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Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

Vatican backs Cardinal Woelki over abuse study contracts

May 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The embattled German cardinal welcomed what he said was the ‘good news from Rome.’ Read more

Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pope Francis says he wants to meet Putin in Moscow to discuss Ukraine war

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We have not yet had a response,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis greets German Bishop Stefan Oster on May 2, 2022.

Pope Francis to undergo medical procedure for ‘torn ligament’ in knee

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘I have been like this for some time, I cannot walk … It also brings a little pain, humiliation,’ the... Read more

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors president Cardinal Seán O’Malley, left, attends a press conference near the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Cardinal O’Malley defends the independence of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Boston archbishop said that Pope Francis ‘has assured us that … the commission will be independent.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Pope Francis asks for annual report on Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences’ plenary meeting at the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Pope Francis: All countries should promote family-friendly policies

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was addressing members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Read more

Bishop Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland.

Catholic priests criticize new code of conduct in Swiss diocese as ‘attempt to implant LGBT ideology’

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Chur Bishop Joseph Bonnemain said the code would be ‘binding for all leaders and employees.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Papal Foundation in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, April 28, 2022.

Pope Francis thanks Papal Foundation for aid to Ukraine

Apr 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that the foundation brings ‘love, hope, and mercy’ to those it supports. Read more

Sister Laura Vicuña, delegate of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon (CEAMA).

Pope’s cardinal advisers debate women’s role in the Church with Amazon nun

Apr 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sister Laura Vicuña presented a report offering “a pastoral perspective” on women in the Church. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill: Who could host their 2nd summit?

Apr 27, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A meeting is off for now, but where could the two men eventually meet? Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022.

Pope Francis tells general audience pilgrims his knee is ‘still not healing’

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope canceled his engagements the day before the audience due to knee pain. Read more

Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo (1934-2022).

Spanish Cardinal Carlos Amigo dies at age 87 after lung surgery

Apr 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He was an advocate for dialogue between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Read more

Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth, England.

Pope Francis names new archbishop to lead 2 Catholic dioceses in Wales

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Mark O’Toole will oversee the Archdiocese of Cardiff and Diocese of Menevia. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 27, 2022

Pope Francis wants Catholics to rediscover this book of the Bible

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope praised the book’s ‘valuable teaching on the alliance of the generations.’ Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on June 4, 2014.

Pope Francis has begun a wave of new appointments at the Vatican

Apr 26, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The new Vatican constitution will come into force in June. Read more

St. Peter holding the keys.

Pope Francis updates canon law on dismissal from religious institutes

Apr 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Will Archbishop Ulrich lead the Catholic archdiocese of Paris in a new direction?

Apr 26, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich has extensive experience of Church governance. Read more

Pope Francis with participants in a conference on Trinitarian International Solidarity at the Vatican, April 25, 2022.

Pope Francis cancels day’s activities due to knee pain, says Vatican

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Knee pain has forced the 85-year-old pope to curtail his activities in recent weeks. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Pope Francis names new Catholic archbishop of Paris

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. Read more