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Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addresses Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

What’s the future of Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations?

May 9, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis appears to have burned ecumenical bridges with Moscow. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is seeking to rebuild them. Read more

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

May 9, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost is a priest of the Cleveland diocese. Read more

Pope Francis with new Swiss Guard recruits in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on May 6, 2022.

Pope Francis encourages new Swiss Guard recruits ‘to grow as Christians’

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Thirty-six new recruits will be sworn in today. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s plenary meeting at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Barbarity of war’ should inspire new push for Christian unity

May 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope was addressing members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Read more

Father Felix Zakari Fidson, who was abducted in Nigeria’s Zaria diocese on March 24, 2022.

Catholic priest in Nigeria released 40 days after abduction

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Felix Zakari Fidson was seized on March 24. Read more

A hearing in the Vatican finance trial is held on Nov. 17, 2021.

Cardinal Becciu questioned on investments as his former deputy seeks damages

May 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Becciu read out a 50-page declaration asserting his innocence at a Vatican finance trial hearing. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis encourages religious orders to ‘make their synodal journey’

May 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General. Read more

Pope Francis is pictured outside the Casa Santa Marta on July 1, 2021.

Pope Francis merges 4 foundations into new Vatican hospitality body

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

A papal decree, known as a chirograph, united the foundations under a new body known as the Domus Vaticanae. Read more

Pope Francis enters the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair on May 5, 2022.

Pope Francis uses wheelchair in public for first time since colon surgery

May 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Read more

Pope Francis lays hands on a Bangladeshi deacon as he ordains him to the priesthood during a Dec. 1, 2017, Mass in Dhaka.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2022: Pope Francis says ‘Church must become increasingly synodal’

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope made the comment in his annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations message. Read more

Sister Marie Lucindis Stock.

The story of Sister Lucindis, the nun who made St. Peter’s Square her home

May 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sister Maria Lucindis Stock died on March 11. This is her story. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Vatican, May 4, 2022.

Japan’s PM tells Vatican of concern about human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Fumio Kishida discussed nuclear weapons with Pope Francis during a 25-minute meeting. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis: Faith is not something only ‘for old people’

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

European Parliament backs persecution report criticized by Catholic Church

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

COMECE said the report ‘rendered invisible’ millions of believers persecuted for their faith. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022.

Pope Francis apologizes for not leaving his chair at Wednesday audience

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis attends the Italian bishops’ plenary assembly in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis narrows choice for next leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops

May 3, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope said that ‘an authoritative cardinal’ should lead the influential bishops’ conference. Read more

Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri are beatified at Milan Cathedral, Italy, on April 30, 2022.

Faith-based feminism pioneer and tireless wartime Catholic priest beatified together in Italy

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The beatification of Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri took place at Milan Cathedral. Read more

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child.

Pope Francis prays that young people will follow Mary’s example

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged. Read more

Father Joseph Kentenich.

Schoenstatt founder’s beatification cause put on hold

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Stephan Ackermann acknowledged that ‘the suspension of the beatification process is a painful step for the Schoenstatt family.’ Read more

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia leads a procession in honor of St. Januarius in Naples, Italy, on April 30, 2022.

St. Januarius’ blood liquifies for first time in 2022

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The liquefaction traditionally happens at least three times a year. Read more