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Archbishop Jean-Pierre Grallet, OFM, in May 2013.

French bishop under investigation for ‘inappropriate’ behavior toward a woman

Nov 17, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The archbishop emeritus of Strasbourg said he deeply regretted making “inappropriate gestures toward a young woman of legal age” in... Read more

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German priest contradicts pope and backs pornography as sexual ‘relief’ for celibates

Nov 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

A priest of the Diocese of Münster, Father Hermann Backhaus, said he also considers it a “very strong” statement to... Read more

Salesian missions shipped food and medical supplies to Zhytomyr in war-torn Ukraine.

Food shipment feeds hundreds at parish, orphanage and school in Ukraine

Nov 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Amid concern over new missile strikes and ongoing prayer by Pope Francis for Ukraine, hundreds in the war-torn country received... Read more

Image of St. John Paul II in his chapel in the Cathedral of Madrid

Archdiocese of Madrid pays ‘debt’ to John Paul II, dedicates cathedral chapel in his honor

Nov 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

The cathedral of the Archdiocese of Madrid dedicated Nov. 13 a new chapel in honor of St. John Paul II,... Read more

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French ‘influencer’ priest posts video parodies of Mass, apologies to those who ‘may have felt hurt’

Nov 15, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

A French “influencer” priest who was asked by the Vatican to help out with a survey for the Synod on... Read more

San Rafael Arnáiz at different times of his life

Meet the Spanish Trappist mystic saint who helps those who suffer from diabetes

Nov 15, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

St. Rafael Arnáiz, who had diabetes, is considered one of the great mystics of the 20th century. Read more

Gad Elmaleh / Our Lady of Lourdes

Jewish actor converts to Catholicism: the Virgin Mary ‘is my most beautiful love’

Nov 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The famous Jewish actor and humorist Gad Elmaleh announced his conversion to the Catholic faith, a process in which he... Read more

Archbishop Mario Conti

Mourners pay tribute to ‘much-loved’ Scottish archbishop

Nov 9, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

“The death of Archbishop Mario will be felt not just in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, but across Scotland and beyond.” Read more

Image of the Virgin of Almudena in the streets of Madrid, Spain

How the image of the Virgin of Almudena survived the eighth-century Muslim invasion

Nov 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Every Nov. 9, the Church in Spain celebrates the Virgin of Almudena, whose image “hides” a peculiar story that might... Read more

Enrique de Amo (left) and the Bishop of Almería, Antonio Gómez Cantero

Spanish bishop appoints controversial former communist leader as head of campus ministry

Nov 9, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Vox party has charged that the newly appointed head addressed voters in insulting terms and has asked the bishop... Read more

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Johannes Bündgens in November 2022

Pope Francis accepts resignation of German bishop found guilty of embezzlement

Nov 8, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was convicted of embezzling money from a woman... Read more

Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022

Pope Francis prays for Tanzania plane crash victims

Nov 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has sent a message to victims of a plane crash in Tanzania. He said he is praying for... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard

French cardinal confesses to sexual abuse

Nov 7, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard said on Monday that he had abused a 14-year-old girl several decades ago and was making himself... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with members of the press on the flight from Bahrain to Rome.

Pope Francis praises pro-abortion economist on papal commission in remarks about women

Nov 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mariana Mazzucato’s appointment to the Pontifical Academy for Life drew criticism due to her outspoken advocacy for abortion rights. Read more

Father Javier Siegrist

Priest laments state of apparition site of Our Lady of Fatima in Spain

Nov 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

While progress has been made on the restoration of the shrie, Spanish Father Javier Siegrist noted that “it’s still insufficient... Read more

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Spanish bishop prays in front of abortion clinic on All Souls’ Day despite oppressive law

Nov 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of Orihuela-Alicante, Spain, joined the 40 Days for Life campaign Nov. 2 in front of an... Read more

Natalia Tsarkova works on a portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in her studio in central Rome.

From ‘real life’: Papal artist unveils painting of Benedict XVI as pope emeritus

Nov 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The artist unveiled the painting, which took four years to create, during a ceremony on Nov. 3 in Palazzo Cesi,... Read more

Father Sean Sheehy

Irish priest reprimanded by bishop for homilies about sin

Nov 2, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

In his sermon, the Irish priest said “you rarely hear about sin, but it’s rampant,” adding: “We see it in... Read more

A memento mori at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican

Why do Catholics pray for the dead? — and other questions about purgatory answered

Nov 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On All Souls’ Day, the Catholic Church remembers all those who have died and prays for them in a particular... Read more

Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa takes a selfie with volunteers from WYD Lisbon 2023.

President of Portugal registers for World Youth Day 2023: Here’s how you can participate

Oct 31, 2022

By CNA Staff

According to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the event “will be the largest collective meeting ever in Portugal.” Read more