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Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope Francis is seen leaving a record store in Rome. Javier Martinez-Brocal/Rome Reports TV News Agency

"We must not lose our sense of humor": Pope to Journalist Who Caught Him Leaving Store

Jan 15, 2022

After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was acquitted of charges of the rape of a nun Jan. 14, 2022. Linto 11 via Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)

Catholic Bishop in India Cleared of Charges of Raping a Nun

Jan 14, 2022

A bishop charged with the repeated rape of a nun over the course of two years was acquitted by a court in India’s Kerala state on Friday.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. L'Osservatore Romano.

Vatican Unveils Motto for 2025 Jubilee Year, Summed Up in "Pilgrims of Hope"

Jan 13, 2022

Preparations are already underway in Rome for the 2025 Jubilee, a special year of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church.

The Vatican Museums. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Full Vaccination or Recovery among New COVID-19 Rules for Visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on May 1, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Vatican Media.

There is Urgent Need for "spiritual fatherhood" Today: Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"We all weep for these victims": Nigerian Cardinal Responds after Gunmen Kill 200 People

Jan 12, 2022

Cardinal Onaiyekan said: ‘They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says anything.’

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 12, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Prays for Workers "crushed by an unbearable burden" in COVID-19 Recession

Jan 12, 2022

He led a moment’s silence at his general audience.

Pope Francis listens as Sister Marije Kaleta speaks in Tirana’s St. Paul Cathedral, Albania, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Catholic Nun Who Secretly Baptized Babies Under Communism Dies at 92

Jan 12, 2022

Sister Marije Kaleta risked her life to take Communion to the sick and dying.

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Mother Angelica Museum Receives Communion Rail from Her Home Parish

Jan 12, 2022

The original communion rail from Mother Angelica’s baptismal parish has been donated to the Mother Angelica Museum in Canton, Ohio. 

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Italian Catholic Bishop Forbids Unvaccinated Priests from Distributing Communion

Jan 11, 2022

The new diocesan restrictions come as the Italian government has banned unvaccinated citizens from entering restaurants, public transportation, gyms, theaters, and sports events.

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "cancel culture" in Annual Address to Diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address.

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Baptizes Babies in Sistine Chapel for 1st Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 9, 2022

The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis meets members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Association at the Vatican, Jan. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

Let’s "begin again with more humanity" Amid Pandemic: Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2022

The pope was addressing a Vatican-based lay association.

Nurse Mary Onuoha holds the cross on her necklace. Christian Concern.

Nigerian-born Catholic Nurse Unfairly Dismissed Over Cross Necklace, UK Tribunal Rules

Jan 7, 2022

The verdict was hailed as a ‘landmark ruling.’

Pope Francis meets with French Catholic entrepreneurs at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Jan. 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

“The Church needs your witness”: Pope Francis’ Advice to Christian Business Executives

Jan 7, 2022

‘Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,’ he said.

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021. Vatican Media

"I continue to dream of a completely missionary Church": Pope Francis

Jan 6, 2022

He made the remark in his message for World Mission Day 2022.

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2022. Vatican Media

Let Us Adore Christ Like the Magi: Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass

Jan 6, 2022

He was offering Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

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When Does Christmas Actually End?

Jan 6, 2022

Just how many days is Christmas? When should you finally take those lights off the porch, or remove the tree? Read on for some of the arguments for and against commonly agreed-upon end dates for Christmas.