Archive for October 19, 2023


By Walter Sanchez Silva

Nicaragua claims that it freed 12 priests after an agreement with the Vatican

The Ortega regime announced Oct. 18 that the release of the priests took place “after fruitful conversations with the Holy... Read more

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Illinois governor launches national fundraising organization to stump for abortion access

Think Big America is “dedicated to safeguarding reproductive rights and standing up against the right-wing extremists who want to take... Read more

Journalists gather at the courtyard of the Supreme Court of India in New Delhi on Oct. 17, 2023, ahead of India’s top court ruling on same-sex marriages and abortion rights.?w=200&h=150

By Anto Akkara

Church in India celebrates two recent Supreme Court verdicts 

The cases, involving abortion rights and gay marriage, came down within the same 24-hour period. Read more

Father Björn Lundberg, center, with the tour group he led to the Holy Land in front of the Wedding Church at Cana.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

U.S. pilgrims count their blessings, pray for peace after escaping Holy Land

One pilgrimage group from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, made their way back to the U.S. through Jordan after the... Read more

Paolo Ruffini, president of the synod’s communication commission (left); Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas (center); and Cardinal Michael Czerny (right) at a press briefing on Oct. 19, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal: Synod on Synodality poses ‘no danger to the nature of the Church’

Cardinal Michael Czerny made his assessment one day after Synod delegates were presented with a theologian’s sweeping vision for the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

World Jewish Congress leader asks pope to use ‘moral authority’ to help Israeli hostages

In his meeting with the pope, Ronald Lauder urged the pontiff “to use your power, to use your strength, to... Read more

Three nuns, a seminarian, and the driver of the vehicle they were in were abducted in Nigeria’s Imo State on Oct. 5, 2023. The nuns’ order, the Missionary Daughters of Mater Ecclesiae, appealed for their safe release in an Oct. 6 statement. The group was released Oct. 13-14, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jude Atemanke

Religious congregation grateful after release of abducted nuns, seminarian in Nigeria

Three Catholic nuns, a seminarian, and their driver were abducted from Nigeria’s Abakaliki Diocese on Oct. 5 and released Oct.... Read more


By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Catholics around the world join in prayer for peace in the Holy Land

Many Catholics worldwide participated in an international day of prayer and fasting Oct. 17, called for by the Church in... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.?w=200&h=150

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Event in Spain headlined by Archbishop Gänswein abruptly canceled

The Fundación Universitaria Española surprisingly canceled an event announced weeks ago that was going to feature Benedict XVI’s personal secretary. Read more

Health care professionals at the Colorado-based, pro-life Bella Health and Wellness healthcare clinic?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic nurses sue Colorado to continue abortion-reversal ministry

The nurses argue that a new Colorado law banning abortion pill reversal impedes the First Amendment rights of their clients... Read more

Father José Filiberto Velázquez Florencio, a priest of the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero, reported that gunmen shot at the car he was in around midnight Oct. 18, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

Priest in Mexico escapes unharmed after gunmen shoot at him due to his human rights work

Father José Filiberto Velázquez Florencio, a priest of the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, reported that he was attacked around midnight Oct.... Read more

Thousands of mostly Jewish protestors from the progressive groups Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow participated in a protest inside and outside the Cannon House Office Building, which is attached to the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 18, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Hundreds reportedly arrested during pro-Palestine protest in U.S. Capitol office building

Demonstrators with Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow protested at the Cannon House Office Building calling for a cease-fire in... Read more