Archive for May 7, 2024


By Jonah McKeown,Daniel Payne

Global fertility rates: Here’s how majority-Catholic countries rank against rest of world

Catholic populations have for years been associated with high fertility rates — but that has changed. Read more

Father Mike Depcik offer Mass at the Seton Shrine Basilica in Emmitsburg, Maryland, during a recent retreat at the shrine.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Quiñones

Deaf Catholic community in Maryland grows with new chaplain, retreat, Eucharistic Congress

Father Michael Depcik, the chaplain for the Deaf Ministry in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is building up Catholic communities for... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Quiñones

Justice Samuel Alito to address record-breaking 2024 class at Franciscan University

Justice Samuel Alito is scheduled to give the commencement address on May 11 to a record 896 students in the... Read more

Argentinian prelate Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Vatican to publish new document on Marian apparitions next week

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández will unveil new norms for discernment regarding “apparitions and other supernatural phenomena.” Read more

Pope Francis on May 7, 2024, appointed Father James Mark Beckman, 61, a priest of the Diocese of Nashville, as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville.?w=200&h=150

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis appoints new bishop to Diocese of Knoxville

The Holy See Press Office announced that Father James Mark Beckman, 61, will be installed as the new bishop of... Read more

Singer-songwriter Garth Brooks (left), former NFL quarterback Tom Brady (right), and other celebrity guests will meet Pope Francis in an audience at Apostolic Palace on May 11, 2024, as participants in the Vatican’s World Meeting on Human Fraternity.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Why Tom Brady and Garth Brooks will be at the Vatican this weekend

Tom Brady, Garth Brooks, and other celebrity guests will meet Pope Francis in an audience on May 11 as participants... Read more

Catholic bishops lead the faithful in prayer on the one-year anniversary of the May 3, 2023, violence in Manipur, India.?w=200&h=150

By Anto Akkara

Prayers, processions, and seminars mark first anniversary of bloodshed in Manipur, India

According to the government’s estimate, as many as 230 died in the bloody ethnic conflict that engulfed Manipur beginning on... Read more


By Jude Atemanke

Uganda’s Catholic dioceses notified of limited stock of altar wine for Mass

Catholic dioceses in Uganda have been notified of a limited stock of wine for Masses due to delays in shipping. Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. CNA file photo.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Minnesota bishops urge opposition to ‘Equal Rights Amendment’

Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester warned that the proposal constitutes “an imposition of the sexual revolution on the people of... Read more

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Federal grant fund for security at houses of worship boosted by $400 million

The program received $305 million in federal funding last year, but with the $400 million addition it will receive more... Read more

In 2023 there were more than 275,000 child pornography websites on the internet, with approximately 11,000 photos generated by AI in just one month.?w=200&h=150

By Andrés Henríquez

Conference in Rome addresses dangers of AI and child pornography

The conference grappled with the fact that youth are increasingly exposed to platforms that contain tools “that can lead to... Read more

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks during a press conference at the Broward County Courthouse on Aug. 18, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Florida sues Biden administration over rule requiring ‘dangerous, irreversible’ gender procedures

The lawsuit is meant to halt the White House’s attempt to “force the state to pay for puberty blockers and... Read more

Demonstrators hold pro-life placards during an anti-abortion protest in Paris on Jan. 16, 2022. Abortion in France is legal until 14 weeks after conception.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Pinedo

U.S. abortion law is ‘far more permissive than the vast majority of the world’

U.S. abortion law makes it “a global outlier in a shared category with human rights abusers like China and Vietnam,”... Read more

New Swiss Guards prepare to be sworn in on May 6, 2024, at the Vatican.?w=200&h=150

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis welcomes Vatican’s new Swiss Guard recruits

Pope Francis received the Vatican’s Swiss Guard Corps on the occasion of the swearing-in of the new guards on May... Read more

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks to the media on May 26, 2022, in New York City.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

Judge blocks referendum to enshrine abortion in New York Constitution; state to appeal

A New York Supreme Court judge ruled that a referendum to enshrine a right to abortion in the state’s constitution... Read more