• 10 Years Ago, Benedict XVI Came to America

    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who will turn 91 on April 16, visited the United States 10 years ago, April 15-20, 2008. I remember the occasion fondly. I was in my second year of teaching Spanish at my alma mater (Class of 2000), Bishop McNamara High School (“McNamara”), in Forestville,... Read more
  • Condom distribution at Catholic hospital stops after Cincinnati archdiocese speaks up

    Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 10, 2018 / 02:19 pm (CNA).- A county-run needle exchange program hosted in a Catholic hospital’s parking lot has stopped distributing condoms, following action from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “This matter was addressed and favorably... Read more
  • Mainstream Media Misses the Point of the Pope’s New Teaching

    Respect for human life is not a single issue. That’s the message, as I understand it, in the Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and Be Glad) that Pope Francis released today. From womb to tomb, all life is sacred. The Church’s teaching on that has never changed, and... Read more
  • Pope Francis Issues Lengthy Apostolic Exhortation on Universal Call to Holiness

    Pope Francis has issued a long apostolic exhortation on holiness in today’s world, in which he emphasizes the universal call to sanctity, highlights the pitfalls to achieving it, and recalls that the Christian life is one of constant battle against the devil and the forces of evil. Running... Read more
  • Pope Francis on Holiness

    The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis will publish an apostolic exhortation on holiness titled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). Subtitled “on the call to holiness in the contemporary world,” the exhortation will be presented April 9 by Archbishop Angelo De... Read more
  • Pope Francis’ 2018 Easter Message and Urbi et Orbi Blessing

    At 12:00 noon, from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica, the Holy Father Francis addressed this message to pilgrims present in St Peter's Square and to those who listened to him through the radio, the television and the Internet: “Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus is... Read more
  • Vatican Denies Scalfari Claim that Francis Said Hell doesn’t Exist

    Pope Francis has again received Eugenio Scalfari, the 93 year old atheist philosopher, leading to more controversial comments that the Vatican has had to insist are not “faithful” to the Pope’s words. In his fifth meeting with the atheist philosopher, Scalfari — who neither records... Read more
  • Assessing the First Five Years of Francis’ Papacy

    “You know that it was the duty of the conclave to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals have gone to the ends of the Earth to get one. ... But here we are.” With those words from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis began serving as the... Read more
  • Pope Adds Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, to Liturgical Calendar

    VATICAN CITY — On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church. The decree... Read more
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher Reopens After Protest Over New Taxation and Land Policies

    [caption id="attachment_96707" align="aligncenter" width="682"] (AP photo/Mahmoud Illean)[/caption] Editor's Note: This story was updated Feb. 27 from its original version. JERUSALEM — It seems you can fight city hall. The Jerusalem municipality said Tuesday it would suspend its taxation... Read more