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Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. / Credit: Pablo Esparza/EWTN

Do Not Abandon Grandparents and Elderly; Remain Close to Them: Pope Francis

May 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican released the message ahead of the fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which takes place on July 28 this year.

The Medjugorje Youth Festival, in its 34th edition, held July 26–30, 2023, at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. / Credit: Radio MIR Međjugorje

What Has the Vatican Already Said about Discerning Marian Apparitions?

May 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed problems that could come up in examining apparitions in November 1974.

“EWTN News Nightly” host Tracy Sabol speaks with Dr. Erin Lothes, a Catholic environmental theologian and senior manager of the Laudato Si’ Animators Program with the Laudato Si’ Movement, on on May 9, 2024. / Credit: “EWTN News Nightly” screen shot

Vatican Hosts Discussions on Climate Change, Offers Resources as Ocean Temperatures Hit Record High

May 14, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides resources for the Church to achieve real and lasting solutions to environmental problems. 

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept. 28, 2023. / Credit: Martin Rothweiler/EWTN Germany

Germany Now a "mission country": German Bishops’ Conference President amid Declining Catholic Numbers

May 14, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has called Germany — a nation whose history is entangled with the Catholic Church — a “mission country.”

Our Lady of Medianeira is among 31 flooded churches in the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre, Brazil. / Credit: Courtesy photo

Heavy Rains in Brazil Leave Hundreds Dead or Injured, Half a Million Homeless, Churches Flooded

May 14, 2024

By Monasa Narjara

The heavy rains that have pounded the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have flooded 31 churches in the four vicariates of the Archdiocese of Porto Alegre.

Today, May 14, We Celebrate St. Matthias, Apostle

May 14, 2024

Matthias, whose name means “gift of God”,  was the disciple chosen to replace Judas as one of the twelve Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles state that he was also one of the 72 disciples that the Lord Jesus sent out to preach the good news.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen with Catholic communicators in the Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: BEAMS

World Communications Day in Nairobi: Apostolic Nuncio Advocates for Responsible, Prudent Digital Culture Fostering Truth

May 13, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The digital culture needs to be characterized by responsible and prudent engagement that contributes to the safeguarding of human dignity, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has said.

Missionary Institute of Consecrated Life Records “numerical growth, expansion” in Cameroon: Official

May 13, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Congregation of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CMF/Claretians) ministering in Cameroon as an Independent Delegation have increased in number and expanded their presence in the Central African nation, an official of the Institute has said. 

Monitor Children’s Social Media Exposure, “use parental control”: Journalist to Parents at Communication Week in Angola

May 13, 2024

By João Vissesse

There is need for parents and guardians to monitor social media exposure of children under their parental care, the Coordinator of the Forum of Women Journalists for Gender Equality in Angola has said.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. / Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence During the Catholic Church's 2025 Jubilee Year

May 13, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The decree provides Catholics with the opportunity to gain indulgences by making pilgrimages, prayerfully visiting churches, or practicing works of mercy.

Monument of the Guardian Angel of Portugal apparition to the three little shepherd children of Fatima. / Daniel Ibanez / CNA.

Nine Things to Know and Share about the Marian Apparitions at Fátima, Portugal

May 13, 2024

By Jimmy Akin

May 13 is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Fátima, arguably the most prominent approved apparition of the 20th century.

Today, May 13, We Celebrate Our Lady of Fatima

May 13, 2024

May 13 is the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  She appeared six times to Lucia, 9, and her cousins Francisco, 8, and his sister Jacinta, 6, between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917.

“Media must not ape, add to AI alarm, confusion”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria on 2024 World Communications Day

May 12, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

On the occasion of the 58th World Communications Day (WCD) marked on Sunday, May 12, the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has cautioned media practitioners on the continent against alarmism with regard to Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In New Book, Cameroonian Catholic Priest Links “remarkable story” of His Life to “enduring power of divine timing”

May 12, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

In a new book, a Cameroonian Catholic Priest has recounted his life experiences and challenged young people in the Central African nation to foster patience as an essential virtue.

The nine Deacons ordained in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Kakamega of 11 May 2024. Credit: Capuchin TV

“People are losing hope”: Catholic Bishop in Kenya Urges Priests at Ordination to Counter News Media Pessimism

May 12, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has noted with concern a growing trend of pessimism among Kenyans and faulted news media channels in the country for focusing on negative news stories that trigger feelings of hopelessness.

To Contribute to Peacebuilding, Ethiopia’s Religious Leaders Need to Be “free from ethnic sectarianism”: Catholic Bishop

May 12, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

To credibly contribute to peacebuilding initiatives in Ethiopia, faith-based leaders in the Horn of Africa nation need to be seen playing a neutral role, “free from ethnic sectarianism”, the Coadjutor Bishop of the country’s Eparchy of Emdeber has said.

"We reflect with gratitude on all mothers, and let us also pray for mothers who have gone to heaven. We entrust mothers to the protection of Mary, our heavenly mother," said Pope Francis on May 12, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Let us also pray for mothers who have gone to heaven": Pope Francis on Mother’s Day

May 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

On Mother’s Day, Pope Francis entrusted all mothers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking everyone to remember to also pray for all the mothers who have gone to heaven.

Mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside Christ Cathedral in Orange, California. / Credit: Kate Veik/CNA

Mother’s Day 2024: 12 Catholic Quotes on Beauty of Motherhood

May 12, 2024

By Katie Yoder

Here are 12 quotes from saints and Catholic figures on the beauty and significance of motherhood.

Today, May 12, We Celebrate St. Epiphanius of Salamis

May 12, 2024

On May 12 the Catholic Church honors Saint Epiphanius of Salamis, an early monk, bishop and Church Father known for his extensive learning and defense of Catholic teachings in the fourth century.

Nigerian Catholic Diocese to Translates Pope’s Message for 2024 World Day of Social Communications into Hausa

May 11, 2024

By Abah Anthony John

The Catholic Diocese of Lafia in Nigeria is to translate Pope Francis' Message for the 2024 World Day of Social Communications to be marked on May 12 this year into Hausa, one of the most commonly spoken languages in the West African Nation.