Vatican News

The extraordinary consistory of cardinals meets at the Vatican's Synod Hall, Aug. 29, 2022.

197 cardinals meet behind closed doors — but what is being discussed?

Aug 29, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The cardinals of the Catholic Church have been called to Rome for an extraordinary consistory. It is the first of... Read more

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

'Taken out of context': Pontifical Academy defends Archbishop Paglia's abortion law remarks

Aug 29, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Pontifical Academy for Life on Monday clarified remarks of the Academy's president on Italian television that the law legalizing... Read more

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in L'Aquila, Italy on Aug. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis becomes first pope in more than 700 years to open the Holy Door in L’Aquila

Aug 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

During a trip to the Italian city of L’Aquila, Pope Francis participated in a centuries-old tradition established by Pope Celestine... Read more

Pope Francis at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022

One new cardinal did not attend the consistory due to heart problems — Here is what Pope Francis said:

Aug 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Francis asked for prayers for the African prelate, explaining Baawobr had been taken ill. Read more

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI on Aug. 27th, 2022

New cardinals and Pope Francis pay visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Aug 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis joined 19 of the Church’s 20 newly installed cardinals Saturday in a visit with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI... Read more

Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini

The date is set: 'Apostle of the Catechism' to be declared a saint of the Catholic Church

Aug 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares, AC Wimmer

A renowned Italian priest and bishop dedicated to evangelization and teaching the Catechism will be declared a saint of the... Read more

Bl. Artemide Zatti.

Date of canonization of immigrant nurse Artemide Zatti announced

Aug 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Artemide Zatti is the first Salesian coadjutor to be declared a saint. Read more

Cardinal Oscar Cantoni, bishop of Como, receives the red biretta from Pope Francis at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022.

Jesus asks us, ‘can I count on you?’ — Pope Francis creates 20 cardinals for the Catholic Church

Aug 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals for the Catholic Church during a liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica Saturday. Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech speaking at the press conference in the Vatican on Aug. 26, 2022

Only the Holy Spirit will 'hijack' the Synod on Synodality, cardinal says at Vatican press conference

Aug 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a press conference in the Vatican on Friday, two cardinals introduced the “continental phase” of the Catholic Church’s Synod... Read more

Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

A fall from grace, a court case, the consistory: Four twists and turns in the life of Cardinal Angelo Becciu

Aug 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The possible reinstatement of the cardinal privileges of Cardinal Angelo Becciu made headlines this week after the former official said... Read more

Pope Francis receives Ukraine's ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, April 7, 2022

Ukraine’s Vatican ambassador rebukes Pope Francis for mention of Moscow car bomb victim

Aug 25, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See criticized Pope Francis on Wednesday for lamenting the car bombing that killed the daughter... Read more

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill makes the sign of the cross during the Easter Mass at the Christ The Saviour Cathedral on April 24, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.

Report: Patriarch Kirill will not meet Pope Francis in Kazakhstan

Aug 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

It was hoped the two religious leaders would meet to discuss a peaceful resolution to the six-month-long war in Ukraine. Read more

Pope Francis in April 2022

A question of ‘delicate balance’: How might Pope Francis reform the rules of the conclave?

Aug 25, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Who will manage the Vatican when a pope resigns, is unable to govern, or passes away? And according to which... Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Former Vatican spokesman: Benedict XVI is ready to meet the Lord

Aug 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Federico Lombardi said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is ready for... Read more

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 28, 2020.

Who are the new cardinals created by Pope Francis in 2022?

Aug 24, 2022

By Marco Mancini

There will be 16 cardinals under the age of 80 elevated at the next consistory, to be held Aug. 27.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Vatican, Aug. 24, 2022

Pope Francis warns about ‘arbitrary and ideological adaptations’ to Church ministries

Aug 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a message Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against letting ideology influence the Church’s ordained and lay ministries, and said he... Read more

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis calls first extraordinary consistory since 2015 — so what will the cardinals talk about?

Aug 24, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Since 2015, Pope Francis has not called an extraordinary consistory like the one to be held on August 29-30.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Vatican, Aug. 24, 2022

Six months into Ukraine War, Pope Francis asks Mary to bring peace

Aug 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis made a special appeal for peace between Ukraine and Russia at Wednesday's end of his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis during the weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at Vatican City

‘Our destination is heaven:’ Pope Francis speaks about death

Aug 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke about old age and the expectation of death at his general audience Wednesday. Read more

The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican bank'. (File Photo/CNA).

Pope Francis instructs Vatican entities to move all funds to Vatican bank by Sept. 30

Aug 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has ordered that the Holy See and connected entities move all financial assets to the Institute for Works... Read more