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Children participating in a Catholic Action initiative helped to release colorful balloons at the end of the Angelus on Jan. 30, 2022. Vatican Media

"The Lord always surprises us": Pope Francis

Jan 30, 2022

Pope Francis encouraged people to be open to the newness Jesus wants to bring in their daily lives and to cultivate the capacity to wonder.

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves. Office of Communication Society of Jesus.

Vatican Says Peter’s Pence Donations Fell by Around 15% in 2021

Jan 28, 2022

Peter’s Pence is an annual collection to finance the pope’s charitable works and other priorities.

Pope Francis meets members of the Catholic Factchecking consortium at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 28, 2022. Vatican Media.

Being "properly informed" on COVID-19 Vaccines is a "human right": Pope Francis

Jan 28, 2022

‘Fake news has to be refuted, but individual persons must always be respected,’ he told a Catholic fact-checking group.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 26, 2022. Vatican Media.

Never Condemn a Child: Pope Francis to Parents at Wednesday General Audience

Jan 26, 2022

He encouraged parents to turn to St. Joseph for help, including those whose children are of ‘different sexual orientations.’

Pope Francis presides at the celebration of Second Vespers of the Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, Jan. 25, 2021. Vatican Media.

"The Lord wants us to trust one another": Pope Francis

Jan 25, 2022

The pope was preaching at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Four martyrs are beatified at a Mass in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Jan. 22, 2022. Camilo Freedman/APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images.

Pope Francis Honors Newly Beatified El Salvador Martyrs for their "heroic example"

Jan 25, 2022

Father Cosme Spessotto, Father Rutilio Grande, and two lay companions were declared blessed.

Pope Francis listens to a boy called Emanuele at St. Paul of the Cross parish, Rome, on April 15, 2018. Vatican Media.

Global Synodal Path "a great opportunity to listen to one another": Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2022

He made the remark in his 2022 World Communications Day message.

Pope Francis conferred on Catholics the lay ministries of catechist and lector at a Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God on Jan. 23, 2022. Vatican Media

The Word of God Rekindles Hope, Pope Francis Says On Word of God Sunday

Jan 23, 2022

During Mass for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis formally conferred upon lay Catholics the ministries of lector and catechist.

St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Wolfymoza via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Declares St. Irenaeus 37th Doctor of the Church, with Title "Doctor of Unity"

Jan 21, 2022

The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 21, 2022. Vatican Media.

The Church is Firmly Committed to Justice for Abuse Victims: Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2022

His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report.

Pope Francis met the Italian Association of Private Construction Contractors on Jan. 20, 2022. Vatican Media.

Human Life the Most Valuable Asset to Protect in Workplace: Pope Francis

Jan 20, 2022

The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people lose their lives in work-related accidents or diseases every year worldwide.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202). Public Domain.

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be Declared a Doctor of the Church

Jan 20, 2022

Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’

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Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Visitors for Eritrean Catholics in US, Canada, and Europe

Jan 19, 2022

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"God is not afraid of our sins": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Jan 19, 2022

The pope made the comment at his general audience.

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

Jan 18, 2022

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Confer New Lay Ministries for First Time in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 18, 2022

The candidates come from three continents.

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Looks Ahead to the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope Francis is seen leaving a record store in Rome. Javier Martinez-Brocal/Rome Reports TV News Agency

"We must not lose our sense of humor": Pope to Journalist Who Caught Him Leaving Store

Jan 15, 2022

After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. L'Osservatore Romano.

Vatican Unveils Motto for 2025 Jubilee Year, Summed Up in "Pilgrims of Hope"

Jan 13, 2022

Preparations are already underway in Rome for the 2025 Jubilee, a special year of grace and pilgrimage in the Catholic Church.