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Catholics pictured near the Co-Cathedral of St. Alexander in Kyiv, Ukraine. April 3, 2021.

Europe’s Catholic bishops ask for prayers for peace in Ukraine

Jan 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The bishop said the country was facing a ‘dramatic moment of tension.’ Read more

The Institute for the Works of Religion, commonly known as the Vatican bank.

Vatican appeal court confirms former IOR officials liable for mismanagement

Jan 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Paolo Cipriani and Massimo Tulli were ordered to pay around $46 million in compensation. Read more

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Catholic diocese in Australia found vicariously liable for clerical abuse

Jan 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The ruling is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Read more

St. Irenaeus of Lyon.

Pope Francis declares St. Irenaeus ‘Doctor of Unity’

Jan 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 21, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Church is firmly committed to justice for abuse victims

Jan 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report. Read more

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202).

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be declared a Doctor of the Church

Jan 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’ Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI is praying for victims in wake of Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘The pope emeritus ... expresses his shock and shame at the abuse of minors committed by clerics.’ Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in June 2016.

Cardinal Marx ‘shocked and ashamed’ by Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report accused the cardinal of mishandling two abuse cases. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media.

Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat changed again due to COVID-19

Jan 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Curial officials will make their own arrangements for a private Lenten retreat. Read more

Albrecht von Boeselager.

Top official won’t join Order of Malta reform working group, citing threat to sovereignty

Jan 20, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Albrecht von Boeselager announced his decision in a letter to senior officials. Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Benedict XVI, Cardinal Marx faulted in Munich abuse report

Jan 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report covers 1977 to 1982, when the future Benedict XVI led the archdiocese. Read more

The flag of Eritrea.

Pope Francis appoints apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in US and Canada

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe. Read more

The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican Synod Hall on Oct. 3, 2018.

Synod of Bishops’ resources website links to women’s ordination group

Jan 19, 2022

By CNA Staff

An official suggested that the website was not promoting the group. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis offers prayers for the people of Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami

Jan 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He said: ‘I invite everyone to join me in praying for these brothers and sisters.’ Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our sins’

Jan 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope made the comment at his general audience. Read more

The flag of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

The Order of Malta’s new statutes could dilute its sovereignty forever

Jan 19, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The reform process is entering a critical stage. Read more

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, pictured in 2015.

Pope Francis’ friend Rabbi Skorka helps Polish Catholics mark Day of Judaism

Jan 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Day of Judaism was established by the Polish bishops in 1997. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020.

Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Peña Parra test positive for COVID-19

Jan 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Parolin has ‘very mild’ symptoms, while Peña Parra is asymptomatic. Read more