National Catholic Register

Youth Walk 9 Days and 250 Miles Across South Sudan to See Pope Francis

Courtesy of Sister Orla Treacy of Loreto Rumbek school
On Jan. 25, 60 youth and 24 adults, including Bishop Christian Carlassare (center) and Sister Orla Treacy (right) started on a nine-day, 255-mile pilgrimage from Rumbek to Juba, South Sudan, for Pope Francis’ Feb. 3-5 visit.

A group of 60 young people and 24 adults participated in the peace pilgrimage, an initiative of the Diocese of Rumbek.

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfilling Yearslong Dream of Visit to War-Torn Country

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country.

Pope Francis will also meet South Sudanese refugees, people who have been internally displaced due to the war, before leading an ecumenical prayer service.

Virginia Pro-Lifers March for Life in Richmond

Pro-lifers attend the Feb. 1 state March for Life in Richmond, Virginia.

Pro-lifers from across the Commonwealth joined in the Virginia State March for Life, held Feb. 1 in Richmond.

A Memo to the German Bishops

Maximilian von Lachner
Bishop Georg Bätzing celebrates Mass at the synodal assembly in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sept. 9, 2022.

A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: Strong words from Pope Francis were met not with filial obedience, but with criticism from the president of the German bishops’ conference.

FACE-ing the Facts

Mark Houck prays with his family outside the courthouse just after his acquittal in Philadelphia Jan. 30, 2023.

EDITORIAL: Despite its original intention to protect abortion, the Department of Justice is now being forced to utilize federal legislation against pro-abortion extremists.

Cardinal George Pell’s Funeral, in 6 Magnificent Dimensions

Giovanni Portelli
Cardinal George Pell’s funeral Mass drew thousands of mourners to Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral Feb. 2, 2023.

COMMENTARY: In the heat of a summer Sydney morning, a singular funeral marked the end of a singular life.