Archive for March 16, 2023

St. Patrick and corned beef.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

UPDATE: Where are Catholics allowed to eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day this Lent?

Which dioceses are offering a dispensation from the requirement to abstain from meat? Read more

Triplets María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, are all nuns belonging to the Franciscan Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Called by God from childhood, triplets from Brazil belong to the same religious order

María Gorete dos Santos, María de Lourdes dos Santos, and María Aparecida dos Santos, 57, belong to the Franciscan Congregation... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Facing hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits, Albany Diocese to declare bankruptcy

The diocese has been named in more than 400 lawsuits filed from August 2019 to August 2021 under the Child... Read more

Father Sean Gough, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, faced criminal charges for praying for free speech outside an abortion clinic after business hours in violation of a strict buffer zone law in the English city of Birmingham. “I pray wherever I go, inside my head, for the people around me. How can it be a crime for a priest to pray?” he said in a Feb. 9, 2023, statement from the ADF UK legal group.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

UK bishops say law criminalizing prayer outside of abortion clinics is discriminatory

Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom said a new law criminalizing prayer and outreach outside abortion clinics discriminates against people... Read more

Young Salesians in Syria.?w=200&h=150

By Abel Camasca

How the Salesians are helping youth in Syria, a country in its 12th year of civil war

March 15 marked the 12th year of civil war in Syria, where bombs, poverty, and earthquakes have destroyed the country. Read more

Migrants, mostly of Venezuelan origin, attempt to forcibly cross into the United States at the Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on March 12, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Texas lawmakers propose making illegal immigration a felony

The “Border Protection Unit Act” would create a specialized border protection police force and make illegal immigration a state felony. Read more


By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Church in Spain has fewer than 1,000 diocesan seminarians for first time in 21 years

Spanish seminaries continue to suffer a downward trend in enrollment. Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Here’s why a popular canon law website will have to remove much of its content

Father Paul Hedman created the website CanonLaw.Ninja to provide users with a searchable, up-to-date translation of the Code of Canon... Read more