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Eritrea's Church Leadership Fostering Human Rights Advocacy after Facility Seizures

Following the confiscation of Catholic schools and clinics in Eritrea, Church officials in the country have turned their efforts to educating the people at the grassroots about their human rights. 

Pope Francis addresses a meeting with authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, Dec. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Global "retreat from democracy" in Athens speech

The pope arrived in Greece after a two-day visit to Cyprus.

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical prayer with migrants at the Parish Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We Encounter Jesus in the Faces of Migrants

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope.

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St. Joseph Shows Engaged Couples What Real Love Looks Like: Pope Francis

‘We need to move from infatuation to mature love,’ the pope said.

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

Pope Francis’ December Prayer Intention: Catechists to Witness Word of God "with courage"

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. Vatican Media.

May God Prepare Us to Receive Gift of Full Unity: Pope Francis to Orthodox Leader

The pope sent the message on the feast of St. Andrew.

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020. Vatican Media.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis Cancels Public Act of Veneration again Due to Pandemic

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

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

Pope Francis Attends Student Play on How the Pandemic has Affected Young People

The pope watched a show called ‘The faces of the pandemic.’

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. Ibex73 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Archbishop of Paris in France Asks Pope Francis to Decide His Future

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012.

Pope Francis embraces a man in a wheelchair at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 10, 2015. L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis to Persons with Disabilities: "The Church loves you and needs each of you"

The pope issued a message marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Pope Francis takes a selfie with pilgrims at the April 1, 2015 general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Vatican Media.

Digital Revolution Forces us to Rethink What it Means to be Human: Pope Francis

‘Today, a revolution is underway,’ the pope told the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Nov. 24, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

St. Joseph Continues to Protect the Catholic Church Today: Pope Francis

The pope’s general audience address focused on the genealogy of Jesus.

Pope Francis addresses the Italian bishops’ conference in Rome, Nov. 22, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Speaks to Italy’s Catholic Bishops in "strictly private" Meeting

Pope Francis gave the bishops a card with a meditation called ‘The Beatitudes of the Bishop.’

Pope Francis speaks after delivering his Angelus address at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2021. Vatican Media.

Christ is Not Like Other Kings, He is a King for Others: Pope Francis

Two young people joined the pope as he delivered his Angelus address.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21, 2021. EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

Be "critical conscience of society": Pope Francis to Catholics on World Youth Day 2021

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King.

Pope Francis with members of the ‘Pope’s Team - Fratelli tutti’ in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Nov. 20, 2021. Vatican Media.

Holy Father Meets the "Pope’s Team" ahead of Friendly Soccer Match

The papal team includes Swiss Guards and migrants.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Religious Freedom Advocates "appalled" as State Department Removes Nigeria from Watch List

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019. Evandro Inetti/CNA

In New Book, Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal Calls Catholic Priests to Spiritual Renewal

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said.