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Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández celebrates his Mass of titular possession at the Church of Sts. Urban and Lawrence at Prima Porta on the northern outskirts of Rome on Dec. 3, 2023.

Cardinal Fernández says Pope Francis knew about his book ‘Mystical Passion’

Jan 17, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a recent interview that Pope Francis previously... Read more

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Here are 5 Catholic practices to help strengthen your faith life in 2024

Jan 17, 2024

By Diego López Marina

In the constant search for spiritual growth and connection to the sacred in everyday life, discovering new ways to strengthen... Read more

The loss of St. Bernard’s Church in Grouard, Alberta, Canada, on May 22, 2023, makes a sad moment for those with memories of the church, said Grouard-McLennan Archbishop Gerard Pettipas. Two men have been arrested in connection with the fire.

Report: 33 churches in Canada destroyed by fire since May 2021

Jan 17, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

Arson attacks against churches in Canada are on the rise, according to a Canadian news outlet. Read more

Millions of people gathered in the streets of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, to accompany the Divine Shepherdess in a Jan. 14, 2024, procession.

Divine Shepherdess procession in Venezuela draws 2.7 million

Jan 16, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

More than 2.7 million people gathered in the city of Barquisimeto in Lara state, Venezuela, on Jan. 14 to accompany... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matalgalpa, Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan dictatorship releases Bishop Álvarez, brother bishop, and priests

Jan 14, 2024

By David Ramos

The dictatorship of Daniel Ortega on Sunday released and sent to the Vatican two imprisoned Nicaraguan bishops along with 15... Read more

Migrants take part in a caravan toward the border with the United States in Arriaga community, Chiapas State, Mexico, on Jan. 8, 2024.

U.S. and Mexican bishops present proposals to help migrants

Jan 12, 2024

By Diego López Colín

The Catholic bishops of the Mexico-Texas border region issued a joint call Jan. 10 to improve the situation of migrants... Read more

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys by Pierre Le Ber.

How St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, first female saint of Canada, discovered her vocation

Jan 12, 2024

By ACI Prensa

On Jan. 12, we celebrate the feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre... Read more

Argentine President Javier Milei formally invited Pope Francis to visit his homeland of Argentina in a Jan. 8, 2024, letter.

Argentine president formally invites Pope Francis to visit native land

Jan 11, 2024

By Julieta Villar

The president of Argentina, Javier Milei, anticipated that the possible trip “will bring fruits of peace and brotherhood to all... Read more

Police officers stand guard outside the City Hall building in Quito on Jan. 10, 2024, as Ecuador remains in a state of emergency following the escape from prison of a dangerous narco boss.

Ecuador: Gang violence will not prevail, bishops say

Jan 10, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

In a Jan. 9 message, the bishops of Ecuador said that “organized crime is sowing, in the day to day... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, the archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, on Jan. 6, 2024, ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst waves of persecution against the Catholic Church in the country.

Ordination of 9 new priests represents hope for Church in Nicaragua

Jan 9, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, on Saturday ordained nine new priests in the midst of one of the worst... Read more

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Priests, prelate respond to ‘visionary’ who encouraged using Eucharist in rituals

Jan 9, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

“This is a grave mortal sin: using holy Communion to use it in witchcraft is a sacrilege,” one priest said. Read more

Father Deacon Andrew Bennett addresses a fundraising breakfast for Catholic Pacific College in Langley Township, British Columbia, in December 2023. “Increasingly young adults see what the world is offering them, and they realize it’s not what they want,” he said.

‘Search for beauty and truth’ leads young adults to church, Ukrainian Catholic deacon says

It all comes down to giving young people “a sense of life in beauty, truth, and goodness — those great... Read more

Bishop Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega of Siuna, Nicaragua.

UN calls on Nicaragua to disclose where it is holding abducted Bishop Isidoro Mora

Jan 8, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

“We urge the government of Nicaragua to urgently report the whereabouts of Bishop Mora, a victim of forced disappearance for... Read more

Adoration of the Magi.

7 facts about the Wise Men you might not know

Jan 6, 2024

By ACI Prensa

On Jan. 6, the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Read more

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Priest says migrants in northern Mexico are being kidnapped on a constant basis

Jan 5, 2024

By Diego López Colín

Mexican authorities reported Jan. 3 the rescue of 31 migrants who had been kidnapped the night of Dec. 30 on... Read more

Monsignor Rafael Escudero is bishop of the Territorial Prelature of Moyobamba in Peru.

Peruvian Bishop Escudero delivers comprehensive critique of blessing irregular couples

Jan 4, 2024

By Diego López Marina

Bishop Rafael Escudero considers the blessing of such couples “a grave abuse of the Most Holy Name of God.” Read more

Participants in the 2023 National Youth Pilgrimage to the Christ the King statue high atop Cubilete in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

Young people to make pilgrimage to Christ the King shrine for religious freedom in Mexico

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego López Colín

With the theme “We ask for citizen participation, we demand religious freedom,” thousands of young Catholics are preparing to make... Read more

A doctor carries out a medical examination of Bishop Rolando Álvarez  on Jan. 2, 2024.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua posts photos of Bishop Álvarez after U.S. calls for his release

Jan 3, 2024

By Diego López Marina

The dictatorship on Jan. 2 released recent images of the Bishop Rolando Álvarez shortly after the United States government demanded... Read more

Daniel Ortega/Bishop Silvio Báez.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua closes out 2023 with 2 bishops and 15 priests in custody

Jan 2, 2024

By David Ramos

Managua’s auxiliary bishop, Silvio José Báez, denounced the regime’s “relentless and abiding hatred of the Church.” Read more

Image of “Santa Muerte,” or “St. Death.”

Exorcist warns the cult of ‘St. Death’ worships Satan ‘implicitly or explicitly’

Jan 2, 2024

By Diego López Colín

Father Andrés Esteban López Ruiz noted that the “proliferation of this cult has led to a significant increase in the... Read more