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Catholics attend Mass in Ho, Ghana.

Number of Catholics in Asia and Africa continues to rise

Oct 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Catholic Church grew by 15 million people worldwide in 2019. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks at a Vatican press conference presenting the 2021 World Mission Day, Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle: Digital evangelization cannot replace personal encounter

Oct 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He was speaking at a press conference presenting World Mission Day 2021. Read more

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI is ‘full of zest for life,’ says Archbishop Gänswein

Oct 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop said the 94-year-old is ‘stable in his physical weakness.’ Read more

Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Amazon synod Oct. 6, 2019.

Pope Francis officially recognizes Amazon region ecclesial conference

Oct 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Amazon synod’s final document called for the new body to be created. Read more

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Pope Francis wants seminarians to read this letter from a clerical abuse survivor

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’ Read more

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021.

Vatican launches prayer website ‘to accompany’ Synod on Synodality

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks child for impromptu ‘lesson’ at general audience

Oct 20, 2021

By CNA Staff

The boy approached the pope during his weekly catechesis. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Catholicos Karekin II, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on Oct. 16, 2021.

The Vatican strengthens ties with the world’s oldest Christian nation

Oct 20, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A week of high-level meetings has brought the Holy See and Armenia ever closer. Read more

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019.

Vatican regulates the role of postulator in saints’ causes

Oct 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest. Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021.

Pope Francis: Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity

Oct 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors. Read more

Bishop Andrew Cozzens.

Pope Francis names USCCB evangelization chair as new bishop of Crookston diocese

Oct 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop Andrew Cozzens succeeds Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who resigned in April. Read more

Mother Teresa.

Did you know Mother Teresa experienced visions of Jesus?

Oct 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Even her friend of more than 30 years, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, did not know Mother Teresa had conversations with and... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer.

Pope Francis: To seek status over service is a spiritual illness

Oct 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Do good from a spirit of service, not from a desire for personal glory, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Read more

Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of Guido Marini during his episcopal consecration in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 17, 2021

PHOTOS: Pope Francis ordains Msgr. Guido Marini a bishop in St. Peter’s Basilica

Oct 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The first task of the bishop is to pray,” Pope Francis said during the homily. Read more

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 16, 2021

Pope Francis: Catholic social teaching has useful principles for popular movements to follow

Oct 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke over video call to participants in the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements. Read more

On Nov. 17, 2019, Pope Francis shared a free lunch with nearly 1,500 poor people invited to dine at the Vatican for the 3rd annual World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis to meet 500 poor in Assisi on Nov. 12

Oct 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The encounter will mark the Catholic Church’s 5th annual celebration of the World Day of the Poor. Read more

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

What is the seal of confession? A Q&A with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

Oct 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

To learn more about the secrecy of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we spoke to Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the head of... Read more

The Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome, Italy.

Italy’s high court overturns arrest warrant against Vatican broker Gianluigi Torzi

Oct 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The case has been sent back to Rome’s Tribunal for Review. Read more