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The flag of Switzerland.

Switzerland’s Catholic Church approves independent abuse study

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The project will begin in March 2022. Read more

The 12-pointed star of the Sagrada Família Basilica’s Tower of the Virgin Mary is lit up for the first time.

Pope Francis: Sagrada Familia’s new star shines for Barcelona’s poor, ill, elderly, and young people

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The 12-pointed illuminated star sits atop basilica’s soaring Tower of the Virgin Mary. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays. Read more

A St. Thomas Christian cross at the installation of Mar Joseph Srampickal at Preston North End stadium, England, on Oct. 9, 2016.

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church leaders want a uniform liturgy. Why are they facing resistance?

Dec 8, 2021

By Luke Coppen

Pope Francis has intervened in the decades-long dispute. Read more

An Italian firefighter places a wreath of flowers on the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis makes early morning visit to Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope made the private visit to the statue shortly after 6 a.m. Read more

The opening of the Amazon synod at the Vatican's Synod Hall,  Oct. 7, 2019.

Synod of Bishops removes resource page link to New Ways Ministry

Dec 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The U.S. bishops’ conference expressed its disapproval of the LGBT outreach ministry in 2010. Read more

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors Read more

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Austria’s Catholic bishops: ‘Temporary’ COVID-19 vaccine mandate permissible as last resort

Dec 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Unvaccinated Austrians could face fines of up to $675 every three months. Read more

The relic of the holy cloak of St. Joseph at the Basilica of St. Joseph al Trionfale in Rome.

For the Year of St. Joseph, a look at the relic of his holy cloak in Rome

Dec 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Tradition holds that St. Jerome brought the mantle from the Holy Land. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Greece

Dec 6, 2021

By Pope Francis

The pope spoke at the end of his five-day journey to Cyprus and Greece. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: EU commission guide discouraging word ‘Christmas’ was an anachronism

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

He noted that a series of ideologies had attempted to pull up Europe’s Christian roots. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis says he accepted Paris archbishop’s resignation ‘on the altar of hypocrisy’

Dec 6, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope accepted Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s resignation on Dec. 2. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis says he will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill again

Dec 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope and the patriarch had a historic first meeting in 2016. Read more

St. Nicholas, by Jaroslav Čermák (1831-1878).

5 things to know and share about St. Nicholas

Dec 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

How much do you know about the man whose feast falls on Dec. 6? Read more

Pope Francis meets with young people at St. Dionysius School of the Ursuline Sisters in Maroussi, Athens, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis to youth in Greece: Don’t be ‘prisoners of the cell phone’

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope’s address concluded his three-day visit to Greece. Read more

Pope Francis addresses a meeting with authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, Dec. 3, 2021

Pope Francis decries global ‘retreat from democracy’ in Athens speech

Dec 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope arrived in Greece after a two-day visit to Cyprus. Read more

The funeral of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master, takes place at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta, Dec. 3, 2021.

PHOTOS: The funeral of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master

Dec 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

He was interred in the Crypt of the Grand Masters at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 25, 2019.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI had three COVID-19 vaccine doses ‘out of conviction’

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said: ‘One must not force anyone to vaccinate ... But one should appeal to the conscience.’ Read more

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical prayer with migrants at the Parish Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We encounter Jesus in the faces of migrants

Dec 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope. Read more

Pope Francis meets Msgr. Aldo Giordano, apostolic nuncio to the European Union, on June 17, 2021.

Apostolic nuncio to EU dies after contracting COVID-19

Dec 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

A cardinal said that Archbishop Giordano ‘left a lasting mark on all of us.’ Read more