Archive for May 15, 2024

Easter Vigil at the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sánchez Silva

An oasis in the European Church: World’s oldest Cistercian abbey has more than 100 monks

The Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria has never had “interruptions” in its history and is an oasis... Read more

Gloria Purvis, Cardinal Robert McElroy, Bishop Daniel Flores, and Bishop Robert Barron discuss polarization in the Catholic Church during a panel discussion hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, Glenmary Home Missioners, and the Jesuit Conference on May 14, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Catholic bishops warn of polarization in Church, urge more dialogue 

“Politics is almost a religion and sometimes it’s a sport, [but] it’s not supposed to be either,” Bishop Daniel Flores... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 15, 2024, at the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis at general audience: ‘Love is charity’

Pointing to the Sermon on the Mount and repeating twice “love your enemy,” the pope noted that this teaching “embraces... Read more

Outer details of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Chicago.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Catholics in Chicago work to preserve historic century-old parish

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will hold its final Mass on Sunday, May 19, before the parish merges with nearby... Read more

Cardinal Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, archbishop of Hong Kong, China.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

A look at the bishop of Hong Kong’s recent visit to mainland China

Chow led a 10-person delegation of Catholics from Hong Kong to the southern Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shantou, and Shenzhen... Read more

Stained-glass window at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Vatican halts some parish closures in St. Louis following appeals

As part of the archdiocese’s major pastoral planning initiative, the archbishop announced that the number of parishes would be reduced... Read more

“Woman of the Well” paintings by Glenda Stevens are being distributed to each of the 15 deaneries in the Diocese of Phoenix.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Quiñones

Catholic Church responds to mental health crisis across the U.S. and globally

Following a 2023 USCCB initiative, Catholics across the country and the world have been working in their local communities to... Read more

A dedication ceremony for the ultrasound machine donated by the Knights of Columbus to the First Choice Women's Resource Center in New Brunswick, N.J.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Supreme Court denies pregnancy center appeal to keep donor information private

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin last year had ordered First Choice Women’s Resource Centers to turn over communications. Read more

On March 30, 1926, Cardinal van Rossum, prefect of Propaganda Fide, announced Pope Pius XI’s decision to consecrate the first six Chinese bishops, a ceremony that was held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 28 of that year.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

It’s been 100 years since the Catholic Church’s first Council in China

The council had a dual purpose: to initiate the process of ecclesial inculturation and to decouple the missions from the... Read more

Picture of the Cathedral Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida taken on the day of the patron saint of Brazil, in Aparecida, Sao Paulo State, on Oct. 12, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Nathália Queiroz

Aparecida Shrine in Brazil inaugurates new Rupnik mosaics 

The National Shrine of Aparecida in the Brazilian state of São Paulo inaugurated in a May 11 ceremony the new... Read more


By Diego López Colín

Church in Mexico wins lawsuit filed by ‘trans’ person seeking baptismal record change

A Mexican court has ruled in favor of the Diocese of Querétaro in a lawsuit that demanded the diocese change... Read more

Pro-life activist Joan Andrews Bell listens during a news conference on the five fetuses found inside the home where she and other anti-abortion activists were living on Capitol Hill at a news conference at the Hyatt Regency on April 5, 2022, in Washington, D.C.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

Elderly pro-life activist sentenced to over two years in prison under FACE Act

Joan Andrews Bell, a 76-year-old Catholic, and three other pro-life activists were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Read more