Pope Francis visits Russian Embassy to express concern over war

VATICAN CITY -- As Russia continued its assault on Ukraine and Russian troops pressed toward the capital, Kyiv, Pope Francis left the Vatican Feb. 25 to pay a visit to the Russian ambassador to the Holy See.

Pope Francis calls for day of prayer, fasting for peace in Ukraine

VATICAN CITY -- As the threat of war loomed over the world, Pope Francis called on people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on Ash Wednesday.

Pope Francis has issued decree confirming FSSP in its use of 1962 liturgical books

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has issued a decree confirming that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) can continue to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, according to the traditionalist group.

CNEWA remains a beacon of hope

Eighteen years ago this month, I officially began my journey as a national director for CNEWA, specifically to help establish a Canadian office. 

Canon Law amendments grant bishops more authority

VATICAN CITY -- Saying he wanted to promote a “healthy decentralization” of some aspects of Church life, Pope Francis made several changes to Church law, granting greater authority to individual bishops, bishops’ conferences and synods of bishops of the Eastern Catholic churches.

Pope Francis restructures the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

VATICAN CITY -- As part of ongoing measures to reform the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has approved restructuring the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the oldest of the congregations.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Malta in April 2022

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will visit Malta April 2-3, a Vatican spokesman said.

Benedict asks forgiveness in response to Munich abuse report

VATICAN CITY -- At the age of 94, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he knows he will soon stand before God's judgment and he prayed that he would be forgiven for his shortcomings, including in handling allegations of clerical sexual abuse.

In defence of Benedict, Cardinals cite his outreach to victims, action against abusers

ROME -- A cardinal who had served as an aide to now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and was present for his meetings with survivors of clerical sexual abuse said he "never found in him any shadow or attempt to hide or minimize anything."

Vatican editorial defends Benedict XVI after release of abuse report

VATICAN CITY -- A Vatican editorial defended retired Pope Benedict XVI's record in fighting clerical sexual abuse after the release of a report that accused him of mishandling four cases during his time as archbishop of Munich.

Pope Francis declares St. Irenaeus a doctor of the church

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis officially has declared St. Irenaeus of Lyon a doctor of the church.