Catholic News

  • Neumann-Goretti basketball alum ‘Blaises’ path at college
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 30, 2022

    Now at a Florida college on a Division I scholarship, Blaise Vespe says his seasons in the Philadelphia Catholic League "definitely" prepared him to play at a higher level.

  • Declaración del Arzobispo Pérez con respecto a la devastación causada por el Huracán Ian
    by Courtney Flach (Catholic Philly) on September 30, 2022

    El Arzobispo Nelson J. Pérez ora "que Dios brinde consuelo" a las víctimas de la tormenta grande.

  • Archbishop announces clergy changes
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 30, 2022

    Two priests will retire, with two others taking on new pastoral assignments.

  • Local Ukrainian faithful denounce Russia’s so-called ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 30, 2022

    Russia's efforts to declare seizure of four Ukrainian provinces amid a brutal invasion is "nothing short of an act of terrorism packaged inside of an obvious sham," say Ukrainian-American leaders in the five-county archdiocesan area.

  • Let your beauty shine, Pope Francis tells young people
    by Catholic News Agency on September 30, 2022

    Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022 / Pablo Esparza / CNA CNA Newsroom, Sep 30, 2022 / 09:00 am (CNA). Pope Francis on Friday told young people to let their true beauty shine, the beauty that is a reflection of divine beauty. 

  • Prosecution calls witnesses as Vatican finance trial resumes
    by Catholic News Agency on September 30, 2022

    null / Vatican Media. Rome Newsroom, Sep 30, 2022 / 08:37 am (CNA). After a break of over two months, the Vatican trial on financial corruption in the Secretariat of State continued this week with the interrogation of witnesses for the prosecution.

  • Four female athletes challenge Connecticut policy in fight to save women’s sports
    by Catholic News Agency on September 30, 2022

    Female student athletes prepare to take their case for fairness in sports to court Thursday. / Alliance Defending Freedom Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 29, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Four female student athletes are at the center of an ongoing case to protect girls’ sports, which advanced to the 2nd District Court of Appeals this week.  The case, Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, has been at the heart of the debate over whether or not male athletes who identify as female can compete on girls-only sports teams. The girls are being represented in the case by attorneys from the conservative legal nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). “These young women, meet after meet, saw […]

  • Cardinals Cupich, Dolan urge reconsideration of transgender mandate
    by Catholic News Agency on September 29, 2022

    Credit: lazyllama/Shutterstock / null Denver Newsroom, Sep 29, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). The Biden administration’s proposal to force hospitals and doctors to perform gender-transition surgeries is “misguided” and should be reconsidered, two cardinals wrote Monday in an article published in America Magazine. “Under this new proposed rule, it would be considered discrimination for a health care facility or worker to object to performing gender transition procedures, regardless of whether that objection is a matter of sincerely held religious belief or clinical judgment,” Cardinals Blase Cupich of Chicago and Timothy Dolan of New York wrote in a Sept. 26 statement. “This is […]

  • Demand up for food assistance, says archdiocesan agency
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    Staff at Nutritional Development Services are seeing a surge in requests for aid -- and they're counting on donors more than ever to help meet it.

  • Ten archdiocesan high school students recognized by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    The group -- representing Archbishop Wood, Bishop Shanahan, Cardinal O'Hara and Lansdale Catholic High Schools -- joins an elite cohort of peers throughout the nation who have distinguished themselves academically.

  • ‘Everything is connected’: Cardinal Czerny explains future of Vatican office for integral human development
    by Catholic News Agency on September 29, 2022

    Cardinal Michael Czerny, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, takes possession of his titular church of San Michele Arcangelo in Rome, Jan. 19, 2020. / Pablo Esparza/CNA Vatican City, Sep 29, 2022 / 12:00 pm (CNA). The Vatican’s office for integral human development is rethinking its work in light of the implementation of Pope Francis’ curial reform, the prefect said.

  • Vatican says it restricted East Timor archbishop after abuse allegations
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    Following a Dutch newspaper's investigation, the Vatican stated it had become aware of the allegations against retired Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo of Dili several years ago, and had already placed restrictions on him.

  • Pope Francis says that he tried to help Ukraine, Russia prisoner swap
    by Catholic News Agency on September 29, 2022

    Pope Francis meeting with Jesuits in Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022 / Vatican Media Rome Newsroom, Sep 29, 2022 / 09:23 am (CNA). Pope Francis has said that he was involved in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Archbishop prays God ‘will pour his mercy’ on hurricane victims
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    In the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, Archbishop Nelson Pérez urges faithful to support all those affected, through spiritual and material aid.

  • Exiled Belarusian priest wants bishops to speak out for clergy
    by Gina Christian (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    Father Viachaslau Barok, former finance officer of the Vitebsk Diocese, told Catholic News Service Sept. 28 he could not criticize the bishops' silence on public issues, because "every person who speaks their thoughts faces grave dangers."

  • Back to school, with Christ
    by CatholicPhilly SW (Catholic Philly) on September 29, 2022

    As a new academic year begins, Archbishop Nelson Pérez offers words of encouragement to students, parents and teachers, reminding them "God walks with us," and we can "trust in the presence of Christ."

  • Denial of clemency to death row inmate disappoints Oklahoma archbishop
    by Catholic News Agency on September 29, 2022

    null / California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). Denver Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). One day after a parole board denied clemency to death row inmate Benjamin Cole, the archbishop of Oklahoma City registered his disappointment in the decision. “The denial of clemency by the Pardon and Parole Board is disappointing, as there is hardly any justice to be seen in taking the life of a man who is hardly able to speak and lacks the basic understanding of why the state is seeking his execution,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said Sept. 28. “While it is too late to provide Benjamin Cole with any care or treatment that might have prevented his […]

  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: faith ‘should affect the way you treat people’ as a judge
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito / Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 16:45 pm (CNA). Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito — author of the deciding opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade — stressed the importance of his Catholic faith to serving on the highest court in the country Tuesday in a lecture to law students at the Catholic University of America (CUA). “A person’s faith shapes what kind of person [he or she] is,” Alito said, adding “it also should affect the way you treat [people] when you’re serving as a judge.” Alito’s inaugural lecture was given at the opening of CUA’s new Project on Constitutional […]

  • Afghan refugees reunited with baby thanks to pro-life pregnancy center
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    null / Vulnerable People Project Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 15:51 pm (CNA). On Tuesday night Benafsha and her husband, Mustafa, anxiously waited at Dulles International Airport for their son, 22-month-old Jasoor, to arrive from Afghanistan. Benafsha tugged at her long brown hair nervously, and Mustafa held his wife close to him as they watched for their son to walk through the airport security exit and into their arms. The last time they saw Jasoor was over a year ago — they had been separated from him for more than half his life. An unexpected, tragic parting On Aug. 26, 2021, the family was supposed to begin a new life together.  Benafsha had served as a translator […]

  • Florida Catholic schools prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian with action and prayer
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    A vehicle drives through the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian on Sept. 28, 2022, in Sarasota, Florida. Ian is hitting the area as a likely Category 4 hurricane. / Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images St. Louis, Mo., Sep 28, 2022 / 12:15 pm (CNA). Catholic schools of all levels are taking measures to keep their students safe amid the imminent arrival of Hurricane Ian, which strengthened into a Category 4 storm overnight and is expected to hit Florida’s Gulf Coast starting on Wednesday. Ave Maria University, a Catholic college located about an hour northeast of Naples, Florida, has canceled classes through Sept. 30. Though the school is not in the direct path of the hurricane, heavy rainfall […]

  • Pope Francis to visit Kingdom of Bahrain in November
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Pope Francis boards his flight to Geneva June 21, 2018. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 04:57 am (CNA). The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis will travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain, a Muslim island nation in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 3–6.

  • Pope Francis: The first element of discernment is prayer
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022 / Pablo Esparza / CNA Rome Newsroom, Sep 28, 2022 / 03:41 am (CNA). Prayer is the first element of discernment, Pope Francis said in his general audience message on Wednesday.

  • Legislators raise concerns about FBI raid at pro-life family’s home
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    Mark and Ryan-Marie Houck with their seven children, ages 2 to 13. / Courtesy of the Houck family Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA). Twenty-two members of Congress are demanding an explanation from the Department of Justice after the arrest of a Catholic pro-life leader in front of his wife and children at the family’s home in Pennsylvania last week.  Mark Houck, 48, was charged with two counts of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, and entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The FACE act “prohibits violent, threatening, damaging, and obstructive conduct intended to injure, intimidate, or […]

  • What’s behind the ‘woman priest’ Facebook post from the Synod of Bishops?
    by Catholic News Agency on September 28, 2022

    A screenshot of the image at the Synod of Bishops' Facebook page / null Denver Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). A social media stir has greeted the image of a “woman priest” posted to the Synod of Bishops’ Facebook page.

  • Catholic University raises replica of Notre-Dame de Paris truss
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    A group of volunteers stand in front of a Notre-Dame Cathedral truss replica at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26, 2022. / Patrick G. Ryan Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA). A full-scale replica of a Notre-Dame de Paris truss creaked gently in the morning sun as dozens of students and volunteers pulled on ropes to raise it above the lawn of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The truss — a roof support — went up just hours before Philippe Villeneuve and Rémi Fromont, chief architects leading the restoration of the historic cathedral, visited the U.S. for the first time since a fire engulfed the medieval church […]

  • Colorado Springs Diocese mourns death of emeritus Bishop Sheridan
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    Bishop Emeritus Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, who died Sept. 27, 2022. / Diocese of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, Colo., Sep 27, 2022 / 16:17 pm (CNA). Bishop Michael Sheridan, who led the Diocese of Colorado Springs from 2003 to 2021, died Tuesday. He was 77. The diocese announced his death at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs Sept. 27. Bishop James Golka, Sheridan’s successor, wrote on Twitter: “Please join me in praying for the repose of his soul. He was a faithful servant until the end.” Sheridan was born in St. Louis in 1945. He attended Rockhurst College for a year and then Cardinal Glennon College Seminary and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained a priest of the […]

  • Florida bishop calls for prayers ahead of Hurricane Ian
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    United States Naval Research Laboratory's infrared-gray satellite image of Hurricane Ian. / Public Domain Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA). As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg asked for prayers for “protection during the storm.” In a message emailed to each parish in his diocese and posted on the diocese’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, Parkes offered a prayer of his own. “Loving God, maker of heaven and earth, protect us in your love and mercy. Send the spirit of Jesus to be with us to still our fears and to give us confidence in the stormy waters. Jesus reassured his disciples by his […]

  • Church and contraception: Experts expose errors in Pontifical Academy for Life book
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    null / Image credit: Simone van der Koelen / Unsplash Denver Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 10:07 am (CNA). Nine international experts have pointed out in an open letter the serious errors contained in a book published a few weeks ago by the Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • Andrea Bocelli to sing in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday
    by Catholic News Agency on September 27, 2022

    Andrea Bocelli / Jakub Janecki / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0) Rome Newsroom, Sep 27, 2022 / 09:30 am (CNA). Andrea Bocelli will sing at the Vatican this Sunday as a special guest for the inauguration of a new light display on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica.

  • Cardinal Arinze explains why Belgian bishops can’t bless same-sex couples
    by Catholic News Agency on September 26, 2022

    Cardinal Francis Arinze. / Padre Mimmo Spatuzzi via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Denver Newsroom, Sep 26, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA). The Belgian bishops’ introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has drawn rebuke from Cardinal Francis Arinze, the former head of the Vatican’s liturgy office.  The cardinal said Belgium’s bishops have taken an erroneous and pastorally flawed approach. “Human beings have no power to change the order established by God the Creator,” Arinze said in a Sept. 24 message included in the email newsletter of Vatican journalist Robert Moynihan. “Even if the aim is to be pastorally helpful to homosexual couples, this is an error on the part of the […]