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Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags.

Vatican statistics: Africa had biggest increase in Catholics, while numbers fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared... Read more

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Synod on Synodality: Europe’s Continental Assembly in Prague discusses tensions in the Church

Feb 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Two hundred delegates are meeting this week in the capital of the Czech Republic for the last stage of regional... Read more

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 17, 2014.

A ‘simple note’ of Vatican II that inspired a great story

Oct 12, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Few remember today, 60 years after Vatican II, that one of the outcomes of that monumental event was the Council... Read more

Archbishop Zbigņevs Stankevičs of Riga, Latvia (left), speaking during a Catholic conference in Warsaw in May 2022 on the natural law legacy of John Paul II (right.)

How Latvia’s Christian churches use JPII’s natural law teaching to defend life and family

Jun 9, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

The archbishop of Riga, Latvia, spoke about the critical need for ecumenical cooperation. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., pictured at the Vatican on Oct. 10, 2018, before he received the red hat.

Bishops to hold meeting on Church’s social teaching to show ‘Catholics are alive in Europe’

Dec 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 3rd European Catholic Social Days will be held in March in Slovakia. Read more

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas celebrates Mass at the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Vilnius, Lithuania.

US-born Lithuanian archbishop elected president of European bishops’ council

Sep 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas succeeds Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis to bishops: The saints spread the Gospel, not a ‘social program’

Sep 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis encouraged Europe’s bishops to introduce people to the joy of an encounter with Jesus. Read more

Analysis: How Pope Francis defies stereotypes when it comes to the family

Nov 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

Last weekend, Pope Francis delivered a keynote speech to a major conference on the future of the European Union. Although... Read more

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In wake of North Korea threat, bishops call for elimination of nuclear weapons

Jul 6, 2017

Just days after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach Alaska, bishops in the United States and... Read more

How Europe's bishops plan to guide the Church through murky waters

Oct 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco has been elected the new President of the European Bishops Conference – a move which makes a... Read more


Spanish bishops to release document supporting marriage

Nov 27, 2012

The bishops of Spain will release a new document on Dec. 17 supporting marriage in the wake of a ruling... Read more

Father Thomas Rosica.

Film on Muslim birthrates in Europe raises eyebrows at synod

Oct 15, 2012

On Saturday evening, a seven-minute YouTube video warning of the rise of Islam in Europe was shown to the bishops... Read more

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.

New archbishop says Scotland's re-evangelization rooted in Christ

Sep 10, 2012

The new Archbishop of Glasgow used his inaugural homily to propose a vision for the re-evangelization of Scotland, which he... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna in his offices in Rome during the May 14, 2012 interview.

Cardinal Schonborn: A faithful Catholic minority can re-convert Europe

May 26, 2012

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna believes the small but growing number of faithful Catholic families in Europe can win the... Read more