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Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 30, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "Rhetoric of inclusion’ Not Enough to Forge a "culture of social tenderness"

Mar 30, 2022

The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’

Cardinal Antonios Naguib (1935-2022). Screenshot from Rome Reports in English YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Mourns Egyptian Cardinal Whose Life was Marked by "faith and priestly zeal"

Mar 29, 2022

Cardinal Antonios Naguib died in Cairo at the age of 87.

Mons. Aloysius Fondong Abangalo, to be ordained Bishop of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese 5 May 2022. Credit: Diocese of Mamfe

Bishop-elect for Catholic Diocese of Mamfe in Cameroon to Be Ordained in May

Mar 29, 2022

The Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop-elect for Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese has been scheduled to take place on the first Thursday in May.

St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Shutterstock

New Vatican Instruction: Teachers, Students to Respect Identity of Catholic Schools

Mar 29, 2022

‘Everyone has the obligation to recognize, respect, and bear witness to the Catholic identity of the school,’ the new document says.

A priest celebrates the traditional Latin Mass at the Basilica of St. Pancras in Rome. Thoom/Shutterstock

Vatican Corrects "extraordinary form"’ Error in New Constitution

Mar 28, 2022

The Vatican constitution now refers to ‘the liturgical books prior to the reform of the Second Vatican Council.’

Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

In his homily, the pope said that the consecration ‘is no magic formula but a spiritual act.’

Pope Francis visits a reception center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, north of Rome, on March 24, 2016. Vatican Media.

New Vatican Guide on Migrant Ministry Promotes Encounter with Others: Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2022

‘All of us are called to commit ourselves to universal fraternity,’ the pope wrote in a preface to the new guide.

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"I pray to John Paul II": How Ukrainian Refugee Found Shelter at Pope’s Former Residence

Mar 23, 2022

‘Through the intercession of St. John Paul II, God led us to this residence,’ said Eleanor Petritschenko.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, April 14, 2019. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week Unveiled, to Preside Over Liturgies in Public

Mar 21, 2022

The pope will once again preside over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday.

Pope Francis led the Angelus for All Saints' Day from a window above St. Peter's Square. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Reforms Roman Curia with Launch of Vatican Constitution

Mar 19, 2022

The long-awaited text replaces the 1988 document ‘Pastor bonus.’

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017. Vatican Media.

Vatican Confirms Pope is Inviting World’s Bishops to Join in Ukraine-Russia Consecration

Mar 18, 2022

The pope is asking the bishops ‘to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’

Pope Francis prays for children in Ukraine, March 16, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: After a Nuclear War, Humanity Would Have to "start from scratch"

Mar 16, 2022

The pope was speaking on the 21st day of the war in Ukraine.

Archbishop-elect Maurice Muhatia Makumba. Credit: ACI Africa

Transition in Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese Similar to “going on retreat”: Archbishop-elect

Mar 15, 2022

The administrative change in the Diocese of Nakuru in Kenya following the transfer of Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba to the Archdiocese of Kisumu can be favorably compared with the Kenyan Diocese “going on retreat”, the Archbishop-elect has said.

Pope Francis in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis to Consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 15, 2022

The consecration will take place on March 25.

Sisters from Przemysł, Poland, help Ukrainian refugees. Private archive.

Hundreds of Catholic Convents in Poland Offering Variety of Help to Ukraine’s Refugees

Mar 15, 2022

Nearly 1.8 million people have entered Poland from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion.

Pope Francis greets Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa in the Clementine Hall on Feb. 9, 2017. Vatican Media.

The Saints Show Us How to Live in Communion With the Church: Pope Francis

Mar 12, 2022

Saturday marked the 400th anniversary of the canonization of saints Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, Philip Neri, and Isidore the Farmer.

Civilians are evacuated from Irpin, a city next to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. State Emergency Service.

Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says Russian Invasion Turning into War against Civilians

Mar 11, 2022

Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military.

Mariupol, southeastern Ukraine. Secretariat of the Major Archbishop in Rome.

Ukraine's "City of Mary" Has Been Turned into a Cemetery, Ukrainian Catholic Leader Says

Mar 10, 2022

The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’

The Bishop’s Palace in Kraków, southern Poland. Mazur/

St. John Paul II’s Former Residence in Poland Opens Doors to Ukrainian Refugees

Mar 9, 2022

Almost 1.3 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.

Human Embryo, File Photo. Firstbrook Just Click 100 via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Pope Francis’ March Prayer Intention: For Christians Facing New Bioethical Challenges

Mar 8, 2022

‘Let us pray that we may give a Christian response to bioethical challenges,’ the pope said.