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This year Pope Francis did not walk in the Eucharistic procession, but joined at the end for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and to offer the Eucharistic blessing.

Pope Francis joins in Corpus Christi celebration in Rome for first time in years

Jun 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis gave a solemn blessing with the Blessed Sacrament from the steps of the Basilica of St. Mary Major... Read more

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis explained that just as Jesus “did not keep his life for himself, but gave it to us,” so too are Christians called to make their lives a gift for others.

Pope Francis: In the Eucharist, Jesus offers himself for the world

Jun 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis explained that Christians are called to make their lives a gift for... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella sat down with EWTN News on April 10, 2024, in Rome.

Pilgrims of hope amid crisis: Archbishop Fisichella on the 2025 Jubilee

Jun 2, 2024

By Andreas Thonhauser

Archbishop Rino Fisichella is the pro-prefect for the Section of New Evangelization of the Dicastery for Evangelization. Read more

Members of ACLI (Italian Christian Workers' Associations) hold a sign with the word "peace" in Italian, in St. Peter's Square on June 1, 2024.

Pope Francis: Building peace requires ‘taking a risk’

Jun 1, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Being peacemakers in the style of Jesus Christ, while necessary and valuable, can also be risky, Pope Francis said as... Read more

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This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of June

Jun 1, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

In a video, the Holy Father announced that his prayer intention for June is for those fleeing their homelands. Read more

Pope Francis greets a woman religious at a Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2, 2024, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Pope Francis hails ‘immense gift’ of vocation to the consecrated life

May 30, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed a message to participants in a conference on consecrated religious life currently taking place in... Read more

On the solemnity of Corpus Christi,  the Eucharist — the real presence of Christ — is given public and solemn adoration, love, and gratitude.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist is God’s response to the deepest hunger of the heart

May 30, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

The Holy Father will offer Mass and lead the traditional Eucharistic procession from St. John Lateran Basilica to St. Mary... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at his general audience on Wednesday, May 29,  2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Pope Francis opens new catechetical cycle on Holy Spirit’s role in salvation

May 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Titled “The Spirit and the Bride: The Holy Spirit Guides God’s People Toward Jesus Our Hope,” the new cycle will... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2024, at the Vatican.

Vatican apologizes after pope’s derogatory remark on gay men in Catholic seminaries

May 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists that the pope “never intended to offend or express himself in homophobic terms, and he... Read more

Pope Francis greets thousands of children and their families as he makes his way through St. Peter's Square during the first World Children's Day, Sunday, May 26, 2024.

World Children’s Day: Pope Francis instills key lesson on Holy Spirit at Mass with children

May 26, 2024

By Rachel Thomas

The pope gathered with tens of thousands of children in St. Peter’s Square for Mass and provided a lively lesson... Read more

A view of the baldacchino underneath the central dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Meet the modern-day ‘devil’s advocate’ in the process of canonization

May 26, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Monsignor Alberto Royo Mejía is the promoter of the faith in the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints. Read more

Pope Francis watches a friendly soccer game between Italian professional soccer players with children clad in uniforms as part of the first World Children’s Day on May 25, 2024, at Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Pope Francis meets with 50,000 for World Children’s Day in Rome’s Olympic Stadium

May 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“In you, children, everything speaks of life and the future. The Church, as a mother, welcomes you and accompanies you... Read more

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Carbon dating reveals true age of purported tunics of St. Peter and St. John

May 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

A conference titled “The Tunics of St. Peter and St. John, Two Extraordinary Relics of the Sancta Sanctorum,” presented a... Read more

Pilgrims from South Korea wave a flag at the closing Mass of World Youth Day Lisbon with Pope Francis on Aug. 6, 2023.

International conference on youth ministry wrapping up in Rome

May 24, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Nearly 300 delegates hailing from bishops’ conferences in 110 countries are meeting in Rome to participate in the International Youth... Read more

Elena Guerra, Marie-Léonie Paradis, and Giuseppe Allamano are among the Blesseds whom Pope Francis paved the way for canonization in a decree on May 23, 2024. 

Pope Francis paves the way for the canonization of new saints with zeal for mission work

May 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy See said Pope Francis “has decided to convene a consistory, which will also concern the canonization” of four... Read more

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Cardinal Fernández meets with Coptic Church leader over same-sex blessing rift

May 23, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, who heads the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with the leader of the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on a rainy Sunday in Rome on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis lambasts the scourge of human trafficking 

May 23, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis today urged the abolition of human trafficking, “one of the most terrible scourges of our time” that disrespects... Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Carlo Acutis to be first millennial saint: Pope Francis recognizes miracle for canonization

May 23, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence... Read more

George Weigel at the Angelicum in Rome, May 18, 2022.

Pontifical Academy for Life is betraying its founder, JPII biographer George Weigel says

May 22, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

George Weigel, biographer of St. John Paul II, lamented that the Pontifical Academy for Life has betrayed Dr. Jérôme Lejeune,... Read more

Shanghai Bishop Shen Bin speaks to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a Vatican conference on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Bishop of Shanghai defends China’s religious freedom record at Vatican conference

May 22, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The controversial Chinese bishop was a featured speaker at a Vatican conference beside Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Read more