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Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience.

Pope Francis: Marriage is a lifelong union between a man and woman

Jan 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday reiterated the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage as a lifelong union between a man and a... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and fellow bishops from Germany meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 17, 2022

Pope Francis decries German Synodal Way as ‘neither helpful nor serious’

Jan 25, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis decried the German Synodal Way as elitist and running the risk of bringing... Read more

A woman takes a closer look at the names of 11 people killed in a mass shooting written on crosses and displayed during a candlelight vigil in front of the City Hall in Monterey Park, California, on Jan. 24, 2023.

Pope Francis offers condolences for Monterey Park shooting

Jan 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope sent a telegram to L.A. Archbishop José Gomez on Jan. 25 expressing his sadness and assuring his spiritual... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2023.

Pope Francis unpacks Jesus’ good news: ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled’

Jan 25, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

Pope Francis told Christians Wednesday that if they want to understand Jesus they should pay close attention to the “good... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 21, 2022.

‘Being homosexual is not a crime,’ Pope Francis reiterates in new interview

Jan 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The interview with the Associated Press covered a wide range of topics, including laws that criminalize homosexuality and sodomy. Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022.

Millions still suffer from leprosy. Here’s Pope Francis’ message about it

Jan 24, 2023

By Katie Yoder

“We cannot forget these brothers and sisters of ours,” the pontiff said in a message to the Second Symposium on... Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

Taiwan president writes to Pope Francis about ‘preserving regional security’ with China

Jan 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“The war that erupted between Russia and Ukraine last February has brought home to humanity just how valuable peace is,”... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis: Amid polarization in Church, we are called to speak truth with charity

Jan 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarization and divisions within... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020.

German bishop dismisses Vatican concerns over a permanent synodal council

Jan 23, 2023

By AC Wimmer

On Monday, Bishop Georg Bätzing said he welcomed a new letter from the Vatican detailing concerns about the push for... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in 2005 and Cardinal Mario Grech in 2022

Cardinal Grech: Benedict XVI was misunderstood throughout his life

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Incomprehension was a constant factor in the life and mission of this man,” Cardinal Mario Grech said. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in an international training course for liturgical celebrations in Catholic dioceses on Jan. 20, 2023

Pope Francis: In the Mass, prioritize awe over aesthetics

Jan 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We must rediscover and value silence,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis on retreat at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia, Italy, in March 2017.

Pope Francis to do private Lenten retreat in 2023

Jan 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ appointments will be canceled during the spiritual exercises Feb. 26–March 3. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims near the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fatima apparitions on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis: World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon will open horizons, hearts

Jan 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Get ready for this: to open horizons, to open your hearts,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Blessed Rosario Livatino.

Cardinal praises exemplary life of beatified Italian judge murdered by the Mafia

Jan 19, 2023

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Pietro Parolin made his remarks at a Jan. 18 conference in the Italian Senate on the continued relevance of... Read more

The sainthood causes of Father Miguel Costa y Llobera (1854–1922) and Sister Maria Margherita Diomira of the Incarnate Word (1651–1677) were advanced by Pope Francis on Jan. 19, 2023.

Meet the six newest venerable servants of God in the Catholic Church

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a decree signed on Jan. 19, Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of an Italian stigmatic, four 20th-century priests,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI

In new book, the late Benedict XVI defends Christianity against claims of intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In the book, the late pontiff warns of a “radical manipulation of human beings” and “the distortion of the sexes... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch

Cardinal Koch: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity a time to pray for peace in Ukraine

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said he is praying this week that “we can re-find... Read more

Pope Francis meets a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Jan. 19, 2023.

Pope Francis discusses ‘ecological conversion’ with Buddhist monks from Cambodia

Jan 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope defined “ecological conversion” as “true repentance” that leads to the end of “ideologies and practices that are hurtful... Read more

Farmers and pet owners alike brought out their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on the feast of St. Anthony Abbot, Jan. 17, 2023.

PHOTOS: Animals blessed in St. Peter’s Square for feast of St. Anthony Abbot

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Farmers and pet owners alike brought their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on Jan. 17. Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Congo church bombing

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The church bombing in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than... Read more