Church in Europe

Pope Francis arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 31, 2023. The streets of the pope’s five-mile drive from the N’Dolo Airport to the presidential residence were lined with thousands of locals who cheered and waved flags. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Statistics: Africa Had Biggest Increase in Catholics, While Numbers Fell in Europe

Oct 24, 2023

Catholics in the world numbered 1,375,852,000 people at the end of 2021, with an overall increase of 16.2 million compared with the previous year. 

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. 

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The Saints Spread the Gospel, Not a "social program": Pope Francis to Bishops

Sep 23, 2021

Pope Francis encouraged Europe’s bishops to introduce people to the joy of an encounter with Jesus.