Archive for September 11, 2023

Deacon Paul Carris, prior to his ordination as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Newark, with Judith Toppin, whom he helped down a stairwell at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, saving her life.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

‘God was with us on the stairwell’: A hero of 9/11 finds his vocation

The trial of that day, and in the years that followed, uncovered a trial of faith for Deacon Paul Carris. Read more


By Jonah McKeown

Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

Reports emerged earlier this month about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic... Read more


By Diego López Colín

Mexican bishops respond to pro-abortion ruling by Supreme Court: Every life has worth

A Sept. 6 ruling of the court declared “unconstitutional the legal system that criminalizes abortion in the Federal Penal Code.” Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, presides over a Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 10, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Ukrainian Catholic leader offers Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said Sept. 10 that he wanted to express gratitude to the pope and Catholics everywhere for... Read more

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lungern, Switzerland?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Vatican investigating Swiss bishops’ handling of sex abuse cases

The primary purpose of the investigation is “the accusations of covering up cases of abuse,” the Swiss Bishops’ Conference announced. Read more

A man looks at the rubble of homes in the village of Talat N’Yaaqoub south of Marrakech in Morocco on Sept. 11, 2023. The quake that struck the country on Sept. 8 killed at least 2,122 people, injured more than 2,400 others, and flattened entire villages.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis urges faithful to ‘be close to the people of Morocco’ in wake of earthquake

The country was hit by a 6.8-magnitude quake overnight on Friday, with the death toll rapidly climbing to upward of... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

91-year-old ex-priest indicted in New Orleans for alleged rape of boy in 1970s

Lawrence Hecker was indicted on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, an aggravated crime against nature, and theft by a... Read more

Coco Gauff at Wimbledon in 2019.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Hall of Famer Tony Dungy corrects ‘SportsCenter’: Coco Gauff ‘was praying’

Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy took issue with the way ESPN’s “SportsCenter” described tennis player Gauff’s actions following... Read more


By Jonah McKeown

New Orleans Archdiocese says parishes will be asked to help pay for clergy abuse settlements

Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced that parishes, schools, and ministries will have to help pay out the archdiocese’s clergy abuse claims. Read more

The Vatican will dedicate a new statue of the patron saint of Korea, St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Statue of Korea’s patron saint to be permanently installed at St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn was the first native-Korean priest and one of the country’s earliest martyrs. Read more

The Swiss bishops' call for adherence to Catholic "rules" followed an internet controversy over an August 2022 video of a laywoman who seemed to concelebrate Mass with priests.?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Swiss bishop reprimands clergy after viral video of woman ‘concelebrating’ Mass

The laywoman stood at the altar in ordinary dress, with two priests beside her. She extended her arms and pronounced... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez.?w=200&h=150

By Eduardo Berdejo

Dictatorship in Nicaragua arrests priest who prayed for imprisoned Bishop Álvarez

In a message sent to ACI Prensa, lawyer Martha Patricia Molina stated that the priest “was kidnapped by the Sandinista... Read more


By Julieta Villar

Regnum Christi responds to accusations of sexual abuse of former women members

In the letter, about 30 former members of the movement expressed their backing for a civil lawsuit filed in June... Read more

Cardinal-elect Víctor Manuel Fernández was appointed by Pope Francis on July 1, 2023, to become the next prefect for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.?w=200&h=150

By Shannon Mullen

New doctrine chief welcomes debate but warns bishops about ‘schism’ risks

The Argentine prelate said theological debate deepens the Church’s understanding of the Gospel. Read more