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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for recently deceased cardinals and bishops, Nov. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 208 deceased bishops, cardinals

Nov 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘Some of them have died as a result of COVID-19,’ the pope noted. Read more

Bishops issue guidance in response to Pope Francis' document on the Traditional Latin Mass

Jul 17, 2021

A growing number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, have issued statements regarding groups... Read more

Bishop-designate James Golka will head the Colorado Springs Diocese.

Pope names new Colorado Springs bishop: a Nebraska priest 'fascinated by Jesus Christ'

Apr 30, 2021

“I invite you to become fascinated by the Lord… I can’t wait to see what he does with us.” Read more

Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016.

Catholics respond to Washington Post article and tweet calling Biden a ‘very Catholic president’

Apr 29, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Prominent Catholics are passionately responding to a recent Washington Post tweet which said “A rising group of right-wing U.S. Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, the former archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Gblobato via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week

Jan 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Read more

Flags of China and Vatican City.

Where China's bishops stand as the Sino-Vatican deal is renewed

Oct 22, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Chinese bishops after the Vatican-China deal: Who was appointed? Whose excommunications were lifted? Who stepped aside?  Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019.

World Mission Sunday: number of Catholics continues to rise worldwide

Oct 16, 2020

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted... Read more

Bishop-elect Erik Varden of Trondheim, Norway. Courtesy photo.

Norway’s newest Catholic bishop is Cistercian monk Erik Varden

Sep 30, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

After 11 years, the Catholic Church in central Norway will have a bishop again.  Read more

Bishop Stephen Robson.

Scotland's Bishop Robson accused of plagiarism in dissertation

Jan 15, 2020

By JD Flynn

A Scottish bishop accused of committing plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation told CNA that while he never intentionally committed any... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2019.

Pray that bishops, priests will manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis urges

Dec 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

W. Virginia’s scandal-ridden Bishop Bransfield must make amends for ‘betrayal’

Nov 27, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

The disgraced Bishop Michael Bransfield, former head of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, should apologize to his victims of sexual harassment, apologize... Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops in the Shrine of Blessed Nicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung in Bangkok.

Pope to Thai bishops: Stand with the poor, the exploited

Nov 22, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis told bishops from Thailand and other countries in Asia Friday to stand with and intercede for their people,... Read more

Pope Francis at Mass for the repose of the souls of deceased bishops Nov. 4, 2019.

Remember the final judgement, Pope Francis says at Mass for recently deceased bishops

Nov 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Catholics to meditation on the final judgement at a Mass offered Monday for the souls of cardinals... Read more

Bishop Richard Lennon. CNA file photo.

Cleveland Bishop Lennon dies at 72, remembered for love of Church

Oct 30, 2019

Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon died at the age of 72 on Tuesday, Oct. 29 after receiving the sacraments. His colleagues... Read more

The USCCB fall general assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 2018.

US bishops’ conference to vote on president, action items at fall meeting

Oct 27, 2019

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be electing a new president, vice president, and committee chairs, and... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family Oct. 8, 2015.

Richmond diocese to stop naming buildings after bishops

Jun 28, 2019

In the wake of recent sexual abuse scandals throughout the U.S., the Diocese of Richmond has announced that it will... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

Bishops to return 'gifts' from West Virginia's Bishop Bransfield

Jun 10, 2019

Several bishops and other Church leaders have said they will return money given to them by retired West Virginia Bishop... Read more

Italian bishops with Pope Francis at CEI assembly May 20, 2019.

Pope Francis: Bishops who do not know their priests weaken the Church

May 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Monday that each bishop has a duty to have a strong, close relationship with his priests with... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

God will provide strength through persecution, new Filipino bishop says

May 9, 2019

A new bishop in the Philippines has called for Catholics to show courage in the face of violence and persecution.  Read more

Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'

Jan 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit’s goal is... Read more