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Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis: Return to God’s word rather than social media’s ‘violence of words’

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking of the “immense power” that the word of God can unleash in people’s lives, Pope Francis encouraged us to... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on April 22, 2023, at the Vatican. 

Lay ministry must be done in service to others and not become ‘self-referential,’ Pope Francis says

Apr 25, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis emphasized the importance of lay ministers working in service to others rather than as a way to inflate... Read more

Pope Francis confers the ministry of catechist in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis confers lay ministries upon 10 people in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis conferred the lay ministries on the Sunday of the Word of God, a day that he declared in... Read more

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for catechists

Nov 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May. Read more

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’

Sep 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and Archbishop Rino Fisichella present the apostolic letter 'Antiquum ministerium' at the Vatican, May 11, 2021.

What is the new ministry of catechist? A CNA explainer

May 11, 2021

Pope Francis has instituted a new lay ministry of catechist. Here’s what that means. Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist

May 11, 2021

The pope instituted the new lay ministry in the apostolic letter Antiquum ministerium. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis to issue apostolic letter on ministry of catechist

May 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

The apostolic letter, Antiquum ministerium, will be presented at a press conference on May 11. Read more