Franciscan friars return to site of Christ's baptism after 50 years

Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 03:52 pm (CNA).- For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able to offer Mass on their property at the site of Christ’s baptism, located in the West Bank. The Mass for the feast of the...

Pope Francis: We need unity in the Catholic Church, society, and nations

Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good in society and in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said Sunday. “At this moment, a politician, even a...

Negativity and Positivity

Why do we love bad news so much? Here’s some intriguing thoughts, and why people in this age of instant, ubiquitous social media are so influence in the pessimistic direction. We remember what is emotionally charged, and negative news is so. And, to add to that, great...

Cardinal laments lack of priestly vocations in Florentine archdiocese

Florence, Italy, Jan 10, 2021 / 08:01 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Florence has said no new students have entered his diocesan seminary this year, calling the low number of priestly vocations a “wound” in his episcopate. Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, who has led the...

Countercultural Catholic Composer Strikes Sacred Chord in Music

Norman Servais The music of Sir James MacMillan is regularly heard on classical music stations. Sir James MacMillan, the foremost modern British composer and a forthright Catholic, says ‘music is the perfect art form to bring people together to see a better world.’...