Archive for December 15, 2023


By Katie Yoder

How to pray the 300-year-old ‘Christmas novena’

The nine-day prayer begins on Dec. 16 and concludes on Christmas Eve. Read more

A bag of coffee from Religious Roast.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Christmas 2023: Best Catholic gifts for the hard-to-shop-for person this year

This list of unique Catholic gifts is sure to have something for anyone on your list this year. Read more


By Andrés Henríquez

Cuban bishops’ Christmas message: Challenges, exodus, call to faith in adversity

The Cuban bishops noted that “a very difficult year” is ending for the island due to the dramatic situation in... Read more

Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. is President of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Moral theologian on new cremation guidance: ‘Reverence for body’ still paramount

Catholic Church teaching on “reverence for the body” must still be at the center of any decisions related to a... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Vatican closing down Loyola Community co-founded by Rupnik

The shutdown, which must take place within one year, is “due to serious problems concerning the exercise of authority and... Read more

Pope Francis and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Sen. Marco Rubio asks Pope Francis to call for release of bishop imprisoned in Nicaragua

In a Dec. 13 letter to Pope Francis, Rubio asked the pontiff to intercede on behalf of the 57-year-old bishop... Read more

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By Tyler Arnold

Accused killer laid on priest in form of a cross after Nebraska stabbing, court filings say

Father Stephen Gutgsell, who served as the pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, died from... Read more

Catholics celebrate Christmas Mass at the Nativity of Our Lady Church on Dec. 24, 2019, in Macau, China.?w=200&h=150

By Zelda Caldwell

Christian population shrinking in China amid ‘crackdown’

This finding, human rights activists told CNA, is not surprising given the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts in recent years to... Read more

Father Léopold Feyen.?w=200&h=150

By Abel Camasca

Salesian priest stabbed to death in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Salesian News Agency reported the murder of Father Léopold Feyen in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of... Read more

Dr. Ernesto Cofiño was a pediatrician in Guatemala and father of five.?w=200&h=150

By Andrés Henríquez

Guatemalan physician Ernesto Cofiño declared Venerable 

Dr. Cofiño lived the Christian virtues in his family, in the performance of his profession as a doctor, and in... Read more