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Pope Francis Institutes New Ministry of Catechist

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Tuesday formally instituting the new lay ministry of catechist.

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Vatican Creates Group to Study Separating Mafia from the Catholic Church

The Vatican’s human development office has created a working group on the topic of the expulsion of criminal organizations from the Catholic Church.

Statue de saint Ignace de Loyola réalisée au XVIIe siècle par le sculpteur espagnol Juan Martínez Montañés / Jl FilpoC via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis: The Spiritual Exercises Deepen the Concept of Personal Reform

Pope Francis on Monday sent a video message for the launch of a book on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, written by one of the pope’s early spiritual mentors.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis Calls for Suspension of COVID-19 Vaccine Patents in ‘Vax Live’ Concert Video

Pope Francis called for the "temporary suspension of intellectual property rights" for COVID-19 vaccines in his video message to the "Vax Live" concert co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

Pope Francis said Sunday that loving like Christ requires a rejection of the worldly loves of money, success, vanity, and power.

Mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside Christ Cathedral in Orange, California/ Kate Veik/CNA

Mother’s Day: 12 Catholic Quotes on the Beauty of Motherhood

On Mother’s Day, Catholics recognize two important figures: our mother, and Mary, Mother of God. In celebration of all that mothers do, here are 12 quotes from saints and other Catholic figures on the beauty and significance of motherhood:

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New EWTN Documentary on Bl. Carlo Acutis Available to Watch for Free

A new documentary about Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church, is available to watch for free this month.

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Diocese of Huarí, Peru, May 6, 2021./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Bishop of Murdered Lay Missionary

Pope Francis met with a delegation Thursday from the diocese in Peru where Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, was murdered last month.

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‘We are ready to give up our lives’: 34 new Swiss Guards take oath to protect the pope

Thirty-four new Swiss Guards were sworn in Thursday in an elaborate ceremony in Vatican City in which the guards promised to protect the pope, even “sacrificing if necessary also my own life.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Issue Apostolic Letter on Ministry of Catechist

Pope Francis will issue an apostolic letter next week on the ministry of catechist.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Contemplative Dimension of Being Human Gives Life Flavor: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to embrace the contemplative dimension of being human both in prayer and their daily lives.

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May is for the Regulation of Financial Markets

Pope Francis is asking Catholics to pray throughout May for the regulation of financial markets to “protect citizens from its dangers.”

Rome-Based Lay Catholic Association Hails Abolition of Death Penalty in Malawi

The leadership of the Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has hailed the abolition of the death penalty in the Southeastern African nation of Malawi.

Venerable Carlo Acutis./

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ 30th Birthday Celebrated by Parishes Across World

Catholic parishes across Italy and as far away as the Philippines celebrated what would have been the 30th birthday of Blessed Carlo Acutis on Monday.

Papal Foundation Announces $9m in Grants for Charitable Projects

The Papal Foundation announced April 28 they will be distributing $9.2 million in grants to dioceses in 64 countries in the coming year.

"A truly Christian life bears witness to Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Caeli Address

It is our task as Christians to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and to bear the good fruit of love in the world, Pope Francis said at his Regina caeli address on Sunday.

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Vatican Adds Seven Invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

The Vatican's divine worship office announced Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph.

'Hope for the future': Pope Francis Asks Mary to Intercede for End to Pandemic

Pope Francis prayed a rosary Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, imploring the Virgin Mary to intercede for healing for the sick, comfort for the grieving, and hope for the future.

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Pope Francis Amends Law to Allow Vatican City Court to Judge Cardinals, Bishops

Pope Francis on Friday amended part of a law issued last year regulating Vatican City’s judicial system, now allowing the court of first instance to rule on criminal trials of bishops and cardinals.

Detail from Saint Catherine of Siena, from the circle of Baldassare Francheschini (17th century).

Pope Francis: St. Catherine of Siena is a Gift to the Church and Humanity

On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Pope Francis expressed his hope that the “great female figure of faith” would continue to inspire more joyful and fervent witness.