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As Russia’s violent monthlong invasion continued to devastate Ukraine, Pope Francis laid the fates of both countries at the feet of Mary in the hopes that peace would finally … more
The following was written by the bishop of Gallup, New Mexico, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on National Collections. Catholic Relief Services is a … more
Bishop W. Shawn McKnight is encouraging people throughout the Jefferson City diocese to continue praying and offering up sacrifices for a peaceful resolution to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in … more
Various Catholic agencies are collecting donations to aid with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as people flee to escape Russian bombing and shelling. Here are some places to donate. This list is … more
As war broke out in Europe Feb. 24, with Russia's early morning attacks on various parts of Ukraine, Catholics in the U.S. joined Pope Francis in prayers for the people of the East European nation … more
A new study suggests that young adult Catholics ages 18-35 engage in practices to bolster their faith, but tend to do so outside their parish. Those activities often take the form of small … more
With the COVID-19 pandemic still underway and with restrictions on gatherings still in place in some countries, the Vatican has again extended the period of time when people can earn a plenary … more
“I will always receive you with gentleness.” Blessed Father Francis Xavier Seelos had a way with people that made them want to be led to repentance, to reconciliation, to … more
Catholics in Russia are called to be “an evangelical seed” that bears the fruit of communion and unity, especially with Orthodox Christians, Pope Francis said. In a message published … more
Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to them and still has plans for their lives. “I was called … more
Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a statement released July 14, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni … more
Pilgrims and well-wishers gathered at Rome’s Gemelli hospital to greet Pope Francis as he made his first public appearance in a week after undergoing intestinal surgery. Appearing on the … more
Some 175 faithful gathered on June 26 to honor a pioneering African American priest now on the path to sainthood, whose heroic virtues are a model for modern times. Archbishop Nelson Pérez … more
Reaching the finish line of a monthlong Rosary marathon, Pope Francis again turned to Mary, asking her to untie specific knots that have individuals and the whole world tangled in suffering and … more
An elderly man stood alone in St. Peter’s Square May 13, using his wooden rosary beads to pray by a simple plaque marking the place where St. John Paul II was shot exactly 40 years … more
An icon of “Beloved Julia” Greeley, the humble African American lay woman who was born into a family of slaves in Missouri and eventually became Catholic in … more
Pope Francis has called for a global prayer marathon for the entire month of May, praying for the end to the pandemic. “The initiative will involve in a special way all shrines in the … more
Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” is a “challenging document” because of the many issues it covers, but it’s also “very practical” because it … more
Racism continues to contaminate society and the Church. Three guilty verdicts against a former Minneapolis police officer in last May’s death of George Floyd do not change that. “In … more
Pope Francis summarized his “pilgrimage of faith and penitence” to Iraq in a prayer: “If God is the God of life — for so He is — then it is wrong for us to kill our … more
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