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Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg (left) and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

"We need time", Synod on Synodality Organizers Tell German-language Media

Feb 14, 2023

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg and Maltese Cardinal Mario Grech made their remarks in the wake of the recent European Continental Assembly in Prague.

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of Orihuela-Alicante, Spain. / Credit: Archdiocese of Valladolid

Spanish Catholic Bishop Proclaims Right to life Doesn’t Come from Ballot Box or Court

Feb 13, 2023

“There are human beings who do not have human rights. It’s the obvious conclusion,” said Bishop José Ignacio Munilla of a Feb. 9 court decision.

Synod delegates listen to presentations at the European Continental Assembly in Prague on Feb. 7, 2023. / CCEE

European Catholics Debate Final Outcome of Synod on Synodality Assembly in Prague

Feb 9, 2023

European Catholics debated Thursday morning the contents of a final document that will influence the discussions of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in the fall.

Synod on Synodality logo / Courtesy USCCB

Synod on Synodality: Europe’s Continental Assembly in Prague discusses tensions in the Church

Feb 7, 2023

Two hundred delegates are meeting this week in the capital of the Czech Republic for the last stage of regional discussions in the Synod on Synodality. 

Queen Elizabeth greets Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Praises Queen Elizabeth’s "steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ"

Sep 8, 2022

Pope Francis in a telegram late Thursday offered his condolences and prayers upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the head of the Church of England.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Vatican, April 3, 2014. | Lauren Cater/CNA.

BREAKING NEWS: Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96

Sep 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness.

Liz Truss MP, Minister of State for Women and Equalities. Ian Davidson Photography/Shutterstock

As New British Prime Minister Takes Office, Catholic Bishops Offer Prayers and Help

Sep 6, 2022

In a congratulatory message to new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has pledged his prayers and the Church’s support for addressing various crises, including in the cost of living.

Pope John Paul II prays in Managua's cathedral before ending his visit to Nicaragua on Feb. 7, 1996. Photo by RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images

St. John Paul II’s "dark night" in Nicaragua

Aug 27, 2022

When then Pope John Paul II’s plane landed in Nicaragua on March 4, 1983, the authorities were waiting, including Daniel Ortega, who with his wife, Rosario Murillo, now lead the country’s current dictatorship.

Pope Francis holds an Ordinary Public Consistory in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, May 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Who Will Vote for a New Pope after Francis? A Look at the Cardinals by the Numbers

Aug 25, 2022

On Aug. 27, Pope Francis will create 20 new cardinals, bringing the total number in the college to 229. 

“Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” is airing in more than 960 theaters across the United States Oct. 3-4. Knights of Columbus

Film Presenting the Life Mother Teresa to Hit Theaters in October

Aug 23, 2022

A film presenting the life of St. Teresa of Calcutta, commonly referred to as Mother Teresa, will be premiering in theaters for two days in October. 

Bishop José Álvarez Lagos surrounded by police officers on Aug. 4, 2022. | Diocese Media TV Merced / Diocese of Matagalpa

Cardinal in Nacaragua Visits Bishop Under House Arrest, Says "his mind, spirit are strong"

Aug 20, 2022

The archbishop of Managua, Nicaragua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, met with the bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando Álvarez, hours after the bishop had been abducted by the Daniel Ortega dictatorship during the early hours of August 19.

Bishop Rolando José Álvarez of the Diocese of Matagalpa, Nicaragua, was placed under house arrest by the police of Daniel Ortega's regime in early August 2022. Photo credit: Diocese of Matagalpa

Catholic Bishop in Nicaragua Put Under House Arrest, Priests, Seminarians Sent to Jail

Aug 19, 2022

The national police of Nicaragua's Ortega regime said that the bishop was seized to prevent "destabilizing and provocative activities.”

Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Daniel Ibañez / CNA

Vatican Will Not Take Prefect of Dicastery for Bishops to Trial for Sex Abuse Allegations

Aug 18, 2022

Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops, was accused of sexual assault in a civil suit filed this week against the Archdiocese of Quebec.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong. Yung Chi Wai Derek/Shutterstock.

Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong to Stand Trial in September Over Role with Pro-democracy Fund

Aug 11, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen is set to stand trial next month, along with four other people, in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund.

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Vatican Enlists Influencers to Get Young, Disenchanted Catholics to Answer Synod Survey

Aug 9, 2022

Jimmy Akin, a Catholic apologist and a host of the popular radio call-in show Catholic Answers Live, was tapped by the Vatican to reach out to Catholics whose voices haven't been heard.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

Anglicans Recognize Pope as "father of the Church in the West": Archbishop of Canterbury

Aug 5, 2022

In ecumenical discussions at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, has said that most Anglicans recognize the pope as “the father of the Church in the West.”

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Pope Francis Gifts His "dearest friend", St. Joseph, to Canada

Jul 29, 2022

The 85-year-old pontiff gifted a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus to the archbishop’s residence in Québec City.

Pope Francis address indigenous young people and elders in Iqaluit, Canada, on July 29, 2022, on the final day of his weeklong trip to Canada. Vatican Media

Choose Light Over Darkness: Pope Francis to Indigenous Youth, Elders in Northern Canada

Jul 29, 2022

Some of those indigenous people assembled to listen to the pope had met with him at the Vatican in March.

Pope Francis address representatives of Canada's indigenous peoples at the archbishop's residence in Québec City. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Praises Canada’s Indigenous People as he Departs Québec

Jul 29, 2022

The pope's next, and final stop, in Canada is Iqaluit, in the country's northernmost territory.

Pope Francis presides over a July 28 Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Canada. Vatican Media

Jesus Comes to Us When We “come up against a paralyzing sense of failure”: Pope Francis

Jul 28, 2022

At a July 28 Mass in the historic Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Québec, Pope Francis preached on the hope and redemption that Christ offers in the face of shame.