Archive for September 14, 2021

Taliban fighters gather along a street during a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate after the U.S. pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Olivera,Jonah McKeown

PODCAST: An Afghan Christian’s plea: “You are my last hope”

A young Christian, desperate to flee Afghanistan, exchanges frantic messages with two CNA employees, pleading for help as the Taliban... Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Prešov, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Christianity without the Cross is ‘sterile,’ says Pope Francis at Byzantine Divine Liturgy

Around 40,000 people attended the liturgy in Prešov, Slovakia. Read more


By Shannon Mullen,Joe Bukuras

Unvaccinated clergy in Lexington, Kentucky barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick... Read more

Archbishop-elect Iosif Staneuski of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop for Belarus capital

He succeeds Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who retired in January. Read more

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Autumn Jones

CMMB provides medical relief, long-term recovery in Haiti after 7.2 magnitude earthquake

On August 14, Josette lost everything. A single mother, she had gone to the supermarket to sell items to support... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Roma community in the Lunik IX district in Košice, Slovakia, on Sept. 14, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visits impoverished Roma minority in Slovakia

Pope Francis visited a Roma ghetto in Slovakia, where he told the ethnic minority they should never “worry about whether... Read more

Bishop Steven Lopes?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Unity can only come from God, bishop tells prayer breakfast

True unity comes from God and is not something created by man, the bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Maronite Catholic patriarch welcomes Lebanon’s new government

The move paves the way for a potential papal visit. Read more

Nancy Stewart?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

Beloved granny whose Catholic faith went viral on EWTN dies at 107

Granny Nancy lived through two World Wars, survived the pandemic, and was born before her country – the Republic of... Read more

Pope Francis participates in an interreligious meeting at the site of Ur, outside Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 6, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

What a Dominican priest from the Midwest has learned about Catholic-Muslim dialogue since 9/11

Real-life relationships and a “holy curiosity” must be the basis for Catholic-Muslim dialogue, says a Dominican priest whose college discussions... Read more

The Cuban flag.?w=200&h=150

By Diego Lopez Marina

Two months after Cuba protests, religious leaders continue to demand justice for detainees

Two months after protests of Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban Conference of Men and Women Religious has denounced irregularities in... Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Hong Kong.Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai Chee Ying arrives at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court, May 18, 2020.?w=200&h=150

By Matt Hadro

Catholic Hong Kong activist honored at prayer breakfast  

A Hong Kong Catholic democracy advocate was honored in absentia on Tuesday at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington,... Read more

The facade of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation in Mexico City.?w=200&h=150

By David Ramos

Thousands demonstrate outside Mexico's Supreme Court to defend life, reject abortion

More than 2,500 people demonstrated Monday outside the Mexican Supreme Court building in Mexico City to defend life and oppose... Read more


By Christine Rousselle

British doctors’ union drops opposition to assisted suicide

The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the... Read more

The then-remaining section of the World Trade Center surrounded by rubble, Sept. 27, 2001.?w=200&h=150

By Shannon Mullen

America's return to God after 9/11 didn't last long, priest says

Father John A. Perricone recalled how his noon Mass at St. Agnes in Manhattan on 9/11 was packed with people,... Read more


By Jonah McKeown

Judge temporarily blocks New York vaccine mandate, lacking religious exemption, for medical workers

A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed... Read more

Father Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.Kafanchan Diocese?w=200&h=150

By Jude Atemanke

Urgent prayers needed for kidnapped Nigerian priest

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from... Read more