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Thousands prayed for peace at the Fatima shrine in Portugal Oct. 12, 2023.

Thousands at Fátima Shrine pray for peace in the Holy Land and Ukraine

Oct 13, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

In his reflection before the faithful from 35 different countries, Cardinal Américo Aguiar encouraged the faithful to pray to the... Read more

A cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, Palestine.

Vatican calls for peace in Holy Land, offers to mediate between Hamas and Israel

Oct 13, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said any mediation would have to take into account “the issue of Israeli settlements, security, and the... Read more

Crowds looking at the Miracle of the Sun, occurring during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions in 1917.

How the ‘miracle of the sun’ in Fátima helped to end an atheist regime

Oct 13, 2023

By CNA Staff

Oct. 13, 1917, marked the last Marian apparition in Fátima, a day on which thousands of people bore witness to... Read more

Blessed Carlo Acutis.

10 things you should know about Blessed Carlo Acutis

Oct 12, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Who was Carlo Acutis? Was his body found incorrupt? Was he really a gamer? What did he play? Here are... Read more

A general view of the city of Stepanakert, known as Khankendi in Azerbaijani, in Azerbaijan's controlled region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Oct. 5, 2023.

Armenian leaders in Nagorno-Karabakh arrested by Azerbaijan

Oct 10, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Key Armenian leaders in Nagorno-Karabakh have been arrested by Azerbaijan over the past week, charged with crimes related to “terrorism”... Read more

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Belgian bishop: ‘Euthanasia is not necessarily an evil as such’

Oct 9, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said the Church’s teaching that euthanasia is an intrinsic evil is “too simple an... Read more

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais.

St. John Henry Newman’s insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Oct 9, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Newman, whose conversion to Catholicism rocked the 19th-century English world, devoted a portion of his autobiography defending the Immaculate Conception. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Police: Suspect in theft of Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross arrested

Oct 7, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A 53-year-old suspect has been arrested in the theft of Pope Benedict XVI’s pectoral cross. Read more


A saint and a sea battle: How the rosary saved Christian Europe

Oct 7, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The victory of Christian Europe against the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto has been credited to the power... Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to the press as he leaves after a European Council Informal Meeting at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain, on Oct. 6, 2023.

French president wants right to abortion added to constitution

Oct 6, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

In his speech for the 65th anniversary of the French Constitution, President Emmanuel Macron called for abortion to be included... Read more

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves following his speech during the final day of the Conservative Party Conference on Oct. 4, 2023, in Manchester, England.

British prime minister says traditional understanding of gender is ‘common sense’

Oct 5, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the comments about gender at a speech at the Conservative (Tory) Party’s annual gathering... Read more

A young alpha male wolf (Canis lupus), looks for food in the Finnish taiga in Hukkajarvi area, Eastern Finland near Russian border, on July 5, 2023.

Did St. Francis really tame a savage wolf? A look at the legend

Oct 4, 2023

By Jonah McKeown, Kate Olivera

A historic church sits on the spot where, as the story goes, St. Francis of Assisi made a pact with... Read more

Refugees load a truck in Goris on Sept. 26, 2023, before leaving to Yerevan. A continuous stream of vehicles crept along the only road out of Nagorno-Karabakh toward Armenia, carrying tens of thousands of refugees now faced with an uncertain future.

Nearly all ethnic Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh 

Oct 3, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

According to the Armenian government, 100,617 Nagorno-Karabakh refugees — out of a population of 120,000 – have been “forcibly displaced.” Read more

Posters against the 40 Days for Life campaign in Madrid, Spain, found on Sept. 27, 2023.

40 Days for Life in Spain: Abortion activists label pro-lifers ‘dangerous’

Oct 2, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Pro-lifers in the country are praying near abortion clinics in about 20 cities as part of the 40 Days for... Read more

Santa Rita Parish in Milan, Italy, September 2017.

An evening of letters and rose petals to ask St. Thérèse to pray for ‘the impossible’

Oct 1, 2023

By Anna Kurian

Special evenings held around St. Thérèse’s feast day take place throughout the world to encourage people to ask for graces... Read more

Bishop-elect Raimo Ramón Goyarrola Belda of Helsinki, left, and Archbishop Julio Murat, apostolic nuncio to the Nordic countries.

Spanish Opus Dei priest announced as new Helsinki bishop

Sep 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Father Raimo Ramón Goyarrola Belda, a priest of the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei, was appointed by Pope Francis to... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept 28, 2023.

German bishops conclude tense gathering with all eyes on Synod on Synodality in Rome

Sep 29, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Conscious of mounting tensions and open defiance around certain issues, the assembly in Wiesbaden served as a charged prelude to... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik

Alleged Rupnik victim: Many of the abused women have never received help

Sep 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The letter from alleged victims was published following a report by the Diocese of Rome on the Aletti Center, founded... Read more

The statue of Saint Wenceslas (Pomník svatého Václava) in the eponymous square in Prague, depicts Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia in Prague, Czech Republic, May 23, 2009.

A Christmas message in September: How ‘Good King Wenceslas’ inspired his people to follow God

Sep 28, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

We know him by the famous Christmas carol, but Wenceslaus I was known to be a man of deep faith... Read more

Ruben Vardanyan, a former high-ranking official in the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, was arrested by Azerbaijan authorities on Sept. 27, 2023, as he attempted to flee the region along with over 50,000 other ethnic Armenian refugees.

Former Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian leader arrested as over 50,000 refugees flee region

Sep 27, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Ruben Vardanyan, a former state minister of the Republic of Artsakh, Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist government, was arrested Sept. 27. Read more