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Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez (1925-2022).

Pope Francis remembers late Spanish cardinal as a ‘devoted pastor’

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Francisco Álvarez Martínez died at the age of 96. Read more

Pope Francis departs Rome for Iraq on March 5, 2021.

Which countries will Pope Francis visit in 2022?

Jan 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Possible destinations include Lebanon, Malta, and Papua New Guinea. Read more

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Why 2022 could be a year of major changes in the Roman Curia

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

There is currently no Vatican department head from Africa or Oceania. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis receives manifesto challenging German ‘Synodal Way’

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was presented with the document after his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis: Society loses when ‘dogs and cats take the place of children’

Jan 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The general audience featured a circus performance. Read more

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 prayer intention is for victims of religious persecution

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’ Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018.

Pope Francis: Visiting the sick is a Christian imperative

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit!’ Read more

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Why the pope prays the Angelus publicly on Sundays

Jan 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It all started more than 67 years ago. Read more

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, pictured after receiving the red hat at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2019.

English cardinal grateful to be honored by queen in annual New Year’s list

Jan 4, 2022

By Luke Coppen

Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald received the award for interfaith work. Read more

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019.

3 Rome events to look forward to in 2022

Jan 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Despite the pandemic, the Eternal City is preparing to host several joyful events. Read more

Bishop Artur Miziński, secretary general of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Catholic Church in Poland plans to reach out to young people in 2022

Jan 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

Other priorities include helping people in need and synodal consultations. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Jan. 2, 2022.

Pope Francis at the Angelus: God wants to live with us and in us

Jan 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking at the Sunday Angelus. Read more

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5 things to know about the new ministry of catechist

Dec 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Did you know that some instituted catechists can celebrate ‘minor exorcisms’? Read more

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021

Dec 25, 2021

By Pope Francis

The pope prayed for peace in conflict zones around the world. Read more

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2021.

Christmas Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021: Pope Francis asks world leaders to be open to dialogue

Dec 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

He spoke from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square. Read more

Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo.

Pope Francis to beatify ‘smiling pope’ John Paul I in September 2022

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope who reigned for 33 days will be beatified in St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

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

Vatican tightens COVID-19 rules for offices of Roman Curia

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Parolin issued a decree outlining the new measures. Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2021.

Pope Francis: Roman Curia needs ‘synodal conversion’

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said that Vatican officials should set an example for Catholics worldwide. Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Turkson’s resignation as head of Vatican’s social development office

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

The dicastery will be led for now by Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny. Read more

The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Christmas tree, Dec. 9, 2021.

Vatican reaffirms support for COVID-19 vaccines amid spread of omicron variant

Dec 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

It issued a statement amid global concern about the Omicron variant. Read more