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Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country.

Pope Francis lands in South Sudan, fulfilling yearslong dream of visit to war-torn country

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.” Read more

Pope Francis met the Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo on his final day in Kinshasa on Feb. 3, 2023

Pope Francis: Congolese Catholics are ‘a lung’ for the universal Church

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Thank you, because you are a lung that helps the universal Church breathe!” Pope Francis said at his final meeting... Read more

Cardinal George Pell’s funeral Mass drew thousands of mourners to Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral Feb. 2, 2023.

Thousands mourn Cardinal Pell at Sydney funeral: ‘Be not afraid’ was his motto 

Feb 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Civic leaders, friends, and members of Cardinal George Pell’s family remembered the Australian cardinal’s dedication to the Church. Read more

An artisanal miner carries a sack of ore at the Shabara artisanal mine near Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Oct.12, 2022.

Here’s what Pope Francis said about exploitative mining in the Congo

Feb 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The Democratic Republic of Congo exports 70% of the world's cobalt, a once-obscure element now in great demand because it’s... Read more

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20 attorneys general warn CVS, Walgreens against abortion pills in their states

Feb 2, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The letter states that companies must “keep apprised not only of federal law but also of the laws of the... Read more

On Feb. 2, 2023, a vandal desecrated an image of Jesus at the Church of the Flagellation located on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the route that Christ walked to Mount Calvary, where he was crucified.

American tourist desecrates statue of Christ in Catholic church in Jerusalem

Feb 2, 2023

By CNA Staff

The attack occurred at the Church of the Flagellation located on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the route that Christ... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron spoke out against Minnesota's new abortion law after it passed Jan. 31, 2023.

Bishop Barron says Minnesota’s new abortion law is ‘the worst kind of barbarism’

Feb 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

“I want to share with you my anger, my frustration over this terrible law that was just signed by the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis on World Day for Consecrated Life: Religious have ‘special role’ in the Church

Feb 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ message was read at the beginning of a Mass for consecrated men and women in Rome’s St. Mary... Read more

Former assistant secretary of state Robert Destro discusses the need for religious freedom. Pictured from left,  Imam Talib Shareef of the Nation’s Mosque; Destro; and Cole Durham of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School. Peter Pinedo/CNA

Religious freedom ‘under assault’ across the world, leaders testify at summit

Feb 2, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Faith leaders from across the world gathered in Washington, D.C., at the International Religious Freedom Summit this week. Read more

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, 2023, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue to bring the Congolese people Jesus, who “heals the wounds of every human heart.”

Pope Francis to priests in Congo: Bring people Jesus, who ‘heals the wounds of every heart’

Feb 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue... Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019.

The pope kissed his feet. Who is the cowboy-hat-wearing president of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

At a Vatican retreat in 2019, Pope Francis kissed the feet of President Salva Kiir — and those of his... Read more

Twelve students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, and their chaperones wore blue pro-life stocking caps that said “Rosary Pro-Life” to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum after they attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2023.

Smithsonian staff kick out Catholic students for wearing pro-life hats

Feb 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Twelve students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, visited the Air and Space Museum after... Read more

Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis to Congolese youth: Prayer is your secret weapon for peace

Feb 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis interacted with an enthusiastic crowd of about 65,000 young people and adults, some of whom traveled days to... Read more

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio leads the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Head of U.S. bishops’ conference contradicts Biden’s claims about taxpayer-funded abortions

Feb 1, 2023

By Matt McDonald

President Biden asserted this week that neither the pope nor all Catholic bishops oppose public funding for abortion in the... Read more

Father Luis Enrique Guillén.

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan attends Columbus Day parade in New York City.

Cardinal Dolan criticizes Biden administration for trying to force employers to cover contraception

Feb 1, 2023

By Matt McDonald

HHS announced a proposed rule that would leave in place the current exemption for religious employers but take away the... Read more

On his second day in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Feb. 1, 2023, Pope Francis listened to the stories of victims of violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern region.

Pope Francis to Congolese charities: ‘It’s not philanthropy, but faith’

Feb 1, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The pope praised the work being done to assist those in poverty and emphasized the importance of Christian charity as... Read more

Father Georges Lemaitre.

Television station rediscovers lost interview with priest who developed Big Bang theory

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

In the 20-minute video Father Georges Lemaitre, considered the father of the Big Bang theory, explains what the origin of... Read more

After being acquitted of federal charges by a jury in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, Mark Houck embraces and kisses his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck. Also with Houck are his son Mark Houck Jr., 14, and his daughter, Ava Houck, 12.

Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck reveals details of ‘reckless’ FBI raid; will press charges

Feb 1, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The father of seven said he opened the door of his house to a team of FBI agents pointing M-16s... Read more

Young people from eastern Congo lay down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness in a moving encounter with Pope Francis during his trip to the country Feb. 1, 2023.

Pope Francis ‘left without words’ after children’s shocking stories of violence in eastern Congo

Feb 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The moving encounter with the pope provided a potent reminder of the horrors taking place in eastern Congo. Read more