Vatican News

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

Pope Francis holds a flag that he received from Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022.

‘Your pain is my pain’: Pope Francis pens letter marking 9 months of war in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In an emotional letter addressed to the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis wrote that he sees the cross of Christ... Read more

Runners in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City on Nov. 24, 2022.

Seminarians run a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City State

Nov 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

More than 130 seminarians, priests, and Catholic college students ran in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot around Vatican City... Read more

Pope Francis

Pope Francis says this is the difference between theologians and catechists

Nov 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Thursday distinguished between how catechists and theologians interact with Church teaching. Read more

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

Head doctor for Madrid soccer team calls Pope Francis a ‘very stubborn patient’

Nov 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has recruited the head doctor of a Madrid soccer team among a team of specialists to help treat... Read more

Bishop Richard Henning

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Henning as coadjutor bishop of Providence

Nov 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Henning as a coadjutor bishop of Providence on Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Aug. 26, 2015. L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis gives a shoutout to 2022 FIFA World Cup 

Nov 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis gave a shoutout to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of his weekly audience... Read more

Pope Francis praying at the general audience on St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis: What is spiritual consolation? The saints explain

Nov 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis used the example of several Catholic saints to explain the concept of spiritual consolation during his weekly audience... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022.

Analysis: What is behind the changes at Caritas Internationalis?

Nov 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of Caritas Internationalis and appointed a temporary administrator to improve the organization’s... Read more

Pope Francis meeting with a delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Jewish leaders as they launch initiative to strengthen Catholic-Jewish bonds

Nov 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“This visit testifies to and strengthens the bonds of friendship uniting us,” the pope told members of the World Jewish... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti with Pope Francis

Analysis: What is behind Pope Francis’ appointment of the new prefect for the Eastern Churches?

Nov 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

For the role of prefect of the Dicastery for the Oriental Churches, Pope Francis has chosen Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, who... Read more

Statue of St. Peter on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis removes Caritas Internationalis leaders, appoints temporary administrator

Nov 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of an international confederation of charities and appointed a temporary administrator to... Read more

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti with Pope Francis

Pope Francis chooses papal ambassador to lead Dicastery for the Eastern Churches

Nov 21, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

After 21 years, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti will return to the Dicastery for Eastern Churches as prefect. Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of Asti, in northern Italy, for the Solemnity of Christ the King on Nov. 20, 2022.

Pope Francis: Through the paradox of the cross, Jesus ‘embraced our death’

Nov 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis said Jesus, through his death on the cross, opened his arms... Read more

A three-day conference Nov. 16–18, 2022, highlighted the Congregation of Propaganda Fide’s missionary work around the world, spanning four centuries.

Vatican conference examines history of 400-year-old Congregation of Propaganda Fide

Nov 19, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

A three-day conference at the Vatican this week sought to examine the centuries-long history of this department, including its global... Read more

Pope Francis has lunch with his second cousin Carla Rabezzana at her home in Portacomaro, Italy on Nov. 19, 2022.

Pope Francis travels to northern Italy to share a special meal with his cousins

Nov 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The visit was the first time that Pope Francis had met with his 90-year-old second cousin since the start of... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrating Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022

‘We lift our prayers to God for peace in Ukraine’: Vatican Mass marks Ukraine-Holy See diplomatic relationship

Nov 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Mass marked the 30th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Ukraine. Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and fellow bishops from Germany meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 17, 2022

German bishops meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican amid concern over Synodal Way

Nov 17, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The audience with Pope Francis lasted about two hours, the German Bishops’ Conference said in a statement published after the... Read more

Cardinal Willem Eijk

Gender theory confusion shows need for papal encyclical, Dutch cardinal says

Nov 16, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Extreme forms of gender theory have become so influential that a papal encyclical should address the topic, Dutch Cardinal Willem... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience, Nov. 16, 2022

Pope Francis’ prayer advice: Just be with Jesus ‘without ulterior motives’

Nov 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered advice on Wednesday for building “a more mature and more beautiful relationship with the Lord” through prayer. Read more