In life, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski and Mother Róza Czacka led their Polish countrymen with courage and humble service. Now the 20th century compatriots will be beatified together.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has issued the preparatory document and a "handbook" for dioceses as part of the global church's preparation for the 2023 assembly of the Synod of Bishops, discussing the theme, "For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission."

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis offered prayers to the victims and families affected by Hurricane Ida, which devastated the southern and northeastern United States.

Legion of Mary on frontlines of faith


Outside of its military overtones, the word “legion” most often describes a large group of people with a singular mission.

Papal master of ceremonies appointed bishop of Italian diocese


VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis named Msgr. Guido Marini, who has served as papal master of ceremonies since 2007, as bishop of the Diocese of Tortona.

Afghanistan: Pope Francis launches appeal for fasting, prayers for God's mercy


VATICAN CITY -- With increased violence unfolding in Afghanistan, Pope Francis appealed to all Christians to fast and intensify their prayers.

August 23, 2021

Seek God through a relationship with Christ, others, Pope Francis says at Angelus

VATICAN CITY -- God can be found in the humanity of Jesus and in the people one meets in life, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis prays for peace in Afghanistan as Taliban takes control


VATICAN CITY -- Hours before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, Pope Francis expressed his hope for the peace and safety of the country's citizens.

Police investigating source of letter containing bullets addressed to "the pope"


ROME -- Italian police have launched an investigation after postal workers discovered an envelope containing three bullets and addressed to "the pope."

Vatican releases rules for online learning for ecclesiastical universities


VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education encouraged pontifical universities to expand educational opportunities to those who would normally be unable to attend classes in-person full time, but could manage coursework online, such as prisoners, migrants, the homeless, monks, contemplative nuns and even busy bishops.

August 3, 2021

At Angelus, Pope Francis warns against using God, others for selfish aims

VATICAN CITY -- People should seek Jesus out of genuine love, not calculated self-interest, Pope Francis said.

A cinematic love letter to the Church's ‘First Lady’


“We’re about to hear the story of a woman — an accompanying witness whose story begins with a prophecy and ends with victory. A woman whose story can be reflected in other people, helping us to see our story in her story.”

Benedict criticizes church in Germany, says mission obscured


FREIBURG, Germany -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI has criticized representatives of the Catholic Church in his home country, Germany.