Archive for December 14, 2023

The lighting of the first Hanukkah candle during the interfaith event organized by the Kehilat Zion on the first night of Hanukkah on Dec. 7, 2023, in Jerusalem.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

PHOTOS: Hanukkah events in Jerusalem focus on finding light, hope, and faith in dark times

On Dec. 7 and 12, Hanukkah events in Jerusalem brought together Jews, Christians, and representatives of other faiths to celebrate... Read more

Ana de Lobera y Torres (1545-1621), better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús, helped expand the Discalced Carmelites to France and Belgium. Painting in the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, Brussels, ca. 1650.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila’s spiritual daughter

In a decree signed Dec. 14, Pope Francis authorized the beatification of Ana de Lobera y Torres, better known by... Read more

Smoke billows over the northern Gaza Strip during Israeli bombardment from southern Israel on Dec. 14, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the militant group Hamas.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Anti-Defamation League: ‘Terrifying’ rise in antisemitic attacks since Hamas war began

From the war’s outbreak on Oct. 7, U.S. antisemitic incidents “reached the highest number of incidents during any two-month period”... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Cardinal Burke offers extensive reflection on state of world, Church

The veteran cardinal emphasized “the way of the Church in today’s crisis is the same as it has always been:... Read more

A map of Nigeria.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Human rights leaders call for Nigeria to be redesignated as religious freedom violator

In 2021, the Biden administration removed Nigeria, a nation notorious for extreme levels of religious persecution, from the Countries of... Read more


By Courtney Mares

Vatican doctrine office encourages single mothers to receive Communion after confession

The Vatican’s doctrine office published a letter on Thursday confirming that single mothers can receive Communion after going to confession. Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis calls for global regulation of AI for ‘peace and common good’

The pope emphasized that technological innovations are not neutral “but subject to cultural influences” and that caution must be exercised. Read more


By Peter Pinedo

Congress passes military package without bans on funding abortion, sex change surgeries

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act, one without House amendments. Read more

Shane MacGowan’s funeral Mass took place Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at St. Mary of the Rosary Church in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Irish priest calls musician Shane MacGowan’s raucous funeral Mass ‘a scandal’ 

The Mass included a live performance of “Fairy Tale of New York” and other nonreligious songs composed by the late... Read more

The statue of Our Lady, Queen of Peace in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Six popes are buried at St. Mary Major; Pope Francis says he’ll be next

The pope said this week that a burial place has been prepared for him at Santa Maria Maggiore — who... Read more

Daddy Yankee performs during his concert “La Meta” at Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on Nove.30, 2023, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Hugely successful reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee quits career to ‘live for Christ’

Daddy Yankee announced Dec. 4 on Instagram that he was ending his 30-year career because he had found a deeper... Read more

The Baphomet statue from the 'conversion room' at the Satanic Temple in Salem, Massachusetts, Oct. 8, 2019.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Iowa Satanic Temple display not protected by First Amendment, Catholic legal expert says

A legal analyst for EWTN said the display installed at the request of a prominent atheist group is not religious... Read more