Vatican News

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

Sep 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He made the remark in an introduction to a new anthology of his writings, which has a preface by Pope... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the moderators of associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements, and new communities in the Vatican Synod Hall, Sept. 16, 2021.

Pope Francis warns leaders of Catholic movements not to abuse power

Sep 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that “true service is free and unconditional.” Read more

The Swiss Guard swearing in ceremony at the Vatican on May 6, 2019.

Will the Swiss Guard allow women soldiers in the future?

Sep 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Only men are currently eligible for the world’s smallest army. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference.

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia

Sep 15, 2021

By Pope Francis

The pope spoke at the end of his four-day journey to Hungary and Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021

Pope Francis: A family that remains open to life builds history

Sep 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“Dear friends, the family is alive if it finds itself united in prayer," the pope said in a message ahead... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal reassures Jewish leaders over Pope Francis’ comments on Torah

Sep 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Rabbis expressed concern at the pope’s general audience on the Mosaic Law. Read more

Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis welcomes giant puppet to Vatican

Sep 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children. Read more

Pope Francis greets Fr. Mathew Vattamattam, superior general of the Claretian Missionaries, at the Vatican, Sept. 9, 2021

Pope Francis to missionaries: ‘If you want to be witnesses, you can’t cease being adorers’

Sep 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope was speaking to Claretian Missionaries. Read more

Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C.

Pope Francis names Legionary bishop as president of Vatican City State governorate

Sep 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

He succeeds 78-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello as head of government of Vatican City. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to listen to the voice of the voiceless

Sep 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress. Read more

An ice-cream stand near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Pope Francis sends 15,000 ice creams to Rome prisoners

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The gelati were delivered by papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 8, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘Rediscover the beauty of being children of God’

Sep 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia. Read more

Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby, and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Italy, Sept. 20, 2016.

Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican leaders call climate crisis a ‘devastating injustice’

Sep 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The three leaders said: ‘We repent of our generation’s sins.’ Read more

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015.

Vatican releases synod on synodality preparatory documents

Sep 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican unveiled a working document and handbook. Read more

Pope Francis greets people after a documentary screening at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Sept. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis greets Afghan refugees after Vatican documentary screening

Sep 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

He offered those who escaped the chaos in Kabul words of ‘affection and comfort.’ Read more

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Hurricane Ida

Sep 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Hurricane Ida was one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall on the U.S. mainland. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this Angelus address on Sept. 4, 2021

Pope Francis: Find time for silence with the Gospel every day

Sep 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that silent prayer with the Gospel is the “secret to spiritual health.” Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican on Sept. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis: Promote a culture that prioritizes human dignity

Sep 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“It is important to promote a ‘culture of faces,’ which places the dignity of the person at the center," Pope... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Arché Foundation at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: Foundation helping mothers and children is ‘a sign of hope’

Sep 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Arché Foundation is opening a new house in Rome. Read more

Fr. Kolumban Reichlin, O.S.B., the new chaplain of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.

Pope Francis appoints Benedictine priest as Swiss Guard chaplain

Sep 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Kolumban Reichlin studied at Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana. Read more