Archive for February 1, 2023

Jean Vanier at a Templeton Prize press conference in London March 11, 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Solène Tadié

New report details abuses of L’Arche founder

The late Jean Vanier sexually abused at least 25 women, according to a new investigative report commissioned by L’Arche International. Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

1 million attend joyful Mass with Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Catholics danced and sang songs, including a chant of “Maman Maria,” which means “Mama Mary” in French, as they awaited... Read more

Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville in 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis appoints auxiliary bishop from Colombia to lead Louisiana diocese

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Bishop Dorsonville has served in the Archdiocese of Washington since the 1990s. Read more

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, where dozens were slain in a massacre on June 5, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Republican and Democrat leaders urge Biden to add Nigeria to list of countries violating religious freedom

Rep. Chris Smith and a bipartisan group of leaders in Congress introduced a resolution Tuesday urging the State Department to... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Hong, attends the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Zen hospitalized in Hong Kong after returning from Benedict XVI’s funeral

The 91-year-old cardinal wrote on his blog on Jan. 31 that he is receiving treatment in the hospital after experiencing... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein celebrates Mass in the Vatican crypt close to the tomb of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 31, 2023, to mark one month since the death of the pope emeritus on Dec. 31, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Gänswein celebrates Mass for Benedict XVI one month after pope’s death

The pope emeritus’ longtime personal secretary offered the Mass in the Vatican crypt close to Benedict’s tomb in the presence... Read more

President Joe Biden responds to a question from EWTN's Owen Jensen about the Catholic bishops' position on federal funding of abortion.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Biden claims the pope and some bishops are open to taxpayer funded abortion

President Joe Biden this week claimed that Pope Francis and some bishops are not on board with the USCCB’s statement... Read more

Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Biggest papal Masses ever: How does today’s Mass in the DRC compare?

Papal Masses, especially in the last 50 years or so, have attracted crowds of millions — many of them at... Read more

Young people from eastern Congo lay down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness in a moving encounter with Pope Francis during his trip to the country Feb. 1, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis ‘left without words’ after children’s shocking stories of violence in eastern Congo

The moving encounter with the pope provided a potent reminder of the horrors taking place in eastern Congo. Read more

After being acquitted of federal charges by a jury in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, Mark Houck embraces and kisses his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck. Also with Houck are his son Mark Houck Jr., 14, and his daughter, Ava Houck, 12.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck reveals details of ‘reckless’ FBI raid; will press charges

The father of seven said he opened the door of his house to a team of FBI agents pointing M-16s... Read more

Father Georges Lemaitre.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Television station rediscovers lost interview with priest who developed Big Bang theory

In the 20-minute video Father Georges Lemaitre, considered the father of the Big Bang theory, explains what the origin of... Read more

Father Luis Enrique Guillén.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

On his second day in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Feb. 1, 2023, Pope Francis listened to the stories of victims of violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern region.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis to Congolese charities: ‘It’s not philanthropy, but faith’

The pope praised the work being done to assist those in poverty and emphasized the importance of Christian charity as... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan attends Columbus Day parade in New York City.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Cardinal Dolan criticizes Biden administration for trying to force employers to cover contraception

HHS announced a proposed rule that would leave in place the current exemption for religious employers but take away the... Read more

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio leads the Archdiocese for the Military Services.?w=200&h=150

By Matt McDonald

Head of U.S. bishops’ conference contradicts Biden’s claims about taxpayer-funded abortions

President Biden asserted this week that neither the pope nor all Catholic bishops oppose public funding for abortion in the... Read more