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September 22, 2021
CNA Staff
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 04:10 am Pope Francis urged theologians gathering in Rome on Tuesday to promote “a renewed understanding of contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross.”  In a message to participants in an international theological congress, the pope said he hoped that the meeting would contribute to the evangelization of
September 09, 2021
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Rome Newsroom, Sep 8, 2021 / 09:30 am Burma’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo told Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress on Wednesday that it was important to imitate Jesus’ patience amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Look at our world and our lives. The modern man lives in a feverish pitch. He is
September 09, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
The Vatican released a message from Pope Francis on Wednesday as the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future,” Pope Francis said in the message published Sept.
September 08, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has united with Orthodox and Anglican leaders to urge people everywhere to “eat, travel, spend, invest and live differently” in an attempt to save the planet from destruction. In their first ever joint statement, the Pope joined Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to plead with people
September 07, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Vatican City, Sep 7, 2021 / 03:30 am The Vatican released Tuesday a preparatory document and handbook for the 2023 synod on synodality to be reviewed by all Catholic dioceses in the world over the next six months. “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium,”
August 31, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has advanced the cause for sainthood of a young mother who sacrificed her own life to save her unborn child. The Pontiff recognised the “heroic virtues” of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who died from cancer in 1995 at the age of 26 years after she refused chemotherapy for herself so her unborn son,
August 30, 2021
Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA
Rome, Italy, Aug 30, 2021 / 00:00 am Despite ongoing rumors, there is no confirmation that Pope Francis is drafting a document that defines the role and tasks of a Pope Emeritus. Nor are there any signs that Pope Francis may soon give up the Petrine ministry, as Benedict XVI did before him. Yet, some
August 26, 2021
CNA Staff
Vatican City, Aug 25, 2021 / 03:55 am Pope Francis said on Wednesday that hypocrisy within the Church is “particularly detestable.” Speaking at the general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Aug. 25, the pope underlined that hypocritical behavior damaged Church unity. “Hypocrisy in the Church is particularly detestable, and unfortunately there is
August 20, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to receive a vaccine against coronavirus as an “act of love”. In a video message, the Holy Father joined with the bishops from the Americas to urge the faithful not to hesitate about getting a protective jab. “Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have
August 16, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Contributions to papal charities are slumping amid reports of financial scandals in the Vatican, according to reports. Speculation is mounting that concerns over corruption at the highest levels of the Catholic Church may be a factor in the falling generosity of the world’s faithful. It comes after the Vatican’s secretariat for the economy posted another
August 13, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
After the preliminary audience in the Vatican’s maxi-trial of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu and nine others on charges they bilked, swindled, hoodwinked, cheated, threatened, extorted, and/or stole millions from the Vatican, the business has taken on the look and feel of a phoney war. Don’t be deceived. The preliminary hearing on July 27th in Vatican
August 09, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
An envelope addressed to Pope Francis and containing three bullets was intercepted in Milan late on Sunday night, according to Italian media reports. The piece of mail, which had no return address but carried a French stamp, was addressed to “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square in Rome,” the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera
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