Matthew Santucci

Matthew Santucci

Matthew Santucci has recently started in EWTN's Vatican bureau. He grew up in Connecticut and has been living in Rome since 2020. He has a B.A. in History from Fordham and an M.A. in International Relations from Luiss Guido Carli.

Articles by Matthew Santucci

Papal aide relays Pope Francis’ remarks at Sunday Angelus while pope recovers from flu

Nov 26, 2023 / 07:21 am

During this week’s Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke not from the window of the Apostolic Palace but via livestream from Casa Santa Marta.

Nationalist Firebrand Geert Wilders wins Dutch election in electoral upset 

Nov 23, 2023 / 15:30 pm

Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party dominated the Dutch election on Wednesday.

Pope Francis: The Gospel is universal

Nov 22, 2023 / 10:06 am

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.

Hong Kong lawmaker blasts Catholic bishops’ petition for release of Jimmy Lai 

Nov 21, 2023 / 16:00 pm

“I advise those religious leaders to know when to quit, or else they will have a heavy price to pay,” pro-Beijing legislator Dominic Lee Tsz-king said. 

China’s top patriotic bishop stresses unity, sinicization to guide evangelization

Nov 20, 2023 / 17:40 pm

After a three-day visit to Hong Kong, Archbishop Joseph Li Shan of Beijing stressed the importance of building unity.

Pope Francis: ‘Trust frees, fear paralyzes’

Nov 19, 2023 / 07:15 am

Pope Francis during his weekly Angelus highlighted the two different ways of approaching God, one based on fear and the other on trust.

Ukrainian Greek Catholics observe 400th anniversary of St. Josaphat Kuncewycz’s martyrdom

Nov 17, 2023 / 15:30 pm

The 17th-century saint is called the “Apostle of Unity” because of his efforts to heal the divide between the churches of the East and West.

Vatican signs deal with Volkswagen for an all-electric car fleet

Nov 17, 2023 / 14:30 pm

The Vatican announced this week that it was partnering with the auto manufacturer Volkswagen as part of its broader initiative “Ecological Conversion 2030.”

Pope meets with priests, families to confront poverty, social marginalization

Nov 17, 2023 / 11:24 am

Pope Francis met with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell’Ospitalità in Villa Verde on Thursday evening. 

Pope Francis: ‘The fullness of love’ is the ‘path of holiness’

Nov 16, 2023 / 15:45 pm

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed participants of the study conference “Community Dimension of Holiness,” which had gathered in Rome Nov. 13–16.

Pope Francis: Cultivate ‘the inner life’ rather than appearance and image

Nov 12, 2023 / 10:10 am

The pope also warned that today there are many obstacles to having a genuine moment of inward reflection.

Shanghai bishop calls on faithful to support Chinese Community Party’s ‘sinicization’ of Church  

Nov 10, 2023 / 17:13 pm

Bishop Joseph Shen Bin was unilaterally appointed as bishop of Shanghai in April without a papal mandate.

China’s new ‘Patriotic Education Law’ places further limits on religious instruction

Nov 9, 2023 / 16:12 pm

The new law would require churches and religious groups to adapt their educational activities to promote the party’s official ideology.

Pope Francis: Secularized world is ‘invitation to communicate the joy of the Gospel’

Nov 8, 2023 / 12:20 pm

Pope Francis on Wednesday drew upon the example of Venerable Servant of God Madeleine Delbrêl as a testament to conversion and service.

Pope Francis opens two new laundromats for the homeless

Nov 5, 2023 / 07:00 am

The new facilities include washers and dryers, detergent, hot showers, and a full range of personal hygiene products. 

Pope Francis warns against ‘duplicity of heart’ at Sunday Angelus

Nov 5, 2023 / 06:56 am

During the Sunday Angelus on Nov. 5, Pope Francis warned against living a double life, highlighting the dangers it presents for authentic Christian witness.

Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage draws Traditional Latin Mass devotees to Rome

Nov 1, 2023 / 17:50 pm

More than 1,000 pilgrims gathered in Rome for an annual three-day pilgrimage for those devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass held Oct. 27–29.

Pope at Angelus: By loving others, ‘we reflect the Father’s love like mirrors’

Oct 29, 2023 / 12:05 pm

During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis expressed that the love of God and the love of neighbor are inextricably bound together.

PHOTOS: Members of the Synod on Synodality pray the rosary for peace at St. Peter’s

Oct 27, 2023 / 05:55 am

Their prayer intentions focused on those killed, wounded, and displaced by war, and included reflections on the past month’s work of the Synod. 

Pope Francis: To evangelize, ‘faith must be inculturated’

Oct 25, 2023 / 12:13 pm

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis recounted the story of Sts. Cyril and Methodius as one of encounter with the Slavic people.