Archive for October 22, 2021

St. John Paul II, circa 1992.?w=200&h=150

By Mary Farrow

That time a priest was reprimanded by a saint

When white smoke poured out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on October 16, 1978, Fr. Eamon Kelly, a... Read more

Karol Wojtyla with his parents. Photo courtesy of the Dicoese of Krakow.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

Over one hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult... Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Could St. John Paul II be declared a Doctor of the Church?

The Polish bishops’ conference made a formal request in 2019. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis asks Catholics to be ‘more courageous’ in tackling crisis exposed by COVID-19

‘We cannot resign ourselves and sit back and watch,’ he said. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis thanks God for ‘profound personal bond’ with Orthodox leader

The Orthodox leader is marking the 30th anniversary of his election. Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attend a vigil in London, England, March 24, 2017.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Catholic, Anglican, and Jewish leaders urge UK Parliament to reject assisted suicide bill

They called for ‘high-quality palliative care’ to be made available to all. Read more

Father Thomas Dailey, O.S.F.S.; Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson J. Perez; Msgr. Gerald Mesure, archdiocesan chancellor; and Father Sean Bransfield, vice chancellor, hold the official documents for the canonization cause of Father Bill Atkinson during the closing ceremony on Oct. 19, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Autumn Jones

Father Bill Atkinson canonization cause completes first phase, moves onto Rome

Father Bill Atkinson, an Augustinian priest from Philadelphia who died in 2006, is one step closer in the cause for... Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche at the Vatican press office on Feb. 10, 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Vatican issues decree clarifying responsibilities for translation of Latin liturgical texts

Archbishop Roche said: ‘The great task of translation ... falls to the bishops.’ Read more

The historic Fatebenefratelli Hospital, on Rome’s Tiber Island.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican steps in to help failing Catholic hospital in Rome

The historic Fatebenefratelli Hospital is located on Rome’s Tiber Island. Read more

A baptismal font in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Adults from Afghanistan, Iran, prepare to be baptized as Catholics in Vienna

Some have had ‘very deep religious experiences.’ Read more

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis says he wants to travel to Oceania and Africa

He confirmed that he would visit Greece and Cyprus in December. Read more

Texas state capitol building?w=200&h=150

By Matt Hadro,Katie Yoder

Supreme Court to hear challenges to Texas heartbeat law

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider two legal challenges to Texas’ pro-life heartbeat law, just weeks before it... Read more

Credit: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

English assisted suicide bill not put to vote in House of Lords

After seven hours of debate and notable opposition in the House of Lords on Friday, the sponsor of a bill... Read more

Mike Gutelius (center), head football coach of The Catholic University of America, watches the action on the sidelines.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

College football coach, Ignatian scholar team up for video project

Mike Gutelius, head football coach of The Catholic University of America, and world-renowned Catholic speaker, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V., set... Read more

Rebuilding project in Haiti?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Christians pray, fast for release of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

The ringleader behind the kidnappings of 17 missionaries in Haiti has threatened to kill the hostages unless he received his... Read more

Florida Department of Corrections execution chamber 1.?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Catholics pray after Alabama executes death row inmate

Alabama executed inmate Willie B. Smith III on Thursday evening, Oct. 20, marking the first execution in the state since... Read more

Pope John Paul II circa 1991.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

5 ways Saint Pope John Paul II changed the Catholic Church forever

You probably know that St. Pope John Paul II was the second longest-serving pope in modern history with 27 years... Read more

Supporters for and against legal abortion face off during a protest outside the United States Supreme Court.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Why legal abortion is bad precedent: Roe v. Wade critics make the case to Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court considers whether to overturn its precedents mandating legal abortion nationwide, critics of legal abortion have argued... Read more

Young people hold signs opposing abortion during the March for Life in Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Carl Bunderson

Will Roe be overturned? Here are 6 notable Supreme Court decisions that have been struck down

Interest in instances where the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned its prior decisions is heightened now because of Dobbs v.... Read more