Archive for December 8, 2021


By Kate Olivera

Did you know the Immaculate Conception is patroness of the United States?

Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, has been patroness of the United States since the mid-19th century. But... Read more


By Joe Bukuras

Knights of Columbus release St Joseph documentary online

Inspired by Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of St. Joseph, the Knights of Columbus released a documentary on the... Read more

An Italian firefighter places a wreath of flowers on the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, Dec. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis makes early morning visit to Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

The pope made the private visit to the statue shortly after 6 a.m. Read more

A St. Thomas Christian cross at the installation of Mar Joseph Srampickal at Preston North End stadium, England, on Oct. 9, 2016.?w=200&h=150

By Luke Coppen

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church leaders want a uniform liturgy. Why are they facing resistance?

Pope Francis has intervened in the decades-long dispute. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays. Read more

The flag of Switzerland.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Switzerland’s Catholic Church approves independent abuse study

The project will begin in March 2022. Read more

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in eastern Poland.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

University to host center for study of Polish Catholics and Jews who saved lives under Nazism and communism

The center will be based at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at night in Washington, DC.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

5 facts to know about the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States.... Read more

Security personnel reported damage to the Our Lady of Fatima statue located outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

Man attacks DC basilica's Our Lady of Fatima statue by cutting off hands, hammering face

Security-camera footage shows a man attacking a statue of Our Lady of Fatima by cutting off her hands and hammering... Read more

The 12-pointed star of the Sagrada Família Basilica’s Tower of the Virgin Mary is lit up for the first time.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis: Sagrada Familia’s new star shines for Barcelona’s poor, ill, elderly, and young people

The 12-pointed illuminated star sits atop basilica’s soaring Tower of the Virgin Mary. Read more

University of Notre Dame?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Notre Dame mandates COVID booster shots for all students

The University of Notre Dame will require all its students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster in order to attend... Read more

A Ventura County Fire Department Firehawk on the helispot recently installed on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College, outside Santa Paula, Calif.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Thomas Aquinas College builds helipad to assist in fighting wildfires

Four years after a massive wildfire threatened the school, a Catholic college in southern California has installed a helipad on... Read more


By Christine Rousselle,Katie Yoder

Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson... Read more


By Joe Bukuras

NY archdiocese waiting to respond to city's private school worker vaccine mandate

The Archdiocese of New York is awaiting formal notification of the city’s mandate that private school teachers be vaccinated against... Read more


By Kate Olivera

Pope Francis to young addicts: Do not be afraid of your suffering

Pope Francis has encouraged young people suffering from addiction to take an honest look at their suffering, and courageously to... Read more