St. Francis Xavier statue in front St. Joseph Cathedral in Beijing, China, February 25, 2016. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Has Asked Catholics to Say This Prayer May 24: Our Lady, Help of Christians

May 23, 2022

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary under that title as the country's patroness.

St. John Paul II in 1978. Vatican Media.

St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis Named among Patrons of World Youth Day 2023

May 18, 2022

The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering.

Cardinal Joseph Zen. Twitter @krislc

Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong Released on Bail: Report

May 11, 2022

The news emerged shortly after the Vatican said that it was concerned to hear of reports of his arrest.

Brad Jolly at his home in Longmont, Colorado. Courtesy photo

American Man Shares His Love of Math, Catholicism with Students in Uganda

Apr 21, 2022

Since last summer, a Colorado man has been helping Catholic schoolchildren in Uganda using the two “universal” things that they share: Catholicism and mathematics.

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pictured holding his letter to Pope Francis. Religious Information Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian Soldier Appeals to Pope Francis to Help Save People of Mariupol, a Besieged City

Apr 19, 2022

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pleaded with the pope to help do something to safely evacuate people from the city.

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool. null

German Bishops' President Responds to Letter Warning of Schism Risk in Synodal Path

Apr 16, 2022

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, president of the German bishops’ conference, responded Thursday to a letter warning the country’s synodal path could lead to schism by defending the process as a response to abuses in the Church.

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"Speak out forcefully" against "abominable actions" in Ukraine: Pope Francis to Pilgrims

Apr 12, 2022

In a message to participants in an interreligious pilgrimage to Ukraine, Pope Francis said “the present moment leaves us deeply troubled, because it is marked by the forces of evil.”

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Granaries in Floriana, Malta, April 3, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "sacrilegious war" in Ukraine as He Prays Angelus in Malta

Apr 3, 2022

‘May we be tireless in praying and in offering assistance to those who suffer,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Granaries in Floriana, Malta, April 3, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Malta: God’s Endless Mercy Means No One is "irredeemable"

Apr 3, 2022

The pope urged Malta’s Catholics to be ‘tireless witnesses’ of God’s mercy.

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Catholic Leader in Ukraine Says Ongoing War Reminder of Spiritual Battle "with the devil"

Mar 31, 2022

Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Bring the devil to light and we will overcome.’

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. EWTN

Mother Angelica's Work Still Brings Inspiration and Conversion, Six Years after Her Death

Mar 27, 2022

The foundress of EWTN, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, died six years ago, but her legacy lives on in the spiritual renewals that have resulted from the fruits of her work. 

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"I pray to John Paul II": How Ukrainian Refugee Found Shelter at Pope’s Former Residence

Mar 23, 2022

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko.

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Vatican Releases Text for March 25 Consecration Prayer for Ukraine, Russia

Mar 22, 2022

The Vatican has sent bishops around the world the text of the prayer that Pope Francis will lead on March 25 for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Pope Francis, during his Angelus address on March 20, 2022, called on the world's leaders to end the "abhorrent" war in Ukraine. Vatican Media

Don’t Blame Misfortunes on God, instead Turn to Conversion, Pope Francis Says

Mar 20, 2022

Jesus implores us not to blame God for misfortunes and points us instead to conversion as a solution to evils which oppress us, Pope Francis said Sunday. 

Our Lady of Fatima. Ricardo Perna / Shutterstock.

Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue Arrives in Ukraine Prior to March 25 Consecration

Mar 17, 2022

A special statue of Our Lady of Fatima has arrived in Ukraine, ahead of Pope Francis’ consecration of the country and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. EWTN

Why the Stations of the Cross Were a Daily Devotion for Mother Angelica

Mar 17, 2022

It is tradition for Catholics around the world to participate in the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent. However, for EWTN foundress Mother Angelica, it was a daily devotion. 

Sisters from Przemysł, Poland, help Ukrainian refugees. Private archive.

Hundreds of Catholic Convents in Poland Offering Variety of Help to Ukraine’s Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.

Civilians are evacuated from Irpin, a city next to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. State Emergency Service.

Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says Russian Invasion Turning into War against Civilians

Mar 11, 2022

Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military.

Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine. Secretariat of the Major Archbishop in Rome.

Ukraine's "City of Mary" Has Been Turned into a Cemetery, Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says

Mar 10, 2022

The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’

The Bishop’s Palace in Kraków, southern Poland. Mazur/

St. John Paul II’s Former Residence in Poland Opens Doors to Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 9, 2022

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.