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St. Francis of Assisi.

On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence

Aug 1, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on... Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, walks with other pilgrims to the Shrine of the Divine Child in July 2022.

Prayer ‘is what will save Nicaragua,’ bishop says

Jul 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

During a recent pilgrimage, Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa also called for a “crusade” of prayer in coming months. Read more

Rose Lalor with her rosary in Liverpool, England.

English grandmother arrested for praying near abortion clinic wins religious freedom challenge

Jul 20, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A 76-year-old English grandmother who was fined for praying near to an abortion clinic has successfully overturned her financial penalty,... Read more

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Mexico’s faithful encouraged to bring photos of victims of violence to churches July 24

Jul 19, 2022

By David Ramos

Religious leaders have asked that July be a time of prayer for peace in Mexico. Read more

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Church leaders in Mexico call for days of prayer for peace amid increasing violence

Jul 5, 2022

By David Ramos

“There is a wound to heal and there is the strength that the country needs today to build peace,” the... Read more

Joseph Kennedy, the ex-high school football coach at the center of the Supreme Court prayer case Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

Supreme Court sides with football coach in prayer case

Jun 27, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Joseph Kennedy lost his job for refusing to stop praying at the 50-yard line after games. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our prayer of protest’

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Job. Read more

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child.

Pope Francis prays that young people will follow Mary’s example

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged. Read more

Rosa Lalor.

Grandmother challenges fine for ‘solitary prayer walk’ during COVID-19 lockdown

Apr 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I’m taking a stand to protect fundamental freedoms for all people,’ said Rosa Lalor. Read more

Crowds looking at the Miracle of the Sun, occurring during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions.

Why is the First Saturdays devotion called the 'unfulfilled part of the Fatima message'?

Mar 30, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

What is the First Saturdays devotion, and what is its connection to Fatima and the Blessed Virgin Mary's request for... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Cross on Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican invites Catholics to pray for peace in Good Friday liturgy

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s liturgy office said it would not be issuing COVID-19 guidelines for Holy Week liturgies this year. Read more

Pope Francis waves to crowd gathered for the Angelus at St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: Ask the Holy Spirit to awaken your desire to pray

Mar 13, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Noting that the Gospel reveals that Peter, James, and John had fallen asleep prior to Jesus' Transfiguration, Pope Francis urged... Read more

Human Embryo, File Photo.

Pope Francis’ March prayer intention: For Christians facing new bioethical challenges

Mar 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said. Read more

Joseph Kennedy, a former high school football coach, says he lost his job for refusing to stop praying on the 50-yard line after his team's games. 

Catholic bishops support praying football coach in Supreme Court case

Mar 3, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) submitted an amicus brief Wednesday in support of Joseph Kennedy, a Christian... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to offer their sufferings for Christian unity

Jan 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for... Read more

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 prayer intention is for victims of religious persecution

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’ Read more

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Pew survey: Half of U.S. Catholics pray every day, and the number is dropping

Dec 16, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A new survey of U.S. adults found that 51% of Catholics pray every day, a drop of 8 percentage points... Read more

ESPN College basketball analyst Dick Vitale with Father Sebastian Szczawinski, the administrator of Vitale's parish, Our Lady of the Angeles, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

College hoops announcer Dick Vitale, battling cancer, draws strength from his Catholic faith

Dec 9, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale frequently talks about his Catholic faith and the power of prayer as he... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Oct. 24, 2021.

Pope Francis appeals that migrants not be sent back to unsafe countries

Oct 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries. Read more

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021.

Vatican launches prayer website ‘to accompany’ Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process. Read more