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Spanish pilgrims at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, July 31, 2023.

WYD: High turnout of Spanish youth signals faith alive in increasingly secular country

During the days prior to the start of this long-awaited event, the presence of Spanish youth was noticed throughout the... Read more

World Youth Day 2023 pilgrims.

WYD: Young people ‘don’t need reefers or condoms’ to have a good time, Spanish bishop says

Jul 28, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Bishop Demetrio Fernández of Córdoba, Spain, reflected on the upcoming World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, in his recent weekly... Read more

Friar Pablo María de la Cruz Alonso Hidalgo and his family.

21-year-old terminally ill Spanish Carmelite dies on eve of feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Jul 18, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Friar Pablo María de la Cruz Alonso Hidalgo was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when he was... Read more

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Clerical sex abuses crisis: Spanish priests hit with sanctions

Jul 13, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Diocese of Mallorca in Spain has sentenced one priest to three years of not celebrating Mass other than in... Read more

Young people from Spain will make a pilgrimage for 40 days to World Youth Day in Lisbon on Aug. 1–6, 2023.

Close to 100 Spanish youths to walk almost 800 miles to World Youth Day in Lisbon

Jun 28, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

This pilgrimage will also serve as a fundraiser to restore the chapel of the old Mental Institute of the Holy... Read more

The parish of  St. Josemaría in Alcorcón, Spain, was vandalized the night of June 15-16, 2023.

Same church in Spain where priest was stabbed has now been vandalized and robbed

Jun 16, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Fortunately, the priest was able to determine that the tabernacle was untouched. Read more

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Spanish bishop: LGBT ideology ‘has feet of clay and will fall’

Jun 13, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of Orihuela-Alicante in Spain said that “the LGBT ideology has feet of clay.” Read more

Archbishop-elect José Cobo of Madrid, Spain.

New archbishop of Madrid discusses his vision for the future

Jun 12, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

After his appointment as archbishop of Madrid became official, José Cobo said he sees a need to “reposition the Church”... Read more

Biblical characters, Noah, David, Melchizedek, and Judith, process through the streets of Valencia, Spain, during the Corpus Christi procession, June 11, 2023

PHOTOS: Corpus Christi procession in Valencia, Spain, continues to catechize

Jun 12, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

Valencia’s first Corpus Christi procession has been an annual affair since 1372. Read more

Cross in the square of the church of San Martín, in Callosa de Segura, Spain.

Jesuits in Spain hire law firm to address alleged sexual abuse of minors in schools

Jun 9, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Jesuit delegate in Catalonia has announced that the congregation has taken action in relation to the alleged cases of... Read more

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Church in Spain collects almost 1,000 complaints of sexual abuse since 1945

Jun 2, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The report does not include situations involving the abuse of conscience and power or committed against adults. Read more

Plenary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Spanish bishops: Abortion as a right makes the unborn child ‘a true undocumented person’

May 11, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference criticized the May 9 ruling by the country’s constitutional court that upheld abortion as a right. Read more

Father Oscar Martin was harassed for his homily on homosexuality.

Priest in Spain who preached on the affective disorder of homosexuality publicly harassed

Dec 29, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Father Oscar Martín has been publicly harassed for preaching the Catholic doctrine on homosexuality. Read more

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Spanish bishop to Belgian bishops: The Church doesn’t have authority to bless gay unions

Sep 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla reminded the Belgian bishops that the blessing of gay unions goes against the teaching of the... Read more

The cross in the Valley of the Fallen is erected over a granite outcrop, 150 meters over the basilica.

Why the world’s largest cross and its custodians are under imminent threat in Spain

Aug 12, 2022

By Estefanía Aguirre

In a move that could destroy the largest cross in the world, Spain’s government wants to turn the world’s longest... Read more

The community of Trappist monks of the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain.

Why did the floor of a Spanish monastery turn blood red once a year for almost 500 years?

Aug 9, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

On Aug. 6 in the year 953, 200 monks living at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos,... Read more

Priestly ordination with Bishop Demetrio Fernández of Córdoba, Spain

The Church ‘can neither live nor survive without priests,’ Spanish bishop says

Jun 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Demetrio Fernández of Córdoba, Spain, made the remarks before the ordination of five new priests for his diocese. Read more

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain.

Spain's bishops welcome government commission to investigate sex abuse

Mar 11, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Spanish parliament has overwhelmingly approved the creation of an independent commission to investigate alleged sexual abuse in the Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Juan José Omella and lawyer Javier Cremades at a press conference in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 22, 2022.

Spanish cardinal: Clerical abuse audit is a ‘step forward’ in transparency

Feb 22, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The investigation is expected to take a year to complete. Read more

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Spain’s Catholic bishops ask law firm to open independent audit on clerical sex abuse

Feb 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The audit is expected to lead to a comprehensive report. Read more