Latest

Mother Teresa.

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and visions of Jesus before forming the Missionaries of Charity.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer.

Pope Francis: To seek status over service is a spiritual illness

Do good from a spirit of service, not from a desire for personal glory, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Photograph of a bronze statue of Saint Father Junipero Serra in the Gardens of the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, California

Los Angeles renames Father Junipero Serra Park, despite Catholic praise for sainted missionary

While Catholic leaders have made strong defenses of St. Junipero Serra after a wave of vandalism and crime targeted Catholic statues and churches last year, political leaders in California continue to remove markers of the missionary whom Pope Francis canonized as the first Hispanic American saint. 

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke at the March for Life in Rome, Italy, May 10, 2015.

Cardinal Burke says he is recovering from COVID, urges Catholics to pray the rosary

Cardinal Raymond Burke on Friday said that he is continuing to recover from a bout of COVID-19 and can offer daily Mass now, in a statement posted on his Facebook account.

An image of the Sacred Heart in the Church of the Jesu, in Rome.

Everything you need to know about the devotion to the Sacred Heart

June 19, is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But what does that mean? 

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 16, 2021

Pope Francis: Catholic social teaching has useful principles for popular movements to follow

Pope Francis spoke over video call to participants in the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.

The Texas capitol.

Texas abortion law survives injunction effort; Supreme Court challenge next

A federal appeals court has allowed a heartbeat-based Texas ban on abortion to remain in effect, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to reinstate an injunction. Biden administration officials have pledged to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction.

Baltimore, Maryland

Federal judge rules Baltimore cannot block Church Militant rally 

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Baltimore city officials cannot block the parent company of the website Church Militant from holding a rally during a meeting of the U.S. bishops in November. 

Will the Supreme Court end Roe v. Wade?

Lynn Fitch, the Mississippi Attorney General.

Supreme Court must return abortion debate to voters and legislatures, says Mississippi brief

The Supreme Court’s precedents on legal abortion are so tangled and misguided that abortion law should be returned to the people and their representatives in the legislatures, backers of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks have said.

Pro-life feminists participate at the Women's March in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21, 2017.

Why women didn’t need Roe to get ahead: An interview with the head of Secular Pro-Life

This December, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Many legal experts say it presents the most momentous test yet of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. At issue is the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 2018 law banning most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

The sixth national Walk for Life in Zagreb, Croatia, May 29, 2021.

How does U.S. abortion law compare to those in European countries?

The United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and its abortion policy is generally more permissive than most European nations, a fact that Mississippi cites in its legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion ruling that legalized abortion on-demand nationwide.

Elizabeth Kirk, research associate and lecturer at CUA's Columbus School of Law.

Profiles of pro-life women: A Q&A with Elizabeth Kirk

This December, the US Supreme Court is set to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that many experts say presents the most momentous test yet of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. At issue is the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 2018 law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

More news

The Texas capitol.

Texas abortion law survives injunction effort; Supreme Court challenge next

A federal appeals court has allowed a heartbeat-based Texas ban on abortion to remain in effect, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice’s efforts to reinstate an injunction. Biden administration officials have pledged to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate an injunction.

Baltimore, Maryland

Federal judge rules Baltimore cannot block Church Militant rally 

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Baltimore city officials cannot block the parent company of the website Church Militant from holding a rally during a meeting of the U.S. bishops in November. 

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona.

Spanish bishop who resigned from office will attempt marriage

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, who resigned as Bishop of Solsona in August, has applied for a civil marriage license with his partner, who is herself a divorcee.

The Martyrs of Zenta.

Argentine bishops welcome Vatican recognition of priests' 1683 martyrdom

Bishops in Argentina have welcomed the promulgation of a decree by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints that regards the martyrdom of Pedro Ortiz de Zárate and Juan Antonio Solinas, priests who were killed Oct. 27, 1683.

Sister Monica Chikwe, vice president, Slaves No More

Meet the Catholic nuns leading the fight against human trafficking

When a 26-year-old Nigerian girl was first forced out on the streets of Italy by her traffickers, she was told: “You have to start smiling.”

St. Joseph with the Infant Jesus, by Guido Reni

Knights of Columbus release new documentary on St. Joseph

The Knights of Columbus have released a new documentary on St. Joseph, inspired by Pope Francis’s declaration of the Year of St. Joseph.

On Nov. 17, 2019, Pope Francis shared a free lunch with nearly 1,500 poor people invited to dine at the Vatican for the 3rd annual World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis to meet 500 poor in Assisi on Nov. 12

The encounter will mark the Catholic Church’s 5th annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor.

null

'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

What is the seal of confession? A Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

To learn more about the secrecy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we spoke to Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the head of the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary.

Cardinals and bishops in the Vatican’s Synod Hall, Oct. 14, 2015.

As Catholic dioceses across the world embark on the synodal path, experts offer advice

Supporters bill it as one of the most important Catholic events since Vatican II.

Pro life protesters outsider the Belfast High court, as Northern Ireland abortion laws were being challenged. Belfast, UK. Oct. 3, 2019

Northern Ireland considering abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ law

A proposal to require so-called “buffer zones” around abortion clinics - an area where protests would not be allowed - is reportedly drawing support in Northern Ireland’s parliament. If passed, the law, which has progressed past the first legislative stage, would be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. 

null

US dioceses prepare to open synod process this month

Dioceses across the United States are preparing for the consultation process for the Synod on Synodality, a two-year, worldwide undertaking during which Catholics will be encouraged to submit feedback to their local diocese.