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More than ‘the nuts and bolts’: World’s newest bishops talk synodality in Rome

Oct 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The world’s newest bishops gathered in Rome last month to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic... Read more

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Spanish bishop to Belgian bishops: The Church doesn’t have authority to bless gay unions

Sep 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla reminded the Belgian bishops that the blessing of gay unions goes against the teaching of the... Read more

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Catholic Church in Argentina opposes legalization of euthanasia

Aug 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

There are currently four bills being considered in Argentina’s Congress to legalize euthanasia. Read more

Bishop Rolando Álvarez of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, is monitored by police in early August 2022.

The history behind the persecution of the Catholic Church in Nicaragua

Aug 12, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

How did the Central American country come to such a crisis? Read more

Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, was placed under house arrest by the police of Daniel Ortega's regime in early August 2022.

Bishops of Mexico stand in solidarity with Nicaragua ‘at a time of profound suffering’

Aug 10, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in recent weeks has threatened the Church in Nicaragua's freedom of speech and religion. Read more

Police in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2017

Bishops express pain over killing of more than 30 police officers this year in Colombia

Jul 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

The officers have been victims of the so-called “pistol plan” of the criminal organization known as the Clan del Golfo. Read more

Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing. University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at his introductory press conference on Dec. 30, 2014.

Bishop comes out in support of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

Jul 29, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh received a tip of the hat from his own bishop for his pro-life remarks. Read more

Bishop Michael Pfeifer, bishop emeritus of San Angelo, Texas.

Bishop Pfeifer: Catholic bishops must hold Biden accountable post-Roe

Jul 16, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Bishop Emeritus Michael Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas, addressed his brother bishops and all pro-lifers in a new pastoral letter. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for recently deceased cardinals and bishops, Nov. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 208 deceased bishops, cardinals

Nov 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘Some of them have died as a result of COVID-19,’ the pope noted. Read more

Bishops issue guidance in response to Pope Francis' document on the Traditional Latin Mass

Jul 17, 2021

A growing number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, have issued statements regarding groups... Read more

Bishop-designate James Golka will head the Colorado Springs Diocese.

Pope names new Colorado Springs bishop: a Nebraska priest 'fascinated by Jesus Christ'

Apr 30, 2021

“I invite you to become fascinated by the Lord… I can’t wait to see what he does with us.” Read more

Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016.

Catholics respond to Washington Post article and tweet calling Biden a ‘very Catholic president’

Apr 29, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Prominent Catholics are passionately responding to a recent Washington Post tweet which said “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, the former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Gblobato via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week

Jan 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Where China's bishops stand as the Sino-Vatican deal is renewed

Oct 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Chinese bishops after the Vatican-China deal: Who was appointed? Whose excommunications were lifted? Who stepped aside?  Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019.

World Mission Sunday: number of Catholics continues to rise worldwide

Oct 16, 2020

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted... Read more

Bishop-elect Erik Varden of Trondheim, Norway. Courtesy photo.

Norway’s newest Catholic bishop is Cistercian monk Erik Varden

Sep 30, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After 11 years, the Catholic Church in central Norway will have a bishop again.  Read more

Bishop Stephen Robson.

Scotland's Bishop Robson accused of plagiarism in dissertation

Jan 15, 2020

By JD Flynn

A Scottish bishop accused of committing plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation told CNA that while he never intentionally committed any... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2019.

Pray that bishops, priests will manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis urges

Dec 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

W. Virginia’s scandal-ridden Bishop Bransfield must make amends for ‘betrayal’

Nov 27, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

The disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield, former head of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, should apologize to his victims of sexual harassment, apologize... Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops in the Shrine of Blessed Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung in Bangkok.

Pope to Thai bishops: Stand with the poor, the exploited

Nov 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told bishops from Thailand and other countries in Asia Friday to stand with and intercede for their people,... Read more