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Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Papal preacher on Good Friday: Political ideologies wound fraternity in the Catholic Church

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s... Read more

Pope Francis with the volunteers helping vaccinate people in need at the Vatican April 2, 2021.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis visits Vatican vaccination center

Pope Francis on the morning of Good Friday visited the auditorium where the Vatican is vaccinating 1,200 people in need... Read more

Giovanni Angelo Becciu, former prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, pictured June 27, 2019.

Report: Pope Francis celebrates Holy Thursday Mass with Cardinal Becciu

Italian media have reported that Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned... Read more

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re presides at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 1, 2021.

Cardinal Re at Vatican Mass: ‘Holy Thursday reminds us how much we have been loved’

Holy Thursday evening reminds us how much God loves us, a Vatican cardinal has said at the Mass of the... Read more

Pope Francis offers the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 1, 2021.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis tells priests at Chrism Mass: ‘The cross is non-negotiable’

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel. Read more

A police officer on duty at St Peter’s Square. Credit: Maciej Matlak/Shutterstock

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Is Vatican City’s judicial system in peril?

The U.K. court ruling that overturned an account seizure request by Vatican City prosecutors has raised questions about the reliability... Read more

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Benedict XVI ‘delighted’ by Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021.

Pope Francis: In Christ’s Passion, we remember victims of wars, everyday violence, abortions

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican: Commission overseeing reform of office managing St. Peter’s completes work

The Vatican has said that a commission overseeing reform of the office managing St. Peter’s Basilica has completed its work. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

‘Many are being devoured’: Pope Francis highlights rise in climate-caused migration

Pope Francis has highlighted the plight of people forced from their homes due to the climate crisis, calling on Catholics... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021.

Pope Francis warns priests and seminarians against worldly temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen expresses ‘pain and indignation’ at St. Peter’s Basilica private Mass restrictions

Cardinal Joseph Zen has expressed “pain and indignation” at restrictions on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, saying that if... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sarah asks Pope Francis to reinstate individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica

Cardinal Robert Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St.... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021.

At Angelus, Pope Francis prays for Indonesian Catholics injured in Palm Sunday bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ 2021 Palm Sunday homily

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily, delivered March 28 at St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Lift your eyes to the cross in Holy Week

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday. Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni celebrates Mass in suffrage of Mother Angelica at the Choir Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 27, 2021.

Cardinal hails Mother Angelica’s ‘extraordinary’ creativity on fifth anniversary of her death

Cardinal Fernando Filoni has highlighted the “extraordinary creative capacities” of EWTN founder Mother Angelica on the fifth anniversary of her... Read more

Pope Francis gives an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing from the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica March 27, 2020

Book marks 1st anniversary of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing as pandemic swept world

The Vatican Dicastery for Communication has released a book marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Tribunal of Vatican City State in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of Blessings March 27, 2021

Pope Francis to Vatican tribunal: be guided by ‘founding principles of ecclesial life’

Pope Francis has said that the Vatican’s quest for transparency should be inspired by “the founding principles of ecclesial life”... Read more

Police officer on duty at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

By Hannah Brockhaus

UK judge overturns Vatican request to seize accounts of Italian broker

A judge has reversed the seizure of the accounts of an Italian broker under investigation by the Vatican, saying that... Read more