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A screenshot of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization being held at the Vatican.

Cardinal Dolan: Confession is the sacrament of New Evangelization

Oct 9, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told the synod of bishops gathered at the Vatican that “the primary sacrament of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience. CNA file photo.

Christians excited to hear Pope's messages in Arabic

Oct 9, 2012

Arab Christians are reacting positively to the decision to include Arabic as one of the official languages used at the... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.

Pope promotes rediscovering Rosary during Year of Faith

Oct 8, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI is suggesting that families and parishes rediscover the prayer of the Rosary in the Year of Faith,... Read more

Monsignor Charles Scicluna appears at a November 2011 press conference in Rome.

Vatican's prosecutor appointed as bishop for Malta

Oct 8, 2012

Pope Benedict named Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna, the Vatican official in charge of prosecuting clergy abuse cases, as an auxiliary... Read more

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Pope opens bishops' synod with universal call to holiness

Oct 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has formally opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization with a “universal call to holiness”... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI named St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctors of the Church in an outdoor ceremony before Mass on October 7, 2012.

Pope Benedict creates two new Doctors of the Church

Oct 7, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has named two new Doctors of the Church: the 16th century Spanish priest St. John of Avila... Read more

Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (R) sits at the start of the trial Sept. 29, 2012 at the Vatican.

Pope's ex-butler sentenced to 18 months in prison

Oct 6, 2012

Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of stealing... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica.

Plenary indulgence announced for the Year of Faith

Oct 5, 2012

The Holy See announced Oct. 5 that Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith,... Read more

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller during a July 20, 2012 interview with CNA in Rome.

Archbishop Muller stresses hope as SSPX talks hit impasse

Oct 5, 2012

The Vatican's doctrine head says hope must be maintained for full communion between the Society of St. Pius X and... Read more

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, speaks to the press in November 2010.

Evangelization synod will be fueled by prayer

Oct 5, 2012

A spirit of prayer will inspire the work of the forthcoming Synod of Bishops as it aims to create a... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on a pastoral visit to Loreto screenshot.

Pope entrusts Year of Faith, evangelization synod to Mary

Oct 4, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI made a one-day pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Loreto in Italy to entrust the forthcoming Synod... Read more

Pope Benedict's former butler Paolo Gabriele (R), sits at the start of the trial Sept. 29, 2012 at the Vatican.

Trial reveals papal butler's interest in Masonry, Church scandals

Oct 3, 2012

The judges presiding over the trial of the Pope's former butler heard today that his apartment contained piles of documents... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope says liturgical abuses detract from Christ

Oct 3, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has reminded Catholics that the liturgy belongs to Jesus Christ and his Church, and should not be... Read more


Pope to examine social networks as portals of faith

Oct 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will release a message in January 2013 that will examine the promise of social networks like Facebook... Read more

The Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele (R) sits in the courtroom of the Vatican tribunal, at the Vatican on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. L'Osservatore Romano/CNA.

Pope's butler pleads innocent in document theft

Oct 2, 2012

Despite his confession to Vatican police, papal butler Paolo Gabriele has said he is innocent of stealing Pope Benedict XVI’s... Read more

Bishop-designate Joseph E. Strickland speaks to the press on Sept. 29, 2012.

Pope names Texas monsignor as new Tyler bishop

Oct 1, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

In a rare move, Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Joseph E. Strickland, the vicar general of the Diocese of... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo.

Pope: Rejoice when non-Catholics do good

Sep 30, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI says that Catholics should be delighted whenever non-Catholics do what is good or embrace what is true.  Read more

Paolo Gabriele (right) appears in the Vatican's court room on Sept. 29, 2012 facing charges of aggrevated theft. CNA/L'Osservatore Romano.

Mountain of evidence revealed as trial of Pope's butler begins

Sep 29, 2012

The trial of the Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler began this morning at the Vatican as the 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI at the April 18, 2012 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says

Sep 26, 2012

Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer... Read more


Pope urges care, protection of Colombia's indigenous people

Sep 24, 2012

In a message to Colombia's bishops, Pope Benedict said government leaders should not manipulate or exploit indigenous people in the... Read more