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A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz's sculpture ‘Angels Unawares’ in St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Pope Francis: Care for Refugees Fleeing "viruses of injustice, violence and war"

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to care for people fleeing “the viruses of injustice, violence and war,” in a message marking the 40th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Analysis: How Will Ordinary Catholics Respond to the Disappointment of McCarrick Report?

Ordinarily, a news analysis attempts to bring some context or expertise to a situation, in order to assess why something has happened, what might happen next, and whether any of it will prove to be important.

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, center, meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Holy Father Kisses Hand of Missionary Cleric Freed after Two-year Captivity in West Africa

Pope Francis met Monday with an Italian missionary priest who was freed last month in Mali, after having been kidnapped from his Catholic parish in Niger in 2018.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the Angelus on Oct. 26, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Prepare to Meet the Lord with Good Deeds Inspired by His love: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important not to forget that at the end of one’s life there will be “a definitive appointment with God.”

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 4, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis requires bishops to have Vatican permission for new diocesan religious institutes

Pope Francis has changed canon law to require a bishop to have permission from the Holy See prior to establishing a new religious institute in his diocese, further strengthening Vatican oversight in the process.

Pope Francis (left), with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Vatican Secretariat of State Provides Context of Pope Francis' "civil union" Remark

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has asked papal representatives to share with bishops some clarifications regarding comments on civil unions made by Pope Francis in a recently released documentary, according to the apostolic nuncio to Mexico.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in the Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City Nov. 2, 2020. Credits: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Christian Hope Gives Life Meaning

Pope Francis visited a cemetery in Vatican City to pray on All Souls Day Monday and offered Mass for the faithful departed.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Nov. 1, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

The Saints are "authoritative witnesses of Christian hope": Pope Francis

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to follow the model of the saints, who pursued virtue in contradiction to the ways of the world and thus give witness to Christian hope.

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Researchers Study Ministry and Life of Catholic Exorcists

A group of European academics have begun to carry out limited new research on the ministry of Catholic exorcists, with the hope to expand the scope of their study in the future.

Pope Francis at the General House of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Dec. 13, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Pope Francis Says More Action Coming in Fight Against Vatican Corruption

Pope Francis has said more changes are on the horizon as the Vatican continues to combat financial corruption inside its walls, but he is cautious about success.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims at his general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall Oct. 28. 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ General Audience Again Moves Behind Closed Doors

After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday.

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Focolare Movement Set to Initiate Independent Review of Abuse Allegations

The Focolare Movement will initiate an independent review of the group’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Victim Petitions to Sue Pre-seminary and Religious Group at Vatican Abuse Trial

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.

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Pope Francis' Christmas Liturgies to Take Place without Public

Pope Francis' Christmas liturgies at the Vatican will be offered without public participation this year, as countries continue to react to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis meets teachers and students from Rome’s Pontifical Theological Faculty "Marianum" at the Paul VI Audience Hall Oct. 24. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"The times we live in are times of Mary": Pope Francis at Anniversary Event

Pope Francis said Saturday that the times we live in are the “times of Mary.”

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Prays for Peace in Nigeria “through the promotion of justice”

Pope Francis appealed for an end to violence in Nigeria after reciting the Angelus Sunday.

Pope Francis pictured at his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis to Create 13 New Cardinals, Including Washington Archbishop Gregory

Pope Francis said Sunday that he will create 13 new cardinals, including Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, at a consistory on Nov. 28.

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Analysis: How Washington Post is Opening Path to use Pope Francis against Catholic Church

Amid an international fracas over Pope Francis’ words on civil unions in a newly released documentary, the pope’s remarks have begun to be used to criticize Catholic organizations facing ongoing religious liberty challenges in the U.S. – despite the pope’s very public alignment with these organizations on the issues of same sex marriages and adoptions.

Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki meets with Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on December 16, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. /

Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis' words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footage

A Mexican broadcaster said Thursday that the Vatican held back footage from a 2019 interview that it conducted with Pope Francis, in which the pope called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. That footage appears in a documentary on Pope Francis released this week, but the Vatican has not yet explained the situation.

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Pope Francis' Homosexuality Comments Heavily Edited in Newly-released Documentary

“Francesco,” a newly-released documentary on Pope Francis contains comments from the pope on homosexuality and civil unions. Some of the remarks, however, are the result of editing distinct phrases from a papal interview, and presenting them as a cohesive whole.