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The manuscript of Newman’s “Apologia Pro Vita Sua” at the Birmingham Oratory in England.

Technology sheds new light on life of St. John Henry Newman

Aug 29, 2020

A team spread across three continents is using cutting-edge technology to shed new light on the figure of St. John... Read more

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Italian bishops' newspaper faces pushback after letter supports abortion law

Aug 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference is facing criticism after it published a letter Wednesday arguing that Catholics can... Read more

Polish bishops: Respect all people, but don’t accept LGBT+ views uncritically

Aug 28, 2020

Catholics have a duty to respect people who identify as LGBT+ but are not obliged to accept their views uncritically,... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican confirms World Mission Sunday will take place amid pandemic

Aug 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican confirmed Friday that World Mission Sunday will take place as scheduled on Oct. 18, underlining the importance of... Read more

People pass in front of St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of May 2020.

Vatican dicastery joins call for ‘interreligious solidarity’ amid pandemic

Aug 27, 2020

Christians should respond to the coronavirus pandemic by showing “interreligious solidarity,” a new document jointly issued by a Vatican dicastery... Read more

Pro-life students pictured with the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea Aug. 21, 2020. Photo courtesy of the South Korean Pro-Life Students Association.

Pro-life student group sends letter to Pope Francis over South Korea abortion law

Aug 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A pro-life association of university students is appealing to Pope Francis for support as the South Korean government faces a... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Catholic archbishop calls for investigation after riot police block church entrance in Belarus

Aug 27, 2020

A Catholic archbishop in Belarus protested Thursday after riot police blocked the entrance to a church in the capital, Minsk.  Read more

A priest prays at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hendon, London, on June 14, 2020, as the church prepares to reopen following lockdown.

Coronavirus lockdown leaves Catholic priests struggling for funds

Aug 27, 2020

Catholic priests in England are struggling to make ends meet following a drop in income caused by the coronavirus crisis.  Read more

Portraits hang from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica ahead of a Canonization Mass Oct. 12, 2018.

The Catholic Church’s new path to sainthood: What is ‘offering of life?’

Aug 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

For centuries, the Catholic Church has declared many different holy men and women to be saints through the strict legal... Read more

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, pictured in Manila June 23, 2005.

Archbishop remembered as ‘courageous prophet’ after death from COVID-19

Aug 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Oscar Cruz died early Wednesday from coronavirus complications. He is believed to be the 10th Catholic bishop to die... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 26.

Pope Francis to resume general audiences with the public

Aug 26, 2020

Members of the public will be able to attend Pope Francis’ general audiences again from Sept. 2 after an almost six-month... Read more

Ampleforth Abbey and College in North Yorkshire, England.

Vatican rules that Benedictine abbot should not return to his community

Aug 26, 2020

The Vatican has ruled that the abbot of Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire, England, should not return to his community,... Read more

Participants in a March for Life in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Juan Pablo Postigo.

As South Korea revises abortion law, Catholics mobilize to protect unborn life

Aug 25, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As the deadline approaches for South Korea’s National Assembly to revise the country’s abortion law, Korean Catholics are working to... Read more

Catholic safe house helps secure jail sentences for sex traffickers

Aug 25, 2020

A Catholic safe house for women in London has helped to secure jail sentences for two sex traffickers.   Read more

The Pre-Construct Archaeology team works on the Great Sacristy site. Photo

Burial place of medieval Catholic monks uncovered at Westminster Abbey

Aug 25, 2020

Archaeologists excavating a lost medieval sacristy at Westminster Abbey in London have uncovered what they believe are the remains of... Read more

A 12th-century baptismal font at Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew, Liège, Belgium.

Catholic Church in Belgium sees rise in adult baptisms

Aug 22, 2020

The Catholic Church in Belgium has reported a significant rise in adult baptisms.  Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Aug 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to the... Read more

Roma children practice gymnastics on horseback at an Order of Malta school in Romania.

‘I really pray for these kids’: the Catholic ambassador on a mission to help Europe’s largest minority

Aug 21, 2020

In 2013, Franz Salm-Reifferscheidt made a life-changing visit to Rome. The retired Austrian businessman had an appointment with the Grand... Read more

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use... Read more

The flag of Zimbabwe.

Nuncio meets Zimbabwe government minister after clash over Catholic bishops’ letter

Aug 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s representative in Zimbabwe met a senior government official Wednesday amid tensions following a pastoral letter issued by the... Read more