Archive for October 4, 2023

Cardinal Joseph Zen preaches a sermon during a Mass at the Holy Cross Church on May 24, 2022, in Hong Kong, China.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

Cardinal Zen expresses concerns about Synod on Synodality in leaked letter to bishops

Just days before the Synod on Synodality kicked off its first round of meetings at the Vatican, a letter from... Read more

Antonia Salzano, Carlo Acutis' mother, and Bishop David O'Connell speak to schoolchildren at the blessing of the Carlo Acutis shrine at St. Dominic Parish in Brick, New Jersey. Oct 1, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Sharon Delaney

Carlo Acutis’ mother places his first-class relic in new diocesan shrine in New Jersey

Blessed Carlo Acutis is on his way to becoming the first millennial saint of the Catholic Church, and his mother... Read more

A young alpha male wolf (Canis lupus), looks for food in the Finnish taiga in Hukkajarvi area, Eastern Finland near Russian border, on July 5, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown,Kate Olivera

Did St. Francis really tame a savage wolf? A look at the legend

A historic church sits on the spot where, as the story goes, St. Francis of Assisi made a pact with... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis issues new call for dramatic climate change measures

The pope wrote that the effects of climate change “are here and increasingly evident.” Read more

Senator-Delegate Laphonza Butler meets with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in his office on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Butler was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the vacant Senate seat of California following the passing of Dianne Feinstein.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Newsom’s pick of abortion activist to Senate reveals White House ambitions, experts say

Laphonza Butler, 44, checks a number of boxes among Democratic interest groups. Read more

The opening Mass of the Synod on Synodality in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: Synod on Synodality’s primary task ‘to refocus our gaze on God’

Pope Francis underlined that “the primary task of the synod” is to “refocus our gaze on God, to be a... Read more

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the his supporters during a political event organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the GMIT College Grounds on March 25, 2023, in Davangere, India.?w=200&h=150

By Anto Akkara

Indian priest who joined Hindu nationalist party relieved of duties by bishop  

The priest’s action took place at a time of rising persecution of Christians in India. Read more

Youth adore Christ in the Eucharist at the "Journey: Why did they come?" youth rally on St. Clements Island, Maryland, Sept. 30, 2023. The altar used during the rally was specially made by local craftsmen to be used for Masses on the island.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

PHOTOS: Maryland youth rally commemorates the first English Mass in America

The event included Mass, sports, devotional talks, confessions, adoration, a concert, and even presentations by the Army and the local... Read more


By Daniel Payne

Florida executes convicted double-murderer despite pleas from Catholic bishops

Michael Zack had been convicted of two 1996 murders: He stabbed Ravonne Smith to death and later beat to death... Read more

St. Peter’s Square was illuminated by candlelight the night of Saturday, May 20, 2023, as pilgrims prayed the rosary in a procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

St. Peter’s Basilica to offer nightly Eucharistic adoration during Synod on Synodality

The basilica will also host weekly candlelight rosary processions at 9 p.m. each Saturday in the month of October. Read more

Mother Teresa around the year 1994.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

New film about Mother Teresa ignites controversy over saint’s ‘spiritual struggle’

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk said the film’s writer and director committed "grave errors" in claiming that Mother Teresa had “lost her... Read more

Assisi | Oct. 4, 2023: The faithful gather to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Assisi celebrates St. Francis’ feast day on 800th anniversary of two significant works

Crowds gathered in the beloved saint’s hometown to celebrate his life, his rule, and the Nativity scene in Greccio. Read more

Synod on Synodality delegates in small groups listen to Pope Francis' guidance for the upcoming weeks on Oct. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis to Synod on Synodality: ‘Do not sadden the Holy Spirit’

Pointing synod delegates to texts by St. Basil on the Holy Spirit, the pope emphasized the importance of listening over... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

New ‘grammar of synodality’ on display at start of synod gathering 

On its opening day, synod leaders also highlighted the many ways in which the current gathering breaks the mold of... Read more

Collapse of the Parish of the Holy Cross in Tamaulipas, Mexico, Oct. 1, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

UPDATE: 11 dead, 60 injured from collapse of church roof in Mexico during baptisms

Authorities said approximately 100 people were in the church at the time of the collapse. Read more

Church of the Society of Jesus in Cochabamba, Bolivia.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Marina

Jesuits in Bolivia call lawsuit filed by alleged sexual abuse victims ‘senseless’

The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 2 by a group of former students of the John XXIII School in Bolivia... Read more

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras,Peter Pinedo

Who will replace Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House? 

Republicans in the House of Representatives are scrambling to decide who will replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy after he was ousted... Read more