Archive for August 4, 2023

St. John Vianney.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Why St. John Vianney is a model for all priests

The patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, died Aug. 4, 1859. A century later, Pope John XXIII reflected on... Read more

Spanish Carmelite Pablo María de la Cruz on the day of his religious profession.?w=200&h=150

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Pope receives posthumous letter from young Carmelite who wanted to attend WYD

In the letter, Pablo María de la Cruz expressed to the pope his desire to have participated in WYD in... Read more

From left to right: Sister Mary Grace of the Sorrowful, Sister Mariana of the Wounds of Jesus, the Mother Superior Alma Ruth, and Sister Mary Magdalene of the Sacred Heart.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

These cloistered nuns who never leave the convent are at WYD for the first time

They never (or almost never) leave the convent, but one lively group of cloistered nuns is participating for the first... Read more

Pope Francis meets with charity workers at the Centro Paroquial de Serafina in Lisbon on Aug. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis: Without concrete love, our lives have ‘no weight’

At a gathering with Portuguese charity workers, Pope Francis went off script to insist that Christian love must be tangibly... Read more

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young pilgrim at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis hears young people’s confessions in Lisbon

Pope Francis on Friday heard the confessions of three young people in the Jardim Vasco da Gama, renamed Reconciliation Park... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colo., on May 24, 2020.?w=200&h=150

By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

New pastoral note by Denver archbishop highlights ‘clearest teaching on the Eucharist’ in Scripture

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila has issued a pastoral note called “You Have the Words of Eternal Life” to mark this... Read more

Jim Caviezel.?w=200&h=150

By Patti Maguire Armstrong,Martin Barillas

Jim Caviezel to join rosary rally for ballot measure that could impact Ohio abortion vote

Organizers of the “Rosary Rally” in Cincinnati hope to encourage all Christians in Ohio to vote “Yes” on Issue 1... Read more

A street in the Mouraria district of Lisbon, Portugal.?w=200&h=150

By ACI Digital

What’s so unique about Mouraria, the Lisbon neighborhood mentioned by Pope Francis this week?

The approximately 6,000 inhabitants of the neighborhood today come from dozens of different countries. Read more

Pope Francis sits quietly during a meeting with students at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 3, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis confirms Vatican envoy’s visit to China in wide-ranging interview

The pope also addressed “rigidity” in the Church and concerns about the Synod on Synodality. Read more

The Love family at the Sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal, during WYD 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Maryland family of 10 is making the most of their first World Youth Day

Members of the Love family have immersed themselves in WYD 2023 festivities and say their large family has been “treated... Read more

Adam Smith-Connor was fined for “praying for [his] son, who is deceased” near an abortion facility in Bournemouth, England.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

UK man fined for praying outside abortion clinic now faces criminal charges

Authorities have filed criminal charges against Adam Smith-Connor, who was fined in 2022 for praying silently within an abortion facility... Read more

Young people participate in Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis at WYD Stations of the Cross: ‘Jesus wipes away our hidden tears’

The pope’s meditations connected Christ’s sufferings to wounds that young people experience today. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and pilgrims from the Philippines at the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal?w=200&h=150

By Roy Lagarde

Cardinal Tagle to young Filipinos: ‘Only Jesus will make us true influencers’

Speaking to young Filipino pilgrims at World Youth Day in Lisbon, the cardinal expressed hope they would find a way... Read more

Mark Houck talks to reporters outside the U.S. District courthouse in Philadelphia with his lawyers, Peter Breen (left), Brian McMonagle (right), and Andrew Bath (background) following his acquittal on two charges of violating the FACE Act, Jan. 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck announces run for Congress

The pro-life activist said that his arrest last year played a part in his decision to run for Congress. Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Judge halts law that would restrict Illinois pro-life pregnancy centers 

Crisis pregnancy centers had sued the state over the law, which they say limits their freedom of speech. Read more