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The Church of St. Mary of Prayer and Death in Rome, Italy.

This Rome church is devoted to burying and praying for the dead

Nov 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The church is the last resting place of more than 8,000 people. Read more

Why many Catholic dioceses offer free interment of cremated remains

Nov 3, 2020

By Mary Farrow

There are many ways - some more conventional than others - that cremated remains, kept in urns or in other... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass on April 9, 2020 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis prays for the elderly afraid of dying alone amid pandemic

Apr 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed for the elderly who are afraid of dying alone at his morning Mass on Wednesday.  Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on March 10, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for those who weep from coronavirus loneliness or loss

Mar 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

“Many cry today. And we, from this altar, from this sacrifice of Jesus -- of Jesus who was not ashamed... Read more

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020.

At least 28 priests in northern Italy have died from COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.  Read more

Pope Francis at Mass for the repose of the souls of deceased bishops Nov. 4, 2019.

Remember the final judgement, Pope Francis says at Mass for recently deceased bishops

Nov 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Catholics to meditation on the final judgement at a Mass offered Monday for the souls of cardinals... Read more

Brain death diagnosis for second Michigan teen raises questions

Oct 29, 2019

For the second time in a month, a family in Michigan is fighting to keep their teenage son on life... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square May 22, 2018.

Pope Francis: Fear sin, not death

Jul 1, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics have no reason to fear death, because Christ the Lord has power over death; instead, they should fear sin,... Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, disgraced Scottish prelate, dies at 80

Mar 19, 2018

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who stepped down as Archbishop of Edinburgh in 2013 after admitting to inappropriate sexual conduct throughout... Read more

Sister Consolata di Santo.

Religious sister who worked with Padre Pio dies at 101

Mar 8, 2018

Sister Consolata di Santo, one of the first religious sisters to work in the hospital developed by St. Padre Pio,... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Italy on Sept. 28, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin: Palliative care means accompanying, not abandoning

Feb 28, 2018

Palliative care is a reminder that love for those who are dying means accompaniment, not abandonment, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Remember you're going to die, Pope Francis counsels

Feb 1, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Spending time reflecting on your own death can be a freeing experience, and one that can even help us to... Read more

Priest's hospital room mix-up allows dying woman to receive sacraments

Jan 6, 2018

Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve, Fr. Gregorio Hidalgo went to a hospital to give Communion to a patient.... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 11, 2017.

If you died today, would you be ready? Pope Francis asks

Nov 12, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday Pope Francis encouraged people not to wait to reflect on their lives, but to ask themselves: If this... Read more

A statue of Santa Muerte.

Have you heard of Saint Death? Don’t pray to her.

Nov 4, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They call her Santa Muerte (‘Holy Death’ or ‘Saint Death’), but she’s no saint.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for deceased bishops and cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 3, 2017.

Choose everlasting life, not death, Pope Francis says

Nov 3, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis said that in contemplating death we are reminded of our ultimate purpose – and how the... Read more

Memento mori - How religious orders remember death

Oct 30, 2017

By Mary Farrow

There’s an old Latin phrase that’s suddenly new again - at least in the realm of Catholic Twitter™. The resurgence... Read more

Little Sisters of the Poor. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

These nuns provide 'death with dignity' - but it's not assisted suicide

Oct 11, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, “death with dignity” looks markedly different for patients under the care... Read more

Mysterious deaths of mentally ill draw concern from South Africa bishops

Sep 22, 2016

The unexplained deaths of three dozen mentally ill patients in a South African province show the need for action to... Read more

Father Francisco Rencoret.

Young priest whom Pope encouraged in battle against cancer dies

Aug 16, 2016

A man of God. Someone who endured illness with faith and fortitude until the end. This is how those who... Read more