• Nigerian diocesan spokesman: Bridal party beheaded en route to wedding

    Father Francis Arinse, communications director of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, confirmed that a bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, and her bridal party were beheaded Dec. 26 at Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state. Arinse told Catholic News Service that Bulus and her companions were... Read more
  • Extraordinary public display of Turin Shroud in 2020

    The announcement of the extraordinary display of the revered cloth was made by Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin at Wroclaw, Poland, where this year’s annual meeting of Europe’s young people, known as the “Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth”,  is currently taking place. The Taizé... Read more
  • Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

    Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They usually include a “God moment” in which the subject, through a dramatic circumstance, hears the word of God and finds with sparkling clarity the call to become... Read more
  • China in Hong Kong: Why ‘the First Freedom’ Will Be the First to Disappear

    Time magazine readers chose the Hong Kong protesters as the people’s choice for 2019 Persons of the Year. The poll is vivid support for the pro-democracy cries of the 2 million Hong Kong protesters. What many don’t realize is that religion is a significant factor in the current... Read more
  • Protesters break into US Embassy compound in Baghdad, shouting ‘death to America’

    Demonstrators shouting "Death to America!" smashed their way into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday as protests intensified following U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 fighters of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq. No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported at the protest,... Read more
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions

    During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on Jan. 1 with a sardonic wish: “May the new year be better than you know it’s going to be!” As 2020 opens, that salutation might well be adopted by Catholics concerned... Read more
  • China sentences pastor to 9 years on subversion charge

    China on Monday sentenced a prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party-recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison. The People’s Intermediate Court in the southwestern city of Chengdu said Wang Yi was also convicted of illegal business operations, fined and had... Read more
  • Man shoots and kills 2 inside a Texas church before parishioners fatally shoot him

    A man shot and killed two people during a church service in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday morning before two members of the church security team shot and killed him, authorities said. City Police Chief J.P. Bevering said the shooter entered West Freeway Church of Christ and... Read more
  • Cardinal Dolan: Antisemitic attacks ‘sickening’ and must be ‘condemned completely’

    On Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York condemned the recent spate of attacks against Jewish people in New York, following a stabbing that left five people injured during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home on Saturday night. “The news of last night’s attack at the home of a... Read more
  • Want to Grow in Holiness as a Family? Look to the Holy Family

    Every time Chris and Jennifer Sariego and their four children leave their home in the greater Los Angeles area and get into their car for a drive longer than 15 minutes, the family prays the Rosary together. “We call it the minivan Rosary,” Chris said. “If you have an active, on-the-go... Read more