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An external view of the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem during the procession of the Franciscan friars after the first vespers of the Ascension solemnity on May 8, 2024. The procession circled the chapel three times.

PHOTOS: Catholics gather at site of Jesus’ ascension in Jerusalem

May 9, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

“I’m excited to have come to pray in the actual place of the Ascension... I want to be closer to... Read more

The Ascension of Jesus Christ. Giotto di Bondone, 1305.

How Christ’s ascension takes the training wheels off our faith

May 9, 2024

By Father Roger Landry

The celebration of the Ascension is an annual opportunity for us to focus on the implications Jesus’ return to the... Read more


Catholic prison ministry makes good use of large donation of Bible study materials

Feb 20, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Working with a Catholic lay group called Kolbe Prison Ministries, Jerry Trzeciak leads three-day retreats for inmates. Read more

"He Leadeth Me" Hallow Pray40 Challenge.

Lent 2024: Catholic resources to help you grow in your faith

Feb 8, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

This list of Catholic resources can help you grow closer to the Lord this Lenten season. Read more


Maternity leave policies: How Catholic dioceses and organizations rank

Sep 19, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Catholic dioceses across the U.S. were surveyed last year about their parental leave policies, showing that very few provide comprehensive... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘We must not get used to war!’

May 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also prayed for peace in Sudan, where fighting between the country’s military and a coalition of paramilitary forces... Read more

Duccio's Pentecost (1308)

Pentecost Novena: Here’s how to pray the first novena

May 19, 2023

By Katie Yoder

The first novena ever prayed is the Novena to the Holy Spirit. This year, it begins on Friday, May 19,... Read more

The Ascension of Jesus Christ. Giotto di Bondone, 1305. public domain.

Is Thursday a holy day of obligation? It depends on where you live

May 17, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

May 18 is Ascension Thursday, the day the Church marks 40 days since Jesus’ resurrection and the day he ascended... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience on May 17, 2023 (left) and a painting of St. Francis Xavier in the Church of the Gesù in Rome (right).

Pope Francis: Share the Gospel with zeal like St. Francis Xavier

May 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope dedicated his entire general audience to sharing the story of the daring 16th-century saint who risked his life... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the recitation of the Regina Caeli on May 7, 2023.

Pope Francis: Jesus calls us to set our sights on heaven

May 7, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

Pope Francis on Sunday warned against the danger of living life without a sense of purpose or a destination to... Read more

Father Mike Schmitz, host of the Bible in a Year Podcast and the upcoming new Catechism in a Year podcast, set to launch Jan. 1, 2023.

Catechism in a Year podcast seeks to deepen the faith of Catholics and non-Catholics alike

Nov 6, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Hosted by Father Mike Schmitz, the Catechism in a Year podcast is set to launch on Jan. 1, 2023. Read more

Closeup shot of a woman holding her hands together and praying over an open Bible.

Ideas to help you have a fruitful Lent

Feb 28, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We, as Catholics, are called to walk through the desert with... Read more

Father Mike Schmitz is the host of the podcast "the Bible in a Year," produced by Ascension.

Bible in a Year: Have you heard about Father Mike Schmitz's next project?

Jan 7, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Ascension's hugely successful Bible in a Year podcast started 2022 ranked No. 1 among podcasts in all categories. In a... Read more

Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor.

Oklahoma AG objects after Catholic healthcare group enforces COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Nov 17, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Catholic healthcare group Ascension last week began suspending employees who refused to comply with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Oklahoma's attorney... Read more

Oct. 13, 2017: Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Via Conciliazione in Rome, Italy on the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition.

Maine Catholic schools to observe Fatima anniversary

May 12, 2021

Children at Maine’s Catholic schools will participate in a series of Marian devotions on Thursday, to honor the Blessed Mother... Read more

The Ascension of Jesus Christ. Giotto di Bondone, 1305. public domain.

'Is Jesus’ body in space?' And other Ascension questions you didn’t know you had

May 14, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Like many mysteries of the Catholic faith, the Ascension seems to raise more questions than it answers. CNA spoke with... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates a Mass for victims of a London terror attack on March 26, 2017.

Epiphany, Ascension moved back to original dates in England and Wales

Sep 4, 2017

The Vatican has approved a decision from the Catholic bishops in England and Wales to move two Holy Days of... Read more