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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis to bishops: The saints spread the Gospel, not a ‘social program’

Sep 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis encouraged Europe’s bishops to introduce people to the joy of an encounter with Jesus. Read more

The then-remaining section of the World Trade Center surrounded by rubble, Sept. 27, 2001.

America's return to God after 9/11 didn't last long, priest says

Sep 14, 2021

By Shannon Mullen

Father John A. Perricone recalled how his noon Mass at St. Agnes in Manhattan on 9/11 was packed with people,... Read more

A rosca de reyes for Epiphany. Credit: Tamorlan via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).

Mexican bakers replace Christ child with Baby Yoda in king cake for Epiphany

Jan 6, 2021

Several bakeries in Mexico decided to replace the Christ child with Baby Yoda in king cakes for Epiphany, causing controversy.  Read more

View of St. Peter’s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross April 1, 2015.

Catholic missionary: ‘Secularization’ in the Church threatens Christianity in Europe

Sep 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a longtime missionary in Africa, Fr. Martin Lasarte, one of the biggest threats to Christianity in Europe is... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

Cardinal: Pandemic may have accelerated secularization of Europe by 10 years

Sep 4, 2020

A cardinal has suggested that the coronavirus pandemic may have accelerated the secularization of Europe by 10 years.   Read more

 Cologne Cathedral.

German Church membership will be halved by 2060, new study says

May 6, 2019

The number of Germans who pay a state-administered “Church tax” to the Catholic Church or the country’s largest Protestant group... Read more

Catholic schools in Ireland concerned by proposal to remove Church's patronage

Apr 2, 2019

Parents and Catholic schools near Dublin have expressed their opposition to a Department of Education plan to divest a school... Read more

Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Dec 6, 2015

Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and... Read more

Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok speaks with CNA Feb. 20, 2015.

For Thailand's new cardinal, secularism is the face of the devil

Feb 23, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The main challenge facing the Church today is secularism, according to Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok, who boldly... Read more

Mary Eberstadt.

Western culture 'lost God' through demise of family

May 24, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Scholar Mary Eberstadt says most theories of secularization do not take into account the role of the family in religious... Read more

CNA

Conscience objections urged in face of Colombian gay unions

May 7, 2013

Officials from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia have urged Catholics to adhere to Church teaching in the face of potential... Read more

CNA

Archbishop urges Christian hope for a better Argentina

Jan 4, 2013

An Argentinean archbishop invited the people of his country to cultivate an authentic Christian hope in order to face the... Read more

Interior Minister Manuel Valls in Lyon, France on Sept.14, 2012.

France monitoring traditionalist Catholics for 'religious pathology'

Dec 13, 2012

By Carl Bunderson

A French cabinet member announced that the government will monitor certain groups for "religious pathology," including a traditionalist Catholic organization,... Read more

Cardinal Francis George at the Centennial Symposium for Our Sunday Visitor.

Cardinal George warns US secularization is more serious than elections

Oct 23, 2012

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political... Read more

Christopher Wendt stands in front of the Christ the King Chapel on the campus of Franciscan University of Stuebenville.

Movement to save chapel in Steubenville city logo grows

Aug 10, 2012

The Steubenville City Council's decision to remove the silhouette of the Franciscan University chapel from the city’s logo has been... Read more

Professor Thomas Farr speaks June 13, 2012 at the U.S. bishops meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Experts warn about growing global crisis of religious freedom

Jun 14, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

The growing perception of religion as a threat to a free society is leading to persecution of believers around the... Read more