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Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Verona emphasizes call to be peacemakers  

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims gathered in the arena in Verona, Italy, on May 18, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Rome Newsroom, May 18, 2024 / 09:40 am (CNA).

The pope’s one-day visit to the northern Italian city of Verona on Saturday centered on a message of peace.

How life has changed for the girl who recovered her sight at 2023 World Youth Day

A view of the crowd and nearby waterfront at the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 1, 2023. / Credit: Arlindo Homem/JMJ Lisboa 2023

ACI Prensa Staff, May 18, 2024 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Jimena is the young woman who regained her sight after receiving Communion at a Mass during World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, last August.

Here’s how the city of Rome is preparing for the 2025 Jubilee Year

Construction projects are underway in Rome as the city prepares for the 2025 Jubilee Year. / Credit: EWTN News

Rome Newsroom, May 18, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA).

Approximately 358 planned projects in the Lazio region, where Rome is located, are underway in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year.

Orthodox patriarch anticipates Pope Francis visit to Turkey for Council of Nicaea anniversary

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 17, 2024 / 18:04 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis might be traveling to Turkey next year for the 1,700th anniversary of the First Council of Nicaea, according to Patriarch Bartholomew.

Pro-lifers rally in London amid consideration of abortion amendments

Representatives from the pro-life movement and their supporters gather to demonstrate in Parliament Square on May 15, 2024, in London. / Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

CNA Staff, May 17, 2024 / 10:43 am (CNA).

Pro-life people rallied May 15 outside the Houses of Parliament in London to protest a set of amendments that would further liberalize the U.K.’s abortion laws.

Vatican overturns own decision on seminary dean

Philosophical-Theological University of Bressanone in Italy. / Credit: Ladislav Luppa / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

CNA Newsroom, May 17, 2024 / 10:13 am (CNA).

The Vatican now approved the appointment of Father Martin M. Lintner, OSM, as a new dean at a seminary in Northern Italy almost one year after first blocking it.

Slovak bishops call for peace after assassination attempt on prime minister

Archbishop Bernard Bober of Košice, chairman of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference, expressed deep regret over the violent incident and condemned what authorities are now treating as an act of attempted murder. / Credit: Marek Mucha/Slovakian Bishops’ Conference

CNA Newsroom, May 16, 2024 / 13:24 pm (CNA).

Following the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico on Wednesday, Slovakian bishops have called for peace and unity.

An oasis in the European Church: World’s oldest Cistercian abbey has more than 100 monks

Easter Vigil at the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria. / Credit: Stift Heiligenkreuz

ACI Prensa Staff, May 15, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA).

The Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in Austria has never had “interruptions” in its history and is an oasis of the Catholic Church in Europe.

Germany now a ‘mission country,’ Bishop Bätzing says amid declining Catholic numbers

Bishop Georg Bätzing addresses journalists on Sept. 28, 2023. / Credit: Martin Rothweiler/EWTN Germany

CNA Newsroom, May 14, 2024 / 09:32 am (CNA).

The president of the German Bishops’ Conference has called Germany — a nation whose history is entangled with the Catholic Church — a “mission country.”

Virgin Mary today asks same she asked of little shepherds 107 years ago, cardinal says

Candlelight procession at Fátima, Portugal on May 12, 2024. / Credit: Screenshot/EWTN

ACI Digital, May 13, 2024 / 16:18 pm (CNA).

“What does Mary tell us today? The same thing she says in the Gospel, the same thing — prayer and sacrifice,” Cardinal Juan José Omella said.