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Beauty, truth, and unity: Why Pope Francis is so concerned with the liturgy

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 4, 2022. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Rome Newsroom, Jul 21, 2022 / 01:00 am (CNA).

Why is the way liturgy is celebrated so important to Pope Francis? In a word, because he is concerned about unity, this expert says.

Pope Francis has made College of Cardinals ‘less European,’ analysis shows

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 20, 2022 / 17:46 pm (CNA).

Francis' appointees now constitute 63% of the cardinals eligible to vote in a papal conclave.

The pope emeritus puzzle: Will Pope Francis rewrite the rules of resignation?

Pope Francis with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae in Vatican City on June 30, 2015. / null

Rome Newsroom, Jul 20, 2022 / 03:55 am (CNA).

With speculation running rife whether Pope Francis could step down, it is worth analyzing what the pope has actually said abut the rules of resignation — and how this aligns with his wider reform project.

New policy says Vatican investments cannot contradict Catholic teaching

St. Peter's Basilica / / Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Rome Newsroom, Jul 19, 2022 / 05:42 am (CNA).

A Vatican policy published Tuesday says that the Holy See’s financial investments cannot contradict Catholic teaching.

Pope Francis warns of toxicity in social media, calls for inclusion in digital space

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Rome’s Congolese community in St. Peter's Basilica on July 3, 2022. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2022 / 03:56 am (CNA).

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to counter toxicity in social media, and to engage in dialogue and education to help deal with “lies and misinformation”. 

Pope Francis: Time with the Word of God keeps our efforts from being ‘sterile activism’

Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus message and prayer on July 17, 2022 / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2022 / 07:00 am (CNA).

According to the Vatican gendarmes, around 12,000 people were in St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s weekly message.

Pope Francis: Canada visit will be a ‘penitential pilgrimage’

Pope Francis meets members of the First Nations at the Vatican on March 31, 2022. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA).

Pope Francis will travel to the Canadian cities of Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit from July 24-29.

Pope Francis saddened by death of atheist journalist whose claims sparked Vatican denials

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 3, 2015. / Mazur/

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2022 / 06:15 am (CNA).

Pope Francis has expressed deep affection for an atheist journalist whose claims, based on encounters with the Holy Father, have repeatedly sparked corrections and denials by the Vatican.

What to do when there's fake news such as the 'death' of Benedict XVI: A priest responds

Father Juan Manuel Góngora of Almería, Spain, speaks with EWTN Spanish News July 12, 2022, about the need for better verification criteria for online news. / Credit: EWTN Spanish News screenshot

Denver Newsroom, Jul 14, 2022 / 15:27 pm (CNA).

Father Juan Manuel Góngora of Almería, Spain, said the latest online hoax is “one more proof” of the need for better reliability and verification criteria of online news.

Pope Francis tells religious congregations to have ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse

Pope Francis speaking to participants of the General Chapters of three religious congregations in audience at the Vatican on July 14, 2022. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, Jul 14, 2022 / 07:39 am (CNA).

In a meeting with three male religious congregations on Thursday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of taking a “zero tolerance” approach to abuse.hann