Archive for December 22, 2022

Fr. Frank Pavone.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

What does it mean to be laicized, defrocked, or dismissed from the clerical state?

Father Frank Pavone was laicized Nov. 9 for “blasphemous communications on social media” and “persistent disobedience of lawful instructions of... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to the Roman Curia at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2022?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis to Roman Curia: Be vigilant against ‘the evil that quietly lurks among us’

Pope Francis warned the Roman Curia on Thursday that they need to be vigilant in the face of temptation by... Read more


By Kevin J. Jones

A double Christmas for Ukrainian Christians? Orthodox Church opens a door

Traditionally, Christmas in predominantly Orthodox Ukraine comes on Jan. 7. But some of Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians can now add Dec.... Read more


By Kelsey Wicks

This charity aims to provide ‘room at the inn’ for vulnerable Afghans forced to flee Taliban control

The humanitarian organization Vulnerable People Project is working to secure shelter, food, heat, and security for a group of 200... Read more

Picture of the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida taken on the day of the patron saint of Brazil, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Oct. 12, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Fire breaks out at Our Lady of Aparecida Shrine in Brazil

According to the Marian shrine, the fire started because a candle had been placed on a pew. Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Rupnik ‘egocentric and violent,’ a sister from his former community alleges

The sister told CNA she did not know anything about sexual abuse or allegations of abuse, but that her experience... Read more

Participants prepare food for “10,000 Christmases in one,” a joint initiative between the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor on Dec. 25. The 2022 event, which is being held for the fourth consecutive year, will bring food from 40 parishes and a shelter to those most in need in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Catholic Church, Jewish community to bring 40,000 Christmas dinners to Mexicans in need

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has joined the Jewish community to provide 40,000 Christmas dinners for the poor this Dec. 25... Read more

Migrants, including Blaidimar, 8, from Venezuela, warm themselves by a fire outside the U.S.-Mexico border fence while waiting to make asylum claims in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 21, 2022, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic groups gear up to shelter record number of migrants amid Texas freeze

With temperatures expected in the teens and wind chills around zero in parts of the state, Catholic groups in Texas... Read more

Eighty-three-year-old Sister Bernadette Moriau of France speaks about her miraculous cure following her visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dec. 18, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

Meet Sister Bernadette, the most recently-cured person at Lourdes

The religious sister, suffering from a nerve disorder affecting her lower spine, was persuaded by her doctor to take a... Read more

Bishop Yakubu Kundi of the Diocese of Kafanchan, Nigeria.?w=200&h=150

By Douglas Burton

Nigeria bishop: Pre-Christmas massacre part of ‘a deliberate plan to unleash evil’ against Christians

Witnesses say armed Fulani herdsmen attacked several Christian villages on Dec. 18, leaving as many as 46 people dead and... Read more