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January 18, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
In his Angelus address on Jan. 17, the Day of St Anthony, the pope offered a reflection on Jesus’ first encounter and call of his disciples Andrew and Simon Peter in the Gospel of John
January 15, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Addressed to the Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, and signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the telegram says Pope Francis was "saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the violent earthquake in Indonesia," and "expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster." "He prays for the repose of the deceased," the message goes on to say, "the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve." Pope Francis also offers special and particular encouragement to civil authorities, "and those involved in the continuing search and rescue efforts."
January 12, 2021
CNA Staff
In his message for the 29th World Day of the Sick, released on Jan. 12, Pope Francis argued that vulnerable people were unable to gain access to treatment amid the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 1.9 million people worldwide.
January 12, 2021
Staff Reporter
The National Tribunal Service is to be established following a 2019-2020 review chaired by Ian Elliott, which the bishops commissioned into safeguarding practices and processes within the Catholic Church.
January 11, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
In the motu proprio “Spiritus Domini,” issued on Jan. 11, the pope changed canon 230 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law to read: “Lay people who have the age and skills determined by decree of the Episcopal Conference, they can be permanently assumed, through the established liturgical rite, to the ministries of lectors and of acolytes; however this contribution does not give them the right to support or to remuneration by the Church.”
January 11, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Pope Francis also discussed the increasingly diffuse social tendency to judge persons’ worth on the basis of “productivity” and to discard anyone “unproductive” – especially the sick, the elderly, and the unborn – a tendency he identifies as the chief characteristic of the “throwaway” culture.
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
Speaking to Mediaset Tg5 journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, in an interview that will air in its entirety on Sunday evening at 20:40 CET on the Italian network, Pope Francis said: "I believe that, ethically, everyone must take the vaccine." 
January 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
"Even in the most mature realities," Pope Francis went on to say, "there’s something that isn't right -- something that causes people to take to the streets against the community, against democracy, against the common good."
January 04, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
In the live video broadcast from the Apostolic Palace, the pope said that “things will get better to the extent that, with God's help, we work together for the common good, putting the weakest and most disadvantaged at the center.”
December 11, 2020
Christopher Altieri
The way Church authorities dealt with this case of adult abuse bears disturbing resemblance to the bad old days.
December 09, 2020
Christopher Altieri
– Catholic Herald, Rome – The Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Tuesday, where he was to undergo a scheduled surgical intervention related to an enlarged prostate. A statement from the Press Office of the Holy See on Tuesday explained that the 65-year-old Cardinal parolin was expected to
November 28, 2020
Staff Reporter
A quieter affair this time around, the “session” had a reduced presence of both faithful and the media.