• Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration

    Richmond, Va., Jan 17, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold a bishops's consecration at a Catholic parish in Williamsburg, after an internet petition objecting to the event drew national attention. “It is with great sadness that I have... Read more
  • Two Popes, Too Many Untruths

    I felt strangely pulled between two minds as I sat through The Two Popes, the new movie said to be about the relationship between Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. On the one hand—and for most of the first hour—I felt nothing but disquiet and anger at the representation of... Read more
  • Unpacking the Benedict XVI-Cardinal Sarah Book Fiasco

    VATICAN CITY — The controversy regarding the book on the priesthood and priestly celibacy with parts penned by Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah has produced plenty of heat but not much light. So what are the hard facts, as far as we know? Perhaps the first place to look is precisely... Read more
  • French bishops approve removing parents’ gender from baptismal forms

    The French Catholic bishops’ conference permanent council has approved a recommendation to remove references to the sex of parents on baptismal registry forms. “The increasingly complex situation of families in France makes it extremely difficult to draft Catholic acts, especially... Read more
  • Cardinal Hummes: Pope’s Pan-Amazon Apostolic Exhortation to Be Published Soon

    [caption id="attachment_125407" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Pope Francis (L) listens as Brazilian Cardinal, honorary president of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM), Claudio Hummes (R) addresses the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region on October 7, 2019 in... Read more
  • Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI Wrote Text, but Did Not Agree to be Co-Author

    VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the private secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, said Tuesday the former pontiff was not informed he would be presented as co-author of a new book on priestly celibacy and that Pope Benedict XVI has asked for his name and photo to be removed from... Read more
  • Louisiana bishop set to advance 3 causes of canonization, including 12-year-old and WWII POW

    The list of canonized saints from the United States might soon be notably lengthier, with the bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana, set to advance three causes. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel is advancing the causes for Charlene Richard and Auguste “Nonco” Pelafigue.  A third cause, for Lieutenant... Read more
  • Pope Benedict Co-Authors New Book With Cardinal Sarah on the Priesthood

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has taken the surprising and historic step of co-authoring his first book since his resignation almost seven years ago — and by asking in it that Pope Francis not allow the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Latin Church. The... Read more
  • New Documentary Offers Rare Glimpse of Benedict XVI’s Life in Vatican Gardens

    Benedict XVI appears mentally alert but noticeably frailer and almost unable to speak in a new German television documentary providing a rare glimpse into his daily life. In the half-hour film aired on Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian state television) on Jan. 3, the 92-year-old Pope Emeritus... Read more
  • Did Pope Francis Need To Apologize? (And What His Apology Can Teach Us)

    Pope Francis made the news New Years Eve for his response to a woman he met in a line of well-wishers.  The over-eager woman grabbed the Holy Father’s arm forcefully and wouldn’t let go.  The viral video shows Pope Francis wincing—some suggest in pain from his sciatica—and then... Read more