Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Witnesses testify to torture by Nicaraguan dictatorship at hearing on imprisoned Catholic bishop 

Dec 1, 2023

Among the witnesses testifying at the hearing titled “An Urgent Appeal to Let Bishop Álvarez Go” were several Nicaraguan exiles. 

Marijuana leaves.

Denver archbishop: Why I wrote a pastoral letter on marijuana

Dec 1, 2023

In a Nov. 28  interview, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explained what motivated him to write a pastoral letter on the dangers of recreational marijuana use.

President Ronald Reagan and his Supreme Court justice nominee Sandra Day O'Connor on July 15, 1981.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a swing vote on abortion, dies   

Dec 1, 2023

President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court in July 1981, fulfilling a campaign promise to name the first woman to the nation’s highest court. 

Pope Francis meets with Father Federico Lombardi, president of the Ratzinger Foundation and Vatican spokesman during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate (left), and the 2023 Ratzinger Prize recipients Father Pablo Blanco Sarto (center) and Professor Francesc Torralba (right) at the Vatican on Nov. 30, 2023.

2023 Ratzinger Prize reflects on theological legacy of late Pope Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2023

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation awarded its annual Ratzinger Prize this week to two Spaniards.

Shane MacGowan on June 16, 2016, in London, England

Hard-living Irish musician Shane MacGowan received last rites before he died, family says 

Dec 1, 2023

MacGowan was raised a Catholic and often used Catholic imagery in his songs, though he did not practice the faith for most of his adult life. 

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U.S. bishops urge public to petition Biden administration over rule denying funds to pregnancy centers

Dec 1, 2023

The U.S. bishops are urging the public to petition the Biden administration to revise a rule that the bishops say would “unfairly cut off” money from pregnancy centers.


America’s Catholics weigh in on Pope Francis’ climate change priorities

Dec 1, 2023

The pope’s foray into climate science variously draws both praise and consternation from Catholics in the U.S.

Indi Gregory.

Indi Gregory remembered as ‘true warrior’ at funeral

Dec 1, 2023

The funeral for the 8-month-old baby who lost her life after an end-of-life legal battle was held at Nottingham Cathedral on Friday, Dec. 1.

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Pope Francis sends condolences to family of Indi Gregory at British baby’s funeral

Dec 1, 2023

The pope “sends condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to her parents, Dean and Claire, and to all who mourn the loss of this precious child of God.”

In unique governors’ debate, DeSantis and Newsom bicker, trade criticism

Dec 1, 2023

The event, billed as “The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate,” was broadcast on Fox News and moderated by network host Sean Hannity.

Cardinal Parolin will represent Pope Francis at climate conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December

Dec 1, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities.

Constant thefts in churches plague Mexican archdiocese

Nov 30, 2023

The Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí expressed its concern about the constant wave of thefts that is plaguing churches in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí.

Opus Dei priest dies from heart attack while preaching at retreat

Nov 30, 2023

Father Fadi Sarraf, a recently ordained priest of Opus Dei, reportedly died of a heart attack while preaching at a facility near Montreal, Canada.

NET Ministries launches outreach to U.S. Hispanic youth

Nov 30, 2023

According to a Pew Research study, 60% of Catholics under the age of 18 in the United States are Hispanic.

New York diocese offers $200 million to abuse victims in largest-ever settlement offer

Nov 30, 2023

The plan includes an immediate cash payout of a minimum of $100,000 to claimants with a lawsuit and a $50,000 minimum to those without a qualifying lawsuit.

German bishop says divisions within local Church are a ‘disaster for the faithful’

Nov 30, 2023

Bishop Stefan Oster did not shy away from identifying profound theological disagreements as the source of division within the Church in Germany.

Deaths by suicide reach ‘highest number ever recorded’; ideation likely higher, expert says

Nov 30, 2023

Suicide rates have been steadily increasing for about 50 years, one expert says, which is likely due to a combination of reasons.

‘I am prepared to die a martyr’: Freed Nigerian monk recounts kidnapping, murder of brother monk

Nov 30, 2023

Brother Peter Olarewaju recounts the horrific kidnapping and torture he and other monks suffered, including the murder of a brother monk.

Pope to Orthodox patriarch: ‘Bonds of faith, hope and charity’ unite two churches

Nov 30, 2023

On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.