• ‘Prayer has been the great source of strength to me’: Cardinal Pell looks forward to Easter

    After more than 14 months in prison, Cardinal George Pell said he was always hopeful about the High Court decision which acquitted him of all charges and released him from incarceration on April 7. Shortly after his release from prison, the cardinal told CNA that, while he had kept faith he... Read more
  • Breaking News: Cardinal Pell’s Conviction Overturned

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — After an ordeal that began nearly four years ago, and more than 13 months of imprisonment, Cardinal George Pell is expected to be released from prison imminently, after his conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse was overturned Tuesday by Australia’s... Read more
  • Amid Pandemic, Shroud of Turin to be Displayed Via Livestream on Holy Saturday

    Catholics around the world will be invited to pray virtually before the Turin Shroud on Holy Saturday as the world struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Church officials have said. The Shroud, which bears the image of a crucified man and has been venerated for centuries as... Read more
  • Francis on Friday delivered an iconic image that stirred a country’s soul

    ROME - Twenty years from now, if you were to ask Italians to think back about what images stuck in their minds from the coronavirus, it’s a good bet that after Friday night, many would give the same answer. “Papa Francesco standing alone in St. Peter’s Square, under the rain,... Read more
  • At Fatima, 24 Countries Consecrated to Jesus and Mary Amid Coronavirus

    Twenty-four countries on Wednesday were consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Fatima, Portugal. In a March 25 ceremony that included the recitation of the rosary and a litany asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for... Read more
  • The Annunciation and the re-dedication of England to Our Lady

    King Richard II (1377-1399), in the 14th century, formally dedicated England to Mary, giving the country into her care as her Dowry. This has long been of great importance for Catholics in England. A painting, known as the Wilton Diptych, shows the king kneeling before Our Lady, with a... Read more
  • Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans has coronavirus

    The Archbishop of New Orleans has tested positive for coronavirus. He is the first U.S. bishop known to have tested positive for the virus, which is now a global pandemic. “Recently, I had very mild symptoms, which included fever only. Out of an abundance of caution, I took the Coronavirus... Read more
  • Pope Francis to give a special Urbi et Orbi blessing amid coronavirus pandemic

    Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will give an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing this week with the opportunity for Catholics to receive a plenary indulgence by tuning in via media. “This Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m., I will preside over a moment of prayer outside of St. Peter's... Read more
  • Vatican publishes guidelines for Easter celebrations during coronavirus

    The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines Friday for bishops and priests on the celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic. The document recommends that bishops postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It also indicates... Read more
  • Amid coronavirus pandemic, pope’s Easter liturgies closed to public

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’ liturgies for Holy Week and Easter, which usually include the presence of thousands of people, will be held without public attendance this year. According to an online notice from the Prefecture of the Papal Household, “because of the... Read more