Archive for May 5, 2021


By Alejandro Bermudez

Why Catholics are reluctant to share their faith... and what to do about it

Web of Faith: A Curious Catholic's Answers to Theological Questions brilliantly brings together the two things rank-and-file Catholics are craving:... Read more

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare of Rumbek recovers at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

‘I offer the pain I’m going through’: Shot Catholic bishop-elect prays for purification of S Sudan diocese

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare says he is imploring God for an end to “violence, division, [and] selfish desires.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: The contemplative dimension of being human gives life flavor

The pope has encouraged Catholics to engage in “loving contemplation,” a practice that “does not need many words.” Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis to issue apostolic letter on ministry of catechist

The apostolic letter, Antiquum ministerium, will be presented at a press conference on May 11. Read more

John Czarnetzky?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Ave Maria law school announces new dean

The Ave Maria School of Law announced its new dean on Tuesday, who will take over the position on June... Read more


By Kate Scanlon

Catholic bishops oppose Texas gun bill that ‘advances a culture of violence’

Catholic bishops in Texas have voiced opposition to a bill allowing certain adults to carry handguns without permits, which they... Read more


By Jonah McKeown

Illinois bishops urge support for school choice measure, while Nebraska bill fails

Illinois bishops are urging Catholics in the state to support a scholarship program funded by donations with tax credit incentives... Read more

Dome of St. Peter's basilica, Vatican City.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis confirms ex-management consultant as Vatican’s auditor general

Alessandro Cassinis Righini had served as acting auditor general since June 2017. Read more

Historic court house and post office in Charleston, South Carolina?w=200&h=150

Charleston diocese, Black colleges seek federal injunction to get COVID-19 relief

A 19th-century constitutional amendment in South Carolina is wrongly blocking coronavirus relief money for Catholic schools, an attorney for the... Read more

Gino Bartali (1914-2000) competing in the 1938 Tour de France.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholic cycling champion who saved Jews during World War II honored in Assisi

Gino Bartali helped to save more than 800 Jews from Nazi persecution. Read more

The San Galgano reliquary, stolen in 1989.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Stolen 14th-century reliquary found in police raid of art collector’s home in Sicily

Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, hailed the rediscovery of the reliquary as “a nearly unprecedented find.” Read more


By Matt Hadro

'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels

The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday... Read more


By Agnes Aineah

'Mosques are springing up everywhere', Congolese bishop says amid fear of Islamization

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been engulfed in a cloud of fear owing to the increasing attacks that... Read more

June 25, 2020: Health workers arrive at a check-up camp in Malad?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

‘We are alarmed’: Catholic aid groups respond to India’s COVID crisis

Catholic aid groups are mobilizing relief efforts in India, as the country is gripped by a worsening outbreak of the... Read more

Construction crews attend to the collapsed cars of the elevated metro line in Mexico City, May 4, 2021. Credit: Nick_John_07/Shutterstock.?w=200&h=150

By David Ramos

Priest gave general absolution to Mexico City metro victims

Fr. Juan Ortiz has said he managed to reach the scene of the accident on a metro overpass in Mexico... Read more

St. Joseph and the Christ Child, by Guido Reni?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Upcoming Courage conference to focus on St. Joseph

The Catholic apostolate Courage International will be focusing its upcoming annual conference on St. Joseph, under the theme “St. Joseph:... Read more

Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal, Canada. Credit: Travis Wise via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)?w=200&h=150

By Autumn Jones

Montreal archbishop appoints ombudsman to oversee abuse complaints

The Archdiocese of Montreal announced Wednesday the appointment of an independent ombudsman, Marie Christine Kirouac, to receive all complaints of... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles visits the scene of the fire at San Gabriel mission, July 11, 2020?w=200&h=150

Man charged with arson in connection with Mission San Gabriel fire

A California man was charged with arson Tuesday in connection with a fire that ravaged a historic mission church in... Read more


By CNA Staff

In Iowa, progress for pro-life constitutional amendment

Iowa lawmakers have laid the groundwork for a proposed state constitutional amendment to prevent recognition of abortion as a legal... Read more

Pope Francis prays the rosary before an icon of Our Lady of Help in St. Peter's Basilica May 1, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Reform may be coming to the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica

That members of the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica were prevented from participating in Pope Francis' rosary for the end... Read more

Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Cordileone after stabbing of Asian women: "we must stop hating one another"

Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, called local Catholics to "engage in prayer, adoration and fasting for an... Read more