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Cardinal Pietro Parolin says Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon Sept. 3, 2020.

Cardinal Parolin in Lebanon: The Church, Pope Francis are with you after Beirut explosion

Sep 4, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Pietro Parolin told Lebanese Catholics at a Mass in Beirut Thursday that Pope Francis is close to them, and... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 22, 2017.

Pope Francis: Economics should not ‘sacrifice human dignity to the idols of finance’

Sep 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told heads of state and business leaders Friday that human dignity and “ecological conversion” ought to shape the... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk-Mohilev, pictured in 2014.

Europe’s Catholic bishops back archbishop blocked from returning to Belarus

Sep 4, 2020

Catholic bishops across Europe have expressed support for an archbishop who was refused entry to his homeland of Belarus.   Read more

St. Peter's Square, pictured on April 3, 2016.

Vatican official: Human fraternity is the Christian response to identity politics

Sep 3, 2020

The secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has argued that as tribalism and identity politics increase, the... Read more

The future Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, pictured Jan. 17, 1981.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of Cardinal Simonis

Sep 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered his condolences Thursday after Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis died at the age of 88.  Read more

Pope French discusses Laudato si’ with French ecological experts Sept. 3, 2020.

Pope Francis: science and faith together can protect environment

Sep 3, 2020

Pope Francis said Thursday that science and faith together can help humanity to overcome ecological crises.   Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer preaches in Regensburg Cathedral June 11, 2020.

German Catholic bishop criticizes ‘Synodal Way’ draft text on role of women

Sep 3, 2020

A Catholic bishop has sharply criticized a text produced by the German Church’s “Synodal Way” forum on the role of... Read more

Young man with rainbow flag during Krakow Pride parade, Aug. 29, 2020.

Polish bishops clarify call for counseling centers in ‘LGBT+’ document

Sep 2, 2020

A Polish bishop dismissed Wednesday suggestions that the country’s bishops want to force people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read more

Pope Francis with Lebanese priest Fr. Georges Breidi at his general audience Sept. 2, 2020. Photo

Pope Francis calls for day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon

Sep 2, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the end of his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis made a lengthy appeal for peace and harmony in Lebanon,... Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020.

Tourists in Rome surprised by chance to see Pope Francis

Sep 2, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Tourists in Rome had an unexpected chance to see Pope Francis at his first public audience for almost six months.  Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020. All photos: Daniel Ibañez/CNA.

Pope Francis calls for solidarity at first audience with pilgrims after lockdown

Sep 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his first Wednesday audience with pilgrims since Italy’s lockdown, Pope Francis called for solidarity to reawaken unity and bring... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin stresses ‘spiritual consonance’ between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI

Sep 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has written an introduction to a book describing the continuity between Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope... Read more

Downside Abbey in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset, England.

Abbot: monks are leaving historic Benedictine abbey in ‘very positive spirit’

Sep 1, 2020

An English Benedictine community’s decision to leave their home for the past two centuries will allow members to focus on... Read more

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.

Catholic archbishop blocked at Belarus border calls for prayers

Sep 1, 2020

A Catholic archbishop appealed for prayers Tuesday, a day after he was blocked from entering Belarus by border guards.   Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter’s Square March 16, 2016.

Pope Francis says pandemic is ‘a wake-up call’ to care for creation

Sep 1, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis released a message Tuesday for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in which he... Read more

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, pictured in Kraków, Poland, March 4, 2016.

Cardinal Dziwisz: heed St. John Paul II’s appeal for peace on World War II anniversary

Sep 1, 2020

The world needs once again to hear St. John Paul II’s appeal for an end to war, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz... Read more

Socially distanced bishops attend the Polish bishops’ plenary assembly at Jasna Góra, Aug. 27-29, 2020.

Polish bishops concerned by rise in acts of desecration

Aug 31, 2020

Poland’s bishops expressed concern Saturday about a rise in acts of desecration.  Read more

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

Border guards stop Catholic archbishop from returning to Belarus

Aug 31, 2020

Border guards blocked a Catholic archbishop from returning to Belarus Monday.   Read more

Pope Francis, pictured in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017.

Family of nurses who treated coronavirus patients to meet Pope Francis

Aug 31, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Four adult siblings, all nurses who worked with coronavirus patients during the worst of the pandemic, will on Friday meet... Read more

The interior of St. Joseph’s Church in Wedding, Berlin, Germany.

Priest punched during Sunday Mass in Berlin

Aug 31, 2020

An unknown assailant punched a priest during Sunday Mass in Berlin, Germany.  Read more