Archive for August 16, 2023

Marina Aleykseyeva, 31, from Kiev, Ukraine, (second from left with a pink baseball cap), together with fellow pilgrims from Ukraine, attended World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 1–6, 2023. She said they traveled to the international gathering to pray for peace in their country.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ukrainian Catholics receive warm reception at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Marina Aleykseyeva, a Ukrainian pilgrim, said “it was unbelievable” how many people stopped them on the streets to say they... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Aug. 14, 2023, in Juba, South Sudan.?w=200&h=150

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

Vatican official urges South Sudanese to remain committed to peace and reconciliation

“Embrace the spirit of peace and reconciliation in order to build a harmonious society in the country,” said Cardinal Pietro... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Court: Maryland parents lack standing in parental rights lawsuit over trans student policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 2-1 on Monday that the parents lacked standing to sue... Read more

The Seto Inland Sea is the body of water separating Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū, three of the four main islands of Japan.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis merges two dioceses in Japan

Cardinal Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda was named on Aug. 15 as the first archbishop of the new Archdiocese of Osaka-Takamatsu. Read more

Father Isaac Honsan, pastor of St. Paul's Church, in Imphal, capital of Manipur state, stands in the rubble after the church was set on fire in a recent attack,?w=200&h=150

By Anto Akkara

On Indian Independence Day, bishops reiterate Christians’ patriotism

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India also called for “resolving internal challenges with empathy, understanding, and unity.” Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former prefect of the Papal Household, speaks at Maria Vesperbild in Bavaria, Germany, on the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Aug. 15, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

Marian embrace: Gänswein speaks of loneliness and solace in first public appearance

On Tuesday, the former prefect of the Papal Household found himself seeking solace in a Bavarian hamlet. Read more

Eric Beck, 30, of Painesville, Ohio, was arrested and charged in connection with the vandalism and arson at Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby, Ohio, early in the morning of Aug. 12, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Ohio man arrested after attempting to light Catholic church on fire, vandalism

Authorities say they saw Eric Beck, 30, of Painesville, Ohio, in Immaculate Conception Church after responding to a motion alarm... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event, hosted by the U.S. bishops’ conference, culminated in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour.?w=200&h=150

By Buchi Akpati

Word on Fire’s Bishop Barron: ‘We’ve dumbed down the faith too much for too long’

The bishop of the Winona-Rochester Diocese told EWTN Vatican’s Colm Flynn in Lisbon, Portugal, that young people “want something clear.” Read more


By Peter Pinedo

5th U.S. Circuit Court approves abortion pill restrictions, ends mail-order abortions

The court ruled that the FDA must reinstate restrictions in place before 2016, most notably banning administering the pills through... Read more

Several mobs attacked Christian communities and set fire to several churches Aug. 16, 2023, in the town of Jaranwala, in Pakistan’s Faisalabad district, after two Christians were accused of defiling the Quran.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Pakistani mobs attack Christian communities, burn churches over blasphemy accusations

Church buildings have been desecrated, hundreds of Christian homes destroyed, and thousands of Christians have been forced to flee, according... Read more

The Cardenas family, of Sacramento, posing outside Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina, Hawaii.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic family narrowly escapes Hawaii wildfires: ‘We did a lot of praying’

Angel and Ana Cardenas and their three children, of Sacramento, California, have been visiting Maui annually on family vacations for... Read more