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At his Angelus address June 9, 2024, Pope Francis  asked people to pray for the people who are suffering in Myanmar and in Ukraine, giving a special shoutout to some Ukrainians who were in the crowd waving flags.

EU bishop: Elections show citizens concerned about Ukraine war

Jun 25, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The bishop also spoke about the importance of pushing the new EU commission and parliament to reinforce diplomatic action toward... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Russia’s new ambassador to the Vatican Ivan Soltanovsky on Sept. 18, 2023, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets with Russian ambassador to the Vatican

Jun 25, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis met with Ivan Soltanovsky, Russia’s ambassador to the Holy See, on June 22. Read more

Pope Francis blesses the ambulance that he donated in June 2024 to to treat the wounded in Ukraine’s Ternopil region.

Pope Francis donates ambulance, opens war trauma center in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner and prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, is traveling to Ukraine... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, at the Vatican on June 24, 2024.

Pope Francis meets with Opus Dei prelate Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz

“The audience, which lasted about half an hour, took place in an atmosphere of warmth and affection on the part... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein was the personal secretary of the late Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis appoints Gänswein to diplomatic role in Baltic states

Jun 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The diplomatic appointment comes after months of speculation and rumor as to Gänswein’s future after the death of Pope Benedict... Read more

Statue of St. John the Baptist with golden cross, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic.

‘Summer Christmas’: Why does the Church celebrate the birthday of St. John the Baptist?

Jun 24, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Because it falls exactly six months before the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, St. John’s birthday is sometimes... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a message to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on June 23, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Jesus in the Eucharist strengthens us in times of trial

Jun 23, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking from an Apostolic Palace window on June 23, Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to reflect... Read more

Bishop Yao Shun of Jining  and Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun (right) of the People's Republic of China at the Synod on Synodality at the Vatican in October 2023.

Pope Francis names Chinese bishop who attended Synod to Archdiocese of Hangzhou

Jun 22, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new archbishop was one of two bishops from mainland China to participate in the October 2023 session of the... Read more

The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends a plenary session at the summit on peace in Ukraine at the luxury Burgenstock resort near Lucerne, Switzerland, on June 16, 2024.

Vatican’s secretary of state rues Russia’s absence at Ukraine peace conference

Jun 21, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“Peace is always made together,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said June 19 as reported by Vatican News.  Read more

An attendee holds a photo of Chiara Corbella Petrillo at the closing of the diocesan phase of the investigation into her life and virtues in Rome on Friday, June 21, 2024.

Diocese of Rome closes first step toward sainthood for young wife and mother

Jun 21, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Chiara Corbella Petrillo shows us that “holiness is possible and it is the only path that makes us happy,” Bishop... Read more

Father Luigi Paliq (left) and Father Gjon Gazulli were declared martyrs by Pope Francis on June 20, 2024.

Pope Francis advances martyred Albanian priests along path to sainthood

Jun 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Father Luigj Paliq was murdered in Albania in 1913, and Father Gjon Gazulli was killed in 1927. Read more

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation on June 20, 2024, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Pope Francis to Lutherans: ‘Jesus Christ is the heart of ecumenism’

Jun 20, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

In his talk given during the audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, the Holy Father called this encounter... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Pope Francis fields questions from students about gender identity and LGBTQ discrimination

Jun 20, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In the one-hour conversation on June 20 organized by the Building Bridges Initiative, Pope Francis spoke directly to students from... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Vigano.

Former U.S. nuncio Viganò to undergo Church trial for schism, rejecting Pope Francis 

Jun 20, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“I have been summoned to the Palace of the Holy Office on June 20, in person or represented by a... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022.

Pope Francis tells Communion and Liberation leader: ‘Do not look at your navel’

Jun 19, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

As reported by President Davide Prosperi, the pope spoke of “the need to share the charism and for a co-responsibility... Read more

Pope Francis gives a blessing to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Pope Francis tells faithful: Learn some of the Psalms by heart

Jun 19, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

“It is necessary to make the Psalms our prayer,” the pope said at his general audience in an overcast but... Read more

A view of the Vatican Apostolic Library in 2021.

Vatican library to award NFTs to donors in ‘experimental project’

Jun 17, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

For the time being, the project, considered “experimental,” only applies to Italian donors to the Vatican Apostolic Library. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Angelus address on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Pope Francis: The seeds of the Gospel take time to bloom

Jun 16, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Reflecting on Jesus’ parable comparing the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the pope said Christians should have an... Read more

Delegates vote to approve a synthesis report at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023.

Theologians conclude evaluation of synod reports after Rome meeting

Jun 14, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

A group of 20 theologians concluded an evaluation of 107 synod reports from national bishops’ conferences and Eastern Catholic Churches... Read more

Pope Francis participates in his first G7 Summit on June 14, 2024. In his remarks, the pontiff stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence (AI) be under the control of human beings.

Pope Francis at G7: AI must not replace human decision-making

Jun 14, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis at the G7 summit on Friday stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence be... Read more