New Year

Pope Francis' Angelus message on Jan. 1, 2023, marked the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. An estimated 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the event. The feast day coincides with the World Day of Peace. | Credit: Vatican Media

Why are the Solemnity of Mary and the World Day of Peace Celebrated on the Same Day?

Jan 1, 2024

Jan. 1 marks more than the start of a new year — it is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace.

Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus on Dec. 31, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says Benedict XVI "blesses us and accompanies us" from Heaven

Dec 31, 2023

In his final Angelus address of 2023, Pope Francis paid tribute to Pope Benedict XVI on the one-year anniversary of his predecessor’s death. 

Pope Francis presides at the annual celebration of “first vespers,” or evening prayer, for the vigil of the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on Dec. 31, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Faith Allows Christians to Live Transition into the New Year "differently"

Dec 31, 2023

Pope Francis rang in the new year and gave thanks for 2023 at a special New Year’s Eve Vatican liturgy.

Pope Francis says Mass for the Octave Day of Christmas, Jan. 1, 2015. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Ideas for New Year's Resolutions as Catholics

Dec 31, 2021

Should you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, how can you involve your faith in the process? What can you do to set yourself up to be one of the 8 percent that follows through on the goal you set for yourself? CNA has some ideas to kickstart your 2022 on a positive note!

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, 2020. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis: Honor the Dignity of Women for a Better World in 2020

Jan 1, 2020

Pope Francis began the new year with a call for the dignity of women to be honored -- not exploited for profit and pornography -- in 2020.