Bishop urges prayer after Diego Maradona’s death

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60. Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, and was recognized by FIFA as one of two Players of the Century. After Maradona’s death, one Argentine bishop has encouraged prayer for the athlete’s… Continue reading Bishop urges prayer after Diego Maradona’s death

This “martyr for purity” was killed in 1982 in Brazil

The date has not been set for the beatification of Isabel Cristina Mrad Campos   Isabel Cristina Mrad Campos was born in Brazil, in the ancient city of Barbacena, on July 29, 1962. A few weeks later, on the feast of the Virgin Mary’s Assumption, her parents had her baptized in the parish church of… Continue reading This “martyr for purity” was killed in 1982 in Brazil

Two churches set on fire in Santiago de Chile

A statement from Aid to the Church in Need International condemning the attacks and supporting Christians in Chile   The International Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need condemns the violent attacks on churches in Santiago de Chile yesterday, October 18. Two churches were attacked by protesters during a period in which several hours… Continue reading Two churches set on fire in Santiago de Chile

A monastery reopens in Cuba after 125 years — and a hurricane threatens to close it for good

The Friars of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedarios) in Havana, Cuba, are struggling with poverty and the aftermath of last year’s hurricane.   The night of January 27, 2019, is one that Fray Gabriel Avila Luna will not easily forget; there were moments when he thought it might have been his last.… Continue reading A monastery reopens in Cuba after 125 years — and a hurricane threatens to close it for good

Salvadoran seminary rector shot to death

Bishops of the country call for investigation, lament other priests’ deaths.   Church leaders in El Salvador are calling for an investigation of the apparent murder of a Catholic priest who was rector of a seminary.Fr. Ricardo Antonio Cortez, rector of the San Oscar Arnulfo Romero Seminary in Santiago de Maria, reportedly was shot along… Continue reading Salvadoran seminary rector shot to death

John Hume, key negotiator in Irish peace process, dies at 83

He received a Nobel Peace Prize — and a papal knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI — for his efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland.   John Hume, one of the key figures in creating the foundations of the 1998 peace agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence across Ireland, died Monday in his native… Continue reading John Hume, key negotiator in Irish peace process, dies at 83

New York cardinal blesses cremated remains of Mexicans who died of COVID-19

St. Patrick’s Cathedral service held for 250 immigrants who were then flown home.   The cremated remains of 250 Mexican immigrants who died of COVID-19 in New York City were blessed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral before being flown home to their final resting place.Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he was gratified to be… Continue reading New York cardinal blesses cremated remains of Mexicans who died of COVID-19

24 priests, four deacons and two nuns have died in Mexico from coronavirus

Death from COVID-19 touches the heart of the Mexican Church.   As of June 18, the official number of people infected with SARS-Cov2 in Mexico reached 159,793 (of which 22,209 are active cases) and 22,209 deaths, placing it, according to the count by Johns Hopkins Medical University, in fifteenth place worldwide for the total number… Continue reading 24 priests, four deacons and two nuns have died in Mexico from coronavirus

Priest dies of COVID-19 a day before his 25th anniversary

Fr. Vincent Bui, who escaped from Vietnam, devoted his priesthood to formation of seminarians.   A day before his 25th anniversary as a priest and 39 years after escaping from communist Vietnam, Fr. Vincent D. Bui died of COVID-19.   Father Bui, a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, and the Society of St.… Continue reading Priest dies of COVID-19 a day before his 25th anniversary

Houston church closes again after priests test positive for COVID-19

Holy Ghost Church had begun offering public Masses, but has stopped again.   Catholic churches in Texas had begun offering Mass for the public again in early May. But at one parish, public Masses were abruptly suspended again after three priests tested positive for COVID-19. “Today we learned that three members of the Redemptorist community… Continue reading Houston church closes again after priests test positive for COVID-19

Here’s how Catholic dioceses plan to resume public Masses around the country

As public officials lift COVID-19 restrictions, bishops prepare parishes for safely bringing the faithful back to church.   Masks, the 6-foot rule, and Communion in the hand are the predominant features that will characterize the Catholic Mass in the coming months, as churches reopen to the faithful and society continues to take measures against the… Continue reading Here’s how Catholic dioceses plan to resume public Masses around the country

4 Incredible Eucharistic miracles that defy scientific explanation

These miraculous hosts continue to baffle skeptics.   The Catholic Church teaches a dogma called “transubstantiation,” which the Catechism explains thus: “By the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of… Continue reading 4 Incredible Eucharistic miracles that defy scientific explanation

Two New York churches suffer over 100 deaths due to COVID-19

A Catholic church in Queens buries 63 people, and possibly dozens more. Two churches in New York City serving largely Hispanic populations have lost over 100 parishioners between them to COVID-19. One of the churches, St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in the Elmhurst section of Queens, N.Y., reported 63 deaths to the coronavirus disease. The other,… Continue reading Two New York churches suffer over 100 deaths due to COVID-19

Six Jesuit priests in one Philadelphia home dies of COVID-19

The clergymen ranged in age from 77 to 93. Six Jesuit priests who lived in a retirement facility in Philadelphia died from COVID-19 in April. The deaths represented one-third of the population of Manresa Hall nursing center, which is adjacent to St. Joseph’s University. All of the priests died in local hospitals.The situation led to… Continue reading Six Jesuit priests in one Philadelphia home dies of COVID-19

Aid group commits $5.5M to support priests and nuns serving communities most vulnerable to COVID-19

The much needed money will help them continue carrying out their spiritual and social ministries. To help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international pontifical charity serving the persecuted and suffering Church around the world, is providing $5.5 M in emergency funding to priests and nuns… Continue reading Aid group commits $5.5M to support priests and nuns serving communities most vulnerable to COVID-19