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The popular chocolate Ferrero Rocher actually honors Our Lady of Lourdes.

Ferrero Rocher: The chocolate inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes

Apr 16, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

“The success of Ferrero we owe to Our Lady of Lourdes; without her we can do little,” said Michele Ferrero,... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome, Friday, April 12, 2024.

This province in Italy ‘invests’ in children and families

Apr 15, 2024

By Veronica Giacometti

The famous “demographic winter” often mentioned by Pope Francis is evident in many regions of Italy except one: Alto Adige-Südtirol... Read more

Before the march began, the president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda, stressed that “life is a gift from God and as such it is an inalienable right of every human being, which is why it must be protected and supported at every stage of its development.”

50,000 march for life in Poland as its parliament considers legalizing abortion

Apr 15, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

On Sunday, 50,000 people congregated on the streets of Warsaw, Poland, for the National March for Life to defend the... Read more

Approximately 1,000 people have been working daily on the restoration of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, France.

Notre Dame fire, 5 years later: What are the plans for reopening the cathedral in Paris?

Apr 15, 2024

By Diego López Marina

The reopening of the Notre Dame Cathedral is scheduled to begin with a triduum on Dec. 7 that will include... Read more

Jaroslaw Kaczynski (front, center), leader of the Law and Justice political party (PiS) in Poland, takes part in the voting on four draft projects on abortion rights at the Polish Parliament (SEJM) on April 12, 2024, in Warsaw, Poland.

Polish bishops launch ‘day of prayer’ for unborn after lawmakers advance pro-abortion bills

Apr 12, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Lawmakers on Friday advanced four pro-abortion bills to be considered by a special committee in the Sejm, which is Poland’s... Read more

German police cars (file image)

Germany thwarts terror plot: Teenage suspects reportedly planned attacks on churches

Apr 12, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office revealed that the suspects, between 15 and 16 years old, were apprehended over the Easter... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a group of 200 children studying catechism and in a relaxed manner answered some of their questions on April 11, 2024, at St. John Mary Vianney Parish in Borghesiana, Italy.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to 200 children for catechism in Rome suburb

Apr 12, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis made a special “getaway” from the Vatican on Thursday to meet with a group of 200 children at... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square, May 21, 2014.

From papal secretary to nuncio? Report of a diplomatic role for Gänswein unconfirmed

Apr 12, 2024

By AC Wimmer

While speculation is again running rife on social media about Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s next role, neither he nor the Vatican... Read more

On April 11, 2024, Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, said that a “fundamental team” would be convened in order to determine the total amounts of compensation awarded to abuse victims. 

Portuguese bishops announce financial compensation fund for Church abuse victims

Apr 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

An independent commission authorized by the Portuguese bishops found that thousands of children had been sexually abused by priests and... Read more

The consecration of Father Martin Chambers as the new bishop of Dunkeld, Scotland had been scheduled for April 27.

Bishop-elect dies within days of his episcopal consecration 

Apr 11, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

The Diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland, announced that Father Martin Chambers passed away at the age of 59 just weeks before... Read more


Report: Society of St. Pius X priest admits to years of sexual misconduct with minors

Apr 11, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“I ask for forgiveness from the victims and deeply regret everything I have done,” the priest said. Read more


After protest from Catholics, blasphemous potato chip ad ordered pulled in Italy

Apr 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In the advertisement, an abbess fills a ciborium with potato chips instead of Eucharistic hosts prior to Mass. Read more

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Saint Pio Foundation in the United States on April 29, 2024, will release 10 never-before-seen photographs of Padre Pio. The foundation’s director, Luciano Lamonarca, discovered the photos when visiting photographer Elia Saleto’s studio.

Foundation releases never-before-seen images of Padre Pio

Apr 10, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Saint Pio Foundation in the United States will release all 10 photographs of Padre... Read more

A plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

Catholic bishops say abortion can ‘never be a fundamental right’ ahead of EU charter vote

Apr 9, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic bishops in the European Union reiterated that a right to abortion can never be a “fundamental” right ahead of... Read more

Luis Argüello, archbishop of Valladolid and general secretary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Spanish archbishop raises thorny topics in country’s immigration debate

Apr 8, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Among the issues raised by Archbishop Luis Argüello is “the role of organized crime in facilitating illegal immigration.” Read more


Study from Netherlands: Most children outgrow transgender inclinations

Apr 8, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The 15-year study, which was conducted by researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Groningen, tracked the gender unhappiness rates of... Read more

St. John Paul II (1920-2005).

16 insights from St. John Paul II on divine mercy

Apr 7, 2024

By Joseph Pronechen

Pope John Paul II made teaching and spreading Divine Mercy a keystone of his pontificate. Read more

“A retreat is a moment of prolonged personal encounter, without distractions, with God, and in God, with oneself," says Father Guillermo Serra.

Why go on a spiritual retreat?

Apr 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Four Catholic priests share their reflections in answer to a simple but very important question for the life of faith:... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet takes part in the Pontifical Council for Culture's Plenary Assembly on Women's Cultures in Rome on Feb. 6, 2015.

French court sentences Cardinal Ouellet, religious community to fines after expelling nun

A French court has fined Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, PSS, and others for the wrongful dismissal of Sabine Baudin de... Read more

Father Javier Sánchez, 60, from the Archdiocese of Zaragoza in Spain died April 4, 2024, a victim of burns suffered when his liturgical vestments caught fire from a candle during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30.

‘Rocker’ Spanish priest dies from burns suffered during lighting of Easter fire

Apr 4, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

According to the Spanish newspaper El Heraldo de Aragón, sources from the archdiocese said Father Javier Sánchez “tried to protect... Read more