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Pope Francis at the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Oct. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: To Evangelize, "faith must be inculturated"

Oct 25, 2023

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis recounted the story of Sts. Cyril and Methodius as one of encounter with the Slavic people. 

Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Statistics: Africa Had Biggest Increase in Catholics, While Numbers Fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared with the previous year. 

Delegates meet at round tables during the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

The Synod on Synodality this Week: Anticipating a "Letter to the People of God"

Oct 23, 2023

The letter, expected to arrive Oct. 28, will serve as a compass, signaling the direction of a continuing synodal journey.

Father Timothy Radcliffe told the Synod on Synodality delegates on Oct. 23, 2023, that the time before the 2024 assembly "will be probably the most fertile time of the whole synod, the time of germination." | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality’s "most fertile time" to Be Between the Assemblies: Spiritual Adviser

Oct 23, 2023

“These 11 months will be like a pregnancy,” Father Timothy Radcliffe told the synod delegates. “We, my brothers and sisters, are pregnant with new life.” 

Australian theologian Father Ormond Rush addresses the General Assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 23, 2023, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. | Credit: Vatican Media livestream

Theologian Points to Vatican II’s "dynamic" Tradition in Synod on Synodality Speech

Oct 23, 2023

Tradition “was a major point of discussion at the Second Vatican Council,” Father Ormond Rush said Monday.

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus: "We must not be slaves to any earthly power"

Oct 22, 2023

During Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis spoke to the faithful on the importance of the correct relationship between the Church and the state.

Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen, Germany at the Synod on Synodality press briefing Oct. 21, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Church should not ignore "signs of the times": German Synod Delegate

Oct 21, 2023

Bishop Overbeck cites Germany's "post-secular" context amid Synod's discussions on "decentralization."

Synod on Synodality spokesman Paolo Ruffini speaks to the media during a press briefing at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Synod on Synodality: LGBT Issues, Female Diaconate Discussed in Emotional Third Week

Oct 20, 2023

The process has been driven by what the Synod on Synodality calls “active listening and speaking from the heart.”

Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

World Jewish Congress Leader Asks Pope to Use "moral authority" to Help Israeli Hostages

Oct 19, 2023

In his meeting with the pope, Ronald Lauder urged the pontiff “to use your power, to use your strength, to get these hostages released.”

Pope Francis at the general audience at St. Peter's Square on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Stresses Need to Put Jesus at the Center of our Lives

Oct 18, 2023

At the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 18, the pope announced that Oct. 27 has been designated as a day of prayer and fasting.

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Announces Prayer Vigil, Day of Fasting for Peace in Israel-Hamas War

Oct 18, 2023

An interfaith vigil will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 in St. Peter’s Square, where the faithful will join the pope in “an hour of prayer in a spirit of penance.”

Father Dario Vitali speaks at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican, Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Screenshot/Vatican Media YouTube

Synod on Synodality Asked to "rethink the whole Church" According to Synodality

Oct 18, 2023

The next stage of the Synod on Synodality opened Wednesday with a call to focus on authority, decentralization, and the co-responsibility of the laity.

Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. | Credit: Paul Fifield/CNA

Jerusalem Bishop Discusses Hopes for Cease-fire, "two-state solution" to Israel-Hamas War

Oct 16, 2023

Bishop William Hanna Shomali’s interview with EWTN New’s “Vaticano” program aired Oct. 15.

Synod on Synodality delegates in small groups listen to Pope Francis’ guidance for the upcoming weeks on Oct. 4, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

This week at the Synod on Synodality: Participation focus comes amid exit of Chinese bishops

Oct 16, 2023

The Vatican confirmed that the bishops from the People’s Republic of China are leaving ahead of the event’s conclusion.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Reports not "secret," But Still Won't Be Shared, Spokesman Says

Oct 15, 2023

The decision was communicated Saturday by Paolo Ruffini, president of the Synod’s communication commission, at a press briefing earlier today. 

St. Thérèse of Lisieux. | Credit: Public domain

Pope Francis Highlights "little greatness" of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Apostolic Letter

Oct 15, 2023

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, also called “The Little Flower,” was a French Carmelite nun who died in 1897 from tuberculosis at the age of 24.

Synod on Synodality delegates seated at discussion tables inside Paul VI Hall at the Vatican in October 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez | CNA

Synod on Synodality 2023: Work Begins on the Final Text as Second Week Wraps up

Oct 14, 2023

The past week risked being overshadowed by a letter about the German Synodal Way shared with Synod participants by Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.” | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Africa, Oceania Delegates Say Synod on Synodality their Turn to Speak

Oct 12, 2023

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”

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Pope Francis Highlights St. Josephine Bakhita’s Example of Forgiveness

Oct 11, 2023

The Sudanese-Italian saint’s life story is “an existential parable of forgiveness,” the pope said Wednesday.

Participants in the synodal meetings in Paul VI Audience Hall-Vatican City. Credit: Vatican Media

10 Things You Can Do for Ongoing Synod on Synodality

Oct 10, 2023

After the first session of the 16th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission", started last week in the Vatican, faithful around the world may ask themselves: What can we do now for the ongoing Synod? How can we contribute to its outcomes? Here are a series of suggestions.