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Pornography producer sentenced to 20 years for sex trafficking

One of the pornographers in the production company GirlsDoPorn was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for sex trafficking.

Father Eric Seitz says Mass, with his father, Deacon Ben Seitz, assisting as deacon. Courtesy photo.

Fargo dad follows his son, a priest, to Holy Orders as a deacon

Eric Seitz was ordained to the priesthood August 8, 2020 for the Diocese of Fargo. Two months later, his father Ben was ordained to the diaconate. 

Bishop Philippe Jourdan, Apostolic Administrator of Estonia. Credit: Rene Riisalu via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Meet the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia

Bishop Philippe Jourdan leads the Catholic Church in Estonia, which is considered the least religious country in Europe. Nestled between Russia and Latvia, the small country boasts a population of just over 1 million. Of that, an estimated 6,000 citizens – roughly 0.6% of the population – identify as Catholic.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus recovery must have true vision for humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and neighbor, Pope Francis has said in a message to world leaders gathered in Bratislava. 

President Biden reveals his rosary beads during a March 1, 2021 virtual meeting with Mexico’s President López Obrador

Bishops must address Biden's policies that contradict Church teaching, theologians say

President Joe Biden has advanced policies contrary to Church teaching on life, marriage, and sexuality – and bishops have a duty to address this contradiction, theologians said this week.

Mother and daughter at an April 21, 2013 candlelight vigil for those injured and killed at the Boston Marathon bombings

Biden administration seeks death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber 

The Justice Department recently asked the Supreme Court to reinstate a death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Pro-life demonstrator in Argentina | Photo: @connox.ph - Unidad Provida

Journalists funded by Planned Parenthood create 'black list' of Argentine pro-lifers

On Sunday a group of journalists from Argentina, financed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, published a "black list” with people, political parties, and organizations that are for the most part pro-life.

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

Cardinal Cupich: A world without nuclear weapons is ‘not some utopian dream’ 

Ahead of important international meetings this week, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago urged President Joe Biden and other world leaders to work for “a world without nuclear weapons” as a “moral necessity.” 

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Crotty unveils the new sign of Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

Burkina Faso names street in honor of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou will be known as Pope Benedict XVI Street.

Record number of abortions recorded in England and Wales in 2020

The statistics showed that 3,083 abortions took place on grounds of disability.

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 attend Mass regularly, the vast majority say that Catholic politicians who take policy positions contrary to Church teaching create confusion among the faithful. 

Cardinal Péter Erdő at a press conference for the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, June 14, 2021.

International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest unveils official hymn

The song is a “refreshed version” of a hymn from 1938, when Hungary last hosted the congress.

Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016.

Update: Meeting between Pope Francis and President Biden did not happen

According to Vatican sources June 15, there is no meeting currently scheduled between Pope Francis and President Joe Biden.

CNA launches daily news podcast made for smart speakers

Catholic News Agency has launched a new audio news update, designed specifically for smart speakers. 

Memorial in tribute to 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops residential school.

First Nation leaders ask Canadian Catholics to skip Mass to protest abuses of Indigenous

First Nation leaders are encouraging Canadian Catholics to skip Mass in response to historic abuses at Catholic-run schools for Indigenous children.

Shrine of St. Anthony, Radecznica, Poland

The story of St. Anthony of Padua’s only approved apparition

Catholics may know St. Anthony of Padua as a Franciscan friar, a Doctor of the Church, and the patron saint of lost items - but only one person has ever seen St. Anthony in an apparition. 

Debris inside Notre-Dame de Paris, April 16, 2019, a day after a fire that devastated the building in the centre of the French capital.

Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral launches appeal for interior restoration

The cathedral is scheduled to reopen for worship in April 2024.

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), speaks at a ‘Synodal Way’ press conference.

The German Synodal Way: A CNA explainer 

The “Synodal Way” – in German: Synodaler Weg – is a controversial discussion process underway in Germany with the declared aim of addressing the Church’s clerical sexual abuse crisis by debating and passing resolutions