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Germany thwarts terror plot: Teenage suspects reportedly planned attacks on churches

Apr 12, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office revealed that the suspects, between 15 and 16 years old, were apprehended over the Easter... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a group of 200 children studying catechism and in a relaxed manner answered some of their questions on April 11, 2024, at St. John Mary Vianney Parish in Borghesiana, Italy.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to 200 children for catechism in Rome suburb

Apr 12, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis made a special “getaway” from the Vatican on Thursday to meet with a group of 200 children at... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Papal Foundation announces nearly $15 million in global grants, humanitarian aid

Apr 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square, May 21, 2014.

From papal secretary to nuncio? Report of a diplomatic role for Gänswein unconfirmed

Apr 12, 2024

By AC Wimmer

While speculation is again running rife on social media about Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s next role, neither he nor the Vatican... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 31, 2024.

Pope Francis reinstates papal title ‘Patriarch of the West’ in Pontifical Yearbook

Apr 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

This honorific designation has reappeared among the list of “historical titles” used to designate the theological and temporal reality of... Read more

Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso speaks at the “Responding to Changing Realities at the U.S. Border and Beyond" conference, hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic University of America on April 11, 2024.

El Paso bishop criticizes Texas border efforts, laments ‘anti-immigrant’ rhetoric

Apr 12, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

During an immigration policy conference, El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz criticized a Texas law that increases the state’s role in... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis to travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore, the Vatican... Read more

Maya Hawke as American writer Flannery O'Connor in the 2024 film "Wildcat."

New film about writer Flannery O’Connor shows ‘God can deliver his grace in any way’

Apr 12, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The film depicts the life of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor and will be released in theaters on May 3.  Read more

The Maine State House in Augusta.

Abortion amendment disqualified from Maine 2024 election ballot

Apr 11, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Though the amendment proposal received a majority of votes this week, it failed to reach the required two-thirds supermajority in... Read more

On April 11, 2024, Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, said that a “fundamental team” would be convened in order to determine the total amounts of compensation awarded to abuse victims. 

Portuguese bishops announce financial compensation fund for Church abuse victims

Apr 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

An independent commission authorized by the Portuguese bishops found that thousands of children had been sexually abused by priests and... Read more

Bishop Oscar Cantú of San Jose, California.

California bishop praises district attorney for seeking to change death sentences

Apr 11, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“Catholic social teaching urges us to recognize the dignity of every human being, especially the most vulnerable,” Bishop Oscar Cantú... Read more

The consecration of Father Martin Chambers as the new bishop of Dunkeld, Scotland had been scheduled for April 27.

Bishop-elect dies within days of his episcopal consecration 

Apr 11, 2024

By Eduardo Berdejo

The Diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland, announced that Father Martin Chambers passed away at the age of 59 just weeks before... Read more

A Mayo Clinic study published in late March 2024 found that boys who take puberty blockers may suffer “irreversible” harm.

Puberty blockers may cause irreversible harm to young boys, Mayo Clinic study finds

Apr 11, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The study found that adolescent boys who take puberty blockers may experience fertility problems and atrophied testes. Read more

Exposition of the official portrait of Servant of God Niña Ruíz-Abad on April 7, 2024, at the Cathedral of St. William the Hermit in Laoag City, Philippines.

13-year-old Filipina who loved the Eucharist is officially on path to sainthood

Apr 11, 2024

By Valerie Joy Escalona

On April 7, the cause for canonization of 13-year-old Filipina Niña Ruíz-Abad was officially opened at St. William the Hermit... Read more

A Palestinian woman assists a child playing on the ruinas of a building destroyed by earlier Israeli bombardment in Gaza City on April 8, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group.

Catholic Relief Services calls for ‘immediate end’ to violence as it ramps up aid in Gaza

Apr 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The group called “for an immediate end to the violence” and “greater humanitarian access to ensure innocent civilians can access... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on April 11, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis decries how ‘the unborn with disabilities are aborted’ in throwaway culture

Apr 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope warned “the throwaway culture” turns into “a culture of death” when people “presume to be able to establish... Read more

Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Gallagher (center) meets with Vietnamc’s Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (unseen) and other officials at the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on April 9, 2024.

Vatican official meets Vietnam’s prime minister during historic diplomatic trip

Apr 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, spoke with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh about a... Read more

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Report: Society of St. Pius X priest admits to years of sexual misconduct with minors

Apr 11, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“I ask for forgiveness from the victims and deeply regret everything I have done,” the priest said. Read more

Pope John Paul II's helicopter flies over the huge crowd in Manila's Luneta Park prior to celebrating an open-air mass for an estimated two-million people gathered for the 10th World Youth Day on Jan. 15, 1995.

Pastoral genius of St. John Paul II: 40 years ago, he laid foundation for World Youth Day

Apr 11, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Nearly 40 years ago, an event was held in Rome that laid the foundations for what today is World Youth... Read more

A Massgoer prays at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City before a Eucharistic procession through the streets Oct. 10, 2023.

Catholics who participate in Eucharistic Pilgrimage, Congress can receive plenary indulgences

Apr 10, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The U.S. bishops have announced that Catholics who participate in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Eucharistic Congress can receive plenary... Read more