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A three-day conference Nov. 16–18, 2022, highlighted the Congregation of Propaganda Fide’s missionary work around the world, spanning four centuries. | Credit: EWTN Nightly News

Vatican Conference Examines History of 400-year-old Congregation of Propaganda Fide

Nov 20, 2022

The Congregation of Propaganda Fide — a Vatican department dedicated to the Church’s missionary activity — is celebrating its 400th anniversary. A three-day conference at the Vatican this week sought to examine the centuries-long history of this department, including its global impact today.

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Pope Names Secretaries of Doctrinal, Disciplinary Sections of Vatican’s Doctrine of Faith

Apr 23, 2022

Under Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, the internal structure of the CDF has been reorganized into two sections.

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Pope Francis Changes Structure of Vatican Doctrinal Office in Latest Roman Curia Reform

Feb 14, 2022

The restructuring is the latest step in Pope Francis' ongoing reform of the Roman Curia.

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.

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Pope Francis Updates Norms on Crimes Judged by Vatican’s Doctrinal Office

Dec 7, 2021

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors

The offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Credit: Marco Mancini/CNA.

Palliative Not Enough, Catholics Must Share Christ’s Hope, Says Vatican

Sep 22, 2020

Palliative care for the dying is important, but medical interventions are not enough; Catholics have a responsibility to be with the suffering and to communicate the hope of Christ, a new Vatican document on euthanasia said Tuesday.

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Vatican reaffirms euthanasia is ‘intrinsically evil act,’ calls Catholics to accompany the dying

Sep 22, 2020

In a new document released Tuesday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching on the sinfulness of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and recalled the obligation of Catholics to accompany the sick and dying through prayer, physical presence, and the sacraments.

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Baptisms Administered "in name of the community" are Invalid: Vatican

Aug 7, 2020

The Vatican’s doctrinal office issued Thursday a clarification on the sacrament of baptism, stating changes to the formula to emphasize community participation are not permitted.

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican Issues Manual for Bishops on Handling Reports of Sexual Abuse of Minors

Jul 18, 2020

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Thursday a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure in respect to accusations of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric.

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Vatican Sends Extraordinary Form Mass Survey to World’s Bishops

Apr 28, 2020

The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has asked the world’s bishops to report on how a landmark papal document acknowledging the right of all priests to say Mass using the Roman Missal of 1962 is being applied in their dioceses.

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‘No logical connection’ Between Celibacy and Abuse, CDF Official Says

Dec 13, 2019

A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of the abuse crisis.