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Pope John Paul II in 1996. / Vatican Media.

New Book Highlights St. John Paul II’s Influence Amid Cold War

A new book on St. John Paul II examines the relationship of the Polish pope with Central and Eastern European countries during the Cold War.

Fr. Linus Ngenomesho (left) appointed, Apostolic Administrator of Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu and Fr. Godefroid Manuga-Lukokisa (right) named a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Pope Francis Appoints Congolese Cleric to Propaganda Fide, Namibian Priest Administrator

The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) 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. 

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, (right) and former president and opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie (left) have their first meeting since the national election in Abidjan on November 11, 2020.

Holy Father Appeals for “reconciliation, peaceful coexistence” in Ivory Coast amid Tension

Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.

Joe Biden walking with supporters in Iowa, May 25, 2020. / Pix_Arena/Shutterstock

Pope Francis Congratulates Biden on Election Victory in Phone Call

Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Pope Francis on Thursday, his office has announced. The Catholic, former vice president, and presumptive next president was congratulated on his electoral victory by the pope on the morning of Nov. 12.

Fr. Luigi Maccali after an audience with Pope Francis in Rome. / ©️ Vatican Media

Freed Missionary Cleric in West Africa Recounts Moving Experience after Meeting Pope

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, the Catholic missionary Priest who was freed last month in Mali after he was kidnapped in Niger in September 2018 was evidently overcome with emotion when he had an audience with Pope Francis earlier this week following his release.

Theodore McCarrick talks with other church leaders at the Spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops June 15, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. / Scott Olson/Getty

McCarrick Report: Vatican Details McCarrick's Career and Decades of Sexual Misconduct

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State published Tuesday a report on Theodore McCarrick, saying that the Holy See had received inaccurate information about McCarrick from three New Jersey bishops before McCarrick’s 2001 appointment as archbishop of Washington.

Portraits of Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques, and Simone Barreto Silva. / Screengrab from the livestream of the Nice attack victims' memorial Nov. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis to Meet with Families of the Victims of the Nice Basilica Attack

Pope Francis will meet with families of the victims of the Nice basilica attack, the city’s mayor said Saturday at the national memorial service for the victims.

President Uhuru Kenyatta holding talks with Pope Francis at the Vatican Friday, November 6, 2020. / Vatican News.

Kenya’s President Meets Pope Francis in Historic Visit, “bilateral relations highlighted”

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta met Pope Francis on Friday, November 6 at the Vatican, making him the first Head of State of the East African nation to pay the Holy Father a courtesy visit at the Holy See, the headquarters of the Catholic Church.

All Souls Day Mass in a Catholic cemetery in Mobile Alabama. / Fr. Stephen Vrazel

The Hallowed Tradition of Cemetery Masses

The end of October and the first few days of November comprise of “Allhallowtide” in the Church--All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. During the month of November, the Church takes special notice to remember, honor and pray for the dead. There are many different cultural traditions around this period, but one of the most consistently honored is the practice of visiting cemeteries. 

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Victim Petitions to Sue Pre-seminary and Religious Group at Vatican Abuse Trial

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.

Promotional poster of the Documentary film, "Francesco."

Pope Francis’ Comment Not Departure from “Catholic Christian Marriage”: African Prelates

The statement by Pope Francis that has made global headlines and triggered a series of controversies is not a departure from the meaning of Catholic Christian Marriage as has been consistently held over the centuries, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. / Gnuckx via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Former Spiritual Director of 'Medjugorje Visionaries' Excommunicated

A laicized priest who had been the spiritual director to six people who said they experienced visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has been excommunicated.

Pope Francis. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

What did Pope Francis Say About Civil Unions? A CNA Explainer

“Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples.

Relatives of 18 fishermen detained in Libya and Marco Marrone the owner of one of the boats seized, are seen during a protest demanding the release of the sailors, in front of parliament, in Rome, Italy. / Reuters.

Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity, “encouragement, support” for Fishermen Held in Libya

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 18 expressed his solidarity with the 18 fishermen who, for over one and a half months, have been held in Libya.

Pope Francis light a candle during an interreligious ceremony in the Campidoglio Square, Rome, Oct. 20, 2020. / Vatican Media

"Today the world has a profound thirst for peace": Pope Francis

Pope Francis affirmed the signal importance of peace at an interreligious gathering Tuesday on Rome’s Capitoline Hill.

The uncovered tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Tomb Closes After Extended Time of Public Veneration

The glass that has allowed pilgrims to view Blessed Carlo Acutis will be permanently covered Monday as the official multi-week celebration of the Italian teen’s beatification in Assisi comes to an end. 

A view of St. Peter's Cupola from Casa Santa Marta. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican: Coronavirus Case in Pope Francis' Residence

The Holy See press office said Saturday a resident of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis also lives has tested positive for COVID-19.

The tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis in Assisi, Italy. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Doctors Recall His Last Days in Hospital

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church. Following his beatification last Saturday, his doctors and hospital chaplain recalled their memories of his final days.

Vatican City State Mint’s 10 euro coin marking the 50th Anniversary of World Earth Day. Credit: Ufficio Filatelico Numismatico Vaticano.

New Vatican Coin Depicts "mother carrying the earth in her womb"

A new coin minted by the Vatican City State depicts a woman carrying the earth in her womb. The artist who designed the coin, which commemorates Earth Day, has said the design was his response to the ecological theme he was commissioned to portray.

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Says Blessed Carlo Acutis is a Model for Young People to Put God first

Pope Francis said Sunday that the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis provides a witness for young people that true happiness is found when one puts God first.