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Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo died Aug. 10 in Rome at the age of 94.

Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, retired camerlengo, dies at 94

Aug 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Spanish cardinal managed the administration of the Holy See as camerlengo between the death of St. Pope John Paul... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Australian Cardinal Edward Cassidy, Vatican official and diplomat, dies at 96

Apr 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The retired cardinal had been a Vatican nuncio and Holy See official for over 30 years. Read more

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012.

Pope Francis trims cardinals’ salaries by 10% to save money

Mar 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after... Read more

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012.

What changes may be coming to the College of Cardinals in 2021?

Feb 25, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako turns 80 on Feb. 27, the cardinals eligible to vote in a conclave will drop... 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 Francis gives his annual Christmas greeting to the Roman Curia Dec. 21, 2019.

Church reform takes personal conversion, Pope Francis tells Roman Curia

Dec 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

To carry out the continuing reform of the Church requires a willingness to change and a commitment to personal conversion,... Read more

Pope Francis at Mass for the repose of the souls of deceased bishops Nov. 4, 2019.

Remember the final judgement, Pope Francis says at Mass for recently deceased bishops

Nov 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Catholics to meditation on the final judgement at a Mass offered Monday for the souls of cardinals... Read more

Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius. Photo: Juliux / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

New cardinal says he relied on Eucharist, Mary during time in Soviet prison camp

Oct 7, 2019

One of the newest cardinals of the Church says he drew strength from the Mass and the Blessed Virgin during... Read more

Pope Francis places the red biretta on Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot Oct. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis urges new cardinals to imitate Christ’s compassionate heart

Oct 5, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis created 13 new cardinals Saturday, encouraging each of them to ask for the grace to have a compassionate... Read more

CNA file photo.

Italian Cardinal Paolo Sardi dies at age 84

Jul 14, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who served under five popes, died Saturday at Gemelli Hospital in Rome after a short illness.  Read more

Pope Francis offers a Mass for the repose of the souls of cardinals and bishops who died this year in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 3.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 163 deceased cardinals, bishops

Nov 3, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Nine cardinals and 154 bishops have died since November 2017, including Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, and... Read more

Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran.

Cardinal Tauran, leader in Catholic-Muslim dialogue, dies at 75

Jul 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

After a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, a seasoned Vatican diplomat who announced Pope Francis' election to... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the statue of Our Lady of Fatima on May 12, 2017.

Red hat shows importance of Fatima message, new cardinal says

Jun 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Among the Church’s newest cardinals is Antonio Augusto dos Santos Marto, who oversees the diocese of Leiria-Fatima. He says his... Read more

Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, speaks at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017.

Patriarch Sako will be Chaldean Catholics' first voting cardinal

Jun 27, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Referencing being nominated a cardinal, sometimes called “princes of the Church,” Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon said... Read more

Cardinal Karl Lehmann.

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, influential German prelate, dies at 81

Mar 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Archbishop Emeritus of Mainz and one of the most prominent leaders in the German Church known for... Read more

Pope Francis.

Analysis: Pope Francis makes plans as fifth anniversary approaches

Feb 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the fifth anniversary of his pontificate approaches, it is obvious that Pope Francis has made his mark on the... Read more

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis celebrated the closing Mass of the Legionaries of Christ's General Chapter Meeting in Rome Feb. 25, 2014.

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, canon law scholar, dies at age 81

Sep 9, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Saturday that Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S., prefect emeritus of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of... Read more

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster from 2000 to 2009, and who died Sept. 1, 2017.

England mourns death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Updated)

Sep 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who served as Archbishop of Westminster for nine years, from 2000-2009, died Friday at the age of... Read more

Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI: Cardinal Meisner died a 'cheerful' man

Jul 16, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent for the funeral of the late Cardinal Joachim Meisner, retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the prelate... Read more

Pope Francis creates five new cardinals during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica on June 28, 2017.

Four reasons why this consistory was an unusual one

Jul 1, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A consistory is a gathering of cardinals, which the Pope can convoke to give solemnity to a particular decision, or... Read more