Pope Benedict XVI at the World Family Meeting in Milan with Cardinal Angelo Scola on June 4, 2012. | Credit: CNA/World Meeting of Families 2012

Pectoral Cross Bequeathed by Late Pope Benedict XVI to Parish in Bavaria, Germany, Stolen

Jun 20, 2023

A pectoral cross bequeathed by the late Pope Benedict XVI to a parish in his native Bavaria has been stolen from the church where it was on display.

A fragment on the true cross on which Jesus was condemned to death. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Donates Relic of the True Cross for King Charles’ Coronation

Apr 19, 2023

Thanks to a gift from Pope Francis to King Charles III, two pieces of the true cross on which Jesus was crucified will lead the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom’s coronation procession May 6.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the pope mobile in St. Peter’s Square on April 5, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis’ Advice for Holy Week: Look to the Cross, Our Hope is There

Apr 5, 2023

Pope Francis has offered advice for how to have a fruitful Holy Week, urging people to focus on the essentials and look to the cross as the source of hope.

Father Vyacheslav Grynevych gave Pope Francis with a cross made out of broken glass and rubble from destroyed buildings in Kyiv on Feb. 21, 2023. | Photo courtesy of Father Vyacheslav Grynevych

Catholic Priest from Ukraine Gives Pope Francis Cross Made out of War Rubble

Feb 23, 2023

Father Vyacheslav Grynevych vividly remembers the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine one year ago.

Pope Francis adores the crucifix during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media

See "contemporary challenges in light of Wisdom of the Cross": Pope Francis to Theologians

Sep 21, 2021

He sent the message to an international theological congress in Rome.

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Apr 1, 2021

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

The five Deacons ordained Priests for the Archdiocese of Maputo Saturday, September 12. / Samuel Antonio

Embrace Sacrifice, Prayer, Cross, Prelate Urges at Priestly Ordination in Mozambique

Sep 14, 2020

A Prelate in Mozambique has, during the ordination of five Deacons as Priests for the Archdiocese of Maputo in the Southern African country, urged members of the Clergy to embrace a life of sacrifice and prayer “as if we had died on the cross,” in solidarity with other ordained ministers.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 21, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: The Cross Reminds us of the Sacrifices of the Christian life

Aug 30, 2020

Pope Francis said Sunday the crucifix we wear or hang on our wall is not supposed to be decorative, but a reminder of God’s love and the sacrifices involved in the Christian life.

Pope Francis offers Mass in Bari, Italy on Feb. 23, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: Ask God for the Strength to Love your Enemies

Feb 23, 2020

Ask God for the grace to love your enemies, Pope Francis said Sunday in a homily in the Italian city of Bari.

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

Cardinal Sarah Reflects on Priesthood as He Marks 50 Years as Priest, 40 Years as Bishop

Sep 29, 2019

Cardinal Robert Sarah reflected on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the meaning of the priesthood in a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday marking his 50th ordination anniversary.

Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis: In times of suffering, know that you are never alone

Aug 17, 2019

Pope Francis wrote a heartfelt letter Tuesday to an Italian community still suffering one year after a bridge collapse. His message: “Know that you are not alone.”