Pope Francis gives his blessing at the end of a speech to around 1,200 Catholics, Christian representatives, and politicians from throughout Italy on the final day of the 50th annual Social Week of Catholics, held in the northern Italian city of Trieste July 3-7, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: In Politics, Catholics Cannot Live a "private faith"

Jul 7, 2024

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholics to share their faith in the public square and to combat political polarization by supporting person-centered democracy.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop Emeritus of Port-Louis in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Democracy is under attack”, Cardinal in Mauritius on Situation in Many Countries

Aug 17, 2023

Democracy is not functioning well in many countries across the globe, Maurice Cardinal Piat has lamented in an interview.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Cardinal Zen Appears in Court in Hong Kong, Enters Plea of Not Guilty Alongside Co-accused

May 24, 2022

The date set for Cardinal Zen’s trial is Sept. 19.

Pope Francis addresses a meeting with authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece, Dec. 3, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Global "retreat from democracy" in Athens speech

Dec 4, 2021

The pope arrived in Greece after a two-day visit to Cyprus.

Mali’s military personnel grouped under the National Committee for the Salvation of the People during a televised address Wednesday, August 19.

Mali Military Coup “regrettable, democracy failure,” Bishops Say, Urge Change of Mentality

Aug 19, 2020

Mali has reportedly experienced a surge in violence involving both civilians and the military since 2016, with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 alone as compared to some 770 three years earlier.

Omoyele Sowore re-arrested   Friday, December 6, by the Department of State Security (DSS)  just hours after being freed on bail, in a case that has raised questions over free speech in Nigeria.

Re-arresting of Nigerian Journalist “a danger to democracy,” Archbishop Decries

Dec 11, 2019

The re-arresting of Nigerian journalist, human rights activist and former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore within court premises by the Department of State Security (DSS) hours after he had been freed on bail has angered a section of Nigerians including a Catholic Bishop in the West African Country who has condemned the incident terming it “a grave danger for democracy” in Africa’s most populous nation.