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A group of comedians and humorists, including Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon (center), share a lighthearted exchange with Pope Francis during a gathering with the pope in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on June 14, 2024.

Pope Francis gets laughs at meeting with big-name comedians

Jun 14, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis took the stage in front of over 100 comedians and humorists, including Americans Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and... Read more

A homeless man sleeps on the sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2023.

For World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis urges Christians to ‘be friends of the poor’

Jun 13, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis this week urged Christians around the world to share in the suffering of the poor and to commune... Read more

Pope Francis made his remarks on synodality during an annual meeting for moderators of international associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements, and new communities, organized by the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on June 13, 2024.

Pope Francis: Synodality moves us to share in others’ suffering

Jun 13, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Thursday a synodal spirit asks us to react with empathy to the suffering and painful experiences of... Read more

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican publishes papal primacy document aimed at ‘a reunited Church’

Jun 13, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The study document is the first Vatican text since Vatican II to outline the entire ecumenical debate on papal primacy. Read more

Flags of (left to right) Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, USA, and Europe are displayed for a G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting at the City Hall in Muenster, western Germany on Nov. 3, 2022.

G7 summit: Pope Francis to meet U.S. President Joe Biden in Italy

Jun 13, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will hold bilateral meetings on Friday with nine world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden, at the G7... Read more

Aram I, the top leader of the Armenian Church of Cilicia, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on June 12, 2024.

Armenian Church leader, Pope Francis meet at Vatican

Jun 12, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

For the first time in 10 years, Pope Francis met Wednesday with His Holiness Aram I, the leader of the... Read more

The 38th (Irish) Brigade marches at the Vatican in June 1944.

Vatican commemorates 80th anniversary of Pius XII’s meeting with Allied troops

Jun 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

On June 12, 1944, Pius XII gave an enthusiastic speech in English thanking the members of the 38th (Irish) Brigade... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Pope Francis: Keep your homilies short or ‘people will fall asleep’

Jun 12, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking at his Wednesday catechesis on June 12, the pope explained that the goal of a homily is to “help... Read more

Pope Francis meets with priests of the Diocese of Rome at the Salesian Pontifical University on June 11, 2024.

Vatican: Pope Francis speaks again about the admission of homosexuals to seminaries

The Vatican Press Office reported that during a closed-door meeting, the pope again discussed the admission of men “with homosexual... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his Angelus address on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Vatican to publish new document on papal primacy

Jun 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The document, titled “The Bishop of Rome: Primacy and Synodality in Ecumenical Dialogue and Responses to the Encyclical Ut Unum... Read more

Massimo Bianchi and Cristiane Murray address attendees at a June 11, 2024, Vatican press conference regarding the upcoming Vatican Observatory conference to take place June 17–24, 2024.

From the Big Bang to black holes: Vatican, scientists to explore questions of the universe

Jun 11, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Dozens of astrophysicists and cosmologists will explore the Big Bang and other topics of the universe next week at a... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his Angelus address on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Pope Francis: Money, power, pleasure can enslave us

Jun 9, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in his Angelus address on June 9, the pope asked people to contemplate the temptations that can imprison us... Read more

Pope Francis greets participants in a gathering of choir singers, musicians, and directors at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on June 8, 2024.

Music is a universal language: Pope Francis sings praises of Catholic choirs

Jun 8, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Father’s remarks came during the Fourth International Meeting of Choirs at the Vatican. Read more

Stephen Colbert and Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, other top comedians at Vatican

Jun 8, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will take the mic in a gathering of some of the world’s top comedians at the Vatican next... Read more

Pope Francis said he prays every day for an end to the war in Israel and Palestine during a prayer service June 7, 2024, in the Vatican Gardens, commemorating 10 years since the symbolic planting of an olive tree in the presence of the presidents of Israel and Palestine in 2014.

Pope Francis recalls 2014 embrace of Palestine and Israel presidents at prayer for peace

Jun 8, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

A prayer service in the Vatican Gardens marked the 10th anniversary of the 2014 “prayer for peace in the Holy... Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Vatican official: Hundreds of millions of Christians ‘face high levels of persecution’

Jun 7, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

“More than 365 million Christians, approximately 1 in 7, face high levels of persecution for their faith,” Archbishop Paul Richard... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a pregnant woman during a visit with families from St. Bridget of Sweden Parish in Rome’s Palmarola neighborhood on June 6, 2024.

Pope Francis warns of ‘cold war’ in families, encourages living forgiveness

Jun 6, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

As part of the “School of Prayer” initiative, the Holy Father met Thursday with about 30 families from the parish... Read more

Bernini's famous baldacchino in St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican arrests ex-employee for attempted extortion using allegedly stolen Bernini manuscript

Jun 6, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The art historian and former Vatican employee was reportedly questioned and arrested by Vatican gendarmes on May 27. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Pope Francis to take 8-week break in liturgical schedule this summer

Jun 5, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The 87-year-old pope does not have any public Masses on his schedule for eight weeks in July and August, according... Read more

Building of the general curia of the Jesuit order on Borgo Santo Spirito, Rome.

UPDATE: Theologians hold closed-door meeting in Rome on guidance document for October synod

Jun 5, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The June 4–13 closed-door gathering of experts in theology, ecclesiology, and canon law is being held at the Jesuit general... Read more