Vatican statistics show continued growth in number of Catholics worldwide

a deacon offers a chalice

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The number of Catholics and permanent deacons in the world has shown steady growth, while the number of religious men and women continued to decrease, according to Vatican statistics.

Holy Land Franciscans concerned about Good Friday collection

Franciscan friars pra y in Bethlehem

JERUSALEM (CNS) — During this year of COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of international pilgrimages, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has had to adjust its funding priorities and trim its budgeting, and difficult though that has been, Father Ramzi Sidawi fears the worst is still to come.

Priests of the Holy Land reflect on second Easter of pandemic

Franciscan friar Augustin Pelayo

The first cases of COVID-19 in the Holy Land emerged in late February last year and were quickly followed by an outbreak of cases among a group of pilgrims in Bethlehem in early March.