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Robert Cardinal Sarah, prefect-emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014. / Paul Badde.

Guinea Government Needs to “radically change”, Vatican-based Cardinal Says

The West African Republic of Guinea that is currently under military leadership following a coup earlier this month needs to “radically change”, a Vatican-based Cardinal has said in a recent letter.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invokes Intercession of Mary for Ongoing Regional Sisters in Africa Plenary

Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic blessings for the ongoing 18th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA).

"The Chosen" actor Jonathan Roumie (left) and director Dallas Jenkins (center front) meet Pope Francis (right) at the Vatican on Aug. 11. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Meets Actor Who Plays Jesus in the Internet Series “The Chosen”

The actor who plays Jesus in the internet series “The Chosen” met Pope Francis on Wednesday, fulfilling a lifelong dream as he visits Rome this week to view pilgrimage sites related to the Gospels.

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis: The Humble Service of a Deacon Tells of the Greatness of God

Pope Francis met with deacons and their families Saturday at the Vatican and encouraged them to help their parishes to recognize Jesus in the poor.

A map showing the Tigray area in northern Ethiopia. Credit: Public Domain

Pope Francis Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the ongoing unrest in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus Recovery Must Have True Vision for Humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and neighbor, Pope Francis has said in a message to world leaders gathered in Bratislava. 

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'

God asks us to trust that his love is always at work through our good deeds, even if we do not see the results we had hoped for, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Imposes Term Limits for Church Movement Leaders to Curb "violations and abuses"

The Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communiThe Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communities.ties.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

German Cardinal Says Pope’s Decision Not to Accept His Resignation a “great challenge”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising is a “great challenge.”

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal George Pell Turns 80, Loses Right to Vote in Papal Conclave

Cardinal George Pell turned 80 years old on Tuesday, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave.

Pope Francis with French Priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on 7 June 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis to Priests: Weakness is a Chance for Encounter with God

Pope Francis told a group of young French priests on Monday that weakness is a chance for encounter with God, and not something they should try to overcome by their own strength.

Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis on Corpus Christi: ‘We need to enlarge our hearts’

Pope Francis said Sunday that we need to “enlarge our hearts” to truly appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Sorrowful after Children’s Graves Found at Catholic-run School in Canada

Pope Francis expressed sorrow on Sunday at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves at a Church-run residential school in Canada.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Never Forget that Jesus is Praying for you before Father: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that just as Jesus prayed for his friends while on earth, he also prays for each person eternally before the Father in heaven.

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience./ Daniel Ibáñez

Pope Francis Releases Video Message on the Beauty of Marriage

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage.

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag./ Bohumil Petrik / CNA

World Health Organization Grants Holy See Permanent Observer Status

The Holy See has been granted permanent observer status to the World Health Organization following resolution adopted by consensus on May 31.