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Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019.

Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

Critics say the proposals would turn the site into ‘a kind of theme park.’ Read more

Pope Francis greets a migrant at a welcoming hub near Cesena, Italy on Oct. 1, 2017.

Report: Pope Francis could bring 50 migrants from Cyprus to Italy

Nov 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope will arrive in Cyprus on Dec. 2. Read more

Fr. Giovanni Scalese, head of the Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan, celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in 2019.

The leader of Afghanistan’s Catholic community longs to return to the country

Nov 29, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

‘I would not have left the country while even a single sheep was left of my little flock.’ Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, pictured on May 21, 2015.

Catholic bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by Jersey vote for assisted suicide ‘in principle’

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said the vote showed ‘a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.’ Read more

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels public act of veneration again due to pandemic

Nov 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue. Read more

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris.

Paris archbishop asks Pope Francis to decide his future

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012. Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Arabia will be a focal point of Bahrain’s new cathedral.

The story behind the new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Vatican cardinal will consecrate the cathedral on Dec. 10. Read more

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican, Nov. 26, 2021.

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican

Nov 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Asked how he was doing, the pope told Macron: ‘I’m still alive.’ Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Italian bishops’ conference in Rome, Nov. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis creates commission to assess reform of marriage nullity process in Italy

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope made changes to canon law intended to streamline the process in 2015. Read more

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021

Pope Francis attends student play on how the pandemic has affected young people

Nov 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope watched a show called ‘The faces of the pandemic.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Pauline Family in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Nov. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis: Prayer is ‘the most important means of communication’

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope was meeting members of the Pauline Family. Read more

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Here’s what Italy’s Cardinal Zuppi said at the launch of a book on the papacy’s future

Nov 25, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Many see Zuppi as a possible ‘papabile’ in a future conclave. Read more

Pope Francis embraces a man in a wheelchair at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 10, 2015.

Pope Francis to disabled people: The Church needs you

Nov 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope issued a message marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Read more

Cardinal Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on April 18, 2019.

Cardinal calls for action after 27 migrants drown in English Channel

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the deadliest crossing of the Channel on record. Read more

Blessed Titus Brandsma, O.Carm.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to WWII martyr Bl. Titus Brandsma’s intercession

Nov 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

The decision paves the way for the Dutch Carmelite friar’s canonization. Read more

Members of SOS Calvaires, a group restoring wayside crucifixes across France.

Meet the young Catholics restoring wayside crucifixes across France

Nov 25, 2021

By Solène Tadié

The movement is growing — thanks to a cigar-chomping bench press champion. Read more

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Ethics committee authorizes first assisted suicide in Italy

Nov 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘Nobody can be called to be the bearer of the death of others,’ a spokesman for Italy's Catholic bishops said. Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.

Synod on Synodality organizers want local stage to focus on one fundamental question

Nov 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Mario Grech was addressing the Italian bishops. Read more

Pope Francis takes a selfie with pilgrims at the April 1, 2015 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: Digital revolution forces us to rethink what it means to be human

Nov 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

‘Today, a revolution is underway,’ the pope told the Pontifical Council for Culture. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 24, 2021.

Pope Francis: St. Joseph is protecting the Catholic Church

Nov 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope’s general audience address focused on the genealogy of Jesus. Read more