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Bishop Massimiliano Palinuro arrives at the Jan. 29, 2024, funeral of Tuncer Murat Cihan, 52, who was murdered during Sunday Mass at Santa Maria Italian Church on Jan. 28 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Victim of Istanbul attack was a Muslim who often went to Catholic Mass

Jan 31, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The sole victim of Sunday’s attack on a Catholic church in Istanbul was a Muslim man who regularly attended Mass,... Read more

Pope Francis  announced the start of a Year of Prayer in his Angelus address from the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis announces Year of Prayer to prepare for 2025 Jubilee

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address, the pope said that a Year of Prayer starting Jan. 21 will be “a year dedicated... Read more

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

5 things to know and share about St. Nicholas

Dec 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023.

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

Nov 27, 2023

By CNA Staff

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years. Read more

Archbishop Li Shan of Beijing, president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, the state-managed Catholic organization in mainland China controlled by the CCP’s United Front Work Department.

Beijing archbishop becomes first to visit Hong Kong since Chinese revolution

Nov 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The archbishop of Beijing is visiting Hong Kong in a trip that marks a historic first since the Chinese Communist... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a group of women who escaped criminal organizations in Italy on Oct. 30, 2023, at the Vatican.

‘You are not alone’: Pope Francis meets women who escaped the Mafia

Oct 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged a group of women who escaped criminal organizations in Italy to keep fighting despite fear... Read more

Delegates vote to approve a synthesis report at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023.

Cardinal Hollerich: The openness of the Synod on Synodality ‘will change the Church’

Oct 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality, one of the meeting’s leaders said the freedom and openness experienced will... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on Oct. 15, 2023.

Pope Francis on women deacons: ‘Holy orders is reserved for men’

Oct 25, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis reaffirmed the impossibility of women becoming priests, or even modern Church deacons, in an interview for a book... Read more

Nicaraguan Bishop Rolando Álvarez.

Catholic Church is most credible institution in Nicaragua, CID Gallup poll finds

Jul 12, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The survey indicated that 48% consider the Catholic Church to be the most credible institution, while the Ortega presidency has... 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

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