Vatican News

Father Silverio Ernesto Suárez, Major General of the National Police of Colombia

This Catholic priest fought narcos in Colombia, now he is to lead the peace process

Dec 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

This Catholic priest fought narcos in Colombia, now he is to lead the peace process Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall.

Pope Francis praises ‘fruitful’ theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Speaking at the 2022 Ratzinger Prize award ceremony, Francis said: “We all feel his spiritual presence and his accompaniment in... Read more

Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld, Catholic ‘revert’ turned saint

Dec 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

St. Charles de Foucauld was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother, who served among the Tuareg... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022

Pope Francis’ trip to Africa rescheduled for February 2023

Dec 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has rescheduled his trip to the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for... Read more

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The Vatican says it’s been hacked — again

Nov 30, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday that the Holy See has taken down its main vatican.va website amid an apparent attempt... Read more

Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu attends the Consistory for the creation of new Cardinals at the St. Peter's Basilica on Aug. 27, 2022, at the Vatican.

Cardinal Becciu and the twists and turns of the Vatican finance trial

Nov 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Recent court hearings have introduced a few revelations about the case as well as possible new accusations against the Secretariat... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Restoration of Christian unity is ‘an urgent priority in today’s world’

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.” Read more

Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves

Pope Francis names new economy prefect as Father Guerrero resigns ‘for personal reasons’

Nov 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has appointed a Spanish layman to lead the Secretariat for the Economy following the resignation of Father Juan... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022

Pope Francis’ spiritual life tip: A daily examination of conscience helps to avoid repeating mistakes

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life. Read more

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013.

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was ‘leader’ in responding to sexual abuse

Nov 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to... Read more

Pope Francis meets a group of women at the end of his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall in the Vatican on March 2, 2022.

Pope Francis explains to America Magazine why women cannot be ordained priests

Nov 28, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Pope Francis unequivocally stated that women cannot be ordained as priests but emphasized the important role they have to play... Read more

Pilgrims from China greets Pope Francis during his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2019, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis says dialogue ‘slow,’ but only way forward with China

Nov 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a new interview with America Magazine, the pope said the Vatican-China deal has had failures and successes, but he... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the United States bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis: ‘Jesus did not create bishops’ conferences’

Nov 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke about the role of bishops, racism, polarization, sexual abuse, the Vatican-China deal, and whether he has any... Read more

The installation ceremony of Bishop John Peng Weizhao in Nanchang, China, on Nov. 24, 2022.

Analysis: Is the Vatican’s deal with China at stake?

Nov 28, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The agreement between China and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops is not at risk — for now. Read more

Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr.

New cardinal from Ghana with heart problems dies at 63

Nov 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr, bishop of Wa, Ghana, died in Rome on Sunday evening at the age of 63. Read more

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

‘Violence kills the future’: Pope Francis condemns Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 2 boys die

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I hope that the Israeli and Palestinian authorities will more readily take to heart the search for dialogue...” Pope Francis... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Cardinal Sarah: ‘Religious liberty is under threat in the West, too’

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Christians in the West should not take religious liberty and freedom of worship for granted, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in... Read more

Pope Francis at the Angelus Nov. 27, 2022.

Pope Francis: God is present ‘in everyday things’

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“In this time of Advent, let us be shaken out of our torpor and let us awaken from our slumber,”... Read more

A worshiper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience on June 12, 2019, at St. Peter's square in the Vatican.

Vatican says China violated terms of agreement with bishop installation

Nov 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See “noted with surprise and regret” that Bishop John Peng Weizhao had been installed as an “auxiliary bishop... Read more

Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022

Pope Francis prays for homeless man who died in St. Peter's Square

Nov 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Burkhard Scheffler, a 61-year-old man born in Germany, died on a cold night on the street, a Vatican spokesman said. Read more