• Coronavirus: How countries around the world are reacting to the outbreak

    As the coronavirus reached the soil of a sixth continent, countries around the globe have stepped up measures to contain the spread of the infectious disease. On Thursday, the global count of those infected hovered around 82,000, with 433 new cases reported... Read more
  • 9 Days from Final Appeal, Novena for Cardinal Pell Begins

    VATICAN CITY — As Cardinal George Pell’s final appeal at Australia’s High Court draws closer, a special novena has been prepared that begins today. The prayer, published below, originates from Newman parish in Melbourne — the city where Cardinal Pell was tried. It asks the Lord... Read more
  • Senate fails to pass two pro-life bills on same day

    A reflection shot turns the US Capitol upside down. Credit: Jonathan O'Reilly/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Feb 25, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Senate on Tuesday failed to pass two pro-life bills to protect unborn babies who can feel pain, and babies who survive abortion attempts. The... Read more
  • Secretary of German bishops’ conference steps down

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the Secretary General of the German Bishops' Conference, Father Hans Langendörfer SJ (left). Photo: EWTN.TV Bonn, Germany, Feb 26, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The secretary of the German bishops’ conference has announced that he will step down from his position ahead... Read more
  • As Lent Begins, Mary Continues to Pray for Us

    Today begins our Lenten journey. Even though it’s not a holy day of obligation, many people go to church to commence this yearly observance. We are marked with ashes, a reminder of our death. We are invited to pray more this Lent, perhaps with the Stations of the Cross. We decide to make... Read more
  • The Urgent Theme of Ash Wednesday

    There is a great sense of urgency in the readings for Ash Wednesday. It is as if some great event is looming that could be awesome, but only if the warning is heeded. Consider this selection from the first reading (Joel 2:12-18): “Even now,” says the LORD, “Return to me with your... Read more
  • Stop the Christian Genocide in Nigeria

    Children sheltered in an orphanage, Lagos, Nigeria. (Shutterstock) Just recently, we commemorated the fifth anniversary of the deaths of the 21 Coptic martyrs of Libya. These brave men refused to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ, even unto death. The world looked on in horror as the... Read more
  • Ash Wednesday: The mystery of the Christian Phoenix

    In Ancient Greek folklore, the Phoenix was a mystical bird associated with the sun that rises from ashes. A Christian entering the season of Lent is like a Phoenix. Aware of his sin, he dies to himself and repents, in order to be renewed in Christ and start over again.   When the pride... Read more
  • The Old and New Socialism of Bernie Sanders: Should Catholics Support It?

    Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images WASHINGTON — As Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has become the strong 2020 Democratic front-runner after his wins in Iowa, New Hampshire and most recently and commandingly in Nevada, renewed questions have arisen about what his “Democratic socialism“... Read more
  • New poll shows Catholic divide over 2020 election tracks with deeper rifts

    Credit: flysnowfly_Shutterstock Washington D.C., Feb 24, 2020 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- As Democratic primary voters choose which candidate will oppose President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the second in a series of landmark polls shows Catholic voters are sharply divided over ... Read more