Archive for September 14, 2023

Men process with the historic cross on the feast of the Holy Cross in Montemaggiore Belsito on Sept. 14, 2022. It is considered a great honor to be one of the people to transport the heavy float in which the cross is carried.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

One Sicilian town’s centuries-old devotion to the Holy Cross

For hundreds of years, the town of Montemaggiore Belsito has marked the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross... Read more

Georgetown University.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Jesuits, Georgetown donate $27 million to fund for slave descendants

With the additional funding, the Descendants Truth & Reconciliation Foundation’s fund has now reached 42% of its five-year goal of... Read more

Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, former editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica, was appointed undersecretary for the Dicastery for Culture and Education on Sept. 14, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis appoints Father Spadaro to culture and education post

Father Antonio Spadaro, known popularly as “the pope’s mouthpiece,” announced Thursday that he was leaving the Jesuit-run La Civiltà. Read more

Queen Mathilde of Belgium is one of only a few women in the world who can wear white, rather than the customary black, when meeting the pope for an official private audience at the Vatican. She arrived at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with her husband, King Philippe of the Belgians, on Sept. 14, 2023, wearing a white mantilla veil and a white dress.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Why the Queen of Belgium can wear white when meeting the pope

She has the “privilège du blanc,” a papal privilege currently granted only to Catholic royalty from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco,... Read more

Former President Bill Clinton and Pope Francis.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis, former President Clinton to have ‘special conversation’ at foundation meeting

The Clinton Global Initiative 2023 meeting will open Sept. 18 with “a special conversation” between Clinton and the pope via... Read more

Wiktoria Ulma with six of her children.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras,Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican says a newborn martyr had a ‘baptism of blood.’ What does that mean?

All nine members of the Ulma family, who were murdered by the Nazi regime for sheltering two Jewish families, were... Read more

Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm at a consistory in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 28, 2017.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Ordination of women should not be focal point of synod, Scandinavian cardinal says

Cardinal Anders Arborelius said the issue of ordaining women “cannot lead further, as priestly ministry is reserved to men in... Read more

The Vatican announced in September 2023 the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome will be open to the public.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Vatican allows a peek at historic palazzo in heart of Rome

The palace was originally home to Cardinal Raffaele Riario, known for having invited Michaelangelo to Rome after being impressed by... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

Court rules California district can’t bar Christian athletic club from schools

According to the ruling, the San Jose Unified School District engaged in a “double standard” when it penalized the group... Read more

Bishop Rafael Zornoz of Cádiz and Ceuta, Spain, celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Puerto Real.?w=200&h=150

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Consecrated hosts stolen from hospital chapel tabernacle in Spain

Sources at the diocese told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, that chaplains witnessed the tabernacle had been profaned on... Read more

The 33-meter Christ the Fisher sculpture was located in La Concordia in the Mexican state of Chiapas.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

Lightning strike destroys monumental statue of Christ in Mexico

Christ the Fisher was erected by Peruvian sculptor Pedro Víctor Cuya Ramos. Its construction began in 2014 and six years... Read more

Bernardo Arévalo, president-elect of Guatemala.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Marina

Guatemalan pro-lifer concerned about president-elect’s position on abortion, gender ideology

“Unfortunately we do not see a very favorable outlook regarding these issues,” said Elena Gaytán of The Family Matters Association... Read more


By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic schools must be faithful and welcoming on gender identity, Cleveland Diocese says

The Diocese of Cleveland issued policy guidelines on gender identity and related LGBT issues for its Catholic schools. Read more