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Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 6, 2023.

Synod on Synodality organizers invite 300 parish priests to a listening session in Rome

Feb 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Synod on Synodality organizers are inviting 300 parish priests to come to Rome for a meeting of “listening, prayer, and... Read more

Confessional.

Missouri priest found guilty of sexual solicitation during confession

Jan 8, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Father Ignazio Medina is now barred from celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, and holding any office in the Church. Read more

Photos of a man claiming to be a priest named "Father Martin" who attempted to infiltrate several parishes around Texas in October 2023.

Update: Texas dioceses targeted by scammer impersonating Catholic priest

Nov 21, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A man calling himself “Father Martin” attempted to infiltrate several Texas parishes last month and reportedly stole several hundred dollars... Read more

Father Jesús Mariscal recently helped a homeless woman give birth to twins outside St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, Washington .

Priest delivers twin babies outside cathedral in Washington state

Nov 20, 2023

By Catholic Extension

Father Jesús Mariscal is the parochial vicar at St. Paul Cathedral in Yakima, Washington. Read more

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Major survey finds ‘conservative’ and ‘orthodox’ priests on the rise

Nov 7, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A new survey indicates that priests describing themselves as “progressive” are practically going “extinct” among U.S. seminary graduates, among other... Read more

Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags.

Vatican statistics: Africa had biggest increase in Catholics, while numbers fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared... Read more

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‘Wolves in sheep’s clothing’: California diocese warns about imposter priests 

Oct 23, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The two unidentified men are falsely using the names of actual clergymen from Mexico. Read more

Father James Martin, SJ.

Jesuit Father James Martin says there are many chaste gay priests in the Church

Oct 2, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In an Oct. 1 interview with the Spanish newspaper El Periódico, Martin stressed that “it is crucial to point out... Read more

St. Teresa of Calcutta.

Spanish priests criticize radio personalities who say Mother Teresa took advantage of poor

Sep 20, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

On Monday, a contributor to a Spanish radio station news program claimed that St. Teresa of Calcutta was part of... Read more

This photo of Father Allan Travers was featured in the local newspaper after his pitching "performance" for the Detroit Tigers against the Philadelphia A's on May 18, 1912. The photo featured the caption "strikebreaker," which worried Travers' mother, since there was a street trolley strike in Philadelphia earlier in the month, and she didn't want her son caught in the confusion.

Father Allan Travers: The one-game pitcher who might have saved the Detroit Tigers

Jul 23, 2023

By Daniel Meloy

The only priest to ever pitch in the major leagues holds the American League record for most hits allowed in... Read more

Central Bank of Nicaragua.

Dictatorship in Nicaragua freezes bank accounts of some priests

Jun 16, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega has ordered the bank accounts of several priests in some Nicaraguan dioceses to be... Read more

Church of the Sacred Heart in Bordeaux, France.

France’s Catholic clergy to carry ID cards proving they are in good standing

May 16, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The French Bishops’ Conference announced the change as part of a large set of measures designed to “intensify the fight... Read more

More than 100,000 people attended the papal Mass in Juba, according to local authorities.

10 things to know from the latest survey on the Catholic Church today

Mar 8, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Here are the most important takeaways from a study on the state of the Catholic Church today. Read more

Members of Actívate (Get Active) deliver more than 33,000 signatures to the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the attorney general’s office Aug. 24, 2022, demanding justice for two Jesuit priests murdered in June.

More than 33,000 signatures presented to Mexican authorities demanding justice for slain priests

Aug 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Mexican platform Actívate (Get Active) on Aug. 24 delivered the signatures to the Ministry of the Interior and the... Read more

Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, in a priestly ordination ceremony.

Archdiocese asks faithful to pray to Curé of Ars for priests in Nicaragua

Aug 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

On the feast day of St. John Mary Vianney, Aug. 4, the Archdiocese of Managua, Nicaragua, called on the faithful... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the editorship of the theological magazine La Scuola Cattolica at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, June 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: Candidates for the priesthood must be well scrutinized

Jun 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking to seminary formators from the Milan archdiocese. Read more

Pope Francis meets the bishops and priests of the churches of Sicily, Italy, in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on June 9, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Sicily’s Catholic priests to be moral guides — but to drop the lace

Jun 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Noting that he has seen photos from Masses in Sicily, the pope appeared to comment on the use of lace... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 14, 2022.

Pope Francis at Chrism Mass: The devil tempts priests with ‘hidden idols’

Apr 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘The priest with a functionalist mindset has his own nourishment, which is his ego,’ he said. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of Rome’s Pontifical Lombard Seminary at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on Feb. 7, 2022.

Pope Francis to priests: Don’t ‘remain barricaded in the sacristy’

Feb 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

He praised the example of Pius XI, elected pope 100 years ago. Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019.

Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said. Read more