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Pope Francis greets Archbishop Rino Fisichella in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Sept. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis hopes new ministry of catechist will ‘awaken this vocation’

The pope formally instituted the new lay ministry in May. Read more

Pope Francis on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Pope Francis to religious education conference: Pandemic invites us to be changed by suffering

In a video message to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Pope Francis said Thursday the suffering caused by the... Read more

Pope Francis receives an audience with the National Catechetical Office of the Italian bishops’ conference. Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis encourages catechists to lead others to a personal encounter with Jesus

Pope Francis said Saturday that catechists have the vital responsibility of leading others to a personal encounter with Jesus through... Read more

A volunteer at Caritas St. Joseph in Hendon, north London, on March 16, 2012.

‘A really joyful journey’: Preparing people with intellectual disabilities to receive the sacraments

As book titles go, the “Directory for Catechesis” is hardly the catchiest. But this volume could potentially transform the lives... Read more

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, during a consistory Oct. 5, 2019.

Italian Cardinal Zuppi urges renewal of adult faith formation after pandemic

The archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, said he wants to renew adult faith formation in his archdiocese to... Read more

The Italian version of the new Directory for Catechesis, launched at the Vatican, June 25, 2020.

Catholic catechesis directory addresses gender, biological sex, and bioethics

Bioethics, gender identity, and biological sex are new subjects covered in the Vatican’s latest Directory for Catechesis, released Thursday. The... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella presents the new Directory for Catechesis at the Vatican, June 25, 2020.

Vatican releases Catholic directory for catechesis in ‘dynamic continuity’ with Church teaching

The Vatican Thursday published a new directory for catechesis, emphasizing both its continuity with two previous directories and its new... Read more

Pope Francis with Peter Lombardi at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 28, 2018.

‘Heart of hospitality’ best way for Catholic parishes to serve the disabled

How can parishes be welcoming to people with disabilities, and form them in the Catholic faith?  Read more

Pope Francis administers Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, April 4, 2015.

'Chosen' aims to evangelize during confirmation prep

A confirmation program developed for parishes aims to call young people to deeper conversions, while teaching them the truths of... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Bishop Barron gives insight into youth synod process

From his perspective inside the Vatican’s youth synod, Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, told CNA that participating... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope slams 'eugenic' mentality that seeks to eliminate disability

On Saturday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort... Read more

Jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square with Pope Francis on Nov. 12, 2016.

Pope calls catechists to be joyful, creative witnesses of Christ

In a message sent to catechists from all over the world, Pope Francis stressed the need to not only make... Read more

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Clearing up the confusion: New film sheds light on beauty, truth of marriage

Ahead of the highly anticipated Synod on the Family in October, many dioceses and Catholic media producers are finding new... Read more

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who will work with the pontifical council for the new evangelization.

German bishop appointed to catechetical post in Vatican

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg, near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March... Read more

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Scriptures come to life for Irish families through Jesse Box

A new initiative out of Ireland is using Biblical dioramas to engage parents and children in Scripture. The Jesse Box,... Read more

Don't reduce the faith to easy answers, Pope warns bishops

A deep understanding of our identity as Christians is needed to combat the modern tendency to reduce the faith to... Read more

'Chosen' series. Image courtesy of Ascension Press.

New confirmation program aims to transform Catholic youth

Youth minister and Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick says that his confirmation preparation program “Chosen” aims to catechize and evangelize teens... Read more

Bishop Machado (L) and Papal Nuncio Arcbishop Salvatore Pennaccio (R) bless a new Church foundation stone.

Indian diocese celebrates 60th anniversary, focuses on catechesis

The Diocese of Belgaum, in southwestern India, celebrated its diamond jubilee this month, and intends to continue building on 60... Read more

Pope Francis.

Live your faith, Pope exhorts catechists

Pope Francis met with a group of catechists from around the world on Friday, encouraging them to live a life... Read more

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Bishop catechists for World Youth Day 2013 revealed

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical... Read more