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Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling

Pope Francis and J.R.R. Tolkien. / Mazur/ and TuckerFTW via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Vatican City, May 27, 2022 / 04:43 am (CNA).

The pope referred to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ author in the afterword to a new book.

Pope Francis encourages Hispanic ministry in North America

Pope Francis addresses the executive committe of CELAM at the apostolic nunciature in Bogota, Sept. 7, 2017. / Alvaro de Juana/CNA.

Denver Newsroom, May 26, 2022 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

In a video message on Thursday, Pope Francis encouraged the Pontifical Commission for Latin America to continue its mission at the service of the Church in Latin American Church and of Hispanic ministry in the United States and Canada.

Ukraine war: Catholics invited to join Pope Francis in praying rosary for peace

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican City, May 26, 2022 / 06:42 am (CNA).

The Vatican said: ‘All the faithful in every part of the world are invited to support Pope Francis in his prayer to the Queen of Peace.’

Pope Francis calls for a Christian economy based on community

Pope Francis meets members of the Global Solidarity Fund in a room adjacent to the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, May 25, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 25, 2022 / 06:40 am (CNA).

The pope was speaking to members of the Global Solidarity Fund.

The Vatican finance trial is shedding light on the Secretariat of State

A hearing in the Vatican finance trial on May 20, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 25, 2022 / 05:20 am (CNA).

Three recent hearings gave a fuller picture of the powerful dicastery’s complex operations.

Pope Francis: ‘Ours is the age of fake news, collective superstitions, and pseudo-scientific truths’

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 25, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 25, 2022 / 04:35 am (CNA).

The pope dedicated his general audience address to the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Pope Francis: ‘My heart is broken’ over Texas elementary school shooting

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Vatican City, May 25, 2022 / 03:08 am (CNA).

The pope was speaking at his Wednesday general audience.

‘Bicycling cardinal’ is new leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops’ conference

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy, in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican City, May 24, 2022 / 07:37 am (CNA).

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, 66, has led the Bologna archdiocese since 2015.

Pope Francis names Arkansas priest to lead Diocese of St. Augustine

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier. / Courtesy of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Vatican City, May 24, 2022 / 05:15 am (CNA).

Bishop-elect Erik Pohlmeier succeeds 76-year-old Bishop Felipe J. Estévez.

Pope Francis thanks Italian volunteers for helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing ‘absurd war’

Pope Francis meets members of Italy’s Civil Protection service in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on May 23, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 23, 2022 / 09:05 am (CNA).

The pope thanked volunteers for aiding ‘refugees from Ukraine, especially women and children who have fled this absurd war.’