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Pope Francis prays the rosary for peace in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major, May 31, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays Rosary for Peace in Ukraine and Around the World

May 31, 2022

The pope meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary in union with Marian shrines around the world.

Newly named Cardinals from Africa: Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese (left) and Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Names 21 New Cardinals, Including Two from Africa

May 29, 2022

Pope Francis has said that he will create 21 new Cardinals, including two Bishops from Africa, one from Nigeria and the other from Ghana.

Newly named Cardinal from Nigeria, Bishop Peter Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Bishop Who “resigned” amid Sustained Opposition among 21 Newly Named Cardinals

May 29, 2022

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke who resigned in 2018 following sustained opposition to his Episcopal appointment for Nigeria’s Ahiara Diocese is among the 21 new Cardinals that Pope Francis named on Sunday, May 29.

Vatican Unveils Itinerary of Pope Francis’ July Apostolic Visit to DR Congo, South Sudan

May 29, 2022

Officials of the Holy See Press have unveiled the program and itinerary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and what they have described an “Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People”. 

Christian Women in South Sudan who are members of the Sudan Council of Churches National Women Coordination desk (SSCC). Credit: SSCC

Ecumenical Visit Focus of Retreat for Members of Christian Women Entity in South Sudan

May 27, 2022

Christian Women in South Sudan who are members of the Sudan Council of Churches National Women Coordination desk (SSCC) are taking part in a three-day spiritual retreat with a focus on the planned ecumenical visit to the East-Central African nation.

Bishops' Commission in Malawi Calls for Joint Effort “in caring for our mother earth”

May 26, 2022

Officials of the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) have called for collaboration in the efforts aimed at conserving the environment in the Southern African nation.

Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele of DR Congo's Goma Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Calls for Prayers, Unity in Preparation for Papal Visit

May 25, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Goma Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called on the people of God in his Episcopal See to intensify prayers and remain united as the Central African nation prepares for the pastoral visit of Pope Francis. 

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

"Ours is age of fake news, collective superstitions, pseudo-scientific truths": Pope

May 25, 2022

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Pope Francis meets members of the Global Solidarity Fund in a room adjacent to the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, May 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Calls for a Christian Economy Based on Community

May 25, 2022

The pope was speaking to members of the Global Solidarity Fund.

St. Francis Xavier statue in front St. Joseph Cathedral in Beijing, China, February 25, 2016. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Has Asked Catholics to Say This Prayer May 24: Our Lady, Help of Christians

May 23, 2022

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary under that title as the country's patroness.

Pope Francis and President Salva Kiir at the Vatican in 2019. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Official Urges Media Authority to Help Journalists Cover Ecumenical Trip

May 23, 2022

A government official in South Sudan has urged the Media Authority in the East-Central African nation to support local journalists to “broadly” cover the envisioned July ecumenical visit that is to involve Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.

Pope Francis greets a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome for his Regina Caeli address on May 22, 2022. Vatican Media

Ask the Lord for the Gift of Peace: Pope Francis

May 22, 2022

An estimated 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Rome on Sunday to hear Pope Francis' Regina Caeli reflections on Jesus' words, “My peace I give to you” (Jn 14:27).

Participants in Italy's pro-life demonstration in Rome on May 21, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Life "is always sacred and inviolable", Pope Francis Says

May 22, 2022

Pope Francis praised a pro-life event in Rome and offered comments defending the dignity of life on Sunday. 

Credit: Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS)

Missionary Priest in South Sudan Lauds “ecumenical approach” of Planned Papal Trip

May 21, 2022

A Catholic Missionary Priest serving in South Sudan has lauded the “ecumenical approach” of the planned pastoral trip of Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace to the East-Central African nation.

Credit: ACI Africa

Launch of Superiors’ Conference of Southern Africa “a historic moment for church”: Nun

May 21, 2022

A Catholic Nun in South Africa has lauded the establishment of the Regional Conference of Major Superiors of Southern Africa (RCMSSA) and described the initiative as “a historic moment” for the Church in the region and “a dream come true”.

Pope Francis met with members of the De La Salle Christian Brothers on May 21, 2022. Vatican Media

Catholic Schools Should Not be Christian in Name Only: Pope Francis

May 21, 2022

The pope spoke to the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Pope Francis “confirmed that he is coming” Despite Knee Pain: Cardinal in DR Congo

May 20, 2022

Pope Francis is expected to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in July despite his health challenges, especially the pain in his knee, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.

Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa and Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara visit flood victims in Durban Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis “has shown extraordinary interest” in South Africans’ Lives: Apostolic Nuncio

May 19, 2022

Pope Francis “has shown extraordinary interest” in the lives of South Africans amid life threatening experiences, including last year's civil unrest and recent floods, the Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa has said.

Catholic Bishops of Bukavu Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Radio Moto

Pope Francis Coming to “comfort all victims of insecurity”: Catholic Bishop in DR Congo

May 18, 2022

The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said the planned pastoral visit to the country will “comfort all victims of insecurity”.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Changes Rules for Major Superiors of Religious Orders

May 18, 2022

The change allows religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission.