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Then, Prince Charles attends the Society of St. Augustine of Canterbury centenary reception at Archbishop’s House, Westminster, England, May 10, 2022. | Mazur/cbcew.org.uk.

English Cardinal Offers Prayers for King Charles III after Cancer Diagnosis

Feb 5, 2024

King Charles, 75, underwent treatment recently for an enlarged prostate and an unspecified cancer was discovered during that treatment.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 6, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Organizers iInvite 300 Parish Priests to a Listening Session in Rome

Feb 3, 2024

Synod on Synodality organizers are inviting 300 parish priests to come to Rome for a meeting of “listening, prayer, and discernment” that will help shape the next Synod assembly discussions.

The Diocese of Plymouth in England said in a statement this week that the ordination of Plymouth Bishop-elect Christopher Whitehead “will not take place on 22 February 2024 as expected.” | Credit: © Mazur/cbcew.org.uk|Flickr|CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

Ordination of English Bishop-elect Canceled amid Unexplained "canonical process"

Feb 2, 2024

“Canon Christopher Whitehead has stepped back from active ministry whilst this process is ongoing,” a statement from the Diocese of Plymouth said. 

Pope Francis delivers a message at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Wrath is a Vice that is "pervasive," "dark"

Jan 31, 2024

Pope Francis dedicated his Jan. 31 general audience to the subject of wrath, characterizing it as a vice that is “pervasive” and “particularly dark.”

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.” | Credit: Maximilian von Lachner/Synodaler Weg

Critics Challenge German Synodal Way in Light of Abuse Study

Jan 30, 2024

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that abuse is “specific to Catholic factors.”

The scene outside a Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey, where a reported armed attack took place on Jan. 28, 2024. | Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN

One Person Killed in Shooting at Catholic Church in Istanbul, Manhunt Underway

Jan 28, 2024

Bishop Massimiliano Palinuro, the apostolic vicar of Istanbul, told EWTN News on Jan. 28 that a parishioner was killed “during the consecration” in the attack on Santa Maria Church in Istanbul’s Sariyer district.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets with Pope Francis on Jan. 25, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Archbishop of Canterbury Celebrates Anglican Liturgy in a Catholic Basilica in Rome

Jan 27, 2024

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby celebrated an Anglican service this morning in the Catholic Basilica of St. Bartholomew, located on Tiber Island. 

Mosaic of Sales on the exterior of St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis. | Credit: RickMorais/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

From Struggles With Temper to Path of Charity, St. Francis de Sales is a Model for us all

Jan 24, 2024

On Jan. 24, the Church celebrates the patron saint of journalists, writers, and the Catholic press: St. Francis de Sales, doctor of the Church.

A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014. | Credit: Paul Badde/CNA

The Origins of St. Agnes, Child Saint and Martyr

Jan 21, 2024

Although not much is known about the life of St. Agnes, there are many stories passed down since her martyrdom in the fourth century.

Pope Francis delivers a speech to all of the world’s ambassadors to the Vatican on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls Surrogacy "deplorable," Calls for Global Ban in Speech to Ambassadors

Jan 8, 2024

Pope Francis called surrogacy “deplorable” and called for a global ban on the exploitative practice of “so-called surrogate motherhood.”

Tia, Miriam, Emanuel, and Josias (left to right) from the St. Lorenz Catholic Parish in Kempten, Diocese of Augsburg, Germany, December 2023. | Credit: Nicolas Schnall/Kindermissionswerk

Thousands of "Star Singers" Continue Tradition of Bringing Christ’s Blessings for New Year

Dec 31, 2023

Every year in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, thousands of children go from door to door dressed as the three Wise Men to bring the blessing of Christ.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 14, 2015. | Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

‘Benedict trusted Francis. But he was bitterly disappointed,’ biographer says in new interview

Dec 29, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI’s biographer, Peter Seewald, has raised concerns about how Pope Francis is managing the legacy of his predecessor. 

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Let Each Bishop “make that discernment”: Vatican Prefect on Fiducia Supplicans Application

Dec 27, 2023

In an interview published in a Spanish newspaper, Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández responded to criticism of the declaration.

Pope Francis gives a blessing after he delivers his Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: After 2,000 Years the Persecution of Christians Continues

Dec 26, 2023

During Tuesday’s Angelus on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace.

Painting of St. Stephen’s martyrdom. | Rembrandt

St. Stephen: Visiting the Spot Where the First Martyr Died

Dec 26, 2023

A chapel of one form or another memorializing Stephen’s martyrdom has existed at the site since at least the fifth century. 

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis "deeply saddened" by Shooting at Prague University 

Dec 22, 2023

A 24-year-old student opened fire in the university’s philosophy department building after first killing his father outside of Prague. The gunman killed himself after the rampage.

Pope Francis confesses in St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: L’Osservatore Romano

Hearing the Pope’s Confession: Vatican Confessor Reflects on Sacrament

Dec 10, 2023

A veteran Vatican confessor spoke about his time as confessor to Pope Francis, stressing the enduring and essential role of the sacrament.

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann. | Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of December

Dec 1, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities.

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Professional Soccer Team Founded by a Catholic Religious

Nov 29, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother.

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, Germany, (left) and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań, Poland. | Credit: Bistum Limburg/Episkopat.pl. / Bistum Limburg/Episkopat.pl

Confronting Controversy: German-Polish Bishops’ Dialogue Highlights Synodal Way Tensions

Nov 28, 2023

A public dispute between the German Bishops’ Conference president and his Polish counterpart took another turn on Monday.