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The first Mexican-born martyr: a castaway friar who was crucified in Japan 

In the 16th century, a young Franciscan friar from Mexico was blown off course en route back to his homeland from the Philippines, landing on the shores of Japan. San […]

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

The Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is set to begin the canonization process for the hundreds of faithful killed in the 2019 Easter Sunday terrorist attack in the country, an […]

English cardinal offers prayers for King Charles III after cancer diagnosis

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster offered prayers for King Charles III after Buckingham Palace announced Monday that the king would step away from some public duties amid treatment for cancer. […]

Pakistan ends mandatory Islamic studies for non-Muslim students

Pakistan is ending its mandatory study of Islam for non-Muslim children in first through 12th grade and implementing a new curriculum, one that will allow children to study the religion […]

Ugandan priest named diocesan administrator of Louisiana diocese following death of bishop

Father Simon-Peter Engurait has been chosen as diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana following the unexpected death last week of Bishop Mario Dorsonville. Dorsonville died of complications […]

Nigerian Christians are being martyred and how it’s affecting seminary formation

Last year, 2023, was a difficult year for Brother Peter Olarewaju, a postulant at the Benedictine monastery in Nigeria’s Ilorin Diocese who was kidnapped alongside two others at the monastery. […]

Pope Francis: ‘The devil always takes away your freedom’

Pope Francis warned on Sunday that the devil wants to “chain our souls” and enslave us with many temptations, while “Jesus came to free us from all of these chains.” […]

Shamanic ritual at World Economic Forum: ‘What spirit rules in Davos?’ priest asks

Father Jesús Silva Castignani, a priest of the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, questioned the spirituality that governs the World Economic Forum now holding its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland: “What […]

Nuncio highlights Jordan’s unique role in Holy Land Church today

A year ago, on Jan. 21, 2023, Bishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso became the first resident nuncio to Jordan. Before that, the Apostolic Nunciature of Jordan was joined with that […]

Pope Francis announces Year of Prayer to prepare for 2025 Jubilee

Pope Francis announced the start of a Year of Prayer on Sunday in preparation for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. In his Angelus address, the pope said that a […]