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Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican to discuss parish instructions with German bishops, not Synodal Way committee

Oct 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has told the German Bishops’ Conference that a forthcoming meeting in Rome to discuss Germans’ concerns about the... Read more

Arson at Incarnation Catholic Parish.

Florida man charged with arson at Florida Catholic church

Oct 1, 2020

When sheriff’s deputies set out to arrest the Florida man who is believed to have set fire to a Catholic... Read more

Religious education students at St. Therese Parish in Midvale, Utah, participate in a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux. Courtesy photo

St. Therese Parish in Utah ‘overwhelmed’ with support after statue vandalism

Oct 1, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Two weeks after vandals toppled a statue of St. Therese at a Catholic parish in Utah, the parish said it... Read more

St. Joseph Parish in Denver, Colorado.

Know some excellent parishes of the pandemic? There's an award for that

Sep 23, 2020

By Mary Farrow

The Parish Excellence Awards this year are specifically focused on innovation during the pandemic  Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

German bishops to accept Vatican offer of 'clarifying discussion' on parish instruction

Aug 24, 2020

The German Bishops' Conference has said it will accept the Vatican's invitation to discuss the new instruction on parishes at... Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican cardinal invites German bishops to discuss parish instruction

Jul 30, 2020

A Vatican cardinal has invited German bishops to Rome to discuss their criticisms of a new instruction on parishes.   Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper defends Vatican instruction on parishes

Jul 27, 2020

Cardinal Walter Kasper has defended a new Vatican instruction on parishes after it was criticized by several German bishops.   Read more

From left: Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück.

Germany’s Catholic bishops divided over Vatican instruction on parishes

Jul 23, 2020

A new Vatican instruction on parishes has received a mixed reception in Germany.  Read more

Pope Francis with pilgrims from the Italian dioceses of Bologna and Cesena-Sarsina in St. Peter’s Square, April 21, 2018.

Vatican issues new guidelines for parishes: 5 things you need to know

Jul 20, 2020

By JD Flynn

The Congregation for Clergy on Monday published new guidelines for the world’s parishes. Here are 5 takeaways.  Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican publishes instructions on parish reform and diocesan restructuring

Jul 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy published instructions Monday on reforming parishes and restructuring dioceses to better serve their “singular mission... Read more

Our Lady of the Assumption, Gateacre, Liverpool. Courtesy of @ourladygateacre Facebook page

Catholic parish offers phone support to more than 500 people amid pandemic

Jun 23, 2020

A few years ago Catholics in a suburb of Liverpool, England, recognized that they had a problem: parishioners didn’t know... Read more

What is a lay 'Parish Life Coordinator'? A CNA Explainer

Dec 11, 2018

By Ed Condon

What is a ‘parish life coordinator? What does such a lay person do?  Read more

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Is the Benedict Option the only option?

Nov 12, 2017

By Mary Farrow

When Josh and Laura Martin, both converts to the faith, moved their growing family of six from the city of... Read more