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Young people at Holy Family Mission in County Waterford, Ireland.

Catholic gap year program in Ireland prepares young people for lifelong mission

Mar 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A new gap year program gives young people the opportunity to spend one year living in Ireland in an intentional... Read more

Banner of the Yes to Life demonstration held in Madrid on March 12, 2023.

Thousands turn out for pro-life march in Spain to oppose laws that threaten human life

Mar 13, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Thousands turned out for the Yes to Life march in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday, March 12. Read more

Delegates at the fifth assembly of the German Synodal Way, meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 11, 2023, applaud after the he passage of a text calling for changes to the German Church's approach to gender identity.

Women’s ordination, transgender ideology move forward at German Synodal Way

Mar 11, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Delegates also elected members for a commission tasked with establishing a permanent, national Synodal Council. Read more

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979.

In Poland, lawmakers condemn disputed report about John Paul II abuse cover-up

Mar 10, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Referring to the report’s use of material taken from communist secret police files, the resolution said it was “an attempt... Read more

Delegates at the fifth assembly of the German Synodal Way, meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 10, 2023, applaud after the he passage of a measure to establish official blessings for same-sex sexual relations. The motion passed with only 14 of 202 delegates opposing.

German Synodal Way approves same-sex blessings, lay preaching, and reexamination of priestly celibacy

Mar 10, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Delegates also voted to delay addressing perhaps the most controversial topic: establishing synodal councils at the parish and diocesan level. Read more

Inside St. Frances of Rome Church 8 in Rome, Italy on March 9, 2016.

St. Frances of Rome: She found a path to sainthood in marriage and motherhood

Mar 9, 2023

By Elise Harris

St. Frances dreamed of becoming a nun, but in obedience to her parents' wishes and the advice of her confessor,... Read more

Pope John Paul II in 1996.

Polish bishops: New allegation that JPII covered up sex abuse based on reports from communist secret police

Mar 8, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The bishops said that “further archival research” is necessary to fairly assess a new claim aired in a recent documentary.  Read more

40 Days for Life volunteers pray at the gates of an abortion in Castellón, Spain.

40 Days for Life in Spain tells volunteers to film or record their prayer time outside abortion clinics

Mar 8, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The 40 Days for Life campaign in Spain has advised volunteers to record their entire prayer time due to pressure... Read more

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

UK Parliament makes it illegal to pray near abortion facilities

Mar 7, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Britain’s House of Commons approved legislation Tuesday to create “buffer zones” around abortion facilities that would prohibit silent prayer. Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the day after a massive fire damaged parts of the roof and structure.

Notre Dame cathedral to open in December 2024

Mar 7, 2023

By Solène Tadié

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, whose spire and roof were destroyed by a 2019 fire, should be rebuilt within the... Read more


International group launches proposal to ban surrogacy worldwide

Mar 6, 2023

By Solène Tadié

A signed document aims to raise global awareness of surrogacy, which the group considers to be a practice that violates... Read more

The exhibition on "Spain and the Hispanic World" features an opulent vision of the Flight into Egypt by an unknown 18th-century Peruvian artist. The work is from the Hispanic Society of America.

Catholicism makes a comeback in London

Mar 4, 2023

By Lucien de Guise

It’s not often that you see Catholic culture featured at the city’s major museums. Read more

Left to right: Bishop Virgílio Antunes, Portuguese Episcopal Conference vice president; Bishop José Ornelas, conference president; and Father Manuel Barbosa, conference spokesman, during a press conference on March 3, 2023, which was held to discuss steps being taken to halt sexual abuse within the country's Catholic Church.

Portuguese bishops announce steps to end sexual abuse in the Church

Mar 3, 2023

By Clara Raimundo

The bishops of Portugal on Friday began taking concrete steps to respond to a damning investigative report last month. Read more


Pontifical university in Spain asks alumni in survey if they are male, female, or ‘other’

Mar 2, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Pontifical University of Comillas in Spain has sent a survey to its former students asking them to specify their... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the closing press conference of the spring plenary meeting of the German bishops’ conference.

Despite ‘no’ from Vatican, German bishops moves forward with plans for synodal council

Mar 1, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A letter by the president of the German Bishops’ Conference published Wednesday confirms that plans for a German synodal council... Read more


Ukrainian soldier saved by praying the rosary, priest recounts

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Part of Ukrainian priest Father Josafat Boyko’s ministry is to provide spiritual direction to soldiers fighting the Russian invasion. Read more


Spokesman for Russian Catholic bishops: ‘There is no foreseeable solution’ to Ukraine war

Feb 27, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Father Kirill Gorbunov said that “the majority of the people are suffering” and that “after a year of war [with... Read more

Minister of the Interior of Spain Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

Spanish government reproached for lack of response to jihadist attack on churches that left one dead

Feb 27, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Observatory for Religious and Conscience Freedom criticized the Spanish government for its “silence and inaction” in the face of... Read more

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Citizens’ convention endorses legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in France

Feb 27, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The 184-member council was convened by President Emmanuel Macron to debate “end of life” issues. Read more

The beach at Steccato di Cutro in Calabria

Shipwreck leaves more than 50 migrants dead in Italy: The Church expresses pain

Feb 26, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Pope Francis and Church leaders in Italy sent their prayers for the eternal rest of at least 59 migrants who... Read more