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Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his homily, the pope said that the consecration ‘is no magic formula but a spiritual act.’ Read more

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria.

As it happened: Pope Francis’ Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Our reporters were inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Read more

Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Vatican explains ‘Tierra del Cielo’ (‘Earth of Heaven’) in consecration prayer

Mar 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Some Catholics raised concerns about the inclusion of the phrase in Italian and Spanish translations. Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Cross on Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican invites Catholics to pray for peace in Good Friday liturgy

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s liturgy office said it would not be issuing COVID-19 guidelines for Holy Week liturgies this year. Read more

Pope Francis in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 2015.

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ consecration prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The prayer will be recited by Catholics worldwide on March 25. Read more

Cardinal Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, celebrates Mass Nov. 1, 2020, at Rome’s Shrine of Our Lady of the Third Millennium at Tre Fontane.

Consecration of Russia and Ukraine ‘a radical call’ to personal conversion, says Vatican cardinal

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘The consecration will have its own efficacy,’ Cardinal Piacenza said. Read more

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria. | Pope Francis

What time is the consecration of Russia and Ukraine? Find out here

Mar 24, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The pope says he will pray the prayer at 6:30 p.m. Rome time. Read more

Crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholics urged to give with ‘new vigor’ to Good Friday Holy Land collection

Mar 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Sandri said ‘families have suffered beyond measure’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis visits a reception center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, north of Rome, on March 24, 2016.

Pope Francis: New Vatican guide on migrant ministry promotes encounter with others

Mar 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘All of us are called to commit ourselves to universal fraternity,’ the pope wrote in a preface to the new... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Centro Femminile Italiane in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, March 24, 2022.

Pope Francis: Women can change the system of power behind Russia-Ukraine war

Mar 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘The real answer is not more weapons, more sanctions,’ he said. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 12, 2016.

Pope Francis to meet Canadian Indigenous leaders and Catholic bishops next week

Mar 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will meet with the Indigenous groups individually. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 23, 2022.

Pope Francis: My grandfather taught me to loathe war

Mar 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope said that the suffering of war ‘isn’t learned in books or in other ways,’ but rather ‘from grandparents... Read more

Pope Francis at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis asks all Catholics to take part in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I ask you to join in this act by inviting the priests, religious and faithful to assemble in their churches... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis offers condolences after plane crash in China

Mar 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope’s condolence telegram was sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the voluntary organization Ho Avuto Sete at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, March 21, 2022.

Pope Francis: Spending money on weapons ‘sullies the soul’

Mar 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘A war always takes you backwards, always,’ he said. Read more

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 21, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Lebanon’s president at the Vatican

Mar 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope reportedly said he wanted to visit the Middle Eastern country soon. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, April 14, 2019.

Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week 2022 at the Vatican unveiled

Mar 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope will once again preside over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday. Read more

A Vatican press conference presenting the new constitution Praedicate evangelium.

TLM typo: Vatican says ‘extraordinary form’ mention in new constitution was a mistake

Mar 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The new Vatican constitution was unexpectedly released on March 19. Read more

Pope Francis with members of the Roman Curia, Dec. 23, 2021.

Praedicate evangelium: Things you might have missed in the new Vatican constitution

Mar 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new constitution marks a significant change in the philosophy underlying the Roman Curia. Read more