Vatican News

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

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

Pope Francis: Humility ‘is the source of peace in the world and in the Church’

May 22, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Humility is everything. It is what saves us from the evil one,” the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a video message to the conference “100 Years Since the ‘Concilium Sinense’” at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

Pope Francis praises historic council in China as ‘an authentic synodal journey’

May 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In a video message to a conference in Rome, the pope noted that Chinese Catholics have endured “times of patience... Read more

People participate in a funeral procession of president Ebrahim Raisi and his seven aides in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, on May 21, 2024.

Pope expresses ‘spiritual closeness’ to Iran after death of president in helicopter crash

May 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In a telegram, the Holy Father sent “condolences upon the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and ... Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.

Pope Francis appoints pontifical legate to 2024 International Eucharistic Congress

May 20, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Kevin Farrell as his special envoy for the 53rd International Eucharistic Congress. Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Hollerich urges caution, dialogue on women’s ordination

May 20, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The cardinal said the prohibition against ordaining women was “not an infallible doctrinal decision” and could be changed over time... Read more

Queen Mathilde of Belgium meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with her husband, King Philippe of the Belgians, on Sept. 14, 2023.

Pope Francis to travel to Luxembourg and Belgium in September

May 20, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope will make a one-day stopover in Luxembourg on Sept. 26 before visiting the Catholic universities of Leuven and... Read more

The International Chair of Bioethics Jérôme Lejeune held its second annual international conference in Rome on May 17-18, 2024, to reflect on the bioethical challenges surrounding the health and care of people at different stages of life.

International Jérôme Lejeune bioethics conference highlights crucial life and health issues

May 20, 2024

By Kristina Millare

The International Chair of Bioethics Jérôme Lejeune held its second annual international conference in Rome on May 17–18. Read more

Pope Francis participates in Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, 2024.

Pope Francis on Pentecost: The Holy Spirit’s work in us is powerful

May 19, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope explained that the Holy Spirit’s “work in us is powerful, as symbolized by... Read more

Pentecost painting.

Everything you need to know about Pentecost

May 19, 2024

By CNA Staff

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year, which concludes the Easter... Read more

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, presides over a press conference on Friday, May 17, 2024, on the Vatican’s new document on Marian apparitions.

Fernández: Vatican’s new apparitions guidelines stress ‘caution’ in discernment process

May 17, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“The Church has stated that the faithful are never forced to believe in this phenomenon. They are never obliged. There’s... Read more

A Marian apparition.

New norms give Vatican greater say on alleged apparitions

May 17, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is centralizing its authority over the investigation of alleged Marian apparitions and other religious phenomena under... Read more

Pope Francis converses with Metropolitan Agathangelos, director general of the Apostolikí Diakonía of the Greek Orthodox Church, at the Vatican on May 16, 2024.

Pope Francis: Young people ‘can break the chains of antagonism’ between Catholics, Orthodox

May 16, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis has placed in young people his hope that Catholics and Orthodox may be “united in diversity” and “break... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Italian actor Roberto Benigni on Dec. 7, 2022.

Italian actor Roberto Benigni to join Pope Francis for World Children’s Day

May 16, 2024

By Courtney Mares

On the second day of the event, Benigni, best known for his Oscar-winning film “Life Is Beautiful,” will give a... Read more

Servant of God Chiara Corbella Petrillo.

Chiara Corbella’s beatification cause to take a step forward in June

May 16, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Diocese of Rome announced Wednesday that it will hold the closing session of the diocesan phase of her cause... Read more

On March 30, 1926, Cardinal van Rossum, prefect of Propaganda Fide, announced Pope Pius XI’s decision to consecrate the first six Chinese bishops, a ceremony that was held in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 28 of that year.

It’s been 100 years since the Catholic Church’s first Council in China

May 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The council had a dual purpose: to initiate the process of ecclesial inculturation and to decouple the missions from the... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 15, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis at general audience: ‘Love is charity’

May 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pointing to the Sermon on the Mount and repeating twice “love your enemy,” the pope noted that this teaching “embraces... Read more

“EWTN News Nightly” host Tracy Sabol speaks with Dr. Erin Lothes, a Catholic environmental theologian and senior manager of the Laudato Si’ Animators Program with the Laudato Si’ Movement, on on May 9, 2024.

As ocean temps hit record, Vatican hosts discussions on climate change, offers resources

May 14, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides resources for the Church to achieve real and lasting solutions to environmental problems.  Read more

The Medjugorje Youth Festival, in its 34th edition, held July 26–30, 2023, at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What has the Vatican already said about discerning Marian apparitions?

May 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed problems that could come up in examining apparitions in... Read more

Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Pope Francis: Do not abandon grandparents and elderly; remain close to them

May 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican released the message ahead of the fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which takes place on... Read more