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Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021. Vatican Media.

"Even in the College of Cardinals there are deniers": Pope Francis on COVID-19 Vaccines

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.”

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021. Vatican Media.

Confession is the "sacrament of joy": Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Nyeri Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Archbishop in Kenya Emphasizes Bishops’ Ban on Political Campaigns in Churches

Politicians in Kenya have been cautioned against using church premises including the pulpit for their political campaigns.

Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Welcomes 11-foot-tall Puppet Symbolizing Unaccompanied Refugee Children

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children.

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

The Eucharist Should Not Be Received Unworthily: Nigerian cardinal at Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Onaiyekan said it is ‘the duty of pastors to make access to confession easily available.’

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Mary Teaches us to Listen to “the voices of the forgotten”: Pope Francis in Message

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

“Rediscover beauty of being children of God”: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia.

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015. L’Osservatore Romano.

Vatican Releases Synod on Synodality Preparatory Documents and Handbook for Review

The Vatican unveiled a working document and handbook.

The flag of Slovakia, pictured in the country’s capital, Bratislava. RossHelen via Shutterstock.

More Catholics to See Pope Francis in Slovakia as Authorities Ease COVID-19 Rules

Papal events will no longer be limited to the fully vaccinated

The Hungarian capital Budapest at sunrise. ZGPhotography via Shutterstock.

International Eucharistic Congress Kicks Off Sunday with Holy Mass in Budapest, Hungary

Here’s what you need to know about the major Catholic gathering.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Choose Faith in Christ Over Formalities: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

At the general audience, the pope continued to reflect on Galatians.

Pope Francis greets supporters of the Laudato Si’ Movement at his general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Catholics to Pray for “courageous choices” to Protect Environment

He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.

Bishop Félicien Ntambue of DR Congo's Kabinda Diocese. Credit: Kabinda Diocese

Bishop of DR Congo’s Kabinda Diocese Condemns Church Desecration in “the strongest terms”

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Kabinda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has condemned the desecration of a Parish church in his pastoral jurisdiction.

Poster for the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Credit: United Nations

Church Leaders in Zimbabwe Urge Government to Bring All Cases of Disappearance to Closure

On the commemoration of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, members of the Churches Converge on Conflict and Peace (CCCOP) in Zimbabwe, a consortium of church organizations working for peace, have called on their country’s government to bring all cases of missing persons to a close.  

Pope Francis attends a general audience at the Vatican. Daniel Ibáñez/​CNA.

“A nurse saved my life,” Pope Francis Says in New Interview to Air Wednesday, September 1

The nurse reportedly advised the pope to undergo tests in February.

The Franciscan friar Fr. Placido Cortese (1907-1944). Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Cause of Italian Catholic Priest Who Saved Jews in WWII

Fr. Placido Cortese has been dubbed “the Italian Fr. Kolbe.”

Pope Francis meets with members of Lazare Association from France at the Vatican, Aug. 28, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tosses Speech to Listen to 200 Formerly Homeless People

The pope asked those present: ‘What do you expect from the Church?

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli speaks at a press conference at the Vatican on July 7, 2020. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Names Salesian Sister Secretary of Vatican’s Social Development Office

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, 46, was appointed ‘ad interim.’

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Life has never been so cheap”, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Decry, Call for Responsibility

The rise in cases of abductions, killings, and property destruction in Nigeria is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops who, in a collective statement, are calling upon the government to “take full responsibility for the present culture of violence.”

Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Catholic Lawmakers to Protect Human Dignity Online

The pope called for renewed efforts to combat child pornography, data breaches, and cyber attacks.