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In 2023 there were more than 275,000 child pornography websites on the internet, with approximately 11,000 photos generated by AI in just one month.

Conference in Rome addresses dangers of AI and child pornography

May 7, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The conference grappled with the fact that youth are increasingly exposed to platforms that contain tools “that can lead to... Read more

Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia kisses the reliquary containing the blood of St. Januarius on May 4, 2024.

Blood of St. Januarius miraculously liquifies again

May 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius, bishop, martyr, and patron saint of Naples, Italy, was... Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa gives the homily at a Mass in which he took possession of his titular church, St. Onuphrius, in Rome on May 1, 2024.

Cardinal Pizzaballa: Peace in Holy Land built on dialogue, action

May 3, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Peace needs the testimony of clear and strong gestures on the part of all believers, but it also needs to... Read more

Oviedo Archbishop Jesús Sanz Montes accused the government of focusing "in a biased and manipulative way on the problem of pedophilia as something attributable only to the Catholic Church."

Spanish archbishop slams government’s obsession with the Catholic Church

May 2, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Archbishop Jesús Sanz Montes of Oviedo, Spain, delivered a fiery response to the government’s plan to address abuses committed within... Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa gives the homily at a Mass in which he took possession of his titular church, St. Onuphrius, in Rome on May 1, 2024.

Latin patriarch of Jerusalem takes possession of Rome titular church after delays due to war

The ceremony at St. Onuphrius, the titular church of the papal order of the Holy Sepulchre, was scheduled for April... Read more

Elevation of the chalice at a Traditional Latin Mass.

Game, set, God: French athlete trades championship title for abbey life

Apr 30, 2024

By AC Wimmer

Ludovic Duée, captain of the Saint-Nazaire volleyball team and recently crowned French champion, shared a deeply personal decision with local... Read more

Father David Waller will become the first bishop Ordinary of the Ordinariate.

Former Anglican vicar becomes first bishop of UK ordinariate

Apr 29, 2024

By Edward Pentin

The Vatican has announced a new leader of the ordinariate in Great Britain. Read more

French authorities determined that "there does not appear that there is any infraction sufficiently characterized to justify any criminal procedure" against Father Matthieu Raffray.

Prosecutor dismisses case against French priest who said homosexual relations are a sin

Apr 29, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

French priest Matthieu Raffray disclosed that the Paris prosecutor’s office has dismissed a case initiated against him for stating that... Read more

President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Correspondents dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2024.

Spanish bishop to Biden: Invoking Jesus Christ in support of abortion is a sacrilege

U.S. president Joe Biden has come under fire for making the sign of the cross during a rally criticizing measures... Read more

Landscape view of Sacrofano, Italy, north of Rome.

Cardinal Grech opens world meeting of priests: ‘Our stories are human stories’

Apr 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The four-day meeting, which is taking place from April 29 to May 2 at the Fraterna Domus retreat house in... Read more

The Verona Arena is illuminated at night on Aug. 3, 2018, in Verona, Italy. The Holy See Press Office on Monday, April 29, 2024, released the pope’s schedule for a one-day trip to the city scheduled for May 18, 2024, on the vigil of Pentecost. 

Pope Francis to visit Verona for a trip centered on peace and justice

Apr 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy See Press Office on Monday released the pope’s schedule for the one-day trip scheduled for May 18 on... Read more

The hidden chapel where St. Catherine of Siena died in Rome is located in the Palazzo Santa Chiara on Via di S. Chiara, 14.

Discover the hidden chapel in Rome where St. Catherine of Siena died

Apr 29, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Located around the corner from the Pantheon, the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena sits within the high altar of... Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of the tomb of St. Mark the Evangelist inside St. Mark's Basilica in Venice on April 28, 2024.

Pope Francis’ visit to Venice showcases art as means of encounter, fraternity 

Apr 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis had a full slate of events Sunday during his day trip to Venice, Italy, a trip that tied... Read more

Pope Francis waves while traveling by boat in Venice, Italy, for a meeting with young people at the Basilica della Madonna della Salute on April 28, 2024. Earlier in the day he met with inmates at a women's prison.

Pope Francis arrives in Venice, meets with women inmates and artists

Apr 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis opened his one-day visit to Venice Sunday with a meeting with female inmates where he reaffirmed the importance... Read more

Prayer house at San Simeone, Italy, September 2012.

Catholic movement in Italy dedicated to people ‘far from the Church’

Apr 28, 2024

By Emma Silvestri

The Ricostruttori community in Italy runs houses of prayer for people who are “drawn to spirituality but far from the... Read more

Every Tuesday evening at 10 p.m., between 800 and 900 students converge on the historic St. Joseph’s Chapel at Lille Catholic University for a candlelight Mass.

‘Little miracle of Lille’: How a candlelight Mass gathers hundreds of young people every week in France

Apr 27, 2024

By Solène Tadié

“The good makes no noise,” St. Francis de Sales would say of Lille’s candlelight Mass.  Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne attends a German Synodal Way assembly on March 9, 2023.

Four German bishops resist push to install permanent ‘Synodal Council’

Apr 26, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The four bishops, including Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, instead appealed for unity with the universal Church.  Read more

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UK Catholic bishops discourage medical and social gender transition in pastoral statement

Apr 25, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales followed the Vatican’s lead in their April 24 statement “Intricately Woven by the... Read more

One of the priests on “The Sacristy of the Vendée”show sparked a firestorm after quipping in February that he prayed that Pope Francis would “go to heaven as soon as possible.”

Priests’ talk show that sparked controversy over Pope Francis remarks now back on YouTube

Apr 25, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Nearly two months ago, the priests featured on the Spanish-language talk show voluntarily suspended the program after a firestorm over... Read more

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy.

Historic St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, will host Pope Francis this weekend

Apr 25, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St. Mark’s Square this Sunday in Venice and then privately venerate the relics of... Read more