Archive for June 13, 2024


By Daniel Payne

What is ‘green burial’ and does the Catholic Church allow it?

The practice of “green burials” is growing in popularity including at numerous Catholic cemeteries throughout the United States.  Read more

Gold reliquairies containing the chin and tongue of St. Anthony of Padua in the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua in Italy.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

The opening of St. Anthony’s tomb and the ‘Feast of the Tongue’

St. Anthony’s feast day is today, June 13, but you may not be aware that there’s another important day of... Read more

The exterior of St. Casimir Church in Buffalo, New York?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Preservation group launches campaign to save New York churches from closure

The “Save Our Sacred Sites” campaign aims to save historic church buildings at risk of closure by the Diocese of... Read more

In five Catholic churches in the heart of Panama City, visitors can find kiosks that not only provide information about each church but also offer the benefit of a virtual tour guide.?w=200&h=150

By Diego López Colín

Saints and bishops ‘come to life’ as tour guides at historic Catholic churches

In the oldest section of Panama City, saints and bishops of the Catholic Church have “come to life” to offer... Read more

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Vatican publishes papal primacy document aimed at ‘a reunited Church’

The study document is the first Vatican text since Vatican II to outline the entire ecumenical debate on papal primacy. Read more

Flags of (left to right) Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, USA, and Europe are displayed for a G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting at the City Hall in Muenster, western Germany on Nov. 3, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

G7 summit: Pope Francis to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in Italy

Pope Francis will hold bilateral meetings on Friday with nine world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, at the G7... Read more

Pope Francis made his remarks on synodality during an annual meeting for moderators of international associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements, and new communities, organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on June 13, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis: Synodality moves us to share in others’ suffering

Pope Francis said Thursday a synodal spirit asks us to react with empathy to the suffering and painful experiences of... Read more

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”?w=200&h=150

By AC Wimmer

German Catholics write letter to Rome over Synodal Way, warn of ‘serious scandal’

A Catholic committee has turned to the Vatican in an attempt to avoid a permanent Synodal Council to oversee the... Read more

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 26, 2024, for a lawsuit brought by the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine (AHM), which seeks to impose more restrictions on the prescription of mifepristone.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

In unanimous decision, SCOTUS rejects doctors’ challenge to abortion pill

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled against a physician-led challenge to the abortion drug mifepristone. Read more

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2023.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

For World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis urges Christians to ‘be friends of the poor’

Pope Francis this week urged Christians around the world to share in the suffering of the poor and to commune... Read more

The Eucharist makes its way up a ski hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, as part of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Eucharistic pilgrims go ‘to the heights’ at the top of the Rocky Mountains

At the Continental Divide last week, a priest held up the golden monstrance containing Jesus and blessed both halves of... Read more

Holy Cross parish in Buenos Aires, Argentina.?w=200&h=150

By Julieta Villar

During Mass, Argentine priest leads congregation in political chant used against Milei

A Catholic priest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, incorporated into the celebration of the Mass a political chorus used in protests... Read more

U.S. Capitol, Senate side.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Democratic, Republican bills on IVF voted down in U.S. Senate

The Right to IVF Act, introduced by Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, failed 48-47 on Thursday, needing 60 votes... Read more