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Who was Fr. Olivier Maire, the Catholic Priest Murdered in France?

The 60-year-old priest was a popular leader of retreats.

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Breaking: Catholic Priest Murdered in France, Says Country’s Interior Minister

Gérald Darmanin wrote: “All my support to the Catholics of our country after the dramatic murder of a priest in Vendée.”

St. Dominic in prayer, by El Greco. El Greco - Museum of Fine Arts Boston via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

St. Dominic Can Teach Catholics How to Overcome Divisions: Dominican Leader

St. Dominic died in Bologna, Italy, on Aug. 6, 1221.

Orphaned children in India. Lynne Dobson/Miracle Foundation.

Catholic diocese in India offers cash incentives, scholarships for couples with more children

The Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Diocese of Palai in Kerala state said it will pay 1,500 rupees (about US$21) monthly to the families and will provide free education to the fourth and the subsequent children.

Solignac Abbey in west-central France. Courtesy of the Diocese of Limoges.

Benedictine Monks Return to Historic French Abbey for First Time after 230-Year Absence

Anti-clerical revolutionaries expelled the Benedictines in 1790.

The newly elected Abbess and Council of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala., July 2021. Credit: Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.

Mother Angelica's Monastery Elects New Abbess, Asks for "continued prayers"

Mother Mary Paschal has been elected the newest abbess of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama, filling the role once held by EWTN foundress Mother Angelica.

Theodore McCarrick. U.S. Institute of Peace / CC BY NC 2.0

Former American Cardinal Faces Fifth Civil Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after he was criminally charged in a Massachusetts district court this week for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization. Copyright

Former American Cardinal Criminally Charged with Sexual Assault of Teenage Boy

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have occurred in the 1970s. 

Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, S.J., with the official image of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome. Screenshot from Diocesi di Roma YouTube channel.

Vatican Unveils Official Image of 2022 World Meeting of Families

The image was created by the Slovenian Jesuit Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik.

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010. L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Emeritus Benedict Laments Lack of Faith within Church Institutions in Germany

The pope emeritus spoke about faith, worldliness, and the institutional Church.

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Report: Over Past Decade, 170,000 Children Had Rights 'gravely violated'

The past decade saw troubling levels of violence against children, with some 45 children seeing their rights “gravely violated” each day during the 2010s, a new report from the United Nations said.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Cardinal Tagle speaks of 'shock and sadness' at Philippines' suicide rates

In the wake of rising suicide rates in the Philippines, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle issued a Christmas statement expressing his shock at the trend and calling for cultural renewal.

Carolers gather outside Melbourne Assessment Prison on Christmas Eve, 2019 / John Macauley/CNA

Christmas Eve carolers for Cardinal Pell gathered at Melbourne prison

A group of local Catholics gathered outside Melbourne prison on Christmas Eve to sing carols for Cardinal George Pell, currently incarcerated in the facility, and to pray for him, as well as the other inmates and prison staff.


Mentors are key in program to get civilly married couples back to Church

When Mary Rose Verret first welcomed Douglas and Elizabeth into her home, Douglas’ boots squished with the sewage he worked with, and Elizabeth smelled of french fries from her fast food job. Douglas was also just a few years of out jail.

Cardinal George Pell / Alexey Gotovskiy / ACI Africa

African Clerics React to Cardinal Pell’s Upheld Conviction

African clerics have reacted to George Cardinal Pell’s upheld child sex abuse conviction through various statements shared with ACI Africa Wednesday.

A man receives an Ebola vaccine in Goma, DCR on July 15, 2019. Credit: Pamela Tulizo / AFP / Getty Images.

Ebola outbreak in DRC an international health emergency, WHO declares

The nearly year-long Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reached the level of an international health emergency, the World Health Organization declared yesterday.

Kenyan bishops prepare to meet with Pope Francis in Nairobi, Nov. 26, 2015. / Martha Calderon/CNA.

French Catholic university encourages African bishops in self-reflection

The Institut Catholique de Paris hosted a conference Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the leadership organization for Catholic bishops' conferences in Africa, at which the Church in Africa was invited to reflection on inculturation and its relationship with the Church in Europe.