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Arlington priest who oversaw child protection office indicted for sex abuse

Dec 30, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Arlington’s former director for the Office of Child Protection, Father Terry Specht, was indicted last week on... Read more

Police officers watch as altar servers enter the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver for the funeral of police officer Eric Talley.

10 heroic Catholic stories from 2021

Dec 30, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The Catholic Church has many heroic individuals, and CNA was fortunate to cover some of their stories this past year.... Read more

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Baltimore releases new COVID-19 protocols

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has declared new COVID-19 protocols in response to a rising number of positive cases of the... Read more

Red Week in Poland.

Christians still face persecution but there are signs of hope, Catholic charity says

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Christians continue to face persecution across the globe but there are many signs of hope, according to the Catholic charity... Read more

The earth, photographed by the crew of Apollo 8 in December 1968.

What is Christmas like in space? 

Dec 30, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

1968 was a turbulent year in America. The Vietnam War was in full swing; Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass for the Octave Day of Christmas, Jan. 1, 2015.

Ideas for your (Catholic) New Year's Resolutions

Dec 29, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Should you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, how can you involve your faith in the process? What can... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019.

A look at Catholic newsmakers of 2021

Dec 29, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The past year had no shortage of news in the Catholic realm, both in the Vatican and beyond. Read on... Read more

Missionaries of Charity house, Calcutta, India.

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity seek swift fix after Indian government blocks foreign donations

Dec 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Supporters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity reacted with surprise and concern to the Indian government’s ruling that the organization... Read more

Bishop Carl Kemme of Wichita performs the absolution over the coffin of Father Emil Kapaun after his funeral Mass at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan., Sept. 29, 2021.

A year in review: The biggest stories from the Church in the US in 2021

Dec 28, 2021

By Kate Olivera

It can be hard to believe any year could top 2020 in terms of news, but 2021 was a momentous... Read more

"Massacre of the Innocents," by Mariano Rossi (1731-1807), in the church Chiesa id san Giuseppe alla Lungara, Rome.

Meet the Holy Innocents: The 'infant martyrs' who died for Baby Jesus

Dec 28, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The Holy Innocents did not know Jesus, but they died in his place. Dec. 28 marks the feast of these... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.

Cardinal Cupich issues new restrictions on Traditional Latin Masses

Dec 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a new policy for the Archdiocese of Chicago that curtails the celebration of the Traditional... Read more

Venerable Fulton Sheen

Venerable Fulton Sheen on the meaning of Christmas

Dec 25, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Venerable Fulton Sheen once said that in order to understand the meaning of Christmas, two philosophies of life must first... Read more

The Nativity, by Rogier van der Weyden, part of the Bladelin Altarpiece.

12 saints' quotes about the true meaning of Christmas 

Dec 24, 2021

By Katie Yoder

While the saints offer unique insights into Christmas, they touch on similar themes: hope, joy, and the unconditional love of... Read more

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Christmas in prison? What it's like to celebrate behind bars

Dec 24, 2021

By Jonah McKeown, Kate Olivera

Prison is probably the last place people think of when they think about the holidays. Yet Christmas behind bars is... Read more

Refugee children in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 1, 2021.

'Coal for Christmas' aims at saving 5,000 Afghan families from freezing and starving

Dec 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

As the winter in Afghanistan is provoking the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, The Vulnerable People Project is getting... Read more

What is it that God is calling you to do with your life?

Taking time to ask, 'What is God's will?'

Dec 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Discerning your vocation is about more than pursuing a celibate vocation alone, said Father Ryan O’Neill, director of vocations for... Read more

Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, delivers his first Supreme Knight's Report during the organization's 139th Annual Convention, Aug. 3, 2021. Credit: Knights of Columbus/screenshot.

Urgent appeal from Supreme Knight: Start this novena on Christmas Eve for persecuted Christians

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

The head of the Knights of Columbus is asking for the order's members to consider "a last-minute Christmas gift": saying... Read more

Seminarians of the FSSP's International Seminary of St. Peter.

EWTN documentary highlights chart-topping Christmas album from Germany, 'Sancta Nox'

Dec 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A documentary airing on EWTN this Christmas will bring viewers to a seminary in Bavaria, home to an internationally diverse... Read more

The opening of Tampa Hope, an emergency homeless shelter of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 13, 2021.

For Tampa's homeless, small cottages could give hope for a better future

Dec 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A new housing complex of small cottages and tents aims to help several hundred homeless people in Tampa, in a... Read more

Father James Jackson, FSSP, appearing at a Nov. 15 arraignment before the Rhode Island District Court.

FSSP priest pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges

Dec 22, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Father James Jackson pleaded not guilty Dec. 21 to federal charges of distributing child pornography and possessing and accessing with... Read more