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ESPN College basketball analyst Dick Vitale with Father Sebastian Szczawinski, the administrator of Vitale's parish, Our Lady of the Angeles, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

College hoops announcer Dick Vitale, battling cancer, draws strength from his Catholic faith

Dec 9, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale frequently talks about his Catholic faith and the power of prayer as he... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a child in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 13, 2021.

Pope Francis visits children on oncology ward of Rome hospital

Jul 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

The ward is located on the same floor as the pope’s suite. Read more

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Apr 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“His altar was the [hospital] bed, where he was able to unite his sufferings to those of Christ." Read more

Teresita Castillo de Diego with the document that accredits her as a missionary.

Teresita: The Spanish 10-year-old who became a missionary

Mar 9, 2021

By ACI Prensa

A 10-year-old girl in Spain fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a Catholic missionary from her hospital bed shortly before... Read more

Bishop George Murry. CNA file photo.

After leukemia returns, Bishop Murry of Youngstown resigns

May 27, 2020

Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, Ohio has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, due to a recurrence of leukemia, the... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on Oct. 8, 2014.

Archbishop Kurtz resigns as religious liberty chair during cancer treatment

Jul 23, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville has stepped down from leading the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ religious liberty committee... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz.

Archbishop Kurtz announces cancer diagnosis, asks for prayers

Jul 10, 2019

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz requested prayers Wednesday as he announced that he has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will soon undergo treatment.  Read more

Fr. Michel Los was ordained in a Warsaw hospital a few weeks before his death.

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies

Jun 17, 2019

A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday.  Read more

 Michel Los, a young priest with terminal cancer at a military hospital in Warsaw, Poland.

Facing terminal cancer, Polish man ordained priest in hospital bed

May 28, 2019

May is ordination month in many dioceses, but the ordination of Fr. Michal Los, FDP, a member of the Orionine... Read more

Marriage of Jéssica and Fernando. Photo courtesy of Michelly Emily J Souza.

Hospital wedding of terminally ill woman a powerful witness, priest says

Aug 28, 2018

The recent wedding of a young Brazilian woman with terminal cancer was a powerful witness to the sacrifice and permanence... Read more

Bishop George Murry. CNA file photo.

Bishop Murry released from hospital following chemo treatment

Jun 1, 2018

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., of Youngstown, Ohio was released from the Cleveland Clinic Tuesday evening, following a month of... Read more

Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux.

Bishop Fabre to head US bishops' anti-racism committee

May 4, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism will have a new chairman, following Bishop George Murry’s resignation from the... Read more

JJ Hanson. Screenshot of Patients Rights Action Fund video.

Three years later, this terminally ill man is glad he rejected assisted suicide

Oct 4, 2017

Three years ago, J.J. Hanson received a diagnosis that no one wants to hear. He had terminal brain cancer, and... Read more

This parish is hosting a benefit concert for children with cancer

May 26, 2017

A young girl in Charles Town, West Virginia was undergoing treatment for bone cancer when she dreamed about meeting a... Read more

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Young man facing leukemia 'left his mark on the world'

Mar 2, 2017

Pablo Ráez was just 21 years old when he died last Saturday in Spain. But the young man, a devout... Read more

Father Francisco Rencoret.

Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 16, 2016

A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who... Read more

Chiara Corbella Petrillo with her son, Davide. Courtesy of Sophia Institute Press.

The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella Petrillo: 'Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet'

Jun 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims inside St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Feb. 11, 2015.

Pope Francis calls young priest with cancer in Chile

Jun 10, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.  Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City flag from the roof of a nearby building on June 5, 2015.

The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

May 11, 2016

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.  Read more

How a cancer diagnosis led to a hospital wedding

May 11, 2016

Last year, Sandra Raquel Nogueira Pereira was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  Read more