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Eucharistic adoration following the pope's Corpus Christi Mass June 14, 2020./ Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Recalls Nights Spent in Eucharistic Adoration in his Youth

In a letter to a Spanish weekly, Pope Francis recalled “with emotion” his time spent in adoration at the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in Buenos Aires.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. / Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Cardinal Turkson Marks World Health Day with Call to Rethink Healthcare

Cardinal Peter Turkson called for a rethink of healthcare to include a “holistic vision of care” in his message for this year’s World Health Day.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in so

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in the darkest moments of their lives.

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media.

Political Ideologies Wound Fraternity in Catholic Church: Papal preacher on Good Friday

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord liturgy on Good Friday.

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Catholic Health Provider in Africa Responds to Vatican Call for Improved Water, Hygiene

The Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, an Order of the Catholic Church that provides health services in African countries and all over the world, is on the forefront of responding to the Vatican call on Catholic health facilities to improve hygienic measures especially during COVID-19 pandemic.

Vatican flag and the logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Hail Holy See’s Clarification on Same-Sex Unions

Christian leaders in the West African nation of Nigeria have hailed Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for clarifying that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions, terming the move “godly and timely.”

Pope Francis addressing faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square, Vatican on February 28. / Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

Pope Francis Condemns Abduction of Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls, Expresses Solidarity

Pope Francis has condemned last week’s kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna, describing it as “vile abduction.”

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Cardinal Says Vatican Employees Could Lose Jobs for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when deemed necessary for their work could face penalties up to termination of employment.

Logo Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) / Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

On 90th Anniversary of Vatican Radio, Bishops in Africa Hope for Continued Collaboration

As Vatican Radio marks 90 years since its establishment on Friday, February 12, Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a letter shared with ACI Africa, expressed the hope that there will be continued collaboration with the Rome-based Catholic radio.

Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal (R) Apostolic Nuncio to Tunisia, Fr. Inacio Lucas (L) Bishop-elect of Mozambique’s Guruè Diocese, and Fr. Joaquim Nhanganga Tyombe (C) of Angola's Diocese of Uige / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishops for Dioceses in Angola, Mozambique, Nuncio in Tunisia

Pope Francis has appointed Local Ordinaries for the Dioceses of Uíje in Angola, Guruè in Mozambique, and his representative in the Northern African nation of Tunisia. 

Ecumenical Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Jan. 25, 2021. / Daniel Ibáñez/ Vatican Pool.

“May Holy Trinity make us grow in unity”: Holy Father at End of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded Monday with Vespers at the tomb of St. Paul.

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Vatican COVID-19 Commission Promotes Vaccine Access for the Vulnerable

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Christmas “feast of love incarnate, born for us in Jesus Christ”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda. / EWTN

Cardinal in Rwanda Appointed to Vatican’s Propaganda Fide

Rwanda’s Cardinal has been appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), whose members are responsible for coordinating the church’s missionary work.

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Knights of Columbus Praise US Listing of Nigeria as 'Country of Particular Concern'

The Knights of Columbus has praised the United States for listing Nigeria as among the worst countries for religious freedom, and calling renewed attention to the mass killings of Christians in Nigeria.

Pope John Paul II, pictured in 1992. / L'Osservatore Romano.

St. John Paul II: 1,700 Professors Respond to ‘wave of accusations’ Against Polish Pope

Hundreds of professors have signed an appeal defending St. John Paul II following criticism of the Polish pope in the wake of the McCarrick Report.

Pope Francis with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Points Us to God: Pope Francis

The Virgin Mary teaches us about God’s gift, abundance, and blessing, Pope Francis said Saturday on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The agency will now be called the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority. / Vatican News

Pope Francis Approves Overhaul of Vatican’s Financial Watchdog

Pope Francis approved Saturday sweeping changes to the Vatican’s financial watchdog authority.

Map of Nigeria showing Borno State, scene of the attack on farmers on November 28.

Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity with Nigerians Following Attack on Farmers

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the people of God in Nigeria following the attack on farmers over the weekend in Borno State, the North-Eastern part of the country.

Paolo Gabriele sits in front of Pope Benedict XVI in the popemobile in St. Peter's Square Oct. 24, 2011. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Benedict XVI’s Former 'Vatileaks' Butler Paolo Gabriele Dies at age 54

The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the age of 54.