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Pope Francis speaking at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022.

Interreligious dialogue an urgent need, Pope Francis says at close of Kazakhstan congress

Sep 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his final remarks in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Pope Francis said interreligious dialogue is an urgently needed path to peace. Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022.

Kazakhstan interreligious congress adopts declaration calling religious pluralism ‘God’s will’

Sep 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The congress Pope Francis participated in this week adopted a declaration calling religious pluralism an expression “of the wisdom of... Read more

Pope Francis speaking in Our Mother of Perpetual Help Cathedral on Sept. 15, 2022

Pope Francis tells Kazakhstan’s small Catholic community ‘being little’ is a blessing

Sep 15, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told Kazakhstan’s small Catholic community on Thursday that “being little” is a blessing from God. Read more

“The Mother of the Great Steppe" by Dosbol Kasymov.

Pope Francis blesses icon depicting Mary and Jesus as native Kazakhs

Sep 15, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis on Thursday blessed an icon depicting Mary and the Child Jesus as native Kazakhs, entrusting the Church in... Read more

A young girl at a large outdoor Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan on Sept. 14, 2022.

Kazakhstan interreligious summit a chance ‘to find common paths for humanity’

Sep 14, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Participants have called the event an opportunity for encounter and finding common ground. Read more

Image of the Our Lady of Peace in Ozernoye, Kazakhstan

The story behind the miracle of the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Kazakhstan

Sep 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Ozernoye is the name of a village located in northern Kazakhstan where the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace is... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the Expo center in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, where he celebrated an outdoor Mass on Sept. 14, 2022.

Pope Francis says his thoughts are with war-torn Ukraine on feast of the Holy Cross

Sep 14, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Speaking at an outdoor Mass in Kazakhstan’s capital on Sept. 14, the pope said he was thinking of “all the... Read more

Pope Francis meeting with Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk and representatives of the Russian-Orthodox Church in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 14 2022

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill meeting still possible at future date, Russian Orthodox metropolitan says

Sep 14, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met Wednesday with the head of the Russian Orthodox delegation in Kazakhstan, who said a papal meeting with... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the opening and plenary session of the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the Palace of Independence in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 14, 2022

‘Every human being is sacred,’ Pope Francis tells religious leaders in Kazakhstan

Sep 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It is the task of religions to remind society of the sacredness of all human life, Pope Francis told leaders... Read more

Pope Francis speaks from the stage of the Qazaq Concert Hall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept 13. 2022. Also onstage is Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Pope Francis arrives in Kazakhstan, urges peace in ‘senseless and tragic war’ in Ukraine

Sep 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In a speech to Kazakh civil authorities and diplomats in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 13, the pope said he wanted to... Read more

Archbishop Tomasz Peta

Pope Francis in Kazakhstan: Archbishop explains the pastoral and political impact of visit

Sep 13, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The archbishop of Kazakhstan’s only Catholic archdiocese said the visit of Pope Francis is of unique significance to the country’s... Read more

Pope Francis prayed in front of the Salus Populi Romani icon in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on the morning of July 22, 2022. He prayed again in front of the icon on Sept. 12, 2022, to entrust his upcoming trip to Kazakhstan to Mary.

Why is Pope Francis going to Kazakhstan? Here’s what he plans to do

Sep 12, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The pope plans to visit the large, landlocked Asian country — the second pope to do so — Sept. 13–15... Read more

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The geopolitics of Pope Francis’ trip to Kazakhstan

Sep 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

This week Pope Francis is traveling to Kazakhstan, a Muslim-majority country sandwiched between Russia and China. Read more

The Salamat Maria exhibit at Ali Mall in Quezon City.

Filipino mall exhibits more than 50 images of the Virgin Mary to celebrate her nativity

Sep 8, 2022

By Diego Lopez Marina

The oldest major shopping center in the Philippines is exhibiting more than 50 Marian images to celebrate the feast of... Read more

A display opposing the passage of the anti-terrorism law under which the nuns have been charged, at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, June 17, 2020.

Filipino nuns charged with funding terrorists deny links to communist group

Sep 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A group of Filipino nuns has strongly denied any connection with terrorist activities after facing charges last month brought by... Read more

Chinese flags on barbed wired wall in Kashgar (Kashi), Xinjiang, China. Credit: Jonathan Densford/Shutterstock

China defiant in face of Uyghurs UN report

Sep 1, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A highly anticipated report from the United Nations chronicles China’s mistreatment of the Uyghur ethnic group, a Muslim minority in... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Via Shutterstock

Father’s civil claim against Cardinal Pell and Australian archdiocese to go forward

Aug 25, 2022

By AC Wimmer

An Australian court ruled that a man can sue the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Cardinal George Pell for nervous shock... Read more

Flag of the People's Republic of China

Newly elected Chinese Church leaders allied with government vow to proceed with sinicization

Aug 24, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

Chinese bishops allied with the government have promised to proceed with the “sinicization” of Catholicism in China. Read more

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Australian Anglicans split over same-sex marriage

Aug 18, 2022

By AC Wimmer

An attempt by the Sydney archdiocese to affirm that marriage is only between a man and a woman was narrowly... Read more

Uyghur women work in a cloth factory in Hotan county, Xinjiang province, China.

UN: China’s mistreatment of the Uyghurs amounts to modern-day slavery

Aug 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In recent years, China has detained Uyghurs in hundreds of “reeducation camps” and reportedly subjected them to torture and political... Read more