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Consecration of Munkeby monastery church, Norway, on Dec. 5, 2023.

Norway monks consecrate new church in area of ancient ruins of Munkeby

Jan 14, 2024

By Emma Silvestri

Monks of the Cistercian Trappist order consecrated a new church in December, inaugurating their brand-new monastery in the Trondheim Fjord.  Read more

Pope Francis speaking to Cistercians at the Vatican, Oct. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis tells Cistercians: ‘The main thing is not to let the evil one steal our hope!’

Oct 17, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis told Cistercians on Monday to embrace “the greater poverty of spirit and goods in order to be more... Read more

The community of Trappist monks of the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain.

Why did the floor of a Spanish monastery turn blood red once a year for almost 500 years?

Aug 9, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

On Aug. 6 in the year 953, 200 monks living at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos,... Read more


America loses its only Trappist brewery, amid competitive beer market 

May 24, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The first and only certified Trappist brewery in the U.S. has said that it will close, citing a lack of... Read more

Tynt Meadow Trappist beer. Courtesy photo.

These Cistercian monks are brewing the UK's first Trappist beer

Jun 28, 2018

The label of “Trappist” is among the most exclusive designations of beer worldwide, with only 11 breweries around the globe... Read more

Janos Brenner, who was martyred Dec. 15, 1957.

Father Janos Brenner: Hungarian priest and martyr

Nov 11, 2017

Besides the smiling Pope, John Paul I, several other people’s causes advanced towards sainthood this week. Among them is Servant... Read more

Cardinal Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, speaking Nov. 16, 2013.

Cardinal Tempesta, the 'worker bishop' with communications skills

Feb 25, 2014

When he was appointed archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Orani Tempesta – newly made a cardinal -- promised to visit... Read more