Archive for August 1, 2023

Pope Francis addresses the crowd in St. Peter’s Square in his Sunday Angelus on July 16, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for August 2023

The pope’s prayer intention this month is for World Youth Day 2023, which is being held this week in Lisbon,... Read more


By Kevin J. Jones

Survey: Religious nonprofits lead Americans’ charitable choices, except for Gen Z

While 19% of Americans say they give to religious charities, younger generations are significantly less likely to do so, preferring... Read more


By Jonah McKeown

Biden administration to pay fee for attempted exclusion of NFP methods from insurance

Alliance Defending Freedom announced July 27 that a federal court has ordered the Biden administration to pay $65,000 in attorneys’... Read more

Birgit Mock, a vice president of the ZdK, on July 31, 2023, attacked Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne for admonishing a priest his statements against blessing same-sex unions.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

German cardinal under fire for admonishing priest over same-sex blessings

A German cardinal was publicly criticized by the powerful Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) on Monday. Read more

The Church of Santa Maria di Gesù in Palermo, Italy.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Body of saint, patron of African Americans, significantly damaged in Sicilian church fire 

St. Benedict the Moor, a 16th-century Franciscan whose incorrupt body was interned at Santa Maria di Gesù Parish in Sicily,... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Pro-life pregnancy centers sue Vermont over law targeting their advertisements 

Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation on May 10 that allows the attorney general’s office to bring civil action against... Read more

St. Matthew the Apostle church in St. Louis, is one of the parishes slated for merger that is appealing to the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

St. Louis parishes dodge closure by appealing to the Vatican

Seven parishes plan to send appeals to the Vatican, putting the mergers planned for the parishes on hold until the... Read more


By AC Wimmer

As World Youth Day kicks off, ACN champions cause of persecuted Christians worldwide

The aim is to encourage pilgrims and participants to actively support the suffering Church in their own countries. Read more

Soccer player Olivier Giroud, center forward for France, in victory over Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

French soccer player Olivier Giroud sends WYD message to 40,000 French pilgrims 

The 36-year-old striker sent a message to the youth of France in Lisbon encouraging them to become “missionary disciples” and... Read more

Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University, where the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences is located.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

‘The pope’s university’ gets a new rector

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Alfonso Amarante, CSsR, to head the Pontifical Lateran University. Read more

The new perpetual eucharistic adoration chapel at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village in New York City was blessed by Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on July 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

New York City parish installs first-ever perpetual adoration chapel in Manhattan

The Dominican-led Church of St. Joseph is the first location in Manhattan to offer perpetual adoration. Read more

Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2020. He was the head coach of Auburn University's football team from 1999 to 2008.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Tuberville accuses Biden of ‘blatant patronage politics’ after Alabama loses Space Command

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, said the move was in retribution for his monthslong blockade of military promotions over federal abortion... Read more

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 1, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

World Youth Day 2023: Lisbon patriarch greets attendees at opening Mass

World Youth Day 2023 kicked off in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 1 with an opening Mass attended by hundreds of thousands... Read more

Bishop-emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Retired bishop of Albany who is accused of abuse says he is married 

In a statement on Monday, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger said Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard remains a bishop and his “marriage”... Read more

Spanish pilgrims at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, July 31, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

WYD: High turnout of Spanish youth signals faith alive in increasingly secular country

During the days prior to the start of this long-awaited event, the presence of Spanish youth was noticed throughout the... Read more