Archive for March 17, 2023

Delegates at the fifth assembly of the German Synodal Way, meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 11, 2023, applaud after the he passage of a text calling for changes to the German Church's approach to gender identity.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

German bishops announce plans to bless same-sex unions, allow laypeople to baptize and preach at Mass

Following the conclusion of the German Synodal Way, several bishops have announced plans to put into practice resolutions passed by... Read more

A statue of the Virgin Mary on the grounds of the 15th-century Quin Abbey in County Clare, Ireland.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Signs of hope and renewal amid the dramatic decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland

Father Owen Gorman remembers when Masses in Ireland were so crowded on Sundays that people had to sit on the... Read more


By Father Thomas Petri, O.P.

No, Pope Francis didn’t really hint that the requirement for priestly celibacy will be lifted

Secular media outlets and even some Catholic news organizations immediately jumped to the conclusion that the pope is open to... Read more

Pope Francis heard confessions at a parish in Rome on Friday, March 17, 2023, and encouraged people to remember that God “holds out his hand and lifts us up whenever we realize that we are ‘hitting rock bottom.’”?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis hears confessions at Roman parish: God lifts us up when we hit ‘rock bottom’

In the presence of eucharistic adoration, the pope presided over a Lenten penitential service on March 17 to open “24... Read more

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller (left) and American Cardinal Raymond Burke.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Cardinals Müller, Burke rebuke German bishops over same-sex union blessings

German Cardinal Gerhard Müller and American Cardinal Raymond Burke rebuked the German bishops for approving Church blessings of same-sex unions. Read more

The image of the Virgin of Ireland in the Cathedral of Gyor, Hungary.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The image of the Virgin Mary that wept tears of blood on St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 1697, an image of the Virgin Mary known as the Weeping Irish Madonna shed tears of blood... Read more

Ian Dinkla, 21, and Bryn Taylor, 26, abortion activists and students at the University of Florida are arrested by university police.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Abortion activists at Florida university charged with assaulting police officers

According to the police arrest report, one of the arrested repeatedly shoved a police officer in attempts to resist arrest.  Read more