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The aftermath of missile strikes in Irpin, a satellite city on Kyiv’s western outskirts. Secretariat of the Major Archbishop in Rome.

Ukraine’s Capital “being transformed into spiritual capital of the world”: Catholic Leader

Mar 3, 2022

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk issued a video message as Ukraine entered ‘the second week of this horrible war.’

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022. Vatican Media.

Lent is a Time for Conversion, Interior Renewal: Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday

Mar 2, 2022

The pope was speaking at his Wednesday general audience.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill in Rome, Italy, March 2, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: Lent is about Eternal Rewards, Not Appearances

Mar 2, 2022

The pope’s homily was read by Cardinal Pietro Parolin.


Hackers Interrupt Catholic Charity’s Online Press Conference on Ukraine

Mar 1, 2022

Speakers were drowned out by a stream of obscenities.

An explosion in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Feb. 24, 2022. Giovanni Cancemi/Shutterstock.

Catholic Priest in Ukraine Shares How Caritas is Helping Children Find Shelter

Mar 1, 2022

‘In my house, we have 37 people,’ Father Vyacheslav Grynevych said.

Pope Francis blesses a baby at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Nov. 22, 2017. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican Introduces Three Days of Paid Paternity Leave for Employees

Mar 1, 2022

Pope Francis approved the change.

Religious sisters in Ukraine deliver supplies from Caritas. Private archive.

"They pray all day long": How Religious Sisters are Helping Needy amid Conflict in Ukraine

Feb 28, 2022

Sisters in Kyiv are caring for around 100 people sheltering in a church basement.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Feb. 27, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Appeals for End to "tragic" Ukraine Conflict

Feb 27, 2022

He called for the opening of humanitarian corridors.

Mons. Raphael Mweempwa, appointed Bishop of Zambia's Monze Diocese by Pope Francis on 25 February 2022. Credit: ZCCB

Pope Francis Appoints Formator of Catholic Seminary Bishop for Monze Diocese in Zambia

Feb 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Raphael Mweempwa who has been serving as a lecturer and formator at St. Dominic Major Theological Seminary in Zambia’s Lusaka Archdiocese the Bishop for Monze Diocese in the Southern Africa country.

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Mazur/ Олег Чупа via Wikimedia (GFDL).

"I'll do everything I can" to Help End Conflict: Pope Francis to Ukrainian Catholic Leader

Feb 25, 2022

The pope assured Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of his closeness, support, and prayers for Ukraine.

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“Be warned”, Archbishop in Nigeria Cautions Public against Priest Fueling Tribal Remarks

Feb 23, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese in Nigeria has told the people of God in his Metropolitan See to stay away from a Priest who “sneaked into” the Nigerian Archdiocese where he is said to be fueling tribal utterances.

Mons. Aloysius Fondong Abangalo, appointed Bishop of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese by Pope Francis on 22 February 2022. Credit: Diocese of Mamfe

Catholic Major Seminary Formator Appointed Bishop for Mamfe Diocese in Cameroon

Feb 23, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Aloysius Fondong Abangalo who has been serving as a formator at an inter-Diocesan Major Seminary in Cameroon the Bishop for Mamfe Diocese in the Central African nation.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 23, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis decries excessive ‘exaltation of youth’ as he begins new catechesis series

Feb 23, 2022

He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’

Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok of South Sudan's Malakal Diocese. Credit: AMECEA

Synodal Process Ongoing in South Sudanese Diocese Despite “humanitarian emergency”: Bishop

Feb 22, 2022

The people of God in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese are taking part in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality despite the humanitarian emergency due to floods, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Diocese has said.

Bishop Edward Hiibiro Kussala of South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Urges Young People to “avoid being misled by politicians”

Feb 21, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has cautioned young people in the East-Central African nation against politicians who mislead the youth, using them to achieve their selfish goals.

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Feb. 18, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Says Eastern Catholic Churches Have Shown Heroic Faith amid Miseries of War

Feb 18, 2022

The pope lamented that John Paul II’s appeal to avoid conflict in Iraq went unheeded

Pope Francis addresses the International Theological Symposium on the Priesthood at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Feb. 17, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Gives Personal Reflection on His More Than 52 Years of Priesthood

Feb 17, 2022

He suggested the speech might be the ‘swan song’ of his priestly life.

President Hakainde Hichilema (R) and Archbishop Giafranco Gallone (L) at a meeting. Credit: Hakainde Hichilema/Facebook

Zambia’s President Acknowledges Catholic Church as “beacon of hope, nation's conscience”

Feb 16, 2022

The President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, has acknowledged the significant role of the Catholic Church in the Southern African nation, describing the entity as a “beacon of hope” and “a barometer of our nation's conscience.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 16, 2022. Vatican Media.

"Let us ask ourselves if, in our hearts, we love the Church": Pope Francis

Feb 16, 2022

At the general audience, he concluded his 12-week catechesis on St. Joseph.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Feb. 9, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Seeks "healthy decentralization" with New Changes to Canon Law

Feb 15, 2022

Pope Francis signed the motu proprio on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.