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,…

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

CNA—At his general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Feb. 9, the pope said that this ethical principle was valid not only for Christians but for everyone. He expressed gratitude for palliative care, which seeks to improve the quality of life of people suffering from severe illnesses. “However, we must be careful not…

How to get a plenary indulgence any day this November 2021

How to get a plenary indulgence any day this November 2021

CNA—Did you know that you can get a plenary indulgence any day this November? It’s true. The Vatican has decided to grant Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November a plenary indulgence. Usually, the Catholic Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls…

Cardinal Burke: Bishops have ‘sacred duty’ to apply canon law to pro-abortion Catholic politicians

Cardinal Burke: Bishops have ‘sacred duty’ to apply canon law to pro-abortion Catholic politicians

CNA—On the eve of President Joe Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis, a U.S. cardinal said that Catholic bishops have a “sacred duty” to apply canon law by advising pro-abortion politicians not to receive Holy Communion. In a 2,800-word statement issued on Oct. 28, Cardinal Raymond Burke recalled his efforts to persuade Catholic politicians to defend…

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

CNA—Pope Francis greeted a Colombian nun on Sunday, shortly after she was freed four years after being kidnapped by Islamists in Mali. The pope blessed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti before a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica launching a worldwide synodal process. The Malian presidency announced that she was released on Oct. 9 after “four…

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

All Things Made New: Napa Institute Summer Conference Overview

The Eleventh Annual Napa Catholic Conference was held July 22-24, 2021, with an impressive lineup of Catholic speakers on the theme “All Things Made New.” The conference included Mass and a wide range of talks, including religious and spiritual topics, lots of commentary on current Church and world events, apologetics and some very practical subjects…

Tokyo archbishop asks Olympic athletes not to visit Catholic churches during games

Tokyo archbishop asks Olympic athletes not to visit Catholic churches during games

CNA—The Catholic archbishop of Tokyo has asked visiting Olympic athletes and coaches to refrain from attending local Catholic churches to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Archbishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi said on July 12 that the Tokyo archdiocese had made a “commitment that we will not be infected nor will we allow others to be infected.”…

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti: Nun stabbed to death by three teenage girls is beatified

CNA—An Italian nun who was stabbed to death by three teenage girls was beatified on Sunday, after Pope Francis declared her a martyr, killed “in hatred of the faith.” Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti was beatified on June 6, the anniversary of her murder, in Chiavenna, the northern Italian town where she was killed in the…

Revered Icon of Our Lady unscathed after Belarus church fire

Revered Icon of Our Lady unscathed after Belarus church fire

CNA—A Marian icon revered by Catholics in Belarus was recovered undamaged on Tuesday following a fire at a church in the village where it has been venerated for centuries. The icon of Our Lady of Budslau was found unscathed on the morning of May 11 amid the blaze at the Church of the Assumption of…

Cardinal Bo and Cardinal Sarah among speakers at Budapest International Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Bo and Cardinal Sarah among speakers at Budapest International Eucharistic Congress

More than 25 cardinals and bishops will take part in the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, which will include Cardinal Charles Maung Bo and Cardinal Robert Sarah among its speakers. The International Eucharistic Congress, a celebration of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist with participants from across the world, will take place…

Trump announces ‘Born Alive’ executive order for abortion survivors

Trump announces ‘Born Alive’ executive order for abortion survivors

CNA—President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced an executive order that would require medical care be given to infants who are born alive after failed abortion attempts. “Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care…

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Catholic News Agency—As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday, July 24, 2020, for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said that the decision to turn the building back into a mosque will reopen wounds and intensify divisions. In a statement sent via email July 24, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said…

How a Kansas humanities program shaped a generation of Catholic leaders

How a Kansas humanities program shaped a generation of Catholic leaders

Hope in the workplace!  Sometimes in our work, especially in our efforts to integrate our faith in every aspect of our work and decisions, it can feel like we’re fighting against windmills.  But we underestimate God’s ability to use our feeble efforts for his greater glory.  As Fr. Benedict Groeschel once told me, “God can…

This Current Era and Our Role in it

This Current Era and Our Role in it

Like the optimist who sees a glass of water half-full and the pessimist who sees it half-empty, people assess the times in which they live by their personality. Each age has had its crises, but the time in which we live seems especially fit to the description with which Dickens began A Tale of Two Cities:…