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Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., pictured at the Vatican on Oct. 10, 2018.

EU Catholic bishops lament ‘anti-religious bias’ in guide discouraging word ‘Christmas’

Dec 1, 2021

Cardinal Hollerich said that Christmas was part ‘of European reality.’

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Chile legislature defeats bill that would have permitted elective abortion

Nov 30, 2021

The lower house of Chile’s legislature defeated Tuesday a bill that would have legalized elective abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Bishop Robert Deeley leads a committal of unclaimed cremated remains at the Old Cemetery at Calvary in South Portland, Maine, Nov. 22, 2021.

Bishop Deeley presides at outdoor prayer service for unclaimed remains in South Portland

Nov 30, 2021

In view of the tombstones and damp terrain of the large and rolling Old Cemetery at Calvary, a small crowd stood reverently as Bishop Robert Deeley prayed over the unclaimed and cremated remains of ten people.

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for catechists

Nov 30, 2021

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis to Orthodox leader: May God prepare us to receive gift of full unity

Nov 30, 2021

The pope sent the message on the feast of St. Andrew.

Pro-life and pro-abortion advocates outside of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, March 2, 2016.

7 things to know about the Dobbs abortion case now before the Supreme Court

Nov 30, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a historic case on Dec. 1 that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Here’s what you need to know.

Red paint is splashed on the cathedral of Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Members of Mujeres Creando.

Bolivian archdiocese condemns feminist violence against those protecting churches 

Nov 29, 2021

The Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra has condemned the violence perpetrated outside its cathedral by feminist demonstrators Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Will the Supreme Court end Roe v. Wade?

Pro-life and pro-abortion advocates outside of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, March 2, 2016.

7 things to know about the Dobbs abortion case now before the Supreme Court

Nov 30, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a historic case on Dec. 1 that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Here’s what you need to know.

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

What makes Dobbs the best, and possibly last, chance to overturn Roe? 

Nov 28, 2021

Legal experts say the Dobbs case presents an ideal opportunity for the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider previous rulings that upheld legal abortion nationwide.

Adult and young people hold signs protesting abortion.

Faith leaders unite to ‘Pray for Dobbs,’ the case that could overturn Roe

Nov 22, 2021

Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians recently united for a day of prayer in anticipation for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case concerning abortion. 

People praying at an abortion clinic.

A Roe v. Wade reading list: Must-read books to understand the landmark abortion ruling

Nov 22, 2021

With oral arguments for the greatest challenge to Roe v. Wade in a half century set for Dec. 1, readers may be intrigued to know more about the landmark case. These books can help understand where Roe went wrong and how to get it right.

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Pro-life and pro-abortion advocates outside of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, March 2, 2016.

7 things to know about the Dobbs abortion case now before the Supreme Court

Nov 30, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a historic case on Dec. 1 that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Here’s what you need to know.

Red paint is splashed on the cathedral of Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Members of Mujeres Creando.

Bolivian archdiocese condemns feminist violence against those protecting churches 

Nov 29, 2021

The Archdiocese of Santa Cruz de la Sierra has condemned the violence perpetrated outside its cathedral by feminist demonstrators Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Clerical sexual abuse survivor Phil Saviano at the premiere of "Spotlight" in 2015.

Phil Saviano, survivor of clerical abuse featured in 'Spotlight,' dies at 69

Nov 29, 2021

Phil Saviano, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse whose story was featured in the 2015 film “Spotlight” died on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the age of 69. 

Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019.

Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

Nov 29, 2021

Critics say the proposals would turn the site into ‘a kind of theme park.’

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Catholic priests survey finds lower morale, 'conservative shift' among U.S. clergy

Nov 29, 2021

A new survey released this month suggests a more “pessimistic” view of the Catholic Church among U.S. priests today as compared to 2002, as well as an increasing perception of “more theologically conservative or orthodox” young priests as compared to their older counterparts. 

Pope Francis greets a migrant at a welcoming hub near Cesena, Italy on Oct. 1, 2017.

Report: Pope Francis could bring 50 migrants from Cyprus to Italy

Nov 29, 2021

The pope will arrive in Cyprus on Dec. 2.

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The meanings and traditions of Advent

Nov 29, 2021

Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, and welcome his presence into our lives. 

Fr. Giovanni Scalese, head of the Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan, celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in 2019.

The leader of Afghanistan’s Catholic community longs to return to the country

Nov 29, 2021

‘I would not have left the country while even a single sheep was left of my little flock.’

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, pictured on May 21, 2015.

Catholic bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by Jersey vote for assisted suicide ‘in principle’

Nov 29, 2021

He said the vote showed ‘a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.’

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels public act of veneration again due to pandemic

Nov 29, 2021

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer.

Pope Francis: Life’s essential ingredient is prayer

Nov 28, 2021

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis reminded Christians that an essential ingredient for living an alert and joyful life is prayer.

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Bishops of Puerto Rico express their solidarity with Cuban bishops’ 'desire for freedom'

Nov 28, 2021

The Puerto Rican Bishops’ Conference expressed its solidarity with the desire of the Cuban bishops “to be heard, for peace, freedom, sincere dialogue and freedom of speech to address the major problems” confronting the island nation.