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The Swiss Guard swearing in ceremony at the Vatican on May 6, 2019.

Will the Swiss Guard allow women soldiers in the future?

Only men are currently eligible for the world’s smallest army. Read more

Fr. Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.

Catholic diocese rejoices as priest is freed barely 24 hours after kidnapping

“Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors.” Read more

Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at her home in Rome, Feb. 20, 2021.

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism on Central Europe trip

Edith Bruck said: “Your words about anti-Semitism ... are more relevant than ever.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.” Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

On papal flight, Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion

The pope addressed the controversy during an in-flight press conference. Read more

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg.

Pope Francis declines resignation of German Catholic archbishop

Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Heße announced in March that he was offering his resignation. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin, Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis in Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering

The pope celebrated Mass at the national Catholic shrine in Šaštín. Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, the Maronite Patriarch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite Catholic patriarch welcomes Lebanon’s new government

The move paves the way for a potential papal visit. Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Archbishop-elect Iosif Staneuski of Minsk-Mohilev, Belarus.

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop for Belarus capital

He succeeds Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, who retired in January. Read more

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Jewish community in Rybné Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s Jewish community: ‘Your sufferings are our sufferings’

He recalled the community’s suffering during the Holocaust. Read more

Pope Francis addresses bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and catechists in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: We need ‘creativity of the Gospel,’ not ‘a defensive Catholicism’

He was speaking to clergy and lay people in Bratislava’s largest church. Read more

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro presides at the beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 12, 2021.

Cardinal Wyszynski and Mother Czacka beatified in Poland

Cardinal Marcello Semeraro said the new blesseds offered a ‘model of service.’ Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal reassures Jewish leaders over Pope Francis’ comments on Torah

Rabbis expressed concern at the pope’s general audience on the Mosaic Law. Read more

Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis welcomes giant puppet to Vatican

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich celebrates Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 10, 2021.

At International Eucharistic Congress, cardinal says ‘faith in Europe has become a very small flame’

Cardinal Hollerich said he prayed that ‘missionary dimension of faith may be rediscovered in Europe.’ Read more

Mary Healy speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021.

US Catholic speaker recounts miracle healings at International Eucharistic Congress

Mary Healy said: ‘I have seen the Lord do so many amazing healings, including last night.’ Read more

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021.

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Cardinal Onaiyekan said it is ‘the duty of pastors to make access to confession easily available.’ Read more