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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.

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.’

The flag of Eritrea. Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

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.

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia after their visit to  displaced persons in Amhara and Afar regions. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Facebook

Ethiopia’s Catholic Church Reports about Religious Leaders’ Solidarity Visit to Displaced

Jan 13, 2022

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia have reached out to the displaced persons in Amhara and Afar regions of the Horn of Africa nation in a solidarity visit during which they delivered food items, the Catholic Church has reported. 

The Vatican Museums. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Full Vaccination or Recovery among New COVID-19 Rules for Visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on May 1, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Vatican Media.

There is Urgent Need for "spiritual fatherhood" Today: Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"We all weep for these victims": Nigerian Cardinal Responds after Gunmen Kill 200 People

Jan 12, 2022

Cardinal Onaiyekan said: ‘They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says anything.’

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 12, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Prays for Workers "crushed by an unbearable burden" in COVID-19 Recession

Jan 12, 2022

He led a moment’s silence at his general audience.

Pope Francis listens as Sister Marije Kaleta speaks in Tirana’s St. Paul Cathedral, Albania, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Catholic Nun Who Secretly Baptized Babies Under Communism Dies at 92

Jan 12, 2022

Sister Marije Kaleta risked her life to take Communion to the sick and dying.

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "cancel culture" in Annual Address to Diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address.

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Baptizes Babies in Sistine Chapel for 1st Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 9, 2022

The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis meets members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Association at the Vatican, Jan. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

Let’s "begin again with more humanity" Amid Pandemic: Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2022

The pope was addressing a Vatican-based lay association.

Nurse Mary Onuoha holds the cross on her necklace. Christian Concern.

Nigerian-born Catholic Nurse Unfairly Dismissed Over Cross Necklace, UK Tribunal Rules

Jan 7, 2022

The verdict was hailed as a ‘landmark ruling.’

Pope Francis meets with French Catholic entrepreneurs at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Jan. 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

“The Church needs your witness”: Pope Francis’ Advice to Christian Business Executives

Jan 7, 2022

‘Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,’ he said.

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021. Vatican Media

"I continue to dream of a completely missionary Church": Pope Francis

Jan 6, 2022

He made the remark in his message for World Mission Day 2022.