Archive for August 30, 2023

Portrait of St. Jeanne Jugan (1792–1879), foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, by Léon Brune 1855.?w=200&h=150

By Anna Kurian

Once shunned and forgotten, Little Sisters of the Poor founder Jeanne Jugan now shines 

The French sister known as Sister Marie de la Croix was sidelined and ignored, but her order now leads the... Read more

Pope Francis greets newly married couples at the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis: St. Kateri Tekakwitha is an example of patience in suffering

“Kateri Tekakwitha’s life shows us that every challenge can be overcome if we open our hearts to Jesus,” Pope Francis... Read more

A crucifix which was destroyed during an attack on St. Kisito minor seminary in Bougui, Burkina Faso, Feb. 10, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Missionary priest: ‘Immense’ pastoral work needed amid anti-Christian violence in Burkina Faso

Father Pierre Rouamba told Aid to the Church in Need that his group has been working at “systematically opening doors... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Laudato Si' video message May 24, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis to release second Laudato Si’ on Oct. 4

The pope’s follow-up environmental document will be released on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Pro-life activists found guilty of obstructing abortion clinic access in DC

All five defendants were convicted of felony conspiracy against rights and felony violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic... Read more

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj walks past Republican Guards as he arrives before his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Nov. 19, 2015, in Paris.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Mongolia’s former president lauds country’s promotion of religious freedom

Mongolia is a nation where religious freedom and respect for human life are “fundamental” values, the country’s former president says. Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Finnish lawmaker on trial for ‘hate speech’ for defending traditional marriage

Päivi Räsänen is on trial this week for using Bible verses to express her support for traditional marriage.  Read more

A candle of St. Jude?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Ancient relic of St. Jude the Apostle to tour US beginning in September 

The arm of St. Jude, the patron of “lost causes” and desperate situations, will make a nine-month tour through the... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick outside the Dedham District Court on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

UPDATE: McCarrick’s alleged victim ‘left with nothing’ after ex-prelate ruled incompetent to face trial

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not competent to stand trial on criminal sexual abuse charges in Massachusetts, a state district... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Study: Patients aged 12-18 account for 8% of trans surgeries

Researchers estimate that about 3,678 Americans between 12 and 18 received transgender surgeries from 2016 through 2020. Read more

Félix Maradiaga, a former presidential candidate in Nicaragua and president of the Foundation for the Freedom of Nicaragua, in June 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Julieta Villar

Exiled Nicaraguan opposition leader to help make criminal case against Daniel Ortega

Félix Maradiaga’s visit is part of a strategy to consolidate international pressure against the Sandinista dictatorship in Nicaragua. Read more


By Julieta Villar

Church in Bolivia criticizes excesses of raids on Jesuits in sexual abuse cases

The Bolivian bishops questioned the procedures carried out “under the rationale ... to collect evidence” in cases of alleged sexual... Read more

Mountain landscape with lake.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

To protect God’s creation, seek personal and policy change, U.S. bishops say

The USCCB statement linked the waters of Christian baptism to the waters of the earth, highlighting the source of life... Read more

About 1,000 Californians rallied in front of the state capitol steps in Sacramento on Aug. 21, 2023, to protest a series of bills they say would take away their rights as parents.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

California AG sues school district over gender-identity parental notification policy

The Chino school district’s policy requires parents to be informed if their child seeks to change his or her gender... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Bishop accountability group: Dismissal of charges against McCarrick ‘hugely disappointing’

Anne Barrett Doyle told CNA that “our hearts go out to the courageous victim who brought this case, and to... Read more