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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

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3, 2024, about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid.

Ukrainian officials criticize Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ remarks on Russia-Ukraine war

Mar 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one. This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We... Read more

Injured parishioners receive Communion on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17, 2023, at Holy Family Parish in Gaza. The Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land provides community aid and assistance for parochial activities for Holy Family Parish, the only Roman Catholic parish in Gaza.

Vatican’s Good Friday Holy Land collection to aid humanitarian efforts in Gaza 

Mar 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Vatican has overseen the Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land since 1974. Last year it raised more than $7... Read more

In a speech during a meeting with Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, and other Coptic Orthodox representatives on May 11, 2023, Pope Francis announced that the Coptic Orthodox martyrs killed by ISIS in 2015 will be added to the Catholic Church’s official list of saints.

Coptic Orthodox Church confirms dialogue with Catholic Church suspended over same-sex blessings

Mar 12, 2024

By Edward Pentin

The Coptic Orthodox Church has confirmed that its decision to suspend dialogue with the Catholic Church was due to Rome’s... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of 12 young men and women, inmates at Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center on Rome’s outskirts, during a Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Vatican’s Venice Biennale pavilion leads visitors in Catholic tradition of visiting prisoners

Mar 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Visitors will enter an active women’s prison on Venice’s Giudecca island, where inmates will play an active role in the... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on March 10, 2024.

Pope Francis: We have a duty to help women accept the gift of life

Mar 10, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that governments and civil society have a fundamental duty to help ensure that women are able... Read more

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

Vatican: Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ remark a call for negotiations, not Ukraine’s surrender

Mar 9, 2024

By Shannon Mullen

The Holy Father made the remarks last month in a newly released television interview with Swiss broadcaster RSI. Read more

Andrea Mia Ghez, recognized for her groundbreaking research on black holes, is one of only four women to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. 

Pope Francis appoints UCLA astrophysicist to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Mar 8, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Andrea Mia Ghez, recognized for her groundbreaking research on black holes, is one of only four women to have been... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Apostolic Penitentiary on March 8, 2024, in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: The heart of repentance is God’s ‘infinite love,’ ‘boundless mercy’

Mar 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Repentance is neither the fruit of self-analysis, nor of a psychic sense of guilt,” the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Argentine pilgrims on Feb. 9, 2024, ahead of the historic canonization of the county’s first female saint on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024.

Women are ‘builders of humanity,’ Pope Francis says in conference address

Mar 8, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

On the day before International Women’s Day, Pope Francis addressed participants of an international conference on Thursday at the Vatican.  Read more

Pope Francis joines the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in prayer at the Vatican on March 7, 2024.

Pope Francis to clergy abuse commission: ‘Our commitment must not wane’

Mar 7, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“I encourage you to move forward so that the Church will be, always and everywhere, a place where everyone can... Read more

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: St. Thomas Aquinas is needed to answer today’s social challenges

Mar 7, 2024

By Jonathan Liedl

Pope Francis reflected on the intellectual legacy of the “Angelic Doctor” in a letter to social scientists. Read more

Pope Francis appeared in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘Of all vices, pride is the great queen’

Mar 6, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Those who give in to this vice are far from God, and the correction of this evil requires time and... Read more

White smoke rises from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel on March 13, 2013, signaling that the College of Cardinals has elected a new pope.

Anonymous Cardinal ‘Demos II’ proposes agenda for next pope 

Mar 5, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

An anonymous cardinal offers seven suggested tasks for the next successor of St. Peter. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Feb. 12, 2024, at the Vatican.

Vatican on France’s abortion amendment: There cannot be a ‘right’ to take a human life

Mar 5, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“The Pontifical Academy for Life reiterates that precisely in the era of universal human rights, there cannot be a ‘right’... Read more

The Holy See Press Office announced on March 5, 2024,  that Monsignor Shane L. Kirby has been named the Substitute Promoter of Justice of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Pope Francis appoints American priest to role in Vatican’s highest court

Mar 5, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Monsignor Shane L. Kirby has been named the substitute promoter of justice of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Read more

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3, 2024, about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis urges ‘an immediate cease-fire in Gaza’ that frees hostages, grants aid 

Mar 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address on March 3, the pope made an emotional plea for a deal that both frees the... Read more