Archive for February 22, 2023


By Matt Hadro

What’s the point of fasting, anyway?

God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it — fasting is a powerful and... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis: The Gospel is not ‘a political party, an ideology, a club’

The pope’s weekly general audience took place in a full Paul VI Hall on Ash Wednesday, the first day of... Read more

From left: Katharina Westerhorstmann, Dorothea Schmidt, Marianne Schlosser, and Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

Four women opt out of German Synodal Way, saying it ‘departs from the universal Church’

Ahead of the German Synodal Way’s final meeting next month, four prominent participants officially announced Wednesday they were quitting the... Read more


By Courtney Mares

Ukrainian Catholics to livestream Stations of the Cross from bomb shelter on Friday

The online prayer event on the first Friday of Lent at 8 p.m. Kyiv time will tell the personal stories... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Free yourself ‘from the dictatorship of full schedules’ 

“This,” the pope said, “is the favorable time to be converted, to stop looking at ourselves and to start looking... Read more

Monsignor Erik Varden (right), a Cistercian monk who is also the bishop of Trondheim, Norway, fielded questions about his book “The Shattering of Loneliness” from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, at this year's New York Encounter on Feb. 17–19, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Zelda Caldwell

At New York Encounter: A monk turned bishop shares the roadmap of his spiritual journey

A highlight of this year’s event was a conversation between a Catholic monk and a top papal diplomat that explored... Read more

Venezuelan immigrants arrive to the U.S.-Mexico border to try to cross into the United States on Jan. 8, 2023, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Catholic leaders at border criticize Biden’s immigration crackdown

Referred to by some as a “transit ban,” the new policy automatically denies asylum to migrants who cross the border... Read more


By Eduardo Berdejo

Cuban bishops ask the faithful to pray for the Church in Nicaragua on Ash Wednesday

“In fraternal communion with our Nicaraguan brothers and sisters, we invite the Cuban Catholic faithful to pray for that suffering... Read more

Natalia Harrell, 24, who is being held in in a Miami Dade correctional facility, is arguing that her unborn child is being unlawfully held in custody.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Florida woman charged with murder sues state over wrongful imprisonment of her unborn baby

A pregnant woman being held in a Florida jail pending the outcome of a second-degree murder charge against her is... Read more

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David O'Connell?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Housekeeper’s husband officially charged in murder of LA Auxiliary Bishop O’Connell

Carlos Medina was arraigned in state court Wednesday and formally charged with one count of murder and a special allegation... Read more