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St. Peter’s Basilica, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree.

Pope Francis creates new foundation promoting principles of ‘Fratelli tutti’

Dec 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The new body will foster spirituality, art, formation, and dialogue in the environs of St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis: Learn from St. Joseph to cultivate silence

Dec 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope appealed for prayers for Haiti at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis meets French bishops at the Vatican, Dec. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis tells France’s Catholic bishops he’ll meet authors of landmark abuse report

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said he was ‘completely available’ for a meeting. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021.

Synod of Bishops restores resource page link to New Ways Ministry, issues apology

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The restoration of the link reversed a previous decision to remove the LGBT outreach group from the webpage. Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche at a Vatican press conference on Feb. 10, 2015.

Vatican liturgy office issues guidelines for catechist ministry

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis created the instituted lay ministry of catechist in May. Read more

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Pope Francis prays for strength for victims, relief workers after Kentucky tornado

Dec 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Kentucky is still trying to get an accurate death toll as relief workers continue to search wreckage for missing people. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘May Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego teach us how to always walk together’

Dec 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope looked ahead to the Jubilee of Guadalupe in 2031. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for victims of tornadoes in South and Midwest

Dec 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The tornadoes struck Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Dec. 11, 2021.

Pope Francis: Look out for ‘self-referential’ founders who put themselves ‘above the Church’

Dec 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

He was speaking to members of the Vatican department overseeing consecrated life. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists at the Vatican’s Benediction Hall, Dec. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis urges Catholic jurists to ‘protect the rights of the weakest’

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said that society ‘systematically excludes those without a voice.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation of people who donated the Christmas tree and the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square and the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis: Avoid ‘fake Christmas’ of commercialism by reflecting on God’s closeness

Dec 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s 2021 nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter’s Square. Read more

Bishop-elect Joseph A. Williams.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Saint Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Father Joseph A. Williams is a priest of the archdiocese. Read more

Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, and Archbishop Georg Gänswein with the nativity scene on Dec. 8, 2021.

Benedict XVI receives nativity scene from homeland of Bavaria

Dec 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Christmas crib was also presented to Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope leads the Angelus prayer on Marian solemnities, as well as Sundays. Read more

An Italian firefighter places a wreath of flowers on the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, Dec. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis makes early morning visit to Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope made the private visit to the statue shortly after 6 a.m. Read more

The opening of the Amazon synod at the Vatican's Synod Hall,  Oct. 7, 2019.

Synod of Bishops removes resource page link to New Ways Ministry

Dec 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

The U.S. bishops’ conference expressed its disapproval of the LGBT outreach ministry in 2010. Read more

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Greece

Dec 6, 2021

By Pope Francis

The pope spoke at the end of his five-day journey to Cyprus and Greece. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference on the journey from Athens to Rome, Dec. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: EU commission guide discouraging word ‘Christmas’ was an anachronism

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

He noted that a series of ideologies had attempted to pull up Europe’s Christian roots. Read more