Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for March 16, 2018

  • New biography of Saint Francis of Assisi released on the 5th anniversary of the election of Pope Francis
  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Bishop James Conley joint statement welcoming re-introduction of First Amendment Defense Act
  • Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at 76
  • St. Joseph's/Candler health system, Georgia Southern University and the U.S. Department of Defense's Innovative Readiness Training program teaming up
  • Pubs in Ireland open and serving alcohol on Good Friday for the first time in 91 years

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for March 9, 2018

  • Pope Francis signed decrees for the causes of 13 men and women, among them, Blessed Pope Paul VI and Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero
  • Pope's weekly general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI hall
  • Vatican has announced Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations at the Coliseum in Rome be written by a group of students
  • Vatican is hosting a conference for students, developers and entrepreneurs from around the world that aims to find high-tech solutions for complex global issues
  • Theme for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon region is "The Amazon: New paths for the church and for an integral ecology"

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for March 6, 2018

  • Pope Francis decrees Catholics will mark the feast of "the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost each year
  • Pope holds private audience with Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
  • The Holy Father will visit Geneva in June
  • Vatican taking look at ways to end loneliness, helping people as they age
  • Melbourne, Australia hearing to determine if Cardinal George Pell would stand trial on decades-old charges of sexual abuse
  • Pope Francis meets members of Italy's national association of nursing professionals

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for March 2, 2018

  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith releases document on Christian salvation
  • Doors to the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem have been re-opened
  • New ambassador to the Holy See from Nicaragua
  • World Meeting of Families preliminary program for the Pastoral Congress
  • Archdiocese of Boston Excellence in Education Award

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 27, 2018

  • Pope Francis visits Roman parish
  • Colosseum lit red as a reminder and prayer for persecuted Christians
  • After Sunday Angelus, pope calls for end to war in Syria
  • Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem closed
  • Rare Roman snowstorm, bringing the city to a standstill

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 23, 2018

  • Pope Francis has released his annual message for local celebrations of World Youth Day
  • Reaction to the death of iconic preacher Rev. Billy Graham
  • February 23rd is the day that Pope Francis declared a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace
  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta emergency gallbladder
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" 

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 21, 2018

  • Synod of Bishops with youth theme in October
  • Pope Francis names nine new members to Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
  • New ambassador of Korea to the Holy See
  • USSCB announce National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 16, 2018

  • Pope Francis began Ash Wednesday at Benedictines' Monastery of St. Anselm, then made traditional procession to Basilica of Santa Sabina for Mass
  • After South Florida tragedy, Archbishop Thomas Wenski urges community "to support one another in this time of grief"
  • Pope Francis tells Cholean Jesuits he tries not to think of opposition as resistance
  • USCCB asking Catholics to join with Pope Francis for day of prayer and fasting for peace
  • World Meeting of Families Dublin bringing couples together on Valentine's Day

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 13, 2018

  • After Angelus prayer, Pope Francis announces registration for World Youth Day in Panama is open
  • Anscombe Centre for Bioethics warns Scottish government about proposed changes to gender recognition law
  • Pope Francis meets with Italian young people, adults and migrants rescued from human traffickers
  • Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonnin of Beauvais, France recognizes miraculous cure of a pilgrim to Lourdes

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 9, 2018

  • Pope Francis highlights World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking at weekly general audience
  • Retired Pope Benedict XVI writes he is on a pilgrimage toward home
  • Two Mexican priests gunned down after Candlemas celebrations
  • Pope releases message to help Catholics prepare for Lent
  • President Donald Trump speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 6, 2018

  • Pope Francis discusses Middle East peace and Jerusalme with the president of Turkey
  • Pope marks Italy's Pro-Life Sunday and calls for a day of prayer and fasting for peace during Angelus prayer 
  • World Youth Day 2019 Panama will highlight themes from Laudato Si and Latin American Church
  • Ash Wednesday collection for Church in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Archdiocese of Portland Encuentro gathering

Kevin Nelson reports on Catholic news for February 2, 2018

  • At weekly general audience, Poep Francis talks about the Mass
  • National Marriage Week USA
  • Pope Francis sending expert in abuse allegations to Chile, after recently receiving information concerning Bishop Juan Barros
  • Tensions rise in Venezuela between local Catholic Church leaders and the administration of President Nicolas Maduro
  • Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day



  • Bishop Oscar Cantu, the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, called for diplomacy and political engagement to resolve the differences between the U.S. and North Korea and avoid military conflict.
  • Catholic Relief Services has just released a film focusing on the need to do away with orphanages around the world.
  • At the end of July, Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri signed Senate Bill 5, which some say could be the strongest pro-life legislation passed in many years.
  • In honor of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Holy See, a unique theater show was brought to the Vatican.
  • Father David Hammond, a Navy chaplain who holds the rank of lieutenant, offered a Mass and prayers Aug. 6 for victims, survivors, and families of a Marine aircraft crash off the coast of Australia that killed three.