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Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing for Easter 2022

Pope Francis laments ‘Easter of War’ in Urbi et Orbi blessing 2022

Apr 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Brothers and sisters, let us allow the peace of Christ to enter our lives, our homes, our countries,” Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for Easter 2022

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Square for Easter 2022

Apr 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

An estimated 50,000 people were in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Easter Sunday Mass. Read more

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 16, 2022.

Easter Vigil 2022: Full text of Pope Francis’ homily

Apr 16, 2022

By Pope Francis

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily for Easter Vigil 2022. Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 16, 2022.

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: The Risen Lord has robbed evil of its power

Apr 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis did not preside over the Easter Vigil Mass, but he delivered the homily and baptized seven people. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

5 things to know about Benedict XVI on his 95th birthday

Apr 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope emeritus was born on April 16, 1927. Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 15, 2022.

Papal preacher on Good Friday 2022: From Pilate to the internet age, people have turned their backs on Jesus

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa was preaching in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of Pope Francis. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, was interviewed by EWTN on April 14, 2022.

Top Vatican cardinal: 'Legitimate concerns' about Germany's 'Synodal Path'

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Kurt Koch has confirmed Pope Francis’ apprehension about Germany’s “Synodal Path,” telling EWTN in an exclusive interview that critics... Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 15, 2022.

Full text: Cardinal Cantalamessa’s homily at the Vatican’s Good Friday 2022 liturgy

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This year we celebrate Easter not to the joyful sound of bells, but with the noise in the ears of... Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican.

Good Friday 2022: Pope Francis says ‘world has chosen the path of Cain’

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti. Read more

Pilgrims gather for the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.

Full text: Good Friday 2022 Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Here is the full text of the Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum led by Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City on June 30, 2015.

Benedict XVI was ‘a prophet’ of Church’s future, Pope Francis tells Malta’s Jesuits

Apr 14, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘It will be a Church that is more spiritual, poorer and less political,’ Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, April 14, 2022.

Pope Francis at Chrism Mass: The devil tempts priests with ‘hidden idols’

Apr 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘The priest with a functionalist mindset has his own nourishment, which is his ego,’ he said. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on June 15, 2005 in Vatican City.

Catholics invited to congratulate Benedict XVI on his 95th birthday

Apr 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The messages will be collected online and delivered to the pope emeritus. Read more

Pope Francis presents new cardinals to Benedict XVI in the chapel of the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI ahead of Pope emeritus’ 95th birthday

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The two men prayed together ‘after a brief and affectionate conversation.’ Read more

Pope Francis kisses prisoners’ feet at Rome’s Regina Coeli Prison. March 29, 2018.

Pope Francis will wash feet of 12 prisoners on Holy Thursday 2022

Apr 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will visit the prison of Civitavecchia, outside Rome. Read more

Pope Francis admires an Easter basket with Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and his family at the Vatican, April 11, 2022.

With pope’s blessing, Knights of Columbus to give 10,000 Easter care packages to Ukraine war victims

Apr 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Our efforts in Ukraine and Poland have only just begun,’ said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on July 30, 2016.

Here’s what Pope Francis says about World War III in a new book

Apr 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘And so, step by step, we are moving towards catastrophe,’ the pope writes. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, April 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Armed aggression’ is ‘an outrage against God’

Apr 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope described war as ‘a blasphemous betrayal of the Lord of Passover.’ Read more

Maria Aristea Ceccarelli.

Woman who endured neglect and abuse declared venerable by Pope Francis

Apr 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Maria Aristea Ceccarelli’s parents married her off to a man who treated her like an indentured servant. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, at the Vatican on Oct. 21, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle laments killing of Caritas workers in Mariupol

Apr 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘We honor the sacrifice of humanitarian workers by praying for them and their families,’ he said. Read more