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Elton John performs during the first night of Sanremo Italian Song's Festival at Ariston theater in Sanremo on February 9, 2016.

Elton John tweets about Vatican statement on same-sex unions

After the Vatican’s doctrinal office clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings to... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: Support working mothers amid the coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

Full text: Vatican’s doctrinal office response and note on the blessing of same-sex unions

Here is the full text of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s response to a question on... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

Pope Francis gives a blessing after his Angelus address on Aug. 30, 2020.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prays for 'martyred Syria' on eve of 10th anniversary of war

Pope Francis urged the world not to forget the ongoing suffering of the “martyred” people of Syria on the eve... Read more

The procession in St. Peter's Basilica for the papal Mass marking 500 years of Catholicism in the Philippines on March 14, 2021.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis celebrates 500 years of 'the joy of the Gospel' in the Philippines

Pope Francis offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to mark 500 years of Catholic faith in the Philippines. Read more

Pope Francis meets Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq, Muslim dialogue, and persecuted Christians

Among the historic moments from the pope’s recent visit to Iraq was the establishment of a National Day of Tolerance... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

By Andrea Gagliarducci

St. Peter's Basilica to end private Masses, restrict Masses in extraordinary form

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican: Peter's Pence, donations, keeping projected deficit to $60 million in 2021

The Vatican said Friday it plans to lower operational expenses by 8% in 2021, while it relies on donations and... Read more

Pope Francis hears confessions at St. John Lateran in Rome March 2, 2017.

Pope Francis: Going to confession is 'abandoning oneself to Love'

Pope Francis said Friday that going to confession is an act of “abandoning oneself to Love,” allowing the God of... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal supports common Easter date for Catholics, Orthodox

The president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, has supported a suggestion that Catholics and Orthodox... Read more

The official logo of the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”

By Hannah Brockhaus

Online event, papal message to mark opening of ‘Amoris laetitia’ year

The Vatican will mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of Amoris laetitia, Pope Francis’ 2016 exhortation on the family,... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Keep praying for ‘our sorely tried brothers and sisters’ in Iraq

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis urged Catholics worldwide to keep praying for “our sorely tried brothers and sisters”... Read more

Pope Francis holds a general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, Oct 28, 2020.

By Hannah Brockhaus

From Pius XII to Pope Francis: A brief history of general audiences

Wednesday papal catecheses date back to before the Second World War Read more

E-Book: "Francis in Iraq," download all the Pope's messages

By CNA Staff

E-Book: 'Francis in Iraq' - Download all of Pope Francis' messages from his trip to Iraq

In this e-book you will find all the homilies, prayers and speeches that Pope Francis gave during his historic visit... Read more

Vatican COVID-19 commission: Church can help combat rising violence against women

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission called on Monday for the Catholic Church and governments to increase support for women suffering from... Read more

Pope Francis greets children in Iraq March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Full text: Pope Francis' homily at Mass in Baghdad's St. Joseph Cathedral

Here is the full prepared text of Pope Francis’ homily, delivered March 6, 2021, at a Mass in the Chaldean... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Baghdad March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis to Chaldean Catholics: ‘Love is our strength’

At Mass in Baghdad on Saturday, Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that no matter what the world thinks, love is... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Augustianum in Rome, Feb. 11, 2015.

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Curial speculation follows papal meetings with bishops

Sources have told CNA that Pope Francis may choose two US-born prelates as prefects of congregations in the Roman Curia.  Read more

Pope Francis on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Pope Francis intends to end his days in Rome, not Argentina, journalist clarifies

As some international media recently reported that Pope Francis said he did not want to visit his native Argentina again,... Read more