Archive for March 31, 2021


By CNA Staff

How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and all... Read more


By ACI Prensa

Why the date of Holy Week changes every year

Every year the dates of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday vary. Read more


Survey: Two-thirds of Catholics say Biden should be able to receive Communion

Two-thirds of U.S. Catholics say that President Joe Biden, who has contradicted Church teaching on abortion, marriage, and gender ideology,... Read more

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Benedict XVI ‘delighted’ by Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope... Read more

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Pope Francis: In Christ’s Passion, we remember victims of wars, everyday violence, abortions

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Catholic priest and six others killed in attack on church in Nigeria

Gunmen have killed a Catholic priest and at least six others in an attack on a church in Benue State,... Read more


Arkansas legislature passes ban on gender-transitioning for children

Arkansas is set to ban gender-transitioning procedures for children, including the use of cross-sex hormones, surgeries, and puberty-blocking drugs.  Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Iraqi cardinal: Pope Francis gave $350,000 for poor during Iraq trip

A cardinal has revealed that Pope Francis gave a donation of $350,000 to the Chaldean Catholic Church during his recent... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue undergoes major restoration for 90th anniversary

The massive Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is undergoing restoration ahead of its 90th anniversary... Read more

Martyred Italian judge Rosario Livatino (1952-1990). Public domain.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis: Martyred Catholic judge showed mafia’s ‘intrinsic denial of the Gospel’

In the preface to a new book, Pope Francis says that the martyrdom of Italian Catholic judge Rosario Livatino in... Read more


‘Reproductive rights are human rights,’ U.S. Secretary of State says

“Reproductive rights” are “human rights,” the U.S. Secretary of State emphasized on Tuesday upon the release of the State Department’s... Read more

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Priests are still essential, says Archbishop Wenski

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami stressed this week that despite public health distinctions created over the past year, priests are... Read more

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Easter celebrations return to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Christians will celebrate Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre this year after the storied church remained closed last... Read more

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By Andrea Gagliarducci

Is Vatican City’s judicial system in peril?

The U.K. court ruling that overturned an account seizure request by Vatican City prosecutors has raised questions about the reliability... Read more


Online store launched for monastic goods from Spain

To help Spanish monasteries and convents sell their goods amid the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cloister Foundation has... Read more

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Report analyzes religious groups' risks of internet 'de-platforming', calls for action

Religious groups that speak on controversial topics are at risk of being removed from social media platforms and need to... Read more

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Black parishes in Chicago closing disproportionately due to low attendance, official says

Amid a plan to merge and close dozens of parishes, the Archdiocese of Chicago has disproportionately closed parishes that minister... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Several pro-life bills advance in Texas

The Texas Senate passed six pro-life bills on Tuesday, including one banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and... Read more

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Canada job program grants saw spike in rejection rates under abortion litmus test

Rejection rates spiked after a Canadian government job grant program’s 2018 rules required groups to affirm abortion rights, and rejections... Read more