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A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014.

The origins of St. Agnes, child saint and martyr

Jan 21, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Although not much is known about the life of St. Agnes, there are many stories passed down since her martyrdom... Read more

The Church of St. Julian and St. Basilisa in Horcajo de las Torres, Ávila.

Today is the feast of Sts. Julian and Basilissa, spouses blessed with love and purity

Jan 9, 2024

By ACI Prensa

Every Jan. 9 the Catholic Church commemorates St. Julian and his wife, St. Basilissa, who died around the year 304. Read more

Painting of St. Stephen’s martyrdom.

St. Stephen: Visiting the spot where the first martyr died

Dec 26, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A chapel of one form or another memorializing Stephen’s martyrdom has existed at the site since at least the fifth... Read more

Assisi | Oct. 4, 2023: The faithful gather to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.

Assisi celebrates St. Francis’ feast day on 800th anniversary of two significant works

Oct 4, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Crowds gathered in the beloved saint’s hometown to celebrate his life, his rule, and the Nativity scene in Greccio. Read more

The statue of St. Matthew above the crypt altar beneath the cathedral of Salerno, Italy.

Where is St. Matthew? A visit to his tomb

Sep 21, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The fascinating story of where the Gospel writer’s body lies today takes us back into history. Read more

Men process with the historic cross on the feast of the Holy Cross in Montemaggiore Belsito on Sept. 14, 2022. It is considered a great honor to be one of the people to transport the heavy float in which the cross is carried.

One Sicilian town’s centuries-old devotion to the Holy Cross

Sep 14, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

For hundreds of years, the town of Montemaggiore Belsito has marked the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross... Read more

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, fresco painting in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy.

The fascinating history of the feast of Mary’s assumption

Aug 15, 2023

By CNA Staff

This feast day is a relatively new one but the history of the holy day and the mystery behind it... Read more

Maximilian Kolbe, 1939.

St. Maximilian Kolbe’s life as a child prepared his path to holiness

Aug 14, 2023

By Antonio Tarallo

Father Raffaele Di Muro, dean of the San Bonaventura-Seraphicum Theological Faculty in Rome and director of the Kolbe chair, speaks... Read more


12 keys to using the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Jul 16, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Blessed Mother is said to have given the scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251. Read more

This work of art was displayed at St. Peter's on the occasion of the Vatican's celebration of the canonization of 117 Vietnamese martyrs on July 19, 1988.

Remembering the hundreds of thousands of Christians martyred in Vietnam 

Nov 24, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

From 1630 to 1886, somewhere between 130,000 and 300,000 Christians faced martyrdom in Vietnam, often after being held captive and... Read more

The Intercession of Charles Borromeo supported by the Virgin Mary dome fresco by Johann Michael Rottmayr in St. Charles's Church, Austria.

St. Charles Borromeo: Patron saint of stomach ailments, dieting — and obesity?

Nov 4, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast day the Catholic Church celebrates Nov. 4, was a cardinal and a prominent teacher of... Read more

Artist Timothy P. Schmalz touches the hands of Padre Pio in one of his sculptures.

Padre Pio sculptor’s work to be blessed on saint’s feast day: ‘I have to honor him’

Sep 23, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Catholic artist Timothy P. Schmalz calls Padre Pio his favorite saint. And so, when he learned that four of his... Read more

The Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel was consecrated to Our Lady of the Assumption: 5 things to know

Aug 14, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The chapel derives its name from the man who consecrated it: Pope Sixtus IV, who served as the Roman Pontiff... 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

An image of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on June 29, 2022.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the feast of saints Peter and Paul in Rome

Jul 2, 2022

By Daniel Ibañez

The feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, whose official name is the joint Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul,... Read more


Good news! You can eat a cheeseburger on Friday, March 25. Here’s why

Mar 24, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

You probably already are well aware that Catholics are called to abstain from eating meat on all Fridays throughout Lent.... Read more

Reconstructed face of St. Martin de Porres.

7 fascinating facts about St. Martin de Porres, the first black saint of the Americas

Nov 3, 2021

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

On Nov. 3, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Martin de Porres, a Peruvian Dominican brother who lived... Read more

Mary holding Jesus.

On feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis points to Mary’s trust in God

Dec 8, 2018

By Courtney Mares

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to imitate Mary’s deep trust and openness to God... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square Jan. 10, 2016.

Our task is to make the Gospel accessible, Pope Francis says

May 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

On the Feast of the Ascension, Pope Francis said that when Jesus rose into heaven, he entrusted his Church with... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Milan on the Feast of the Annunciation of Mary on March 25, 2017.

On Annunciation, Pope says God still seeks hearts like Mary

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation in Milan, telling mass-goers that even today God is still searching for... Read more