Archive for June 19, 2024

An 1889 rendition by architects Bullard & Bullard of the National Emancipation Monument proposed for Springfield, Illinois (Library of Congress), superimposed on a 34-star U.S. flag dating to the Civil War.?w=200&h=150

By Peter Jesserer Smith

‘American Spartacus’: Honoring a Black Catholic Civil War hero on Juneteenth

Catholics should honor Capt. André Cailloux’s bold sacrifice, which his contemporaries believed decisively changed the outcome of the Civil War. Read more

Venerable Matt Talbot, an Irishman whose journey from alcoholism to the heights of holiness has inspired many who struggle with addiction, is being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church. ?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

From alcoholic to future saint: The inspiring conversion of Ireland’s Matt Talbot 

Venerable Matt Talbot has inspired many who struggle with addiction and is being considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church.  Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.?w=200&h=150

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Juneteenth and the life of the first Black American Catholic priest

On the federal holiday that marks the end of slavery in the United States, we honor the first African American... Read more

Pilgrims kneel in adoration at a World Youth Day event in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event was hosted by the U.S. bishops’ conference and featured a talk by Bishop Robert Barron culminating in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour.?w=200&h=150

By Kate Quiñones

U.S. bishops approve plan for youth, young adult ministry

Bishop Robert Barron said he hopes the document creates “another watershed moment” like World Youth Day in Denver. Read more

Pope Francis gives a blessing to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis tells faithful: Learn some of the Psalms by heart

“It is necessary to make the Psalms our prayer,” the pope said at his general audience in an overcast but... Read more

Panelists speak at the event "Towards the Abolition of Surrogacy: Preventing the Exploitation and Commodification of Women and Children,” held by the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Holy See convenes UN panel urging global abolition of surrogacy

Panelists called for “increased awareness and concrete steps at the U.N. level to abolish surrogacy and uphold human dignity.” Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022.?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis tells Communion and Liberation leader: ‘Do not look at your navel’

As reported by President Davide Prosperi, the pope spoke of “the need to share the charism and for a co-responsibility... Read more

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs sits in the audience prior to President Joe Biden's remarks at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Sept 28, 2023, in Tempe, Arizona.?w=200&h=150

By Daniel Payne

Arizona governor vetoes bill requiring insurance companies to cover trans ‘detransitions’

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed state Senate Bill 1511 after it passed both houses of the state Legislature. Read more


By Julieta Villar

Argentine bishops speak out about interrupting Mass with political chants

Recently, participants at Mass in Argentina started chanting the political slogan “the country is not for sale,” an expression of... Read more


By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Culture of death advances in Spain with two new developments

The culture of life suffered two setbacks recently as the culture of death advanced again in Spain. Read more

Pro-abortion activists gather in front of pro-life advocates outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Manhattan on Feb. 3, 2024, in New York City.?w=200&h=150

By Tyler Arnold

New York court puts pro-abortion amendment back on November ballot

Although the proposed “Equal Rights” amendment does not use the word “abortion,” it would establish broad rights to “reproductive health... Read more