Vatican News

Father Marko Rupnik.

Ex-Jesuit, alleged abuser Rupnik listed as consultant in 2024 Pontifical Yearbook

Apr 18, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The information appears on page 1346 of the yearbook, where the list of consultants of the Dicastery for Divine Worship... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on April 17, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: The temperate person is balanced by both principle and empathy

Apr 17, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“In a world where many people boast about saying what they think, the temperate person instead prefers to think about... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican after the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer on April 14, 2024.

Pope Francis: Sharing our encounter with Christ makes our encounters ‘even more beautiful’

Apr 14, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis expressed his concern over escalating tensions in the Middle East following Iran’s missile attack Saturday against Israel. Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican sends letter to French embassy over tribunal decision in nun’s dismissal case

Apr 13, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Holy See Press Office director Matteo Bruni confirmed to reporters the Vatican’s transmission of a diplomatic message to the French... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Papal Foundation announces nearly $15 million in global grants, humanitarian aid

Apr 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid. Read more

Pope Francis presides over Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 31, 2024.

Pope Francis reinstates papal title ‘Patriarch of the West’ in Pontifical Yearbook

Apr 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

This honorific designation has reappeared among the list of “historical titles” used to designate the theological and temporal reality of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis to travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore, the Vatican... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on April 11, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis decries how ‘the unborn with disabilities are aborted’ in throwaway culture

Apr 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope warned “the throwaway culture” turns into “a culture of death” when people “presume to be able to establish... Read more

Pope John Paul II's helicopter flies over the huge crowd in Manila's Luneta Park prior to celebrating an open-air mass for an estimated two-million people gathered for the 10th World Youth Day on Jan. 15, 1995.

Pastoral genius of St. John Paul II: 40 years ago, he laid foundation for World Youth Day

Apr 11, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

Nearly 40 years ago, an event was held in Rome that laid the foundations for what today is World Youth... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘A Christian without courage’ is ‘a useless Christian’

Apr 10, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“A Christian without courage, who does not turn his own strength to good, who does not bother anyone, is a... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

New complaints of abuse by Father Rupnik presented to Vatican

Five new complaints of alleged abuse committed by Father Marko Rupnik have been presented to the Dicastery for the Doctrine... Read more

The crowd in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Angelus address on Jan. 14, 2024.

The Catholic Church by the numbers: more Catholics but fewer vocations 

Apr 8, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

While vocations to the priesthood and religious life have decreased overall, the Church shows signs of growth in some parts... Read more

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery on the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks during a press conference about a new Vatican document on human dignity on April 8, 2024.

New Vatican document highlights Church’s ‘ever-greater understanding of human dignity’

Apr 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Dignity “belongs to the person… simply because he or she exists and is willed, created, and loved by God,” the... Read more

Dome of St. Peter's basilica, Vatican City.

Vatican document on human dignity condemns gender transition, surrogacy, abortion

Apr 8, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

In the declaration, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith cautions against threats to human dignity that begin at... Read more

Born via surrogacy in the United States in 1991, Olivia Maurel is now a leading campaigner for the abolition of “womb renting,” a practice which Pope Francis has called “deplorable.”

Woman born of surrogacy shares why she supports Pope Francis’ call for a global ban

Apr 7, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Born via surrogacy in the United States in 1991, Olivia Maurel is now a leading campaigner for the abolition of... Read more

The Divine Mercy image is displayed at St. Peter's Square before Pope Francis Regina Caeli prayer on April 7, 2024.

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday: The ‘fullness of life’ is ‘realized in Jesus’ 

Apr 7, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Every living encounter with Jesus enables us to have more life,” Pope Francis said in his reflection.  Read more

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis.

Diocese of Rome shake-up: Pope Francis transfers vicar to Vatican post

Apr 6, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The reassignment of Cardinal Angelo De Donatis is part of a major reform of the Diocese of Rome by Pope... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a baby at his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI defended me in face of accusations ‘that I promoted gay marriage’

Apr 3, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Francis related that he had “a very beautiful visit with him when some cardinals came to see him, surprised by... Read more

Pope Francis holds a rosary and New Testament that belonged to a slain 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier as he appeals for peace during his general audience on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Pope Francis makes peace appeal while holding rosary of slain Ukrainian soldier

Apr 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on April 3, the pope revealed that the rosary belonged to a boy named Oleksandre,... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square gathered for his weekly general audience on April 3, 2024.

Pope Francis on Gaza conflict: ‘Without justice, there is no peace’

Apr 3, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope buttressed his plea with a catechesis focused on the virtue of justice, noting that it is the building... Read more