Archive for January 25, 2024

Caravaggio’s “Conversion on the Way to Damascus,” 1601.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Caravaggio painted two masterpieces of St. Paul’s conversion — why?

On the feast of the conversion of St. Paul, we look at the mystery behind Caravaggio’s two famous paintings of... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen preaches a sermon during a Mass at the Holy Cross Church on May 24, 2022, in Hong Kong, China.?w=200&h=150

By Edward Pentin

Cardinal Zen: Fiducia Supplicans ‘creates confusion’; suggests Fernández should resign

In a statement published Jan. 23 on his blog, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the declaration contains numerous passages in... Read more


By Peter Pinedo

Assisted suicide will bring about ‘reduction in health care spending,’ report claims

The implementation of assisted suicide will “save” the Canadian health care system between $34.7 and $136.8 million, a new report... Read more

Father Elias Leyds, CSJ.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

EWTN mourns death of Father Elias Leyds, ‘heart’ of Low Countries apostolate

The Eternal Word Television Network this week mourned the unexpected death of Father Elias Leyds, CSJ, the founder of EWTN... Read more

People walk by the entrance of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Anne in Port-au-Prince, Jan. 22, 2024. Eight people, including six nuns, were kidnapped Jan. 19 in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, according to the country's association of religious orders, amid an ongoing upswing in abductions.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Abducted Haitian nuns released amid ongoing gang violence 

The release of the six religious sisters, along with their two drivers, was confirmed to Vatican News by Archbishop Max... Read more


By Daniel Payne

Kentucky bishop dismisses priests who derided novus ordo Mass as ‘irrelevant’

Covington Bishop John Iffert announced his decision in a letter to members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Park... Read more

Canadian sister Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, founder of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Canadian religious sister Mother Marie-Léonie Paradis cleared for canonization

Pope Francis signed a decree on Jan. 24 allowing for the canonization of Canadian sister Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, founder of... Read more

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical second vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Christian unity must be rooted in prayer, pope says at ecumenical vespers

Marking the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis hosted an ecumenical vespers at Rome’s Basilica... Read more

Jimmy Coleman, a Catholic entrepreneur and father from North Carolina, completes an ultrarun.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

The ‘Adoration Ultra:’ Catholic runner to cover 50 miles of Eucharistic adoration

Entrepreneur and North Carolina father Jimmy Coleman plans to run a 50-mile route this Friday, Jan. 26, stopping at five... Read more

Pope Francis gave a special message to Chinese Catholics at the end of his Mass in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Pope appoints new bishop in China, bringing a 70-year vacancy to an end

The Holy See Press Office announced on Thursday that Father Thaddeus Wang Yuesheng was appointed by Pope Francis as the... Read more

Members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia enjoying a performance of The Hillbilly Thomists at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Aug. 1, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Catholic by the numbers: New religious brothers and sisters have a lot in common

A new survey report polled 48 religious brothers and priests and 53 religious sisters in the U.S. who professed perpetual... Read more


By Peter Pinedo

‘Nones’ now largest religious category in U.S., new report says

Pew’s new report, released Jan. 24, shows that nones now account for 28% of the total U.S. population, outstripping the... Read more