their homeland. By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic

Pope Francis asked the Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to “this terrible pandemic” as he recited the rosary with Marian shrines worldwide via videolink May 30. The pope was joined Saturday by 50 shrines in Europe, the Americas, the

The Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI) is setting up the ‘gladiator school’ to defend the West’s Judeo-Christian roots, backed by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist. By Edward Pentin COLLEPARDO, Italy — After a year of legal battles, plans to launch

Salesian ministries in Bogota, Colombia, have joined forces to feed the families of the children and young people they serve at the Saint Francis de Sales Oratory youth center, which they run in the poor, crime ridden Las Cruces neighborhood. In

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of 14 men and women, including Bl. Charles de Foucauld, a French missionary killed in Algeria in 1916. De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a

From the very ashes of the World on Fire these great writers would enkindle the power and the glory of the Word on Fire! By Joseph Pearce The 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history. It was characterized by

A Hong Kong cardinal told CNA that changes to Hong Kong’s status in China could threaten the religious freedom of Catholics and other religious believers. The legislature of China on May 28 approved a resolution to impose new “security laws” on

The German journalist discusses Benedict XVI: The Biography By Edward Pentin In writing his definitive and monumental new work on Benedict XVI, biographer Peter Seewald discovered “countless” new elements to the pope emeritus’ life and character, including that his role in the

Lights in the Dark has 50 volunteers who have undertaken a mission to the internet, providing spiritual help and answering questions about the Catholic faith. By Solène Tadié While the Coronavirus pandemic has been revealing a number of key shortcomings in the

The Vatican Apostolic Archive will reopen to researchers June 1 after closing for 12 weeks due to Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. The archive was forced to close to scholars the second week of March, just days after the highly anticipated March 2

The word ‘hermit’ might conjure up some strange images, a la John the Baptist living reclusively in the desert, wearing a hair shirt and eating locusts and honey. The word itself comes from the Greek ‘eremos’, meaning wilderness or an isolated

The Tangiers Carmel’s surprising link to the financial heart of London. By K.V. Turley LONDON — There is a community of enclosed Carmelite nuns who are gaining a reputation in London. The community, the Carmelite Sisters in Tangiers, lives in Morocco, however,

A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed beginning a trial in November to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on the trial of Cardinal George Pell in 2018. Victoria Supreme Court Judge John

COVID-19 has helped highlight the gap between the methods of modern communication available to the Church and their pitiful use in practice. By John Grondelski The episcopal shutdown of public celebration of the Mass in the United States has put focus on

“In one shot you’ll find the perfect intercessor in Heaven for your petition and the perfect drink to toast him with when he comes through for you.” By Alexandra Greeley Cheers! Here’s to clinking glasses with Michael Foley, devout Catholic and author

Catherine of Siena’s words, many of them handed down as celebrated aphorisms, speak to us with significant gravity during this time, along with other holy words. By Donald DeMarco If God had spoken in the year 1347 to a certain resident of

Pope Francis will pray the rosary in the Vatican Gardens’ Lourdes grotto on Saturday, as Catholic shrines from around the world join via video streaming. The intention of the worldwide rosary is for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s help and solace during

How do Catholics understand Mary’s participation in the redemptive work of Christ, and why does it matter? By Fr. Dwight Longenecker There are very few Catholic titles for the Blessed Virgin Mary more likely to annoy Evangelical Protestants than Coredemptrix or Mediatrix.

In his first-ever public comments on the issue, the Vatican Secretary of State categorically stated no money was misdirected to the Vatican from a multimillion-dollar bequest that was made to the order. By Edward Pentin Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of

Pope Francis Monday promulgated a new law intended to prevent corruption and control spending in Vatican City State and Holy See financial transactions. The law, “Norms on the transparency, control and competition of public contracts of the Holy See and of

Pope Francis has donated an ambulance that will be set apart to serve Rome’s poor and homeless population in need of emergency medical care. “It is a new gift from the Holy Father, entrusted to the Office of Papal Charities, in

Hong Kong police have reportedly curtailed a vigil for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, citing public health concerns. The cancellation of the annual vigil comes after the Chinese legislature last week moved to impose security laws on Hong Kong

Tens of millions of euros have been frozen in Swiss banks as part of the investigation into a Vatican property investment, according to a Swiss media report. Swiss authorities have also forwarded documents to Vatican prosecutors, as part of an

Lebanon’s longstanding tradition of Catholic schools stems from the Pontifical Maronite College in Rome whereby many Maronite priests, returning to Lebanon from Rome with a zeal for education, in turn opened schools all over their homeland. By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic

Pope Francis asked the Virgin Mary to intercede for an end to “this terrible pandemic” as he recited the rosary with Marian shrines worldwide via videolink May 30. The pope was joined Saturday by 50 shrines in Europe, the Americas, the

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of 14 men and women, including Bl. Charles de Foucauld, a French missionary killed in Algeria in 1916. De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a

A Hong Kong cardinal told CNA that changes to Hong Kong’s status in China could threaten the religious freedom of Catholics and other religious believers. The legislature of China on May 28 approved a resolution to impose new “security laws” on

The German journalist discusses Benedict XVI: The Biography By Edward Pentin In writing his definitive and monumental new work on Benedict XVI, biographer Peter Seewald discovered “countless” new elements to the pope emeritus’ life and character, including that his role in the

The Vatican Apostolic Archive will reopen to researchers June 1 after closing for 12 weeks due to Italy’s coronavirus lockdown. The archive was forced to close to scholars the second week of March, just days after the highly anticipated March 2

Walking toward St. Peter’s Square, one sees sign after sign posted on the closed doors of religious gift shops and other local businesses with large red letters stating: “Without help from the government, we cannot reopen.” For the few shops near

The Vatican has ordered the prominent Italian Catholic layman Enzo Bianchi to leave the monastery he founded in 1965. The Holy See made the ruling in a decree dated May 13, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and

A book considering how homosexual couples might receive a formal, liturgical blessing of their union in the Catholic Church was written in response to a request from the liturgical committee of the Austrian bishops’ conference, according to the book’s principal

A Chinese underground bishop who was sentenced to 10 years of forced labor in the 1980s for bringing Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan died this month at the age of 98. Joseph Zhu Baoyu,

A record number of people left the Church in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising last year, a local statistical office said Tuesday. The Munich statistical office told CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, May 26 that 10,744 Catholics formally

COVID-19 has helped highlight the gap between the methods of modern communication available to the Church and their pitiful use in practice. By John Grondelski The episcopal shutdown of public celebration of the Mass in the United States has put focus on

Pope Francis will deliver his Regina Coeli address from the window overlooking St. Peter’s Square this Sunday for the first time since coronavirus restrictions were imposed in March. In a statement Tuesday, the Holy See press office said that on May

Pope Francis will pray the rosary in the Vatican Gardens’ Lourdes grotto on Saturday, as Catholic shrines from around the world join via video streaming. The intention of the worldwide rosary is for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s help and solace during

Pope Francis appointed Saturday Bishop Thomas An-Zu Chung as the next Metropolitan Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan. Chung, who currently serves as bishop of Chiayi, Taiwan, will replace Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, who has retired at the age of 76. The Holy See

Pope Francis Sunday entrusted China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and asked people to pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the most populated country in the world. “Dear Catholic brothers and sisters in China, I wish to

A bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament this week stipulates that birth certificates and other identification documents must state individuals’ sex at birth and cannot be changed based on gender identity. The legislation was proposed by the Fidesz party, led by

ANALYSIS: The recent death of Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto has reignited internal discussion on the way forward. By Edward Pentin ROME — The death last month of the Order of Malta’s grand master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del

The move is the latest in a series of changes that Father Juan Antonio Guerrero, prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy, has made to Vatican finances. By Edward Pentin Some minor progress was made Wednesday along the winding path of Vatican

After the Vatican stopped livestreaming Pope Francis’ daily Masses this week, Catholics from around the world have urged the pope to resume the broadcast. The pope’s Mass livestream ended May 18, the day dioceses throughout Italy were able to resume public

Thirteen years after his death in 2000, Yad Vashem declared Gino Bartali “Righteous Among the Gentiles” for his heroism during World War II. By K.V. Turley May is — was — traditionally the start of pro cycling’s Grand Tours. Not so

Pope Francis Wednesday moved the office of the Vatican’s financial records database under the management of the Secretariat for the Economy -- reversing a decision he made in 2016. According to a rescript May 20, starting June 1 the Data Processing

As dioceses across the United States begin to resume public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are taking additional precautions to stay within guidelines from local health officials. In some instances, bishops have prohibited the distribution of Holy Communion on

May 18 marks the 100thanniversary of St. John Paul II’s birth. For the occasion, former Swiss Guard Mario Enzler finally put down in book form what he has spent years sharing at retreats and conferences: the life-changing lessons he learned

St. John Paul II was a man of prayer who was close to the people and loved justice, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass Monday. Celebrating Mass at the saint’s tomb in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope noted that May

“What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” (Matthew 8:29) By Father John P. Cush In my last article for the Register, I focused on the role of

By Courtney Mares “Thirty-nine years ago today I was on my way into St. Peter’s Square when the pope was shot,” Joan Lewis said over the phone on May 13. It is just one of many vivid memories Lewis has of the

The coronavirus emergency is also causing a food-related crisis, Vatican officials said Saturday, encouraging people to do their small part to help those who are going hungry. “What happens now with the coronavirus crisis is it is increasing food-related problems,” Fr.

The Catholic Church has long condemned Freemasonry, stressing that its principles are irreconcilable with the Catholic faith. By Edward Pentin The document on human fraternity that Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar university, co-signed last year in

Ahead of its eventual reopening to the public, St. Peter’s Basilica is being cleaned and sanitized at the direction of the Vatican’s health and hygiene department. Public Masses will resume throughout Italy from May 18 under strict conditions. After being closed to

John Paul II was a “liberating restorer of the Church” in the turbulent years after the Second Vatican Council, Benedict XVI has said in a letter marking the 100th anniversary of the saint’s birth. In a message to Cardinal Stanis?aw Dziwisz,

Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility, whose nearly 27-year pontificate nevertheless left a lasting impression on the Catholic Church and the world, according to his biographer

The number of people in need of help with basic necessities in Iraq, already in the millions, is expected to rise greatly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Catholic priest working in the country. “The COVID-19 outbreak

In unleashing a global pandemic through negligence at best, malice at worst, the Chinese regime has lost whatever credibility it had even six months ago. By Father Raymond J. de Souza As Chinese diplomats are summoned to chancelleries all over Europe

As details continue to emerge about a raft of financial scandals at the Vatican Secretariat of State, some observers have been left wondering at the apparent lack of urgency or interest in the Holy See’s response. While vague updates have

“Respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behavior or to legal recognition of homosexual unions.” By Regis martin Hilaire Belloc, who died in 1953, was a writer I greatly admired — indeed, whose splendid prose, as

Facebook and Twitter draw scrutiny over blocked content that curbs free speech and calls for government regulation over the platforms. Jonathan Liedl When an Oct. 14 New York Post story featuring potentially damaging claims against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was suppressed by Twitter and Facebook,

The basilica celebrated the 100th anniversary of its consecration last year. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it received an average of 10 million visitors per year. By Hannah Brockhaus PARIS — Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris is expected to be classified as a protected

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday. VATICAN CITY — Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to

What it’s like to pass through the rolling and picturesque Sibillini and Apennine mountain ranges of central Italy where the saint lived. By Edward Pentin ROME — “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart,” St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder

“As a result of original sin, human nature is weakened in its powers, subject to ignorance, suffering and the domination of death, and inclined to sin…” (CCC 418) By Angelo Stagnaro Our species, most beloved of all of God’s creation, was separated

COMMENTARY: The Catholic politician ran for president almost 100 years ago. The way he responded to attacks on his faith offers five lessons for our own engagement in politics — and in arguments about politics. By David Mills It’s usually offered in

Clockwise from top left: Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Scotland, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury and Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, both in England, are aiding their flocks through the pandemic. (photo: Courtesy of dioceses) Three British bishops point the way. By

This is so interesting! 😮 On this week’s episode of The Catholic Talk Show, Ryan Scheel, Fr. Rich Pagano, and Ryan DellaCrosse The post The Lost Books of the Bible: The Little-Known Missing Epistle of St. Paul Mentioned in the

I am starting to prepare spiritually for All Hallows’ Eve. No bags of candy. No costumes. No pumpkins. As every year, it’ll The post “Halloween Will Be Ugly”: The Spiritual War With Demons These Exorcists Encounter on Oct. 31 appeared

This is so cool! 😱 Stalowa Wola, Poland hired artist Piotr Topczyłko to paint a giant mural of Pope St. John Paul The post Massive St. John Paul II Mural Painted on Apt. Building in Poland – Watch Creation in

Have you heard of this Eucharistic miracle? Fr. Mark Goring of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Ca. explained an amazing Eucharistic miracle The post “Properties of a Wound”: The Eucharistic Miracle That Occurred After Bl. Carlo Acutis’ Death appeared first

This is amazing! 🤣 🤣 🤣 Choice42 founder and pro-life advocate Laura Klassen posted an epic response to the pro-abortion Women’s March The post Hilarious Skit Fires Back at Stevie Nicks & Women’s March for Saying Babies Hold Women Back

Have you ever asked St. Jude for prayers? St. Jude, also known as St. Jude Thaddaeus, was one of Christ’s 12 apostles. The post Need a Miracle? Here’s St. Jude’s Powerful Prayer for Desperate & Hopeless Cases appeared first on

An Italian diocese announced the excommunication of a former spiritual director for six alleged Medjugorje visionaries in a recent press release. The The post “Serious Scandal”: Medjugorje “Visionaries'” Former Spiritual Director Excommunicated appeared first on .

This looks like a great movie! 🙌 A feature film about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe hits theaters for one night The post Movie About St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Life Hits Theaters for One-Night-Only Event – Watch the Trailer! appeared

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The college for American seminarians in Rome is quarantining as a campus after several students tested positive for the coronavirus this week. A spokesman for the Pontifical North American College told CNA

Please pray for Nice, France! Three people were killed on Thursday morning around 9 am local time at the Basilica of Notre The post 3 Stabbed, Killed Inside Notre Dame Basilica in France in “Barbaric” Terrorist Attack appeared first on

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:02 pm (CNA).- This story is developing and will be updated: Bells tolled in Catholic parishes across France in memory of the three people killed in a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- U.S. Catholic bishops joined Pope Francis in mourning a deadly attack at a basilica in Nice on Thursday. “We join our prayers with Pope Francis and pray for the Catholic community in Nice,

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday called out the Chinese Communist Party as the world’s most serious threat to religious freedom. In a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 29, Mike Pompeo

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 10:15 am (CNA).-   Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl, forced her to convert to Islam, and then married her.  According to

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 04:15 pm (CNA).- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, civil and ecclesial authorities in the Philippines have agreed to cancel the Black Nazarene celebration in 2021, which gathers millions of churchgoers in Manila each January. Known

Rome Newsroom, Oct 29, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, the president of the Italian bishops’ conference, has tested positive for COVID-19. Bassetti, the archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, is 78 years old. His condition is being closely monitored,

Vatican City, Oct 29, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday. The decision to move back to a livestream-only format was

Segovia, Spain, Oct 30, 2020 / 12:50 am (CNA).- After 10 years without an ordination, the Diocese of Segovia in Spain celebrated the diaconal ordination of Álvaro Marín, a 24-year-old seminarian last Sunday. The new deacon received formation in theology at