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Giotto's Nativity fresco projected on the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi is illuminated with Giotto’s frescoes this Christmas season

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Assisi debuted its Giotto Christmas light display in December 2020, but Italy’s coronavirus restrictions last year prevented people from visiting. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020.

10 things that Pope Francis wants us to learn from the nativity scene

Dec 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tradition was born in an unassuming town in 1223. Read more

The reliquary of St. Januarius at Mass in Naples Cathedral, Italy, Dec. 16, 2021.

St. Januarius’ blood liquefies (eventually) for third time in 2021

Dec 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The blood changed its state after a day of intense prayer. Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

They are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Archbishop Aupetit prepares to sue French magazine for defamation

Dec 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

Paris Match published images of the archbishop taken with a telephoto lens. Read more

The reliquary of St. Januarius is held by the celebrant at Mass in Naples Cathedral, Italy, Dec. 16, 2021.

St. Januarius’ blood fails to liquefy at start of December anniversary

Dec 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the Italian city of Naples, has so far remained solid on Thursday, after... Read more

A statue of the Virgin Mary outside the Pfarrkirche St. Alban in Matrei in Osttirol, Austria.

‘Austria prays’: A nation turns to the rosary for an end to the pandemic

Dec 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The prayer movement is spreading to Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S. Read more

The Archbishop’s Curia at St. Calcidonius Square in Floriana, Malta.

Catholic archdiocese of Malta says it could not have foreseen alleged ‘land grab’

Dec 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The intricate dispute can be traced back to 1675. Read more

The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome has been criticized for its response to claims about plagiarism in past doctoral dissertations

Catholic university in Rome attracts criticism for handling of plagiarism accusations

Dec 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Catholic university in Rome has been criticized for its response to claims that some past students may have plagiarized... Read more

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona.

Diocese announces sanctions on Spanish bishop who attempted marriage

Dec 13, 2021

By David Ramos

The apostolic administrator of Solsona announced Saturday that the diocese’s former bishop, Xavier Novell i Gomà, had incurred suspension when... Read more

St. John Paul II, founder of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, circa 1992.

Two Jesuit priests win 2021 Centesimus Annus prize for Catholic social teaching

Dec 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Two Jesuit priests have been named the winners of the 2021 edition of the Centesimus Annus Foundation’s prize for writing... Read more

photo: TierneyMJ

He said what?? Bishop sparks backlash over Santa Claus comments

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Italian bishop is on parents' naughty list for telling children that Santa Claus isn't real. Read more

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

France’s interior minister condemns threats against Catholics during procession

Dec 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gérald Darmanin deplored what he said were ‘unacceptable acts.’ Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for victims of tornadoes in South and Midwest

Dec 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tornadoes struck Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, pictured in 2019.

Archbishop Aupetit at Paris farewell Mass: ‘I lost my life for the love of Christ’

Dec 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

He directly addressed a media report claiming that he had “lost himself for love.” Read more

Notre-Dame de Paris.

France’s heritage authorities back controversial plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral’s interior

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The committee expressed two reservations about the plan. Read more

Pope Francis greets Latin Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa of Jerusalem at a Mass at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021.

Patriarch Pizzaballa: Cyprus is ‘where Europe and the Holy Land meet’

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis made a whirlwind visit to the island last week. Read more

Bishop Rolf Steinhäuser, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany.

Canon lawyers to review abuse study contracts in Germany’s troubled Cologne archdiocese

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

The contracts relate to a landmark report released in March. Read more

Pro life protesters outsider the Belfast High court, as Northern Ireland abortion laws were being challenged. Belfast, UK. Oct. 3, 2019

Abortion buffer zones: Pro-lifers accuse Northern Ireland human rights commissioner of ‘weasel words’

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A new bill would criminalize pro-lifers found ‘influencing’ women inside buffer zones. Read more