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January 15, 2022
CNA Staff
After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the Pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter. Javier Martínez-Brocal, director of the Rome-based news agency Rome Reports, tweeted a black-and-white photo of the Pope exiting a record store near the Pantheon in Rome. The photo went viral as
January 11, 2022
CNA Staff
Pope Francis has lamented “cancel culture” in his address to diplomats at the Vatican. Delivering his annual “state of the world” address on Jan. 10, the pope said that international organizations were increasingly pursuing “divisive” agendas at odds with the longstanding values of many countries. “Not infrequently, the center of interest has shifted to matters
January 11, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has demoted an influential archbishop as he begins a shake-up of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has removed Archbishop Giacomo Morandi from his post as secretary of the CDF and appointed him diocesan Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy. The archbishop, who will retain his episcopal rank “ad personam”, was
January 05, 2022
Courtney Mares/CNA
Pope Francis has said that it is a civilizational loss when dogs and cats replace children in society, encouraging couples to “take the risk” to become parents. “The other day, I was talking about the demographic winter that we have today … many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or
January 01, 2022
CNA Staff
Twenty-two Catholic missionaries were killed around the world in 2021, half of them in Africa, according to a report released by the Fides News Agency. Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reported that of the 22 missionaries killed in 2021, 13 were priests, two were women religious, one was
December 30, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
St Joseph, who protected his family from the persecution of King Herod, teaches us how to respond to our difficulties with courage and to trust in God’s plan, Pope Francis said. During his weekly public audience, the pope spoke about the contrast between St. Joseph, who acted with courage in the face of hardship and
December 26, 2021
CNA Staff
Giving his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis urged leaders to be open to dialogue to resolve the world’s many “conflicts, crises, and disagreements.” Speaking from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square , the pope said that people had become so accustomed to disputes that “by now we hardly
December 23, 2021
CNA Staff
Pope Francis has urged Vatican officials to undergo a “synodal conversion” and to walk the path of humility. In his annual pre-Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia, the pope said that the Holy See’s administrative institutions should be a model for the worldwide Catholic Church. “The Curia — let’s not forget — is
December 19, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
The Vatican has issued further strict guidelines on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in response to questions about the motu proprio Traditionis custodes. The explanatory document, which bans confirmations and ordinations according to pre-Vatican II Roman Missals, was published on Saturday with Pope Francis’ approval, the Vatican’s liturgy office said.  Traditionis custodes is
December 13, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
The Vatican’s liturgy office on Monday issued a rite and guidelines for the institution of lay catechists in the dioceses of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis created the lay ministry of catechist in May with the release of the motu proprio Antiquum ministerium (“Ancient ministry”), which emphasized the importance of the role of the catechist in history and today
December 07, 2021
Simon Caldwell
The Pope has denounced an attempt by the European Union to excise the word “Christmas” from official documentation as a throwback to the dictatorships of Napoleon, Hitler and Stalin. The 32-page manual for language used by EU institutions, called “Union of Equality”, recommended the use of “holiday period” instead of “Christmas period” to avoid offending
November 29, 2021
Staff Reporter
Pope Francis has called for solutions to the European migrant crisis that last week cost the lives of 27 people in the English Channel. The Holy Father used his Sunday Angelus to make a “heartfelt appeal” for an end to problems in France, Belarus and the Mediterranean, which, he said, had become “a tomb” for
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