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'Immaculate Conception' by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1628.

The miracle that made the Immaculate Virgin patroness of Spain and its infantry

Dec 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

In 1585 a miracle attributed to the Immaculate Conception allowed the Spanish troops to win the Battle of Empel in... Read more

Iona Abbey and nunnery, established 563 AD on the site of the monastery founded by St. Colmcille, also known as Columba.

St. Colmcille, the Irish saint who went into exile after copying a book

Dec 7, 2022

By Patrick J. Passmore

Born on Dec. 7 in the year 521, this patron saint’s name is etched across the Irish landscape; his legacy... Read more

St. John Paul II, circa 1992.

Journalists contradict allegations of ‘cover up’ against John Paul II before he was pope

Dec 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Journalists investigating secular and Catholic Church sources in Poland have called into question allegations by a Dutch writer. Read more

The co-initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Argüello and Carmen Hernández.

An ‘unbearable’ saint? Neocatechumenal Way’s Hernández remembered for virtues, vices

Dec 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Kiko Argüello, who co-founded the Neocatechumenal Way with Hernandez, shared some candid remarks about the difficulties of their relationship. Read more

Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public near an abortion center in Bournemouth, England.

UK Supreme Court to rule on ‘censorship zone’ outside abortion facilities

Dec 6, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Pro-life and free-speech campaigners in the United Kingdom are awaiting a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Read more

St. Nicholas, by Jaroslav Čermák (1831-1878).

5 things to know and share about St. Nicholas

Dec 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

How much do you know about the man whose feast falls on Dec. 6? Read more

Installation of the first Nativity scene in the European Parliament

European Parliament displays Nativity scene for first time in its history

Dec 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Until now, officials of the European institution had considered it “potentially offensive.” Read more

Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way

Process of beatification begins for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of Neocatechumenal Way

Dec 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The beatification and canonization process for Carmen Hernández, co-founder of the Neocatechumenal Way, officially opens this Sunday. Read more

Thomas Sternberg speaking at a press conference for the German "Synodal Way" on Sept. 30, 2021, in Frankfurt.

German Synodal Way designed to create ‘pressure’ on the Church, founding president says

Dec 2, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Thomas Sternberg, former president of the Central Committee of German Catholics, said the process wanted to achieve changes to Church... Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas in Nottingham, England, U.K.

England and Wales no longer Christian ‘by default,’ census shows

Dec 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The latest census shows Christians there are now a minority, while the number of people who have no religious affiliation... Read more

The Risen Christ

German Synodal Way: The devil will not defeat the Resurrection, Spanish cardinal says

Nov 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

Spanish Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela criticized the controversial Synodal Way of the German Catholic Church in a university course... Read more

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Spanish government wants to undo the concept of family and redefine it, critics charge

Nov 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pro-family associations in Spain are mobilizing against a new family law. Read more

Bishop Erik Varden of the Roman Catholic Territorial Prelature of Trondheim presides at vespers at Santa Maria dell'Anima in Rome, Nov. 28, 2022

Norwegian bishop: Catholic life leads ‘to persecution to some degree in this fallen world’

Nov 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Marking 500 years of his country’s history, a convert to Catholicism, Trappist monk, and Scandinavian bishop spoke about persecution in... Read more

The cross in the Valley of the Fallen, November 2022

New Spanish law threatens future of world’s largest cross and its employees

Nov 29, 2022

By Estefanía Aguirre

One employee says she fears losing her lifelong job at the world’s largest cross locality after the government of Spain... Read more

The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

UK Catholic bishop speaks out after woman with Down syndrome loses abortion law appeal

Nov 29, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

In a ruling on Nov. 25, the Court of Appeal ruled that the UK abortion law did not discriminate against... Read more

Father Ivan Levystky (left) and Father Bohdan Geleta (right)

Russian troops capture two Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests and accuse them of ‘subversion’

Nov 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Donetsk Exarchate denied the accusations, calling the detention “unfounded and illegal,” and demanded the prompt release of the clerics. Read more

German Bishops at Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls during their visit in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022

As Church allows for LGBT-employees in Germany, Vatican publishes concerns over Synodal Way

Nov 25, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Vatican on Thursday published the full wording of its latest warnings over another schisma coming out of Germany, raising... Read more

Livia Tossici-Bolt says she was urged by council officers to “move on” after praying in public

UK woman praying in public asked to ‘move on’ by local authorities

Nov 25, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

Concerns about religious freedom in the UK are intensifying after local council officers confronted a woman on the south coast... Read more

Paris, France

Will France enshrine a ‘right’ to abortion in its constitution?

Nov 23, 2022

By Solène Tadié

If officially approved by the Parliament at the end of the month, the bill would still need to be approved... Read more

Father Willie Doyle, S.J.

Father Willie Doyle’s cause: fearless in his faith on Flanders Fields

Nov 22, 2022

By Patrick J. Passmore

Father Willie Doyle was an inspiring yet unassuming Irish World War I chaplain. Now his cause for canonization has been... Read more