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Father Marko Rupnik

Jesuits ask Father Marko Rupnik to stay close to Rome during ‘ongoing preliminary inquiries’

Jan 24, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Rupnik has been accused of the sexual, spiritual, and psychological abuse of women from a religious community with which he... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis: Amid polarization in Church, we are called to speak truth with charity

Jan 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarization and divisions within... Read more

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe addressing the bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Controversial Dominican priest to lead October retreat for bishops at start of synod

Jan 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Father Timothy Radcliffe, whose statements on homosexuality have previously sparked controversy, will lead a three-day retreat to kick off the... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis: To stay with Jesus requires the courage to leave our sins

Jan 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Following Jesus “means giving up the time wasted on so many useless things,” the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis confers the ministry of catechist in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis confers lay ministries upon 10 people in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis conferred the lay ministries on the Sunday of the Word of God, a day that he declared in... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Cardinal Mario Grech in 2022

Cardinal Grech: Benedict XVI was misunderstood throughout his life

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Incomprehension was a constant factor in the life and mission of this man,” Cardinal Mario Grech said. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in an international training course for liturgical celebrations in Catholic dioceses on Jan. 20, 2023

Pope Francis: In the Mass, prioritize awe over aesthetics

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We must rediscover and value silence,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis on retreat at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia, Italy, in March 2017.

Pope Francis to do private Lenten retreat in 2023

Jan 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ appointments will be canceled during the spiritual exercises Feb. 26–March 3. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims near the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fatima apparitions on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis: World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon will open horizons, hearts

Jan 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Get ready for this: to open horizons, to open your hearts,” Pope Francis said. Read more

The sainthood causes of Father Miguel Costa y Llobera (1854–1922) and Sister Maria Margherita Diomira of the Incarnate Word (1651–1677) were advanced by Pope Francis on Jan. 19, 2023.

Meet the six newest venerable servants of God in the Catholic Church

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a decree signed on Jan. 19, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of an Italian stigmatic, four 20th-century priests,... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch

Cardinal Koch: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity a time to pray for peace in Ukraine

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said he is praying this week that “we can re-find... Read more

Pope Francis meets a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Jan. 19, 2023.

Pope Francis discusses ‘ecological conversion’ with Buddhist monks from Cambodia

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope defined “ecological conversion” as “true repentance” that leads to the end of “ideologies and practices that are hurtful... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (left) and Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal Müller: Cardinal Pell was Pope Francis’ best theological counselor

Jan 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pell was an inaugural member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, a group of originally nine cardinals established in September... Read more

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (left) and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, longtime personal secretary for Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Schönborn calls Gänswein book ‘unseemly indiscretion,’ confirms key detail of Benedict papacy

Jan 18, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn on Wednesday confirmed he was the person who encouraged Joseph Ratzinger to accept the conclave’s decision. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023.

Pope Francis: Jesus is ‘the unsurpassed model of evangelization’

Jan 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

At his weekly public audience, Pope Francis said that one of the best images to represent Jesus’ style of life... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022

Pope Francis prays for priest killed in Nigeria, asks for prayers for persecuted Christians

Jan 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

At the end of his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis asked for people to join him in praying for persecuted Christians... Read more

Farmers and pet owners alike brought out their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on the feast of St. Anthony Abbot, Jan. 17, 2023.

PHOTOS: Animals blessed in St. Peter’s Square for feast of St. Anthony Abbot

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Farmers and pet owners alike brought their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on Jan. 17. Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Congo church bombing

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The church bombing in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than... Read more

Pope Francis prayed for peace in his Angelus address following Mass in L'Aquila, Italy.

Pope Francis offers condolences after 69 die in Nepal plane crash

Jan 16, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The plane was carrying 72 passengers from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a popular base for trekkers in the Annapurna mountain range... Read more

Pope Francis presides over the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square on Jan. 5, 2023.

Analysis: Pope Francis centralizes authority with reform of Diocese of Rome

Jan 15, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

It was widely anticipated that a major reform of the Diocese of Rome was coming, but no one expected it... Read more