BATON ROUGE, La. -- When meeting Louisiana chef John Folse, one immediately learns he is a man who believes in his Catholic faith.

Bishop bars Illinois Catholic lawmakers who back abortion from Communion


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Springfield Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki issued a decree June 6 stating that Catholic lawmakers in the Illinois Legislature "who promoted or voted for extreme abortion legislation" cannot receive Communion in churches in his diocese.

Fellow bishops clear Indian cardinal of wrongdoing in real estate deals


COCHIN, India -- An Indian cardinal who faces multiple investigations for allegedly selling church land and incurring a multimillion-dollar loss has been cleared by his fellow bishops even though the Vatican has yet to rule on the case.

Cancer patient ordained in hospital


WARSAW, Poland -- May is ordination month in many dioceses, but the ordination of Fr. Michal Los, FDP, a member of the Orionine Fathers, was far from your typical ordination.

On May 24, Los was ordained a priest in his Warsaw hospital bed.

Los was diagnosed with cancer in April, and is now in critical condition. Pope Francis granted a dispensation allowing him to be ordained both a deacon and a priest in the same Mass, and Los was ordained by Bishop Marek Solarczyk of the Diocese of Warsaw-Praga. 

The day before his ordination, Los made perpetual vows in his religious community. Permission was granted to the director general of the congregation by Pope Francis.

Members of the Orionine Fathers, as well as Los’ parents and sister, attended the ceremony.

The day after his ordination, Los celebrated his first Mass from his bed. 

In a video posted on Facebook May 25, Los thanked Catholics who prayed for him, asking for more prayers and offering a blessing with the sign of the Cross.

“Praised be Jesus Christ, thanks for all your prayers and I hope you continue to praying, I bless all of you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” the young priest said on the video.

Celebrate Pentecost by rejecting racism, Italian bishops say


ROME -- Disciples of Jesus must reject any attitude or language that could increase intolerance or racism, especially in current social and political discussions about welcoming and integrating migrants, said the bishops of Italy's Lazio region.

A ‘little miracle’ in the midst of destruction


DAYTON, Ohio -- Although Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Dayton sustained significant damage from the May 27 tornadoes that swept through the southwestern region of the state, a statue of Mary on the property remained standing next to the ruined bell tower.

Cardinal Pell returns to prison to await ruling on appeal


MELBOURNE, Australia -- Cardinal George Pell was taken back to prison June 6 at the end of a two-day hearing on his appeal of his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse.

Cardinal DiNardo questions story about how he handled abuse case


WASHINGTON -- Texas Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, denies a characterization of how he handled an accusation by a woman who said she was manipulated into a sexual relationship with his former deputy, a priest.

In opening arguments, Cardinal Pell’s lawyers set out case for appeal


MELBOURNE, Australia (CNA) -- The legal team for Cardinal George Pell set out its case for appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria Wednesday morning. Judges heard the opening arguments for the defense as they sought leave to appeal.

Questions remain despite Vatican-China agreement on bishop appointments


MELBOURNE, Australia -- China's ruling Communist Party continues to persecute at least half of China's more than 12 million Catholics despite last September's agreement with the Vatican on the appointment of bishops.

Former president of papal academy dies day before his 91st birthday


VATICAN CITY -- The former head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, died June 5, just one day shy of his 91st birthday.