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Catholic schools must be faithful and welcoming on gender identity, Cleveland Diocese says

Sep 14, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of Cleveland issued policy guidelines on gender identity and related LGBT issues for its Catholic schools. Read more

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

May 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost is a priest of the Cleveland diocese. Read more

A classroom of St. Anthony of Padua School in Parma, Ohio, reopened in temporary facilities after a February arson.

Parma's St. Anthony of Padua School settles into temporary quarters in fire's aftermath

Last week, dozens of volunteers were scurrying through St. Bridget of Kildare School in Parma unloading and organizing thousands of... Read more

Bishop Edward Malesic addresses the First Friday Club of Cleveland, Feb. 10, 2022.

Catechesis about the Eucharist a top priority, Cleveland bishop says

Feb 16, 2022

By Kate Olivera

Sharing the truth about the Real Presence in the Eucharist will be a top priority for the Diocese of Cleveland... Read more


Laicized former priest serving life term dead of apparent suicide

Feb 8, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Robert McWilliams, 41, was about three months into a life sentence for sex trafficking of youths under 18, child pornography,... Read more


Former priest withdraws pleas over child sex abuse after judge's rejection of sentencing agreement

Jan 12, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Gary Berthiaume, a former priest, withdrew his guilty pleas after being sentenced to spend up to 15 years in prison... Read more


Cleveland priest sentenced to life in prison for child pornography, exploitation

Nov 10, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Tuesday, Father Robert McWilliams was sentenced to life in prison on convictions of sex trafficking of youths under 18,... Read more

Afghan refugees are being processed inside Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Sept. 8, 2021.

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Sep 23, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Over the next several months, the USCCB and Catholic Charities locations across the U.S. will welcome upwards of 7,500 refugees... Read more

The late Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland.

Former USCCB president Bishop Pilla dies at 88

Sep 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who led the Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years and served as president of the United States... Read more


Diocese of Cleveland, Notre Dame partner to boost Catholic schools

Aug 27, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

The diocese of Cleveland announced this week that it will partner with the University of Notre Dame to reinvigorate two... Read more

Fr. Damian Ference leads "Nine Nights of Night Prayer" at St. John Cantius Parish in Cleveland

Cleveland Diocese plans second round of ‘Nine Nights of Night Prayer’

Aug 24, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

After Catholics in the Cleveland diocese participated in a “Nine Nights of Night Prayer” initiative earlier this month, the diocese... Read more

Former altar boy buys Akron church: ‘I’ll make sure it’s still taken care of’

May 4, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A former altar boy with close family ties to a former Catholic parish in Akron, Ohio, now has a different... Read more

Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg, Pa,

Bishop Edward Malesic of Greensburg named to lead Cleveland diocese

Jul 16, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday named Bishop Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg, Pa, to lead the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio.  Read more

Bishop Richard Lennon. CNA file photo.

Cleveland Bishop Lennon dies at 72, remembered for love of Church

Oct 30, 2019

Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon died at the age of 72 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 after receiving the sacraments. His colleagues... Read more

Bishop Nelson Perez and Father Andrew Bellisario, who were appointed Bishops of Cleveland and Juneau, respectively, July 11, 2017. Photos courtesy of the Rockville Centre and Juneau dioceses.

Cleveland, Juneau dioceses receive new bishops

Jul 11, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Tuesday Pope Francis appointed Fr. Andrew Bellisario, C.M., as Bishop of Juneau, and Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez as Bishop... Read more