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Catholics attend Mass in Ho, Ghana. James Dalrymple via Shutterstock.

Number of Catholics in Africa, Asia Continues to Rise, Newly Released Statistics Indicate

The Catholic Church grew by 15 million people worldwide in 2019.

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Pope Francis Wants Seminarians to Read This Letter from a Clerical Abuse Survivor

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican Launches Prayer Website "to accompany" Synod on Synodality

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Thanks Child for Giving Impromptu “lesson” at Wednesday General Audience

The boy approached the pope during his weekly catechesis.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez. CEC

Nun Released after Years of Captivity in Mali Thanks God, All Who Facilitated Her Release

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years, posted Sunday on Twitter thanking God and all those who made possible her liberation.

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. Mazur/

Vatican Regulates Postulator’s Role in Saints’ Causes, Seeks to Curb Conflicts of Interest

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest.

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021. Vatican Media.

Catholic Healthcare is Called to Bear Witness to Human Dignity: Pope Francis

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer. Vatican Media

“Quest for personal prestige (over service) a spiritual malady”: Pope Francis

Do good from a spirit of service, not from a desire for personal glory, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

A screenshot of Pope Francis speaking during the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements Oct. 16, 2021. CNA

Catholic Social Teaching Has Useful Principles for Popular Movements to Follow: Pope

Pope Francis spoke over video call to participants in the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements.

Children in South Sudan participating in the rosary campaign. ACN

"One million children praying rosary": Kids Join Rosary Initiative Inspired by Padre Pio

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

Sister Monica Chikwe, vice president, Slaves No More. U.S. Embassy to the Holy See

Meet the Catholic Nuns Leading the Fight against Human Trafficking

When a 26-year-old Nigerian girl was first forced out on the streets of Italy by her traffickers, she was told: “You have to start smiling.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

The Gospel Opens Every Culture to Greater Freedom in Christ: Pope Francis

He was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Msgr. Diego Ravelli in 2015/. Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis Names Master of Ceremonies for Vatican Papal Liturgies

Msgr. Diego Ravelli was also named head of the pope’s Sistine Chapel Choir.

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica opening the worldwide synodal path, Oct. 10, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Launches Two-year Synodal Path with Call to "encounter, listen, and discern"

The diocesan phase will last from October 2021 to April 2022.

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Colombian Nun Kidnapped in Mali in 2017 Freed, Greeted, Blessed By Pope Francis at Vatican

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

"Is your faith tired and do you want to reinvigorate it?" Pope Francis at the Angelus

The pope outlined a three-step process for personal renewal.

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Path to 2023 Synod on Synodality Faces Three “risks”: Pope Francis

The two-year process leading to the synod formally opens this weekend.

Pope Francis attends the concluding ceremony of the Prayer for Peace Meeting organized by the Sant’Egidio Community at Rome’s Colosseum, Oct. 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

All Religious Traditions Must Resist "temptation to fundamentalism": Pope Francis

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.