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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: Vatican Media

Explainer: Why Can’t a Catholic Join the Freemasons?

Nov 17, 2023

The Vatican recently reaffirmed that active membership in Freemasonry by Catholics is not permissible.

Detail of a mural showing Blessed Stanley Rother being welcomed into heaven at the new Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City. | Credit: Joe Holdren/EWTN News

What is the Process for Canonization? A guide for All Saints’ Day 

Nov 1, 2023

On the day the Church celebrates the Church triumphant in heaven, we take a closer look at the formal process the Church uses to declare someone a saint.

Pope Francis greets religious sisters at the end of his general audience on Aug. 10, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Extends Time to Appeal Dismissal from Consecrated Life

Apr 3, 2023

Pope Francis amended canon law on Monday to give members of institutes of consecrated life more time to appeal a dismissal.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Changes Rules for Major Superiors of Religious Orders

May 18, 2022

The change allows religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission.

St. Peter holding the keys / Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis Updates Canon Law on Dismissal from Religious Institutes

Apr 26, 2022

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions.

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Code of Canon Law Translated to Kiswahili after Seven Years of Work in Tanzania

Nov 19, 2020

The Code of Canon Law is now available in Kiswahili language following seven years of “difficult” work undertaken by a team of translators under the auspices of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC), a Cleric involved in the initiative has announced.