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Number of Catholics in Asia and Africa continues to rise

Catholics attend Mass in Ho, Ghana. / James Dalrymple via Shutterstock.

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The Catholic Church grew by 15 million people worldwide in 2019.

Cardinal Tagle: Digital evangelization cannot replace personal encounter

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle speaks at a Vatican press conference presenting the 2021 World Mission Day, Oct. 21, 2021. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 09:00 am (CNA).

He was speaking at a press conference presenting World Mission Day 2021.

Benedict XVI is ‘full of zest for life,’ says Archbishop Gänswein

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. / EWTN/Paul Badde, Mazur/

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 04:40 am (CNA).

The archbishop said the 94-year-old is ‘stable in his physical weakness.’

Pope Francis officially recognizes Amazon region ecclesial conference

Pope Francis at the opening Mass for the Amazon synod Oct. 6, 2019. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The Amazon synod’s final document called for the new body to be created.

Pope Francis wants seminarians to read this letter from a clerical abuse survivor

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Vatican City, Oct 20, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’

Vatican launches prayer website ‘to accompany’ Synod on Synodality

A website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the synod on synodality was launched Oct. 19, 2021. / Click to Pray 2.0.

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2021 / 05:03 am (CNA).

The app Click To Pray will also promote prayer for the synodal process.

Pope Francis thanks child for impromptu ‘lesson’ at general audience

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 20, 2021. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2021 / 03:45 am (CNA).

The boy approached the pope during his weekly catechesis.

The Vatican strengthens ties with the world’s oldest Christian nation

Pope Francis meets with Catholicos Karekin II, the leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, on Oct. 16, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA).

A week of high-level meetings has brought the Holy See and Armenia ever closer.

Vatican regulates the role of postulator in saints’ causes

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. / Mazur/

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2021 / 07:05 am (CNA).

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest.

Pope Francis: Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.