Archive for December 8, 2023

'Immaculate Conception' by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1628.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

The miracle that made the Immaculate Virgin patroness of Spain and its infantry

In 1585 a miracle attributed to the Immaculate Conception allowed the Spanish troops to win the Battle of Empel in... Read more

Procession from Saint-Jean Cathedral to Fourvière Basilica in Lyon, France, on Dec. 8, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Emma Silvestri

The city of Lyon, France, honors Mary with light festival on Dec. 8

The tradition of the Festival of Lights goes back to 1852 before the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was even... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gives his Angelus address for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis announces Catholic Church’s first World Day of Children

The event was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Alessandro, who proposed the idea to the pope to have an... Read more

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishops-elect Keith Chylinski (left), Efren Esmilla, and Christopher Cooke.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis appoints three new auxiliary bishops for Philadelphia Archdiocese

Pope Francis on Friday appointed Fathers ​​Keith Chylinski, Christopher Cooke, and Efren Esmilla as new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese... Read more

Bishop Joseph Strickland.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Bishop Strickland was advised to leave Tyler Diocese but can still say Mass there

“I have received no such instruction,” Strickland said by text Thursday night, responding to a report that he has been... Read more

The House of Mary community poses for a photo on Dec. 8, 1994, in St. Peter's Square, the first time they brought their blue banner with the words "The Immaculate Conception will Triumph" to the Angelus with Pope John Paul II. The group has continued to bring the banner to every Sunday Angelus for 29 years.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

The story behind the Immaculate Conception banner at every Vatican Angelus

The banner’s declaration recalls the Marian spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception. Read more

Polonia Castellanos, founder of the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers.?w=200&h=150

By Martin Barillas

Spanish lawyer, mom of 4, challenges country’s rosary ban

“There are plenty of times when the Virgin Mary has come to Spain’s aid,” Polonia Castellanos said, “and we are... Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by president of the public establishment "Rebuilding Notre-Dame de Paris" Philippe Jost (right) and and Archbishop of Paris Laurent Ulrich (left), visits the nave of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral during its reconstruction on Dec. 8, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Notre Dame Cathedral expected to reopen one year from today

President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by Paris’ Archbishop Laurent Ulrich, visited the newly built spire and pledged the work would be... Read more

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

PHOTOS: Pope Francis honors Virgin Mary on solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a... Read more

Columbus Bishop Earl Fernandes at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plenary meeting in Baltimore in November 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

After pro-life loss in Ohio, Columbus bishop announces several initiatives to promote life

Columbus Bishop Earl Fernandes has announced several pro-life and spiritual initiatives that the prelate hopes will make abortion “unthinkable.” Read more

The Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec in Quebec City.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Quebec Archdiocese celebrates 350th anniversary with jubilee year of celebration

The oldest diocese in Canada begins Dec. 8, 2023, a yearlong celebration with an opening Mass at the country’s historic... Read more

The facade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Climate activists vandalize St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy

Climate activists vandalized the facade of the nearly 1,000-year-old St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, on Thursday. Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Washington archbishop addresses decision to limit Traditional Latin Mass

Cardinal Wilton Gregory said he believes that by restricting the Traditional Latin Mass, “the Holy Father is trying to complete... Read more


By Eduardo Berdejo

Italian bishop suspends selecting godparents for baptism and sponsors for confirmation

Bishop Mario Vaccari of Massa Carrara-Pontremoli in Italy said he made his decision because “emotional ties” have been prioritized over... Read more

Rep. Virginia Foxx speaking on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, May 30, 2019.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

House announces new probe of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn

“The disgusting targeting and harassment of Jewish students is not limited to these institutions,” said North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia... Read more