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A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, May 7, 2017. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

What is a Catholic priest? A New Documentary Asks the Question

Jun 24, 2022

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they reflect on their vocations and the role of the priest in Catholic theology and spiritual life.

An Inuit delegation from Canada meets Pope Francis at the Vatican, March 28, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis' Pastoral Visit to Canada in July on Course, Vatican Releases Itinerary

Jun 23, 2022

The Vatican has released the itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit to Canada, during which he will meet with representatives of indigenous peoples, and with indigenous Catholics. 

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Nigeria Church Massacre: State Department Official Meets Local Bishop

Jun 17, 2022

The meeting took place following a request by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Belgian Bishop’s Request Not to Be Made a Cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja during prayer and penance for peace and security in Nigeria on March 1, 2020. null

Nigerian Christians No Longer View the U.S. as a "credible partner", Expert Says

Jun 14, 2022

The claim that the Pentecost Sunday attack was related merely to resources, land, or climate change is "absurd," Stephen Rasche says.

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, pictured on Oct. 13, 2018. Damien Storan via Shutterstock.

Recent Church Massacre in Nigeria Not Linked to Climate Change: Bishop to Irish President

Jun 13, 2022

The bishop said Michael D. Higgins’ ‘reasons for this gruesome massacre are incorrect and far-fetched.’

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See St Charles de Foucauld as Model of Holiness: Pope Francis to Future Vatican Diplomats

Jun 9, 2022

The pope was speaking to members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

112-year-old Venezuelan farmer Vicente Pérez gestures at his home in San Jose de Bolivar, Tachira state, Venezuela, on Jan. 24, 2022. Guinness World Records has officially recognized Pérez as the oldest living man following the death of a Spaniard who was the previous holder of the title,. Jhonny Parra/AFP via Getty Images

The Oldest Man in the World is 113 and Prays the Holy Rosary Twice a Day

Jun 8, 2022

His name is Juan Vicente Pérez Mora, he’s Venezuelan, and is passionate about his faith.

Depiction of the Holy Spirit in St. Peter’s Basilica. Paolo Gallo / Shutterstock.

Everything You Need to Know about Pentecost

Jun 4, 2022

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.  

Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon. Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican Asks for Suspension of Ordinations in French Diocese after a “fraternal visit”

Jun 3, 2022

The Vatican has asked a diocese in southern France to suspend its ordinations of priests and deacons scheduled for this month after a “fraternal visit” of the diocese.

Pope Francis prays the rosary for peace in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major, May 31, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays Rosary for Peace in Ukraine and Around the World

May 31, 2022

The pope meditated on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary in union with Marian shrines around the world.

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Pentecost Novena: Here's How to Pray the First Novena

May 28, 2022

The first novena ever prayed is the Pentecost Novena, or the Novena to the Holy Spirit. This year, it began on Friday, May 27, and concludes on Saturday, June 4.

Cardinal Tagle at the beatification of Pauline Jaricot in Lyon, France, on May 22, 2022. In Your Name/Diocèse de Lyon Flickr photostream.

Missionary Dioceses Need Support with Abuse Prevention Protocols: Vatican Cardinal

May 26, 2022

‘They need psychologists. They need canon lawyers,’ the Vatican cardinal said.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Cardinal Zen Appears in Court in Hong Kong, Enters Plea of Not Guilty Alongside Co-accused

May 24, 2022

The date set for Cardinal Zen’s trial is Sept. 19.

St. Francis Xavier statue in front St. Joseph Cathedral in Beijing, China, February 25, 2016. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Has Asked Catholics to Say This Prayer May 24: Our Lady, Help of Christians

May 23, 2022

In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24, the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, to be a World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, which venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary under that title as the country's patroness.

St. John Paul II in 1978. Vatican Media.

St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis Named among Patrons of World Youth Day 2023

May 18, 2022

The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering.

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Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong Released on Bail: Report

May 11, 2022

The news emerged shortly after the Vatican said that it was concerned to hear of reports of his arrest.

Brad Jolly at his home in Longmont, Colorado. Courtesy photo

American Man Shares His Love of Math, Catholicism with Students in Uganda

Apr 21, 2022

Since last summer, a Colorado man has been helping Catholic schoolchildren in Uganda using the two “universal” things that they share: Catholicism and mathematics.

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pictured holding his letter to Pope Francis. Religious Information Service of Ukraine

Ukrainian Soldier Appeals to Pope Francis to Help Save People of Mariupol, a Besieged City

Apr 19, 2022

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pleaded with the pope to help do something to safely evacuate people from the city.

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool. null

German Bishops' President Responds to Letter Warning of Schism Risk in Synodal Path

Apr 16, 2022

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, president of the German bishops’ conference, responded Thursday to a letter warning the country’s synodal path could lead to schism by defending the process as a response to abuses in the Church.