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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

Explainer: Why can’t a Catholic join the Freemasons?

Nov 17, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Vatican recently reaffirmed that active membership in Freemasonry by Catholics is not permissible. Read more

Detail of a mural showing Blessed Stanley Rother being welcomed into heaven at the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City.

What is the process for canonization? A guide for All Saints’ Day 

Nov 1, 2023

By Daniel Payne

On the day the Church celebrates the Church triumphant in heaven, we take a closer look at the formal process... Read more


Answering the doubts: What are dubia?  

Oct 2, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

The word “dubia” — plural for a “dubium” — literally means, from the Latin, “doubts.” But another way of translating... Read more

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at the end of his general audience on Aug. 10, 2022.

Pope Francis extends time to appeal dismissal from consecrated life

Apr 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The changes to canon law enter into force on May 7. Read more

Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

A fall from grace, a court case, the consistory: Four twists and turns in the life of Cardinal Angelo Becciu

Aug 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The possible reinstatement of the cardinal privileges of Cardinal Angelo Becciu made headlines this week after the former official said... Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022.

Pope Francis changes rules for major superiors of religious orders

May 18, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The change allows religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission. Read more

St. Peter holding the keys.

Pope Francis updates canon law on dismissal from religious institutes

Apr 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions. Read more


What has Pope Francis changed about Mass intentions? A CNA Explainer

Mar 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Here’s what a recent clarification from the Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary means. Read more

Pope Francis gives a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican on May 2, 2021

Will the latest canon law changes further delay the Vatican’s new constitution?

Feb 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The blueprint for reform of the Roman Curia has been years in the making. Read more

Press Conference about amendments to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law on June 1, 2021 at the Holy See Press, Rome.

'A welcome necessity': Canon law society praises revisions to Church penal sanctions

Jun 2, 2021

The Canon Law Society of America on Tuesday expressed gratitude for the Vatican’s new revisions to Book VI of the... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 4, 2016.

How will the reform of marriage nullity cases proceed in Italy?

Jun 12, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With a letter sent Wednesday to the general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, Pope Francis established a bilateral working... Read more

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Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

Sep 7, 2015

The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern... Read more