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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.

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

This Week at the Synod on Synodality: Deliberations and Veiled Agendas

Oct 9, 2023

Concerns linger about the potential for pressure groups to sway the synod’s course.

A blessing service at St. Augustin Catholic church in Würzburg, Germany, for couples, including those of the same-sex, May 10, 2021. | Gehrig/CNA Deutsch.

TIMELINE: What has the Catholic Church said about Same-sex "blessings"?

Oct 9, 2023

Here’s a timeline of how the controversy over same-sex blessings has unfolded.

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FACT CHECK: Did 118 Participants at the Synod on Synodality Really Come Down with COVID?

Oct 9, 2023

After consulting doctors, Cardinal Mario Grech said there was no reason to be alarmed about the spread of COVID at the synod.

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, archbishop of Kinshasa, speaks during a press briefing on the Amazon Synod at the Holy See Press Office on Oct. 22, 2019. Speaking at a press conference for the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican on Oct. 7, 2023, the Congolese cardinal said the initiative is providing “new ways to address problems, whatever they are” with “a spirit of synodality.” | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Outcome of Synod Will be Welcomed as the "will of God,’" says African Cardinal

Oct 8, 2023

Congolese Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu described synodality as “a new way of being a Church.”

Pope Francis waves from a window of the Apostolic Palace during his weekly Sunday address and Angelus on Oct. 8, 2023. He spoke about the importance of having gratitude for the gifts one has received, especially the gifts of life and faith from God. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Do not Forget Your Life and Faith are a Gift from God

Oct 8, 2023

Do not forget to be grateful to God for the free gift of your life and faith, Pope Francis said in his weekly message at the Vatican on Sunday.

Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023. Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, patriarch of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, celebrates Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021. | Credit: (L) Daniel Ibanez/CNA. (R) Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Pope Francis, Jerusalem Patriarch React to Violence Between Israel and Hamas

Oct 8, 2023

The pope issued an appeal Sunday to “please stop weapons attacks!”

Pope Francis, the round tables at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican, Cardinal Joseph Zen, and Paolo Ruffini. | Credit: EWTN News

Synod on Synodality 2023: Facts, Anecdotes, and Analysis from the First Week

Oct 7, 2023

Facts, anecdotes, and analysis from the first week of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

The Synod on Synodality convened on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

What is Being Discussed During the First Week of the Synod on Synodality?

Oct 5, 2023

During the first full day of work Oct. 5, participants met in small groups of about 12 people where they received a homework assignment.

Cardinal Raymond Burke was part of a panel that convened on the eve of the Synod on Synodality, Oct. 3, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/EWTN News

“Dubia” Not an Attack on Pope Francis Nor His Agenda: One of Five Cardinal Authors Says

Oct 5, 2023

The cardinal was speaking at a conference in Rome on Oct. 3 on the theme “the synodal Babel” to discuss the main points of contention raised by the synod.