• Italian bishops face blowback for opening to divorced/remarried Catholics

    KEY WEST, Florida - Two Italian bishops are making waves after issuing public statements allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments, with one apologizing for having “ignored” these couples in parish life and insisting that their decisions are in line with Pope... Read more
  • BREAKING: Shrine pastor Msgr. Robert McClory appointed bishop of Diocese of Gary

    Msgr. Robert McClory has been a student, a lawyer, a seminarian, a pastor and a chancellor. Now, he will take on a new challenge as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Ind. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Msgr. McClory, 56, as Gary's next bishop on Nov. 26. The current... Read more
  • Hong Kongers show not only the depths of their discontent, but also their power

    Hong Kong (CNN)Hong Kong's protest movement grabbed the world's attention with million-strong rallies and city-stopping unrest. But it won big on the weekend by staying silent. The landslide victory for pro-democracy candidates in Sunday's district council elections is a stinging rebuke to... Read more
  • My Friend Mister Rogers

    A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him. He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my... Read more
  • Why the issue of abortion is still the preeminent priority

    It is the belief of this pro-life leader that those who consider abortion as merely one issue among others see abortion as just that—an issue. They don’t see 60 million dead people. “It is not Catholic that abortion is the preeminent issue that we face as a world in Catholic social... Read more
  • The Logistical and Evangelical Challenges of the Archbishop Sheen Beatification

    The beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen, delayed for several years, is now on an accelerated pace to completion. The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, announced Nov. 18 that it had received earlier that day the decision of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: The beatification would take... Read more
  • High schoolers gather round Christ at national Catholic convention

    The pope’s representative in the United States just told hundreds of young people that they are the “now of the Church,” the “present of the Church.” His audience — hundreds of wildly excited high-school age Catholics — show that this “now” is full of hope. The National... Read more
  • For Christians in Egypt, after decades of persecution “things are getting better”

    Despite the ongoing threat of extremist attacks in Egypt, the situation is improving for the country’s Christians according to a leading bishop. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, expressed his hopes for Egypt’s... Read more
  • In Nicaragua, armed mob raids Catholic church hosting anti-government vigil

    Parishioners holding vigil at a church to pray for detained foes of President Daniel Ortega came under attack from supporters of the government on Thursday. The attackers used clubs, machetes, and metal bars in a Nov. 21 attack at a church in Masaya, about 20 miles southeast of Nicaragua’s... Read more
  • Pope Francis lands in Japan, where he once hoped to be a missionary

    In a meeting with bishops in Tokyo Saturday, Pope Francis recalled his former desire to be a missionary to Japan, praising those who carried the faith there before him. “I don’t know if you are aware of this, but ever since I was young I have felt a fondness and affection for these... Read more