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A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Papal advisers focus on reducing cost, accelerating response to abuse

Feb 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

In their latest round of meetings, Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals discussed several key topics related to episcopal conferences, the... Read more

Pro-Francis posters go up in Rome, striking a different chord

Apr 18, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just two months after Pope Francis faced intense backlash for his reforms when critical posters were plastered around Rome, a... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke at EWTN studio in Rome during the Canonization of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope St. John XXIII.

Cardinal Burke sent to Guam to oversee sex abuse trial

Feb 16, 2017

The Vatican has sent Cardinal Raymond Burke to Guam to act as presiding judge at the trial of Archbishop Anthony... Read more

 Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015.

Pope names Archbishop Becciu personal delegate to Order of Malta

Feb 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, as his personal delegate to oversee the... Read more


Why there's hope for Catholic liturgical music

Oct 20, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

For decades, there's been concern in many corners of the Church that Catholic music is in crisis.  Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi SJ speaks with journalists during a July 14, 2014 press conference.

Vatican launches investigation of journalists who published leaked docs

Nov 12, 2015

By Elise Harris

The two Italian journalists who made headlines last week for authoring books on confidential Vatican financial documents are under investigation,... Read more

Religious sisters attend the enthronement of Our Lady of Charity in the Vatican Gardens August 28, 2014.

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms on doctrine, theology

Apr 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to ... Read more

Pope Francis approves new constitutions for Legionaries of Christ

Nov 1, 2014

After four years of drafts and adjustments, the troubled Legion of Christ has announced that its new constitutions have been... Read more

Vatican to appoint adviser for Legionaries of Christ

Jun 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released by Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., the Vatican spokesman revealed that the Holy See is to appoint... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. (File photo/CNA).

Archbishop Chaput calls contribution to priest's bail 'just'

Jan 3, 2014

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has explained his decision to provide ten percent of the bail of Msgr. William Lynn,... Read more

Help purify Legion of Christ, cardinal tells new priests

Dec 20, 2013

Cardinal Velasio de Paolis told 31 new priests of Legionaries of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ”... Read more

Reforms aim to show 'true face of the Church,' says Vatican official

Dec 7, 2013

Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the... Read more

Priest's arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Sep 27, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory on Nov. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Major appointments awaited after cardinals' October meeting

Aug 24, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite rumors about the supposedly imminent appointment of a new Secretary of State, Pope Francis will not be making any... Read more

Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, outgoing president of the LCWR.

No real cooperation from women's religious group, author says

Aug 24, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Despite a shift in tone, virtually no progress has been made toward the Vatican's goals for the reform of the... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on July 7, 2013.

Pope Francis calls faithful to deeper encounters with others

Aug 1, 2013

In an interview with the O Globo TV network before leaving Brazil, Pope Francis emphasized the “culture of encounter” that... Read more

Gregorian Chant.

Music scholar says chant is for everyone, not just elite

May 9, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Gregorian chant is freely available and a music of the people – not the domain of a stuffy, Catholic elite... Read more

(L-R) Timothy Conlon, Fr. Janusz Kukulka, Lisa Knott and her husband Patrick, stand in front of the refurbished confessional.

New confessional at Conn. parish boosts sacrament

May 6, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

A Connecticut priest says a new confessional recently installed at his parish stands as a visible sign of God's grace,... Read more

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Legion of Christ.

Legion, Regnum Christi to engage in 'joint reflection' toward new rules

Jul 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI's representative has asked the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi to consider their needs and realities jointly,... Read more

Pope Saint Gregory VII.

Medieval reformer Pope St. Gregory VII honored May 25

May 20, 2012

On May 25 the Catholic Church celebrates Pope St. Gregory VII, who sought to reform the Church and secure its... Read more