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Pope Francis enters the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair on May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a timeline of his medical issues in recent years

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus, Tyler Arnold

The 86-year-old pope has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years. Read more

A detail from Joseph with the Child and the Flowering Rod, by Alonso Miguel de Tovar (1678–1752). Public Domain.

How a forgotten nun’s visions shed ‘new light’ on the life of St. Joseph

Mar 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Why a little-known book by an 18th-century visionary could be inspiring reading on this feast of St. Joseph. Read more

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Crotty unveils the new sign of Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

Visit the Burkina Faso street named in honor of Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 8, 2023

By ACI Africa

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou is known as Pope Benedict XVI Street. Read more

A table dedicated to Benedict XVI in his favorite Rome restaurant, Cantina Tirolese.

‘Flavors of home’: Benedict XVI’s favorite restaurant in Rome

Jan 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Inside the cozy Cantina Tirolese in Rome, Benedict XVI knew he could always find the flavors of home. Read more

Nativity scene commissioned by Pope Nicholas IV in 1292. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

First known Nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The first known Nativity scene figurines are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Read more

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

5 things to know and share about St. Nicholas

Dec 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Angelus address on June 12, 2022

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Islamic terrorist attack in Somalia

Oct 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Somalia’s president said that at least 100 people were killed in the terrorist attack. Read more

Pope Francis delivered his Angelus address on Sept. 18, 2022.

Pope Francis announces decision to extend Synod on Synodality to 2024

Oct 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope explained that he made the decision to provide more time for discernment. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022.

Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sister Maria de Coppi was shot and killed last week as terrorists ransacked and burned the Catholic mission where she... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy, on July 30, 2022

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

Jul 30, 2022

By Pope Francis

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday after a week-long trip to Canada. During the July 24 to 30 trip,... Read more

Soren and Ever Johnson with their five children, ages 19 to 10.

US couple to share advice for Catholic family life at World Meeting of Families

Jun 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The international gathering of Catholic families begins in Rome on June 22. Read more

The 10 Elizabethan sisters beatified on June 11, 2022, in Wrocław, Poland.

Meet the 10 newest blesseds of the Catholic Church

Jun 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 10 Elizabethan sisters were murdered by Red Army soldiers in 1945. Read more

St. Juliana Falconieri (1270-1341) and Sister Juliana Faustina.

How the Eucharist entered the heart of a 13th-century saint and inspired a Sister of Life

Jun 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘It was not so much that I discovered St. Juliana, as that she found me,’ says Sister Juliana Faustina. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the editorship of the theological magazine La Scuola Cattolica at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, June 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: Candidates for the priesthood must be well scrutinized

Jun 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking to seminary formators from the Milan archdiocese. Read more

Pope Francis meets the Buddhist Delegation of the Sangha Assembly in Chetuphon, Thailand, at the Vatican, June 17, 2022

Pope Francis: Jesus and the Buddha understood need to overcome egoism

Jun 17, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was speaking to a Buddhist delegation from Thailand. Read more

Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis accepts Belgian bishop’s request not to be made a cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27. Read more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).

Padre Pio was canonized on this day 20 years ago

Jun 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

An anniversary Mass was celebrated at San Giovanni Rotondo. Read more

The 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland.

What is the World Meeting of Families 2022? A CNA Explainer

Jun 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The international gathering will be held in Rome on June 22-26. Read more

The Vatican flag.

US Catholics gave $13 million to Peter’s Pence collection in 2021

Jun 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

US Catholics were the largest contributors to the annual collection. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost, June 5, 2022.

We have a new Vatican constitution, but where are the new curial appointments?

Jun 16, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new Vatican constitution Praedicate evangelium went into force on June 5. Read more