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Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 24, 2024.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble king

Mar 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis chose not to read the homily prepared for Palm Sunday Mass at the last minute without explanation. Read more

Pope Francis greets staff and families of RAI, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, March 23, 2024.

Pope Francis implores public broadcasters to serve the common good and combat ‘fake news’

Mar 23, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope spoke of “the devious plans of those who seek to influence public opinion in an ideological manner, lying... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Salus Populi Romani icon in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Dec. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis changes statutes of papal basilica, emphasizing work of canons 

Mar 21, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The new regulations place emphasis on spiritual work and pastoral care and appointing a coadjutor archpriest of the West’s oldest... Read more

German bishops in Rome on Nov. 17, 2022.

German bishops to discuss Synodal Way with Vatican amid controversy

Mar 21, 2024

By AC Wimmer

A delegation of German bishops is expected in Rome this Friday for talks with the Vatican about the German Synodal... Read more

In 2023, over half a million migrants headed toward the United States crossed the Darien Gap, the inhospitable jungle region between Colombia and Panama.

Pope Francis addresses migrant crisis in Darien Gap: ‘Every refugee challenges us’

Mar 20, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“As Christians, every refugee and migrant who leaves his or her homeland challenges us,” Pope Francis wrote. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024.

Pope Francis highlights importance of prudence, calls for end to war

Mar 20, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“War is always a defeat. You can’t go on in war. We must make all efforts to negotiate, to negotiate,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the faithful at his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations stresses fraternity, hope

Mar 19, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The theme for the this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations is “Called to Sow Seeds ofHope and to... Read more

The library of the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Pontifical Gregorian University announces merger with biblical, Eastern institutes

Mar 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The historic Pontifical Gregorian University this week announced its official merger with the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Oriental... Read more

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Vatican Observatory publishes new method to better understand the Big Bang theory

Mar 18, 2024

By Diego López Marina

Two priests from the Vatican Observatory have made further progress in developing a new mathematical method to understand the Big... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2024.

Pope Francis: God’s glory does not correspond to human success

Mar 17, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that God’s glory and our true happiness are not found in success, fame, or popularity but... Read more

A Colombian psychologist bishop and a retired colonel from the Illinois State Police are the new secretaries of the Pontifical Commission for the Guardianship of Minors.

Pope Francis names U.S. police professional, Colombian bishop to minor protection commission

Mar 15, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis on Friday made two appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences,” sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, held at the Vatican from March 14–15, 2024.

Pope Francis: Indigenous ‘ancestral wisdom’ a vital tool in fight against climate change

Mar 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis addressed his remarks to participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences” at the Vatican on... Read more

Dominican Sister Lucía Caram on the television program “Cuentos Chinos” (“Tall Tales”) in Spain.

Controversial Sister Lucía Caram and Religión Digital team meet with Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Pope Francis received in an audience the controversial nun Sister Lucía Caram and members of the Spanish-language news portal Religión... Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech and Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023.

Pope Francis: Study groups to examine 10 Synod on Synodality themes through June 2025

Mar 14, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Church experts will meet in study groups to examine the question of women deacons and other key topics through June... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis takes on critics in forthcoming memoir, says he won’t be resigning

Mar 14, 2024

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis has no plans to resign from office according to excerpts from his forthcoming memoir — though he says... Read more

Pope Francis presides greets pilgrims at a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024.

Blinken, Putin congratulate Pope Francis on 11th anniversary of election

Mar 14, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis — born Jorge Mario Bergoglio — was elected as the 265th successor to St. Peter on March 13,... Read more

Confucius statue in Nanjing Confucius Temple, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China.

Vatican seeks to break new ground in Confucian and Christian dialogue

Mar 13, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican sponsored a dialogue in Taiwan this week as the Catholic Church prepares to release official guidelines for engagement... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on March 13, 2024.

Pope Francis: Virtue enables us to have ‘a tendency towards the right choice’

Mar 13, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Wednesday opened a new chapter in his ongoing catechetical series on vices and virtues. Read more

The College of Cardinals celebrates Mass on March 12, 2013, before entering the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave.

Analysis: The ever-changing College of Cardinals

Mar 13, 2024

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Were a conclave to begin today, there would be 94 cardinal-electors created by Pope Francis, 27 created by Benedict XVI,... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2016.

PHOTOS: A timeline of Pope Francis’ 11 years as pope

Mar 13, 2024

By Tyler Arnold, Tina Dennelly

Pope Francis is the 265th successor of St. Peter. Here is a timeline of key events during his papacy. Read more