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Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, former editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica, was appointed undersecretary for the Dicastery for Culture and Education on Sept. 14, 2023.

Pope Francis appoints Father Spadaro to culture and education post

Sep 14, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Father Antonio Spadaro, known popularly as “the pope’s mouthpiece,” announced Thursday that he was leaving the Jesuit-run La Civiltà. 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


Italian Catholic doctors: Assisted suicide is not a dignified death

Jan 19, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Italian parliament debates whether to pass a bill to decriminalize assisted suicide, an association of Catholic doctors has... Read more


Jesuit journal criticized for article supporting assisted suicide bill in Italy

Jan 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The article was published in La Civiltà Cattolica last week. Read more

Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., pictured on March 3, 2012.

Vatican astronomer: ‘Trust the science’ does not convince those who most need to be convinced

Jan 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Brother Guy Consolmagno said the phrase left him ‘puzzled.’ Read more

Pope Francis addresses an ecumenical meeting at the apostolic nunciature in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakian Jesuits: ‘Some people wanted me to die’ amid health problems

Sep 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope made the comments during his four-day visit to the Central European country. Read more

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Jesuit magazine La Civiltá Cattolica praises Biden presidential victory

Nov 19, 2020

La Civiltá Cattolica, the Jesuit-run magazine whose publication is overseen by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has published an article... Read more

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La Civiltà Cattolica launches Chinese edition

Apr 24, 2020

The Catholic periodical La Civiltà Cattolica will now be published in simplified Chinese, in what its publishers say is an... Read more

Pilgrims from China at a general audience in St. Peter's Square

In China, government-aligned bishops release ‘Sinicization’ plan

Jul 24, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Continuing a controversial plan, Chinese bishops allied with the government have told dioceses to prepare local versions of a “Sinicization”... Read more

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica.

Papal aides say prosperity gospel is distorted take on the ‘American Dream’

Jul 19, 2018

By Elise Harris

After publishing a highly controversial essay in July 2017 alleging the existence of an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and... Read more

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Analysis: La Civiltà Cattolica and the 'sinicization' of Catholicism

Mar 2, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Party Congress in October 2017, the country’s president, Xi Jinping, promised to “sinicize... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Father Antonio Spadaro, director of La Civilta Cattolica, and Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, General of the Society of Jesus, in Vatican City on Feb. 9, 2017.

In wake of Civilta Cattolica piece, Evangelicals seek papal chat

Aug 8, 2017

Some U.S. evangelical Christian leaders want to talk with Pope Francis about a prominent Jesuit-run journal’s essay on Christianity and... Read more

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica.

Civilta Cattolica inspired counterproductive debate, American critics say

Aug 3, 2017

A prominent Jesuit publication’s essay on American religion and politics continues to provoke responses from critics concerned its two authors... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Vatican Press Office, March 25, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput: Civilta Cattolica got American Christianity wrong

Jul 19, 2017

A prominent Catholic journal’s critique of American religion and politics got quite a bit wrong, Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput... Read more

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civilta Cattolica, aboard the papal flight to Quito, July 5, 2015.

What Civilta Cattolica's analysis of US Christianity missed

Jul 17, 2017

By Matt Hadro

An analysis piece in La Civilta Cattolica alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between Catholics and Evangelical Fundamentalists is seriously flawed... Read more

Fr. Antonio Spadaro. CC 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Jesuit publication slams perceived evangelical-Catholic coalition in US

Jul 13, 2017

An analysis piece published Thursday in La Civilta Cattolica, discusses what it calls a “surprising” and unfortunate alliance between conservative... Read more

Pope Francis with the community of La Civilta Cattolica in the Clementine Hall, Feb. 9, 2017.

Pope Francis praises expansion of historic Jesuit newspaper

Feb 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

As the historic Jesuit-run paper La Civilta Cattolica for the first time rolled out four new language editions other than... Read more

Pope’s one-time teacher to write for Italian Jesuit publication

Feb 22, 2014

Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone, who taught Pope Francis during his formation period, will be among the writers of La Civilta... Read more

Pope Francis giving an address at the Vatican, June 7, 2013.

Pope encourages reform of relations between religious, bishops

Jan 4, 2014

At a meeting with religious superiors held last November, Pope Francis urged a reform of the document regulating the relationship... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before a General Audience, Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope's words show ongoing conversation with world

Nov 9, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ priority is the pastoral care of the people entrusted to him, and his words are intentionally suited to... Read more