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Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use... Read more

The flag of Zimbabwe.

Nuncio meets Zimbabwe government minister after clash over Catholic bishops’ letter

Aug 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s representative in Zimbabwe met a senior government official Wednesday amid tensions following a pastoral letter issued by the... Read more

Ismail Wague, Mali’s Air Force deputy chief of staff, addresses the media following the coup Aug. 19.

Catholic bishop: Mali coup 'a big failure for our democracy'

Aug 20, 2020

By ACI Africa

The military coup in Mali is “a big failure for our democracy,” the president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz prays outside of the Akrestsin Street pre-trial detention center in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 19.

Catholic archbishop prays outside of prison for detained Belarusian protesters

Aug 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The archbishop of Minsk prayed outside of a prison in Belarus Wednesday where detained protesters were reported to have been... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

Catholic bishops in southern Africa thank Pope Francis for 300,000 euro donation

Aug 20, 2020

The bishops’ conferences of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi thanked Pope Francis last week for his gift of 300,000 euros to... Read more

Curator Anna Forest examines a 15th-century illuminated manuscript discovered under the floorboards of Oxburgh Hall.

Rare discoveries shed light on secret Catholic life in Tudor house

Aug 20, 2020

A restoration project at a country house has uncovered items that shed new light on the steadfast faith of a... Read more

The interior of the church of Fontgombault Abbey.

Abbot who helped revive traditional monasticism laid to rest in France

Aug 19, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Benedictine abbot who helped to revive traditional monasticism and Gregorian chant in France was buried Wednesday in the 11th-century... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 19.

Pope Francis: Make coronavirus vaccine available to all

Aug 19, 2020

A potential coronavirus vaccine should be made available to all, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

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

Catholic leader outlines vision for Lebanon as the ‘Switzerland of the East’

Aug 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch issued a memorandum Monday outlining a vision for the restoration of the country’s neutral status as the... Read more

The flag of the Philippines.

Catholic bishop laments murder of human rights activist in Philippines

Aug 18, 2020

A Catholic bishop deplored Tuesday the murder of a human rights activist in the Philippines.   Read more

The Holy House of Our Lady in the Shrine of Loreto.

Pope Francis extends Loreto jubilee to 2021

Aug 18, 2020

Pope Francis has approved the extension of the Jubilee Year of Loreto to 2021.  Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Catholic archbishop: Let priests visit detained Belarus protesters

Aug 18, 2020

A Catholic archbishop urged the embattled government of Belarus Tuesday to allow priests to visit imprisoned protesters.   Read more

Medical equipment donated to hospitals in Brazil by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis donates ventilators and ultrasounds to coronavirus-hit Brazil

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis has donated ventilators and ultrasound scanners to hospitals in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square April 3, 2019.

Pope Francis: Be witnesses to the experience of God’s beauty

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis invited participants in an annual Catholic festival Monday to join him “in witnessing to the experience of the... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Brazil's consecrated Catholics: Jesus must be your 'first and only love'

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis has urged consecrated men and women in Brazil to remember that Jesus must be their “first and only... Read more

The flag of Zimbabwe.

Nuncio supports Catholic archbishop denounced by Zimbabwe official

Aug 17, 2020

The Pope’s representative in Zimbabwe has expressed solidarity with a Catholic archbishop after he was harshly criticized by a government... Read more

The statue of Christ, “Sursum corda,” in Warsaw, Poland.

Warsaw cardinal laments ‘desecration’ of Christ statue with rainbow flag

Aug 2, 2020

A Polish cardinal has urged protesters to respect religious sensibilities after they attached a rainbow flag to a historic statue... Read more

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis tells youth at Medjugorje: be inspired by the Virgin Mary

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis has urged young people gathered in Medjugorje to imitate the Virgin Mary by abandoning themselves to God.  Read more

Pope Francis is pictured during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis deplores firebomb attack on Catholic cathedral in Nicaragua

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis deplored a firebomb attack on a cathedral in Nicaragua Sunday.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis appoints new personal secretary

Aug 1, 2020

Pope Francis appointed an official from the Vatican Secretariat of State as his new personal secretary Saturday.  Read more