Slovakia's Catholic Church is beatify a 16-year-old peasant girl, who was murdered while resisting rape by a Soviet soldier. Anna Kolesarova (1928-44), from a deeply devout family at Vysoke nad Uhom in eastern Slovakia, hid with her family in the cellar of their home when Red Army units occupied the area in the last year of the Second World War, and was shot after refusing the soldier's advances while making food. 


Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’ is at the centre of a new four-part production opening this week in Rome designed to lead younger generations to a new appreciation of the Italian painter’s masterpiece.

The trial of a Vatican prefect, a French cardinal, two bishops and a priest due to open on 4 April has been postponed until October because the summons for Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the Spanish-born Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was not translated and sent to Rome in time.

Catholic bishops in the Czech Republic have urged solidarity with dozens of Chinese Christians, who still await a government ruling on political asylum requests submitted two years ago...

Benedict XVI has issued a sharp criticism of those arguing there is discontinuity between him and Pope Francis in a letter which the Vatican released on the fifth anniversary of Francis’ pontificate. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has spoken out about the “great confusion” surrounding gender identity, calling on headteachers to affirm for children the values of family and community rather than individualism and self-determination...

One of the elderly nuns involved in a protracted legal battle with American singer Katy Perry has died in court...

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, who died on Sunday, was appointed Bishop of Mainz in 1983 at the age of 47, the youngest bishop ever appointed in Germany. He served as Bishop of Mainz for 33 years until he retired in 2016. He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former Bishop of Hong Kong and an outspoken critic of the current negotiations between the Holy See and the communist Government in Beijing, has made his most categorical warning to date on the danger of reaching an agreement on episcopal appointments that is too favourable to Beijing.


11 March 2018 | by Carol Glatz, CNS

Pope: Confessors should bring penitents closer to Jesus

By truly listening to the penitent during confession, "we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word" in order to know what God wants to be done, said Pope Francis

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