Archive for December 13, 2021


By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis prays for strength for victims, relief workers after Kentucky tornado

Kentucky is still trying to get an accurate death toll as relief workers continue to search wreckage for missing people. Read more

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

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican liturgy office issues guidelines for catechist ministry

Pope Francis created the instituted lay ministry of catechist in May. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Synod of Bishops restores resource page link to New Ways Ministry, issues apology

The restoration of the link reversed a previous decision to remove the LGBT outreach group from the webpage. Read more

A stained glass window depicting Blessed Marie Rivier in the motherhouse of Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in France.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis approves miracle attributed to a French nun who will be made a saint

The miracle attributed to Rivier, who can now be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church, involved the healing... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

He said what?? Bishop sparks backlash over Santa Claus comments

An Italian bishop is on parents' naughty list for telling children that Santa Claus isn't real. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Seraphic Institute of Assisi on Dec. 13, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: The value of a person is not determined by ability

In a meeting with disabled children and their caregivers at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that if disability or illness... Read more

Jimmy Lai Chee Ying arrving at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court, Hong Kong, Oct. 15, 2020.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic pro-democracy figure Jimmy Lai gets jail time for involvement in Hong Kong Tiananmen Square vigil

Jimmy Lai, a Catholic and prominent figure in the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, has been sentenced to a... Read more

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.?w=200&h=150

By David Ramos

Nearly 2 million pilgrims visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City

Almost 2 million pilgrims visited the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City between Dec. 1 and her... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles venerates an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Catheral of Our Lady of the Angels, Dec. 12, 2017.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Olivera

Archbishop Gomez: We must build Our Lady of Guadalupe's temple with our lives

When Our Lady of Guadalupe told St. Juan Diego that she desired a church to be built in the  Americas,... Read more

Church-goers in the archdioceses of New York and Boston will be required to wear masks during the holiday season.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

New York, Boston archdioceses: Mask up at holiday Masses

Citing a spike in COVID-19 cases and a “likely increase” in cases during the holiday season, the Archdiocese of Boston... Read more

St. John Paul II, founder of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, circa 1992.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Two Jesuit priests win 2021 Centesimus Annus prize for Catholic social teaching

Two Jesuit priests have been named the winners of the 2021 edition of the Centesimus Annus Foundation’s prize for writing... Read more

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona.?w=200&h=150

By David Ramos

Diocese announces sanctions on Spanish bishop who attempted marriage

The apostolic administrator of Solsona announced Saturday that the diocese’s former bishop, Xavier Novell i Gomà, had incurred suspension when... Read more

A Marian statue stands before Resurrection Catholic Church in Dawson Springs, Ky., after the church was heavily damaged by a tornado Nov. 11, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite Kentucky tornadoes, Virgin Mary statue still stands—and Catholics offer help

The deadly storms that hit nine states in the Midwest and the South produced an image of a statue of... Read more