Archive for December 1, 2023

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities. Read more

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By Jonah McKeown

America’s Catholics weigh in on Pope Francis’ climate change priorities

The pope’s foray into climate science variously draws both praise and consternation from Catholics in the U.S. Read more

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By Matthew Santucci

Cardinal Parolin will represent Pope Francis at climate conference

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection. Read more

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By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Indi Gregory remembered as ‘true warrior’ at funeral

The funeral for the 8-month-old baby who lost her life after an end-of-life legal battle was held at Nottingham Cathedral... Read more

Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis (left) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom appear on screen from the press room during a debate held by Fox News in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Nov. 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

In unique governors’ debate, DeSantis and Newsom bicker, trade criticism

The event, billed as “The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate,” was broadcast on Fox News and moderated by network... Read more

Baby Indi Gregory was baptized on Sept. 22, 2023. Despite not being religious, Dean Gregory, her father, expressed that his time in court fighting for his daughter’s life felt like he had been “dragged to hell.” The experience moved him to decide to have his daughter baptized.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis sends condolences to family of Indi Gregory at British baby’s funeral

The pope “sends condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to her parents, Dean and Claire, and to all... Read more

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By Peter Pinedo

U.S. bishops urge public to petition Biden administration over rule denying funds to pregnancy centers

The U.S. bishops are urging the public to petition the Biden administration to revise a rule that the bishops say... Read more

Shane MacGowan on June 16, 2016, in London, England?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Hard-living Irish musician Shane MacGowan received last rites before he died, family says 

MacGowan was raised a Catholic and often used Catholic imagery in his songs, though he did not practice the faith... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Father Federico Lombardi, president of the Ratzinger Foundation and Vatican spokesman during Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate (left), and the 2023 Ratzinger Prize recipients Father Pablo Blanco Sarto (center) and Professor Francesc Torralba (right) at the Vatican on Nov. 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

2023 Ratzinger Prize reflects on theological legacy of late Pope Benedict XVI

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation awarded its annual Ratzinger Prize this week to two Spaniards. Read more

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By Walter Sanchez Silva

Denver archbishop: Why I wrote a pastoral letter on marijuana

In a Nov. 28  interview, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver explained what motivated him to write a pastoral letter on... Read more

President Ronald Reagan and his Supreme Court justice nominee Sandra Day O'Connor on July 15, 1981.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a swing vote on abortion, dies   

President Ronald Reagan nominated O’Connor to the U.S. Supreme Court in July 1981, fulfilling a campaign promise to name the... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Witnesses testify to torture by Nicaraguan dictatorship at hearing on imprisoned Catholic bishop 

Among the witnesses testifying at the hearing titled “An Urgent Appeal to Let Bishop Álvarez Go” were several Nicaraguan exiles.  Read more