Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona. Conferencia Episcopal Española via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Diocese Announces Sanctions on Spanish Bishop Who Attempted Marriage

Dec 15, 2021

The apostolic administrator of Solsona announced Saturday that the diocese’s former bishop, Xavier Novell i Gomà, had incurred suspension when he attempted marriage last month.

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Why is Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Unborn?

Dec 11, 2021

Our Lady of Guadalupe is not only considered the patroness of the Americas, but also of the unborn. Here’s why. 

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Pope Francis to Young Addicts: Do Not Be Afraid of Your Suffering

Dec 9, 2021

Pope Francis has encouraged young people suffering from addiction to take an honest look at their suffering, and courageously to invite Christ into their lives.

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Says He Accepted Paris Archbishop’s Resignation "on the altar of hypocrisy"

Dec 6, 2021

The pope accepted Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s resignation on Dec. 2.

Pope Francis meets with young people at St. Dionysius School of the Ursuline Sisters in Maroussi, Athens, Dec. 6, 2021. Vatican Media.

Don’t be "prisoners of the cell phone": Pope Francis to Youth

Dec 6, 2021

The pope’s address concluded his three-day visit to Greece.

Pope Francis addresses a meeting with authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, Dec. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Global "retreat from democracy" in Athens speech

Dec 4, 2021

The pope arrived in Greece after a two-day visit to Cyprus.

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical prayer with migrants at the Parish Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We Encounter Jesus in the Faces of Migrants

Dec 3, 2021

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope.

Pope Francis addresses the authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 2, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Tells Cypriot Authorities He is Praying for "the peace of the entire island"

Dec 2, 2021

The Mediterranean island divided by a U.N. buffer zone.

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Attends Student Play on How the Pandemic has Affected Young People

Nov 27, 2021

The pope watched a show called ‘The faces of the pandemic.’

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. Ibex73 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Archbishop of Paris in France Asks Pope Francis to Decide His Future

Nov 26, 2021

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012.

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Nigeria's Removal from Watch List “retreat” from Religious Persecution Fight: Congressman

Nov 24, 2021

The decision to remove Nigeria from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” was “totally unjustified,” and a backwards step in the fight against religious persecution, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said in a speech Nov. 23.

Pope Francis addresses the Italian bishops’ conference in Rome, Nov. 22, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Speaks to Italy’s Catholic Bishops in "strictly private" Meeting

Nov 23, 2021

Pope Francis gave the bishops a card with a meditation called ‘The Beatitudes of the Bishop.’

Our Lord Christ the King parish in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the first in the world to have a church with that name. An earlier church building gained that distinction in 1926. This is a photo of the current church, built in the 1950s. Courtesy of Amber Dawson

Here's the Story of How the Feast of Christ the King Came About

Nov 20, 2021

While the concept of Jesus Christ being King is as old as the Gospels, the feast is fairly recent in the Roman Catholic calendar. 

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Religious Freedom Advocates "appalled" as State Department Removes Nigeria from Watch List

Nov 18, 2021

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019. Evandro Inetti/CNA

In New Book, Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal Calls Catholic Priests to Spiritual Renewal

Nov 18, 2021

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said.

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, is partnering with the Catholic University of South Sudan (shown in the photo above) in the city of Yambia. Courtesy of Father Ibiko Morris Masiri

Catholic University of South Sudan and Seton Hall Partner to Foster Joint Initiatives

Nov 13, 2021

Seton Hall University and the Catholic University of South Sudan have entered into a partnership aimed at fostering student and faculty exchanges, joint research efforts, and other initiatives.

Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy, Nov. 12, 2021. Vatican Media.

"It is time that the poor be given back their voice": Pope Francis in Assisi

Nov 12, 2021

The pope met with a group of more than 500 poor people from across Europe.

French bishops’ conference president Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort kneels in a sign of penance at Lourdes, Nov. 6, 2021. Valentine Chapuis/AFP via Getty Images.

French Catholic Bishops Announce "vast program of renewal" after Abuse Report

Nov 8, 2021

The bishops knelt in an act of penance in Lourdes.

Pope Francis meets with a group of French bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome, Oct. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges French Catholic Bishops to Console Victims in Wake of Abuse Report

Nov 5, 2021

The bishops are currently meeting in Lourdes.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Rome campus of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Nov. 5, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Let Christ’s Love Shine Through your Care of the Suffering: Pope Francis to Catholics

Nov 5, 2021

The pope celebrated Mass at a Catholic university hospital in Rome.