Archive for January 2, 2024

Three Kings.?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

When does Christmas actually end? Here are the different views

Just how many days is Christmas? When should you take the tree down and remove the decorations? Read more


By Joe Bukuras

New Catholic trade schools are sprouting up across the country — here are four 

Amid skilled-labor shortages in the U.S., new Catholic trade schools are offering a new path for students. Read more

Image of “Santa Muerte,” or “St. Death.”?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

Exorcist warns the cult of ‘St. Death’ worships Satan ‘implicitly or explicitly’

Father Andrés Esteban López Ruiz noted that the “proliferation of this cult has led to a significant increase in the... Read more

Hong Kong media tycoon and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Jimmy Lai pleads not guilty in Hong Kong national security trial

Lai’s trial in Hong Kong began last month, launching what is expected to be a protracted legal exhibition capping several... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein celebrates a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 31, 2023, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of Pope Benedict XVI.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Conference on anniversary of Benedict’s death focuses on legacy defined by love of Christ

Friends, scholars and former colleagues of Pope Benedict XVI gathered in the Campo Santo Teutonico in Vatican City, from Dec.... Read more

Firefighters inspect collapsed wooden houses in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan. 2, 2024, a day after a major 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Noto region in Ishikawa Prefecture.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Pope sends message of condolence to victims of deadly earthquake in Japan

The reported 7.6-magnitude quake struck Ishikawa Prefecture in the western part of the country, killing more than 50. Read more

Pope Francis prays during his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 27, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January is for the gift of diversity in the Church. Read more

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

These are Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for 2024

The monthly prayer intentions express the Holy Father’s concerns for humanity and the mission of the Catholic Church. Read more

Daniel Ortega/Bishop Silvio Báez.?w=200&h=150

By David Ramos

Dictatorship in Nicaragua closes out 2023 with 2 bishops and 15 priests in custody

Managua’s auxiliary bishop, Silvio José Báez, denounced the regime’s “relentless and abiding hatred of the Church.” Read more

Attendance at the 2024 Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) SEEK conference topped 19,000, a 28% increase over last year.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Massive attendance, enthusiasm at Fellowship of Catholic University Students conference

Forty-four bishops are in attendance this year — more than double last year's number — as well as 450 seminarians,... Read more

Nahida Anton and her daughter Samar Anton were killed as they were walked to the Missionaries of Charity convent in the compound of Holy Family Parish in Gaza on Dec. 16, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Vatican: 20 Catholic missionaries killed in 2023

Twenty Catholic missionaries were murdered in 2023, according to a new Dec. 30 report issued by the Vatican’s Fides News... Read more