• China’s Catholic Leviathan: Jesuits and the Sino-Vatican Agreement

    On October 22nd, the Holy See Press Office announced that the Vatican has renewed its agreement with China’s state officials – the new expiration date of the agreement is October 22, 2022. The Vatican states: The primary objective of the Provisional Agreement regarding the appointment of... Read more
  • Pope to Create 13 New Cardinals, Including Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C.

    Pope Francis has announced that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. will be among 13 new churchmen to be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a cardinal-making consistory on Nov. 28 — the seventh of Francis’ pontificate.  Nine of the new cardinal-designates are under 80... Read more
  • What did Pope Francis say about civil unions? A CNA Explainer

    “Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. Some activists and media reports have suggested that Pope... Read more
  • On John Paul II’s centenary

    Pope John Paul II prays during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in 2003. (CNS photo by Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) As the world and the Church mark the centenary of the birth of Pope St. John Paul II on May 18, a kaleidoscope of memories will shape my prayer and... Read more
  • Here’s why John Paul II said “Do not be afraid”

    Renata Sedmakova | Shutterstock Throughout his 26-year pontificate, one of St. John Paul II’s most used phrases was, “Do not be afraid” (also phrased “Be not afraid”). Was that planned? How did it come about? John Paul II reflected on that phrase in the book Crossing the... Read more
  • Polish bishop dies from the coronavirus

    A Polish bishop died from COVID-19 Tuesday at the age of 83. Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś died at noon local time Oct. 20, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Gniezno. Wojtuś, a retired auxiliary bishop of Gniezno archdiocese, was admitted to hospital on Saturday after... Read more
  • St. Junipero Serra statue defaced, pulled down on California’s Indigenous People’s Day

    A group of activists near San Francisco on Monday defaced a statue of St. Junipero Serra on private property with red spray paint before tearing it from its foundation. Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan priest and missionary, is viewed by some activists as a symbol of colonialism and of the... Read more
  • America at prayer in the public square

    Many in America spent Saturday and Sunday at prayer in the public square. It started in August with one Eucharistic Procession, with 3,000 people following the Blessed Sacrament through the riot-scarred streets of Madison to the Wisconsin Capitol Building. By the second... Read more
  • After ‘demonic’ desecration, Louisiana church reconsecrated as details about priest emerge

    Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Saturday consecrated a new altar at the Louisiana parish where a priest reportedly filmed a pornographic video atop the parish altar with two women last month. Details have emerged about the priest, who is expected to face criminal and canonical charges after the... Read more
  • UPDATE: Archbishop Aymond: Priest’s desecration of altar ‘demonic’

    The Archbishop of New Orleans said Friday that a priest’s filming of a pornographic videotape atop a church’s altar was demonic, and that the priest will never again serve in Catholic ministry. Fr. Travis Clark’s “obscene behavior was deplorable,” Aymond said in a statement... Read more