WASHINGTON -- Ukrainian Catholics in North America continue to struggle to develop ways to maintain their Ukrainian religious and ethnic identity amid a larger majority culture that beckons with the siren song of assimilation.

New Syriac Catholic bishop hopes Christianity will thrive again in Iraq


BEIRUT -- Syriac Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Nizar Semaan begins his new mission in Iraq with hope "that Christianity will flourish again" in his homeland.

Fulton Sheen remains will move to Peoria, NY archdiocese says


PEORIA, Ill., (CNA) -- The Archdiocese of New York will work to help transfer the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a spokesman for the archdiocese told CNA Saturday. The decision is the conclusion of a long legal battle over the late archbishop's burial place.

Dutch priest critical of 'euthanasia death' reports of teen


OXFORD, England -- A senior Dutch priest criticized media reports on the death of a teenager experiencing depression, accusing foreign media of "sensationalizing euthanasia" in his country.

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.

Bishops take another try at addressing abuse, accountability among their own


WASHINGTON -- When the bishops gather in Baltimore June 11-14, their meeting will be anything but pro forma.

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.

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.

Chef finds recipe for cure in Fatima trip


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

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.

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.