Behind the Red Curtain: A Peek into China’s Draconian Shanghai Lockdown

Behind the Red Curtain: A Peek into China’s Draconian Shanghai Lockdown

Even after two long years of business-crushing Covid lockdown in states such as California and countries such as Canada, it is difficult to imagine what has been happening in the beautiful and once-vibrant city of Shanghai, China, for the past seven weeks – with little sign of ending soon, in spite of words to the…

NJ bishops: ‘Outrage’ over plan to mandate insurance coverage for abortion

NJ bishops: ‘Outrage’ over plan to mandate insurance coverage for abortion

CNA—New Jersey’s Catholic bishops on Thursday expressed their disappointment with a proposal by Governor Phil Murphy (D) to expand abortion access in the state, which already recognizes abortion as a constitutional right. “The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey join to express our disappointment and outrage over Governor Murphy’s announcement regarding proposed legislation to expand access…

Beloved Cardinal Joseph Zen, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

Beloved Cardinal Joseph Zen, others arrested on Hong Kong security law

Communist Chinese crackdown in once-free Hong Kong continues to brutally intensify as beloved, 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired former archbishop of Hong Kong, and others were arrested Wednesday in Hong Kong “on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security.” Although early morning reports today indicate the cardinal has been released on…

Sister Faustina and Divine Mercy

Sister Faustina and Divine Mercy

The video below is—by far—the most powerful, yet simply delivered, talk on Sister Faustina and Image of Divine Mercy ever.  It was delivered during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, by Sr. Gaudia Skass of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy — the same congregation to which Sister Faustina belonged.  Sr. Guadia…

The Unending Passion of Persecuted Catholics in Muslim Lands

The Unending Passion of Persecuted Catholics in Muslim Lands

Crisis—For Catholics around the world, this week is Holy Week: that time where we commemorate Jesus’ final days in Jerusalem, marked by betrayal, false accusations, ignominious suffering, and ultimately death. It is a time for prayer, personal reflection, and penance, that we might spiritually commune with our Lord Jesus Christ in His Passion. For those…

GOD BLESS THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, especially in Poland and Ukraine: What they are doing is Amazing!

GOD BLESS THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, especially in Poland and Ukraine: What they are doing is Amazing!

Tears well up as we watch the short video below. While mainstream news, other news outlets, pundits, historians and “experts” of every stripe and perspective flood the airwaves and internet regarding the nightmare unfolding in Ukraine, the Knights of Columbus took—and are taking—strategic and meaningful action, quickly. Here is the story—culled from Catholic News Agency’s…

Keep Your Eyes on Poland

Keep Your Eyes on Poland

Crisis—As the world watches Ukraine right now, keep your eyes on Poland.  Poland has had a special place in the history of the last 100 years, from turning back Russian communists at the Miracle on the Vistula in 1920 onward through World War II and the Cold War. I call Poland “the fulcrum.” Critical events…

Invitation to Join Ukrainian Catholic Students in prayer for peace on Ash Wednesday-in English!

Invitation to Join Ukrainian Catholic Students in prayer for peace on Ash Wednesday-in English!

Dear Friends of UCU around the world! Pope Francis has called on everyone to organize a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Ukraine tomorrow on March 2, Ash Wednesday. On this day we all can share the sufferings of the Ukrainian people, to make everyone feel like brothers and sisters and to pray…

Interview on Ukraine Crisis with Ukrainian Catholic priest Fr. Mark Morozowich, Dean of School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America

Interview on Ukraine Crisis with Ukrainian Catholic priest Fr. Mark Morozowich, Dean of School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America

The following is a CNA interview with Fr. Mark Morozowich, a priest for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio. The Pennsylvania native is currently serving as dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. CNA—A Ukrainian Catholic priest who is the…

With Rosaries, Sandwiches, Food and Shelter, Ukrainian nuns help—‘They pray all day long’: daily helping people in need amid the Ukraine conflict

With Rosaries, Sandwiches, Food and Shelter, Ukrainian nuns help—‘They pray all day long’: daily helping people in need amid the Ukraine conflict

CNA—For Sister Franciszka Tumanevych, the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion was the most difficult. The 42-year-old member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth told CNA that fear spread in Zhytomyr, the northern Ukrainian city where her convent is based, when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to attack on…

Ukraine conflict: Bomb hits Catholic diocese’s headquarters

Ukraine conflict: Bomb hits Catholic diocese’s headquarters

A bomb struck the headquarters of a Catholic diocese on Tuesday in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Forty people were sheltering in the basement of the diocesan chancery when the bomb landed on March 1, but no injuries were reported, the Italian news agency SIR said. UKRAINE LATEST 🇺🇦 The building of the Curia of…

Ukrainian Catholic bishop shelters with Orthodox counterpart in besieged city

Ukrainian Catholic bishop shelters with Orthodox counterpart in besieged city

ACN, CNA—According to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Ukrainian Catholic bishop is sheltering with his Orthodox counterpart in the besieged city of Kharkiv. ACN reported on Feb. 28 that Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk (featured in photo), the Latin Rite bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, had “spent the past days in a bunker with several families,…

UNDERSTANDING UKRAINE: From Soviet Underground to the Revolution of Dignity

UNDERSTANDING UKRAINE: From Soviet Underground to the Revolution of Dignity

Understanding Ukraine.  At a previous Napa Institute event, attendees listened to Myroslav Marynovych, Vice Rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University, on his talk, From Soviet Underground to the Revolution of Dignity.  Click the link below to watch this stirring speech.

Ukrainian Catholic University students take shelter as air raid sirens sound

Ukrainian Catholic University students take shelter as air raid sirens sound

Ukrainian Catholic University students hid in a shelter Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2022, as air raid sirens sounded in Lviv, in western Ukraine. Father Bogdan Prach, the rector of the Catholic university, appealed for support from the global academic community as Russian troops advanced on Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, about 300 miles to the east. “This…

Nurse Who Was Fired Because She is Pro-Life Wins $374,000 in Court

Nurse Who Was Fired Because She is Pro-Life Wins $374,000 in Court

Lifesite News—A pro-life Illinois nurse who was fired after refusing to refer mothers for abortions won her case in court this week and has been awarded $374,000 in damages and attorney fees. A local court in Illinois ruled that Sandra Mendoza Rojas, of Rockford, should not have been fired from the Winnebago County Health Clinic…

Fired nurse practitioner charges CVS Pharmacy with religious discrimination

Fired nurse practitioner charges CVS Pharmacy with religious discrimination

CNA—A Christian nurse practitioner formerly employed at a CVS Pharmacy in Texas has filed a discrimination complaint, saying that the company illegally discriminated against her on the basis of her religious beliefs against contraception and pressured her to change her beliefs. Robyn Strader, 72, was a nurse practitioner at the CVS Pharmacy MinuteClinic in the…

A Night with the Untouchables

A Night with the Untouchables

I live in downtown Ottawa, right in the middle of the trucker convoy protest. They are literally camped out below my bedroom window. My new neighbours moved in on Friday and they seem determined to stay. I have read a lot about what my new neighbours are supposedly like, mostly from reporters and columnists who…

GoFundMe Seizes $10 Million of Trucker Protest Fundraising, Will Give to Charities Instead

GoFundMe Seizes $10 Million of Trucker Protest Fundraising, Will Give to Charities Instead

GoFundMe says it won’t be giving the C$10 million ($8 million USD) raised to support the truckers protesting COVID-19 mandates to the organizers anymore, saying it will instead work with the organizers to send the funds to “established charities verified by GoFundMe.” “To ensure GoFundMe remains a trusted platform, we work with local authorities to…

Supreme Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses, allows mandate for health workers

Supreme Court blocks COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses, allows mandate for health workers

Christian Post—The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for large businesses that took effect this week while allowing another mandate for healthcare workers to proceed. In a pair of per curiam decisions released Thursday, the high court offered a mixed message on President Joe Biden’s efforts to mandate vaccination against…

U.S. Supreme Court Oddly Silent on Federal Vaccine Mandates

U.S. Supreme Court Oddly Silent on Federal Vaccine Mandates

Courthouse News Service—Businesses all but assured that the Supreme Court would issue guidelines on the new federal vaccine-or-test mandate set to take effect Monday got only crickets, creating national confusion about policy that prompted the justices to hold a special session last week. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the mandate in November, implicating…

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