Archive for February 8, 2023

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria during his general audience on Feb. 8, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis leads Hail Mary for victims of earthquake in Turkey and Syria

“We pray that Our Lady will protect them,” the pope said at the end of his Wednesday general audience. Read more

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address during a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington, D.C. The speech marks Biden's first address to the new Republican-controlled House.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Biden tells Congress to codify Roe, pass LGBTQ protections

President Joe Biden called on Congress to codify Roe v. Wade and pass legislation banning discrimination based on a person’s... Read more

WYD Sydney - July 15 - 20, 2008?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Benedict XVI describes ‘Protestantization’ of the Eucharist in posthumous publication

Pope Benedict XVI’s essay on the Eucharist is part of a series of texts the pope emeritus wrote after his... Read more

All Souls Catholic School and Church in Englewood, Colorado?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Denver Archdiocese says fired lesbian teacher violated contract

A teacher at a Catholic school in Denver was fired after the archdiocese learned of her same-sex relationship, which violated... Read more

Pope Francis announced Feb. 8, 2023, that Father Anthony Celino of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, has been appointed to serve as an auxiliary bishop in the diocese. ?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

New auxiliary bishop appointed in Diocese of El Paso immigrated to U.S. from Philippines

Bishop-elect Anthony Celino, who currently serves as pastor of St. Raphael Parish in East El Paso and is the diocese’s... Read more

Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Germany’s Synodal Way leaders push women’s ordination during European bishops’ synodal assembly

Irme Stetter-Karp, the president of the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), addressed delegates in the meeting in Prague... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, on Dec. 9, 2022?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Ukrainian Catholics will now celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25 in a shift toward the West

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church announced Monday that it is switching its fixed-date religious celebrations to match the Gregorian calendar. Read more

Father Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on Jan. 15, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

State Department official: ‘After careful review’ Nigeria to remain off religious freedom watch list

A U.S. State Department official told EWTN that “after careful review” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has decided not to... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, during the indictment presented by the dictatorship of Nicaragua on Jan. 10, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

European bishops call for release of Nicaraguan bishop due to stand trial for conspiracy

The president of the European bishops’ conferences has demanded “the immediate release” of Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Read more

Syrians build a temporary camp to house families made homeless by a deadly earthquake in the town of Harim in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province on the border with Turkey, on Feb. 8, 2023, two days after a deadly earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Christian leaders in Syria call for an end to ‘unjust’ sanctions that they say hamper aid to the needy

Three prominent Christian leaders in Syria issued a joint letter Tuesday calling for an end to sanctions against Syria. Read more

An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Priest kidnapped in Haiti; captors demand ransom

The Claretian Missionaries’ Independent Delegation for the Antilles reported that on Feb. 7 one of its priests was kidnapped. Read more

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By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis in video message: Human trafficking ‘disfigures’ human dignity

To commemorate the World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking, Pope Francis called on young people to affirm... Read more

Father Frank Pavone?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown,Joe Bukuras

As Pavone misconduct allegations mount, Amarillo Diocese maintains silence

Two women have accused Frank Pavone, national director of the pro-life organization Priests for Life, of sexual harassment, according to... Read more