Archive for February 21, 2023


By Mary Farrow

Where do Ash Wednesday ashes come from?

“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Read more

Demonstration outside the Nicaraguan embassy in Mexico.?w=200&h=150

By Ana Paula Morales

Petition demanding release of Nicaraguan bishop delivered to embassy in Mexico City

The petition with more than 11,000 signatures was delivered to the Nicaraguan embassy in Mexico City and demands the release... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Jesuits: New restrictions against Rupnik possible in light of credible abuse accusations

The allegations span from 1985 to 2018 and include claims of spiritual, psychological, and sexual abuse, and abuse of conscience. Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Traditionis custodes: Cardinal says only Vatican can dispense from certain obligations

The head of the Vatican’s liturgy office said Tuesday that dispensations from two of the rules in Traditionis custodes can... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Ansgar Puff in the devastated Kreuzerhöhungskirche in Wissen, Germany, Feb. 15, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

Watchdog raises concerns after arson attacks on German, French churches

Following an arson attack on a historic church in Germany, a European watchdog has raised concerns over hate crimes targeting... Read more

A church, a synagogue and a mosque make up the new interfaith Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders open new church in UAE’s interfaith Abrahamic Family House

A synagogue, church, and mosque sit opposite a secular visitor pavilion in an interfaith complex meant to encourage goodwill and... Read more

Bishop David O'Connell.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Murdered Bishop David O’Connell mourned in his native Ireland

David O’Connell, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles who was shot and killed over the weekend, is being mourned in... Read more

A pedestrian uses a smartphone as she walks past a collapsed building in Antakya, southern Turkey on Feb. 21, 2023. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake late Feb. 20, 2023, rocked Turkey's southern province of Hatay and northern Syria.?w=200&h=150

By Ana Paula Morales

Archbishop asks for prayers following new 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Antoine Chahda, the Syrian Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, asked for prayers after a new 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Turkey and... Read more

Josh Alexander was first suspended for protesting his school’s transgender policy in November, on the grounds he was “bullying.”?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Canadian Catholic school student who was suspended for protesting transgender bathroom policy speaks out

Josh Alexander, 16, was suspended this month for expressing his religious and moral objections to the school’s transgender bathroom policy. Read more

The Virgin of Guadalupe in Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City.?w=200&h=150

By Ana Paula Morales

Rector reports more pilgrimages to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine than before pandemic

“Many people have returned after having been isolated for a long time or having had to refrain from coming to... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

As Catholics welcome Nicaraguan exiles, leading U.S. bishop calls for restoration of human rights

Catholic organizations in the U.S. have quickly mobilized to welcome political exiles from Nicaragua, but more must be done, Archbishop... Read more

Chart showing asteroids named after Jesuits.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Newly-discovered asteroids named after Jesuits — and a pope

The Vatican Observatory announced this week the naming of four newly-discovered asteroids after notable Catholics, including Pope Gregory XIII. Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Traditional Latin Mass attendees waiting to see impact of new Vatican restrictions

A newly issued clarification says that only the Vatican can grant permission for the Old Mass to be said in... Read more