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Pope Francis speaks in Pietrelcina, Italy March 17, 2018.

Pope Francis in Pietrelcina: Padre Pio loved Mother Church

Mar 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Speaking Saturday in Pietrelcina, the town where St. Padre Pio was born, Pope Francis encouraged devotion to Holy Mother Church,... Read more

Bishop Donald Lippert of Mendi in Papua New Guinea. Courtesy of the Diocese of Mendi.

Catholics in Papua New Guinea a sign of the Church's universality

Sep 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

A young Catholic diocese in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea has a vibrant and growing faith, one which... Read more

Security footage shows man threatening to kill nun in a Brooklyn church

Jul 6, 2017

Police are investigating a possible hate crime after a man threatened to kill a nun who was praying inside a... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Catholic Church grows as Americas, Europe trail in priestly vocations

Apr 6, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to Vatican statistics released Thursday, the Church in the Americas lags behind globally when it comes to the number... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1 2014.

Without women, there is no harmony in the world, Pope Francis says

Feb 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

A woman’s value is not based on her material accomplishments, but simply in the beauty and harmony she brings to... Read more

Norwegian Catholic Church accused of membership inflation

Nov 30, 2016

In an unusual turn of events, the Catholic Church in Norway is under fire for reportedly lying about its number... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 21, 2014.

Spreading hope, trust, the center of next World Communications Day

Sep 29, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Announced Thursday, this year's World Day of Social Communications will focus on the theme of spreading hope and trust in... Read more

Not your grandpa's porn – Has the Church caught up to the problem?

Sep 20, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Clay Olsen speaks to thousands of youth about a subject most people would rather not touch: pornography.  Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

Aug 22, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population in past decade

Mar 9, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by... Read more

Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says... Read more

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22, 2015.

Could two new laws suffocate the Catholic Church in DC?

Feb 7, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. bishops and several other Catholic and pro-life groups are asking Congress to nullify two new Washington, D.C. laws... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience on May 7, 2014.

'Backbiting' communities don’t help evangelization – unity does

Nov 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis said that divisions among Christians are a stumbling block to evangelization, and encouraged members of the Church to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children

Sep 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, turning to the aspect of her maternity, of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Wednesday General Audience April 23, 2014.

Being a Christian means belonging to the Church, Pope affirms

Jun 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his general audience address Pope Francis drew attention to how God formed the Church to unify humanity, stating that... Read more

St. Peter's Square

Vatican analyst explores continuity of Francis, Benedict in book

Feb 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election,... Read more

John L. Allen, Jr. (File photo/CNA).

Vatican analyst eager to improve media coverage of Church

Jan 9, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Vatican journalist and expert John L. Allen, Jr. will join the staff of the The Boston Globe as an associate... Read more