• Vatican watchdog sees record cooperation levels despite raid

    The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has reported record levels of internal cooperation despite being thrown into turmoil in October when Vatican police raided its offices as part of an investigation into a 350 million-euro (nearly $400 million) London real estate deal. The Financial... Read more
  • San Francisco Catholic archdiocese ‘surprised’ by order to cease indoor, public Masses

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public Masses and limiting outdoor services, including funerals, to 12 people. City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter June 29 to the archdiocese’ lawyer,... Read more
  • Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died

    Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus' visit. Msgr. Georg Ratzinger died in Bavaria at the age of 96 on July 1. The pope emeritus was able to say a last goodbye to his older brother on June 22 at the end of... Read more
  • San Juan Capistrano Mission relocates St. Junipero Serra statues for protection

    Two statues of St. Junipero Serra have been moved from a Catholic mission and church in southern California amid fears of vandalism as protests around the state continue to topple statues. The Mission San Juan Capistrano and its neighboring church have removed statues of Serra from their... Read more
  • Cardinal Pell’s prison journal will be ‘spiritual classic,’ publisher says

    The publisher of the prison diary of Cardinal George Pell said the text reveals the courage, conviction, and Christian charity of the cardinal. “This journal reveals the Cardinal Pell I know and that every faithful Catholic should get to know,” Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, of Ignatius Press... Read more
  • Benedict XVI to pray at his family’s gravesite in Germany

    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will visit his family’s gravesite and his former home in Pentling, Germany, in the afternoon on Saturday. According to a June 20 statement from the Diocese of Regensburg, the former pope will visit the residence where he lived as “Professor... Read more
  • Cardinal Sarah remains head of Vatican liturgy department after 75th birthday

    Cardinal Robert Sarah said Wednesday that he would continue to serve as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship beyond his 75th birthday. Bishops are required to submit their resignation to the pope when they turn 75. The Guinean cardinal celebrated his 75th birthday Monday, June... Read more
  • Eucharist and tabernacle stolen from North Carolina Catholic Church

    Police are appealing to the public for help and a parish is requesting prayers after a tabernacle containing the Eucharist was stolen from a church in Boone, North Carolina on June 16. “We are calling for prayers and the safe return of the Blessed Sacrament after the tabernacle was... Read more
  • Statue of Mary once again overlooks city of Prague

    A replica of a historic statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was erected in Prague at the beginning of June, restoring an image that had been destroyed by an angry mob over a century ago. The Marian column was erected to “the singing of Marian songs, the ringing of bells on the... Read more
  • ‘God chose to call us’: The story of two brothers ordained Catholic priests on the same day

    Father Connor (left) and Father Peyton Plessala. Courtesy photo. Denver Newsroom, Jun 12, 2020 / 12:02 am MT (CNA).- Peyton and Connor Plessala are brothers from Mobile, Alabama. They’re 18 months— one school grade— apart. Despite the occasional competitiveness and squabbles that many... Read more