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Pope Francis conferred on Catholics the lay ministries of catechist and lector at a Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God on Jan. 23, 2022. Vatican Media

The Word of God Rekindles Hope, Pope Francis Says On Word of God Sunday

Jan 23, 2022

During Mass for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis formally conferred upon lay Catholics the ministries of lector and catechist.

St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Wolfymoza via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Declares St. Irenaeus 37th Doctor of the Church, with Title "Doctor of Unity"

Jan 21, 2022

The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

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.

Pope Francis met the Italian Association of Private Construction Contractors on Jan. 20, 2022. Vatican Media.

Human Life the Most Valuable Asset to Protect in Workplace: Pope Francis

Jan 20, 2022

The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people lose their lives in work-related accidents or diseases every year worldwide.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202). Public Domain.

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be Declared a Doctor of the Church

Jan 20, 2022

Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’

The flag of Eritrea. Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Visitors for Eritrean Catholics in US, Canada, and Europe

Jan 19, 2022

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"God is not afraid of our sins": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Jan 19, 2022

The pope made the comment at his general audience.

Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA and Diocese of Gozo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican Asks Catholic Bishops to Invite Local Protestant, Orthodox Leaders in Synodal Path

Jan 18, 2022

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Confer New Lay Ministries for First Time in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 18, 2022

The candidates come from three continents.

Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

The story of the Holy Land is the "Fifth Gospel": Pope Francis

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Vatican Museums. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Full Vaccination or Recovery among New COVID-19 Rules for Visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on May 1, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Vatican Media.

There is Urgent Need for "spiritual fatherhood" Today: Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 12, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Prays for Workers "crushed by an unbearable burden" in COVID-19 Recession

Jan 12, 2022

He led a moment’s silence at his general audience.

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "cancel culture" in Annual Address to Diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address.

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Baptizes Babies in Sistine Chapel for 1st Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 9, 2022

The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis meets members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Association at the Vatican, Jan. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

Let’s "begin again with more humanity" Amid Pandemic: Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2022

The pope was addressing a Vatican-based lay association.

Pope Francis meets with French Catholic entrepreneurs at the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Jan. 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

“The Church needs your witness”: Pope Francis’ Advice to Christian Business Executives

Jan 7, 2022

‘Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,’ he said.

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 18, 2021. Vatican Media

"I continue to dream of a completely missionary Church": Pope Francis

Jan 6, 2022

He made the remark in his message for World Mission Day 2022.