Archive for December 4, 2023

Military personnel stand guard at the entrance of a gymnasium while police investigators (background) look for evidence after a bomb attack at Mindanao State University in Marawi in the southern Philippines on Dec. 3, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prays for victims of bombing of Catholic Mass in the Philippines

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 3 blast in a university gymnasium. Read more

The small procession of Franciscan friars, with the Custos of the Holy Land, arrives in Manger Square, in front of the Basilica of the Nativity, in Bethlehem on Saturday, Dec. 2, the day of the solemn entrance for the beginning of Advent. The Square, typically crowded with local believers and pilgrims, was empty. Dec. 2, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Marinella Bandini

PHOTOS: Bethlehem welcomes Advent 2023 with quieter procession, still with hope

To mark the beginning of Advent, the custos of the Holy Land and the Franciscan friars made their annual procession... Read more

A member of the maintenance crew at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., places a seal on the Holy Door at the basilica after Archbishop Timothy Broglio blessed the seal and doors on Dec. 3, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Archbishop Broglio sealed the Holy Door at the National Shrine. What is a Holy Door?

The doors at the entrance to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., will... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis signs interfaith climate statement as part of COP28 summit in Dubai

“Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem... Read more

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By Daniel Payne

Climate activists disrupt archbishop’s Mass in Turin

Activists with the climate group Extinction Rebellion interrupted Mass at the Turin Cathedral on Sunday while reading aloud from the... Read more

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By Diego López Colín

Cancun could become an abortion tourism destination with opening of new clinic

Marie Stopes International opened a clinic Nov. 23 in Cancun in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, raising concerns among... Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio blesses the doors to be used as a Holy Door for the 2025 Jubilee Year at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 3, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Holy Door sealed at nation’s largest Catholic church

A Holy Door, which is traditionally sealed prior to jubilee years, provides special graces for pilgrims who walk through them. Read more

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By Walter Sanchez Silva

Mexican presidential hopeful Verástegui pledges to eliminate gender ideology from schools

Eduardo Verástegui, producer of the box office hit “Sound of Freedom,” must gather almost 1 million signatures by early January... Read more

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By Diego López Colín

Mexican bishop: thief who stole Eucharist is excommunicated

The prelate declared the act as “a violation of the sacred place [the chapel] and a sacrilege against the sacred... Read more