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Major survey finds ‘conservative’ and ‘orthodox’ priests on the rise

Nov 7, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

A new survey indicates that priests describing themselves as “progressive” are practically going “extinct” among U.S. seminary graduates, among other... Read more

Pope Francis thanks the delegates at the conclusion of the 2023 Synod on Synodality.

Synod on Synodality 2023: Summary report calls for greater ‘co-responsibility’ in Church

Oct 28, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The Vatican’s nearly monthlong Synod on Synodality assembly concluded with members approving an ambitious text calling for greater “co-responsibility.” Read more

Only frequent church attendees avoided downward mental health trend in 2020

Dec 11, 2020

Americans who attend religious services weekly are the only demographic group appearing to show improved mental health in 2020, despite... Read more

San Gioacchino.

This Roman church was a gift from Catholics around the world to Leo XIII

Jul 22, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

There are many Catholic churches in Rome, but few can boast of having been built through the contributions of Catholics... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Documents seized from office managing St. Peter's as Pope Francis appoints commissioner

Jun 30, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed a commissioner to reform the administration of the office responsible for the upkeep of St. Peter’s... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

Pope Francis: The Church is a home for the lost

Sep 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

No one is lost to Jesus, neither should they be considered lost to the Church and her members, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience Sept. 18, 2019.

Through sin and scandal, God's Church remains, Pope Francis says

Sep 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Because of sinfulness, human projects will always fail, but the Church remains steadfast, even in times of scandal, because she... Read more

What’s going to bring the ‘nones’ back to the Church?

Jun 14, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore this week, primarily to vote on proposals to respond to the clergy abuse... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the president of Romania Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest May 31, 2019.

Pope Francis: The Catholic Church wants to contribute to Romanian society

May 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Catholic Church wants to continue to be an active and contributive member of Romanian society, Pope Francis told the... Read more

Pope Francis meets Catholics in Bulgaria May 6, 2019.

The parish should be 'a home with open doors,' Francis tells Catholics in Bulgaria

May 6, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The parish should be at the center of the community, a place where God’s presence is felt and hope and... Read more

Full of Grace Cafe. Photo courtesy of Fr. Joshua Johnson.

Full of Grace Cafe: Small-town parish opens thriving coffee shop, community center

Dec 18, 2018

By Mary Farrow

When Fr. Josh Johnson arrived as pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church over a year ago,... Read more

In the US South, the Church is in 'growth mode'

Jul 6, 2017

Church growth and expansion was the topic when leading bishops of the Catholic Church’s Atlanta province met recently in South... Read more

Cathedral of Saint Matthew Washington DC.

Proposal to close DC Metro on Sunday mornings draws outcry

Oct 25, 2016

A proposal to close the Washington, D.C. metro until noon on Sundays has prompted strong criticism from churches whose members... Read more

New bill would protect churches with political views from the IRS

Oct 1, 2016

Churches concerned about Internal Revenue Service intervention if they engage in political speech should take a look at a proposed... Read more

Half of church fires in the last 20 years were set on purpose

Aug 3, 2015

Fifty-one percent of the reported fire incidents at U.S. houses of worship between 1996 and 2015 were determined to be... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica on June 8, 2014.

The Church is about Christ – not an NGO, Pope tells Swiss bishops

Dec 2, 2014

In an address to the Swiss bishops on Monday, Pope Francis urged them maintain a lively faith, lest their country’s... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pope calls Christians to be 'living stones' of the Church

Oct 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

In his homily for Mass at the Santa Marta residence on Oct. 24, Pope Francis reflected on the call of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims during his Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014

A Christian without the Church is purely idealistic, Pope says

May 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis reflected in his daily Mass on how the apostles evangelized by first telling the history of God’s people,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014.

We are 'sinners in a Holy Church,' preaches Pope

May 9, 2014

In his homily on Friday morning, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience on Dec. 4, 2013

A Christian without the Church is an 'absurd dichotomy,' says Pope

Jan 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the intrinsic relationship between the Church and the People of God, emphasizing... Read more