Archive for February 6, 2024

Helen Alvaré, shown in her Maryland home, encourages Catholics “to give a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pt 3:15) as they work to defend Church teaching on the dignity of life and family issues.?w=200&h=150

By Joan Frawley Desmond

Helen Alvaré: Pro-life scholar and speaker who upends stereotypes

The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will honor the U.S. legal expert, highlighting her “work on pro-life issues and the broader... Read more

The funeral of Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik on Jan. 31, 2024, outside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Quiñones

New Jersey sheriff’s funeral Mass shows Church’s development of approach to suicide

There is a growing focus in the Catholic Church on suicide prevention and mental health support. Read more

Catholic pilgrims from Hong Kong came to see the pope at the welcome ceremony in Sukhbaatar Square in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Sept. 2, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Freedom of religion is ‘deteriorating’ in Hong Kong, new report says

The Chinese government is now tightening its grip on the region of more than 7 million residents, a Jan. 30... Read more

Father Jude Nwachukwu (left) and Father Kenneth Kanwa were kidnapped from their parish rectory in the Diocese of Pankshin in Nigeria on Feb. 1, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Jude Atemanke

Two priests kidnapped from parish rectory in Nigeria

A religious missionary order in Nigeria is appealing for the safe release of two of its members who were abducted... Read more

A man tends to his goats in a village in Kerala, India.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Half a million Catholics in India petition government for better living conditions

Christians make up about 20% of the local population in Kerala, with the Christian community there tracing its ancient roots... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals on Feb. 5, 2024, at the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Female Anglican bishop participates in meeting with pope’s Council of Cardinals

The pope’s Council of Cardinals concluded a meeting at the Vatican this morning with Pope Francis reflecting on “the role... Read more

(Left to right) Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas; Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas; and Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Arizona.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Senate border deal criticized by bishops, other Catholics from all directions 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Senate leaders in which they expressed “serious concerns” about the... Read more


By Tyler Arnold

90 Catholic priests, scholars ask Church leaders to oppose same-sex blessings

The signatories claim that the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contradicts “both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church.” Read more

Sixteen new priests were ordained Feb. 1–2, 2024, in Seoul, South Korea.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sánchez Silva

16 priests, 25 deacons ordained in Seoul, site of World Youth Day 2027

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taek of Seoul recently ordained 16 new priests and 25 new deacons for the archdiocese that will... Read more

Lauren Handy and Terrisa Bukovinac outside the medical examiner’s office in Washington, D.C., April 8, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Joe Bukuras

Remains of DC aborted babies reportedly to be destroyed with no chance of autopsy

Federal lawmakers and pro-life activists have called for an investigation and autopsy to determine the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of... Read more