Archive for May 19, 2021

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Praying is not easy’

The pope suggested ways to overcome common obstacles to prayer. Read more

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Catholic priest among 11 people kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna archdiocese

Gunmen in northern Nigeria killed eight people and kidnapped 11 others. Read more

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Parolin: Vatican wants to ‘do everything possible’ to end Israel-Gaza conflict

The Vatican Secretary of State stressed the importance of direct negotiations. Read more

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Budapest International Eucharistic Congress to open with 1,000-strong choir, First Communions

The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Hungary on Sept. 5-12. Read more

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Judge sets bail of $1.6 million for Italian broker Gianluigi Torzi

The businessman helped to broker the Vatican’s controversial purchase of a London investment property Read more

Elias Elsayah at Chris and Sam's Barber Shop in Norwood, Massachusetts?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

From sin to scissors: the barber shop evangelist

Six days a week on busy Washington Street in Norwood, Massachusetts, barber Elias Elsayah can be found clipping hair and... Read more

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Texas governor signs ‘heartbeat’ bill into law

The governor of Texas on Wednesday signed a ban on most abortions conducted after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Read more

Francisco José Contreras, a member of Spain's Congress of Deputies for Seville. Credit:

By David Ramos

Twitter briefly suspends Spanish politician for saying 'a man cannot get pregnant'

Twitter briefly suspended last week Francisco José Contreras, a member of Spain’s Congress of Deputies from the far right Vox... Read more

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Catholic University professor's suicide prevention treatment deemed ‘well supported’ 

The Catholic University of America announced this week that an intervention for suicide developed by one of its psychology professors... Read more

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By Kevin J. Jones

Mindfulness and meditation 'AmaZen' employee program not religious, Amazon says

Corporate giant Amazon will offer an “AmaZen” component to employees to encourage “mindfulness practices” as part of its revamped employee... Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

New lawsuit alleges child sex abuse by former Newark archbishop 

A new lawsuit alleges that the late archbishop of Newark groomed and molested a five year-old girl during his tenure... Read more

Bishop James Wall of Gallup greets parishioners following Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Gallup.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Bishop Wall on politicians and Communion: 'Our concern is not political but pastoral'

Bishop James Wall of Gallup responded Tuesday to a recent essay from Bishop Robert McElroy, in which the Bishop of... Read more


By Christine Rousselle

Catholics make last-minute appeal of execution in Texas

Catholics are asking the governor of Texas to halt an execution scheduled for Wednesday evening.  Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.?w=200&h=150

Chattanooga pro-lifers celebrate 28 years without an abortion clinic

The pro-life community in Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 28th anniversary this week of not having an abortion clinic in the... Read more