Archive for September 30, 2023


By Daniel Payne

Data show Americans want larger families even as fertility rates remain at historic lows

A recent Gallup study shows an increase in the number of Americans who believe that the ideal family size is... Read more

Catholic families and other individuals share a common way of life on a five-acre property called Cottonwood Farm in Washtenaw County, Michigan.?w=200&h=150

By Martin Barillas

Judge rules against rural Catholic community in dispute with local authorities in Michigan

An attorney for families at Cottonwood Farm called the local government’s actions against the community “persecution.” Read more

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at a Saturday morning consistory in St. Peter’s Square, Sept. 30, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis creates 21 new cardinals, expanding body’s geographic diversity

The pope shared a guiding image for the College of Cardinals: that of “a symphony orchestra, representing the harmony and... Read more

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals for the Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. The men, whose ages range from 49 to 96, come from 15 different countries and five continents.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

We asked the new cardinals: How should the Church evangelize the world today?

From digital communication to hope to listening to the Gospel, here is what 12 of the cardinals told CNA they... Read more

The Sept. 30, 2023, prayer service, called “Together,” which was organized by the ecumenical community Taizé, included eight minutes of silence for personal prayer.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis calls silence ‘essential’ at prayer vigil for Synod on Synodality

Before thousands of young people and Christian leaders from around the world, Francis emphasized the importance of silent prayer. Read more