Category: News

New Liturgical Rite for Catechists

Today, the text of the new Rite of Institution of Catechists was posted today (in Italian) on the Vatican website. Beginning January 1, 2022, members of the laity—both men and women—will be eligible to be admitted to this stable ministry....

New Liturgical Rite for Catechists

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

Today it was announced that Pope Francis intends to visit Canada, in response to an invitation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The statement from the Vatican reads as follows: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited...

Pope Francis’s Pilgrimage to Canada

The story behind the viral “church brawl” video

[Update 10/27/2021, 10:01 a.m. EDT: The Archdiocese of Seattle replied to our request for comment with a letter from Fr. Brunel. Earlier updates include the reporting from Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-7. The story has been updated to reflect the latest developments.] Yesterday,...

The story behind the viral “church brawl” video

US Bishops Speak on the Synodal Process

This past Sunday, October 17, the diocesan phase of the Synodal Process—already begun in Rome on October 10th—opened around the world. Although reports this week show that only about half of US dioceses were prepared to begin this diocesan phase,...

US Bishops Speak on the Synodal Process

Francis on Synod: “Open to the Newness of God”

This past Sunday, Pope Francis opened the Synod of Bishops in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. This year and for the coming two years, the Synod will be reflecting on the role of synodality in the life of the Church,...

Francis on Synod: “Open to the Newness of God”

Biden’s Border Betrayal

I’m not sure how to begin an essay like this because it’s a genre of writing that I have not really done for Where Peter Is before. This site features everything from personal reflection to theological disputation, but blind rage...

Biden’s Border Betrayal

The Church and the Covid Culture Wars

As the rate of Covid cases and deaths has risen in North America over the past two months due to a surge caused by the Delta variant, different groups of Catholics seem to hold diametrically opposed views of how to...

The Church and the Covid Culture Wars

Pope Francis: Vaccination Is an Act of Love

Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19. Last week, Pope Francis headlined an Ad Council public service announcement for the coronavirus vaccine, titled “Unity Across the Americas.” Designed...

Pope Francis: Vaccination Is an Act of Love

A Prayer for Afghanistan

Within the past twenty-four hours, Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has fallen to the militant Islamist theocratic group the Taliban amidst the ongoing withdrawal of US forces from that country. The US overthrew a previous Taliban-led government in 2001 and...

A Prayer for Afghanistan

Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery

An update to our previous post: Matteo Bruni, Vatican spokesperson, indicated that Pope Francis is in “good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously” after a successful surgery and is expected remain in the hospital for several days for recovery and...

Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery

Second Cardinal Schönborn Interview on CDF Statement

[Editor’s note: On Sunday, March 28, Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn gave an in-depth interview on the Austrian television network ORF. During the program, he spoke for a second time about the recent CDF statement on blessings for same-sex couples in...

Second Cardinal Schönborn Interview on CDF Statement