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In pandemic’s wake, churchgoing takes a hit, survey indicates

Jan 9, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

“The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted much of American society, including religious worship,” said a January 2023 report on the survey “Faith... Read more

Bishop-elect John-Nhan Tran

Priest who escaped Vietnam in 1975 named auxiliary bishop of Atlanta

Oct 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has named Vietnam-born priest John-Nhan Tran an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Read more

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Here are 11 American saints to remember on July Fourth

Jul 2, 2022

By Katie Yoder

From Isaac Jogues to Katharine Drexel, these saints led heroic lives worth celebrating. Read more


Pope Francis prays for strength for victims, relief workers after Kentucky tornado

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Kentucky is still trying to get an accurate death toll as relief workers continue to search wreckage for missing people. Read more

The Sanctuary of Chimayo

Here’s how to take a local Catholic pilgrimage in the U.S.

Oct 23, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The most popular pilgrimages for Catholics range from the Holy Land to the Camino de Santiago. But, pilgrims should know,... Read more


US dioceses prepare to open synod process this month

Oct 14, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Dioceses across the United States are preparing for the consultation process for the Synod on Synodality, a two-year, worldwide undertaking... Read more

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Hurricane Ida

Sep 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Hurricane Ida was one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall on the U.S. mainland. Read more

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How Did Catholics Get ‘Under God’ into the Pledge of Allegiance?

Jul 5, 2021

By Katie Yoder

The Pledge of Allegiance didn’t always include the words “under God.” Read more

Pope Francis meets Ambassador Callista Gingrich and Newt Gingrich at the Vatican Jan. 15, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican ambassador Callista Gingrich has farewell meeting with Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The United States ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, met with Pope Francis Friday as she prepares to leave... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis asks Immaculate Virgin Mary to intercede for US after Capitol violence

Jan 10, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the United States asking the Immaculate Virgin Mary to help foster a “culture of encounter”... Read more

Pope Francis meets with American prelates at the Vatican, Sept. 13, 2018.

US Catholics' confidence in Francis shaken

Oct 3, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A recent poll has shown a drop in popularity for Pope Francis in the United States over the past year.... Read more

The statue of Bl. Junipero Serra at the Mission San Miguel in California.

Archbishop Gomez: American missionaries are the overlooked US founders

Oct 3, 2017

During the annual Red Mass marking a new term of the U.S. Supreme Court, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles... Read more

Vatican recalls priest from US as child porn investigation opens

Sep 15, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Friday that after being informed by U.S. officials of a possible breach of child pornography laws on... Read more

Bishop James V. Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

Sep 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced today that Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has been selected as the new head... Read more

Pope Francis participates in an Aug. 31, 2015 video conference with Americans.

Pope engages Americans on immigration, abortion in pre-trip virtual audience

Sep 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

In a virtual audience with Americans Pope Francis heard emotive testimonies from undocumented immigrants, comforted a single mother, and encouraged... Read more

A cardinal's biretta rests on an empty chair.

Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Jul 25, 2015

Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope Francis to Cuba: it’s official!

Apr 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. confirmed to journalists today that Pope Francis will make a pastoral stop in Cuba... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

Jan 18, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin presides over the inauguration of the new wing at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on Jan 6, 2015.

Top Vatican Official: Washington, NYC likely stops on papal trip

Although it’s still not official, the Vatican’s Secretary of State confirmed today that Pope Francis will most likely visit Washington... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

It's official! Pope Francis announces 2015 visit to US

Nov 17, 2014

Pope Francis on Monday officially announced that he will visit the U.S. in September 2015, including a visit to the... Read more