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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

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets Metropolitan Hilarion as hopes rise for second summit with Moscow patriarch

Dec 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope held a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill in 2016. Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020.

Cardinal Turkson: Pope Francis will decide if I continue to lead Vatican dicastery

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Ghanaian cardinal confirmed that his five-year term is expiring. Read more

Bishop-elect Jeffrey J. Walsh.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Catholic Diocese of Gaylord

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop-elect Jeffrey J. Walsh is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton. Read more

Pope Francis attends the general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021

2022 World Peace Day message: Pope Francis calls for investment in education, not weaponry

Dec 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The World Day of Peace is celebrated annually on Jan. 1. Read more

A Posada in San Felipe, Mexico, on Dec. 19, 2021.

Piñatas, Posadas and other Christ-centered Mexican Christmas traditions

Dec 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Here’s what happens during the 9-day Mexican Christmas tradition called ‘las Posadas.’ Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2020.

10 things that Pope Francis wants us to learn from the nativity scene

Dec 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tradition was born in an unassuming town in 1223. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021

4 things to know about Pope Francis on his 85th birthday

Dec 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope never lets his birthday get in the way of regular business. Read more