Catholics attend Mass in Ho, Ghana. James Dalrymple via Shutterstock.

Number of Catholics in Africa, Asia Continues to Rise, Newly Released Statistics Indicate

The Catholic Church grew by 15 million people worldwide in 2019.

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Pope Francis Wants Seminarians to Read This Letter from a Clerical Abuse Survivor

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Thanks Child for Giving Impromptu “lesson” at Wednesday General Audience

The boy approached the pope during his weekly catechesis.

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. Mazur/

Vatican Regulates Postulator’s Role in Saints’ Causes, Seeks to Curb Conflicts of Interest

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest.

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021. Vatican Media.

Catholic Healthcare is Called to Bear Witness to Human Dignity: Pope Francis

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer. Vatican Media

“Quest for personal prestige (over service) a spiritual malady”: Pope Francis

Do good from a spirit of service, not from a desire for personal glory, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 16, 2021. CNA

Catholic Social Teaching Has Useful Principles for Popular Movements to Follow: Pope

Pope Francis spoke over video call to participants in the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

The Gospel Opens Every Culture to Greater Freedom in Christ: Pope Francis

He was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Msgr. Diego Ravelli in 2015/. Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis Names Master of Ceremonies for Vatican Papal Liturgies

Msgr. Diego Ravelli was also named head of the pope’s Sistine Chapel Choir.

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica opening the worldwide synodal path, Oct. 10, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Launches Two-year Synodal Path with Call to "encounter, listen, and discern"

The diocesan phase will last from October 2021 to April 2022.

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Colombian Nun Kidnapped in Mali in 2017 Freed, Greeted, Blessed By Pope Francis at Vatican

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

"Is your faith tired and do you want to reinvigorate it?" Pope Francis at the Angelus

The pope outlined a three-step process for personal renewal.

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Path to 2023 Synod on Synodality Faces Three “risks”: Pope Francis

The two-year process leading to the synod formally opens this weekend.

Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, and UNESCO’s Audrey Azoulay at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University, Oct. 7, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Launches Ecology, Environment Degree Course at Pontifical Lateran University

The course was created with the Ecumenical Patriarch’s cooperation.

A stained-glass window by Lucien Bégule depicting St. Irenaeus at the Church of St, Irenaeus in Lyon, France. Gérald Gambier via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Pope Francis to Declare St. Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church with Title "Doctor of Unity"

St. Irenaeus is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. null

Pope Creates New Vatican Foundation for Catholic Hospitals Facing Financial Difficulties

The foundation for Catholic healthcare will support institutions worldwide.

Pope Francis prays with French bishops before his general audience, Oct. 6, 2021, in the wake of a devastating abuse report. Vatican Media.

"This is a moment of shame": Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow at French Abuse Report

The report estimated that 216,000 children were abused by priests and religious over 70 years.