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Spanish bishops lament there are families who oppose religious vocations of their children

Dec 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

The bishops published an annual message in anticipation of Holy Family Day under the theme “The family, cradle of the... Read more

'Immaculate Conception' by Peter Paul Rubens, circa 1628.

The miracle that made the Immaculate Virgin patroness of Spain and its infantry

Dec 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

In 1585 a miracle attributed to the Immaculate Conception allowed the Spanish troops to win the Battle of Empel in... Read more

The Risen Christ

German Synodal Way: The devil will not defeat the Resurrection, Spanish cardinal says

Nov 30, 2022

By CNA Staff

Spanish Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela criticized the controversial Synodal Way of the German Catholic Church in a university course... Read more

The cross in the Valley of the Fallen, November 2022

New Spanish law threatens future of world’s largest cross and its employees

Nov 29, 2022

By Estefanía Aguirre

One employee says she fears losing her lifelong job at the world’s largest cross locality after the government of Spain... Read more

San Rafael Arnáiz at different times of his life

Meet the Spanish Trappist mystic saint who helps those who suffer from diabetes

Nov 15, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

St. Rafael Arnáiz, who had diabetes, is considered one of the great mystics of the 20th century. Read more

Image of the Virgin of Almudena in the streets of Madrid, Spain

How the image of the Virgin of Almudena survived the eighth-century Muslim invasion

Nov 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Every Nov. 9, the Church in Spain celebrates the Virgin of Almudena, whose image “hides” a peculiar story that might... Read more

Father Javier Siegrist

Priest laments state of apparition site of Our Lady of Fatima in Spain

Nov 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

While progress has been made on the restoration of the shrie, Spanish Father Javier Siegrist noted that “it’s still insufficient... Read more

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Spanish bishop prays in front of abortion clinic on All Souls’ Day despite oppressive law

Nov 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of Orihuela-Alicante, Spain, joined the 40 Days for Life campaign Nov. 2 in front of an... Read more

Parish Church of San Sebastián de Garabandal (Spain).

Spanish bishop makes statement on alleged apparitions at Garabandal

Oct 20, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Bishop Manuel Sánchez Monge stated that “my position, like that of my predecessors, is that Rome’s assessment remains valid: ‘There... Read more

Luis Argüello, archbishop of Valladolid and general secretary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference

Spanish archbishop objects to labeling pro-lifers as ‘ultra-Catholics’ or ‘extreme right’

Oct 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

“There are only ad hominem arguments left for those who know they’re going against science, ethics, integral ecology, and the... Read more

Father José María Avendaño Perea, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Getafe / His mother, Jorja Perea

Pope names as bishop a Spanish priest whose mother is in the process of beatification

Oct 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has appointed Father José María Avendaño Perea as auxilary bishop for the Diocese of Getafe. Read more

Image posted by the Synod of Synodality on its social media networks.

Priests reject controversial synod poster: it’s ‘out of bounds and confusing’

Sep 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Two Spanish priests recently posted their analyses on social media of a controversial drawing posted to the Synod on Synodality... Read more

Archbishop Luis Argüello of Valladolid, Spain

Archbishop calls on consecrated to wear religious dress as a ‘revolutionary’ gesture

Sep 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Luis Argüello of Valladolid, Spain, made his remarks in a homily for a diaconal ordination, noting that deacons wear... Read more

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Preoccupation with money distances us from God, Spanish bishop warns

Sep 17, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In his weekly pastoral letter on Sept. 15, Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of Córdoba said that the desire for money... Read more

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Spanish court confirms former priest’s 30-year sentence for sexual abuse

Sep 14, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Spain’s Supreme Court has confirmed an appeal court’s sentence for a man convicted of sexually abusing minors and who was... Read more

Father Sebastián Gaya, initiator of the Cursillo (short course) in Christianity, together with St. John Paul II.

Archdiocese begins process of canonization for main developer of Cursillo

Sep 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Archdiocese of Madrid has begun the canonization process for Father Sebastián Gayá, one of the main developers of the... Read more

Sister Lucia, seer of Fatima (left); detail of the sanctuary of Pontevedra (right)

Spanish shrine where Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sister Lucía is falling into ruin

Aug 11, 2022

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The place where Our Lady called for the first Saturday devotion needs urgent reconstruction work. Read more

Painting by Dióscoro Puebla depicting the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, on Oct. 12, 1492.

Historian: Church did not give ‘carte blanche’ for mistreatment of indigenous in Americas

Aug 10, 2022

By David Ramos

Historian and professor Íñigo Fernández pointed out that shortly after the discovery of America, “the Church in fact began to... Read more

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Is Latin more effective in driving out demons? An exorcist responds

Aug 10, 2022

By David Ramos

Father Francisco Torres Ruiz of the Diocese of Plasencia, Spain, said many wonder if an exorcism ritual from 1614 is... Read more

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Spanish bishop: We’re creating ‘monsters’ if youth don’t grow up to be loving and generous

Aug 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Juan Carlos Elizalde of Vitoria, Spain, warned that some young people are “at risk” for self-centeredness because of the... Read more