Archive for December 13, 2023

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By CNA Staff

Pope Francis celebrates 54 years as a priest

On Dec. 13, 1969, just four days before his 33rd birthday, Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who today is Pope... Read more

Children participate in the annual St. Lucy's Day celebration in Sweden.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Why Sweden honors St. Lucy, a beloved Italian saint

The Scandinavian country has a long history of honoring St. Lucy with candle-lit ceremonies, processions, and treats. Read more


By Daniel Payne

Abortion advocates received nearly $2 billion in federal funds over three years, data shows

The report showed Planned Parenthood receiving nearly $2 billion worth of funds from several federal sources.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis: ‘The Christian must be open to the word of God and to the service of others’

Pope Francis on Wednesday closed his catechetical series on apostolic zeal, delivered during his recent general audiences. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis says that he wants to be buried in Marian basilica in new interview

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because... Read more

The Supreme Court of the United States, Oct. 7. 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Supreme Court to review high-stakes abortion case

The United States Supreme Court will review a lower court ruling that reimposed restrictions on the abortion drug mifepristone. Read more

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

U.S. bishops urge more federal security funds for houses of worship, nonprofits

The U.S. bishops are asking Congress to provide $200 million in federal funds for grants that improve security for houses... Read more

The interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, in Missouri.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

No closures recommended for St. Louis Catholic elementary schools, archdiocese says

Pastors at each of the 25 Catholic elementary schools eyed for closure earlier this year have recommended that their schools... Read more

Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona at the 56th general assembly of the CNBB in Aparecida, San Pablo, in 2018.?w=200&h=150

By ACI Digital

Nuncio asks Brazil bishop who criticized Amazon synod to leave prelature

The apostolic nuncio in Brazil has asked Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso to no longer live in the territory... Read more


By Joe Bukuras

Father James Jackson sentenced to 6 years in prison for child pornography

Judge William Smith gave Traditional Latin Mass priest James Jackson a sentence higher than was recommended. Read more

Bishop Earl K. Fernandes of Columbus, Ohio, and Bishop Paul J. Bradley, apostolic administrator of Steubenville, Ohio.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Local bishops: Steubenville-Columbus diocesan merger back in play

The bishops who lead the dioceses of Columbus and Steubenville in Ohio could present a merger plan to the U.S.... Read more

Supporters of Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera listen during the final hearing on Dec. 11, 2023, of the trial for his 1976 murder in La Rioja, Argentina.?w=200&h=150

By Julieta Villar

Killer of martyred Argentine Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera gets life in prison

After seven months of hearings, the trial for the murder 47 years ago of the martyr Blessed Wenceslao Pedernera finally... Read more