Vatican News

From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi"

Investigation into ‘Vatican Girl’ cold case reopened amid rekindled public interest

Jan 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of Ercole Orlandi, an envoy of the Prefecture of the Pontifical House, disappeared on June... Read more

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her 6-year-old daughter on Jan. 10, 2023.

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Jan 10, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The private meeting on Tuesday marked the third time in nine days the 45-year-old politician was at the Vatican. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young woman during a general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall in December 2022.

Pope Francis: Vulnerability threatens the ‘culture of efficiency’

Jan 10, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Catholic Church will mark the 31st annual World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, the feast of Our... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with Benedict XVI’s longtime secretary, Archbishop Gänswein

Jan 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The private audience with the pope took place shortly before the public release of Gänswein’s forthcoming book detailing his nearly... Read more

Pope Francis addresses international diplomats to the Holy See on Jan. 9, 2023, in the Vatican's Blessing Hall.

To counter ‘third world war,’ Pope Francis proposes ‘truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom’

Jan 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis Monday gave his annual address to Vatican diplomats, describing the speech as “a call for peace in a... Read more

John Paul Uebbing's big moment.

Pope Benedict’s kiss goodbye

Jan 8, 2023

By CNA Staff

The infant son of a former Catholic News Agency editor received a farewell kiss on his forehead from Pope Benedict... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis: God’s justice frees us from the snares of evil

Jan 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the pope said in his Angelus address that “Jesus reveals God’s... Read more

Pope Francis baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis: Celebrate the date of your baptism like a birthday

Jan 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 8, the pope baptized 13 babies and presided over... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on May 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI: Doctor of the Church?

Jan 8, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

There are currently 37 Doctors of the Church, from Irenaeus of Lyon in the third century to Thérèse of Lisieux... Read more

The coffin of Pope Benedict XVI is prepared for interment in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 5, 2023.

How to visit the tomb of Benedict XVI

Jan 7, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican crypt will reopen to the public on Jan. 8. Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in summer 2017

A look back: Benedict XVI’s life as pope emeritus

Jan 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Benedict XVI spent the final years of his life largely out of the public eye, living in retirement as... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address for the Solemnity of the Epiphany on Jan. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis reorganizes Diocese of Rome in face of ‘epochal change’

Jan 7, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The constitution goes into effect on Jan. 31. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Cardinal Zen meets Pope Francis, prays at Benedict XVI’s tomb

Jan 7, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The 90-year-old cardinal was in Rome for two days after the Hong Kong authorities temporarily released his passport. Read more

Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 6, 2023.

FULL TEXT: Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Jan 6, 2023

By Pope Francis

Here is is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Read more

Celebrations for the Solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Square on Jan. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis: the Three Kings found God in poverty

Jan 6, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Solemnity of the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Magi who came with gifts to worship the Child Jesus... Read more

Pope Francis with some special visitors at the general audience, Dec. 21, 2022

Pope Francis on Epiphany: Get out of your comfort zone to seek God like the Magi

Jan 6, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his homily for the Church’s celebration of the three kings on Jan. 6, the pope warned that today’s world... Read more

Archbishop Georg Ganswein (left), longtime personal secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, kisses the coffin of friend and mentor at his funeral on Jan. 5, 2023, at the Vatican.

Analysis: A closer look at the ceremonial details of Benedict XVI’s funeral

Jan 6, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Without question, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral was a pope’s funeral. But there were clear signals that it was not... Read more

Benedict XVI’s coffin exits St. Peter’s Basilica beneath an image of Christ’s resurrection on the morning of his funeral Jan. 5, 2022

The story behind the image hanging at Benedict XVI’s funeral 

Jan 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The image, which hung in front of the central entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica, appears to be a copy of... Read more

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A Ratzinger reader: 5 books to help you encounter Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

By Matthew Bunson

Here are five suggestions for a Benedict reading list. They span decades and topics, but each has been chosen as... Read more

Tabea Schneider (far left) with a group of other pilgrims who traveled 20 hours by bus from Cologne, Germany, to attend the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

People attending Benedict XVI’s funeral recall their personal memories of a ‘humble pope’

Jan 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

More than 50,000 people attended the Jan. 5 funeral for the pope emeritus who died at the age of 95... Read more