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Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

Pope Francis changes law to allow Vatican City court to judge cardinals, bishops

Apr 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope has amended part of a law issued last year regulating the Vatican City’s judicial system. Read more

Bishop-elect William Koenig of Wilmington.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of President Biden’s home diocese

Apr 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Msgr. William Koenig succeeds Bishop William Francis Malooly, who has led the diocese since 2008. Read more

The tomb of José Gregorio Hernández in the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in Caracas, Venezuela.

Pope Francis praises Venezuela’s ‘doctor of the poor’ ahead of beatification

Apr 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sent a video message marking the beatification of José Gregorio Hernández. Read more

Detail from Saint Catherine of Siena, from the circle of Baldassare Francheschini (17th century).

Pope Francis: St. Catherine of Siena is a gift to the Church and humanity

Apr 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope has sent a telegram marking the 560th anniversary of the saint’s canonization. Read more

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of South Korean Cardinal Cheong

Apr 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The cardinal sought to bring peace and unification to the Korean peninsula. Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

In anti-corruption law, Pope Francis seeks to quash Vatican ‘envelope’ culture with ban on gifts over $50

Apr 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new regulation is part of a sweeping new anti-corruption law. Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, 2020.

Pope Francis to launch rosary ‘marathon’ for end to pandemic

Apr 28, 2021

The pope will lead a rosary live from St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Rome June 28, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Ladaria: Pastoral care, Church law are not in conflict in marriage cases

Apr 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal spoke at a study day devoted to the 2001 instruction Potestas ecclesiae. Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: Christian meditation ‘is not a withdrawal into ourselves’

Apr 28, 2021

The pope reflected on what distinguishes Christian meditation from other practices popular in the Western world. Read more

Pope Francis meets Poor Clare nuns whose monastery was destroyed in 2009 earthquake

Apr 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Monday met with a community of Poor Clare nuns, whose abbess died when the roof of their... Read more

A statue of Bl. Charles de Foucauld in Strasbourg, France.

Pope Francis to hold consistory in last step before canonization of Bl. Charles de Foucauld

Apr 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Ordinary Public Consistory is the last step before the canonizations of seven men and women, including French missionary Bl.... Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri delivers a homily during Divine Liturgy at the Pontifical Armenian College in Rome on April 24, 2021.

Vatican cardinal: The Armenian genocide is a ‘stain’ of evil on all humanity

Apr 26, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sandri said the Armenian genocide forces us to confront the great evils committed in human history and the small... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: Mediterranean migrant deaths are ‘moment of shame’

Apr 25, 2021

Migrants reportedly died despite SOS calls being issued when their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast. Read more

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021.

‘You will be shepherds like him’: Pope Francis ordains nine new priests in St. Peter’s Basilica

Apr 25, 2021

The pope urged the ordinands to seek “closeness” to God, their bishop, their fellow priests, and the People of God. Read more

A statue of St. Margaret of Castello at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Pope Francis declares blind 14th-century lay Dominican a saint

Apr 24, 2021

Margaret of Castello was born blind and with a severe curvature of the spine in 1287. Read more

CDF to hold study day on 2001 instruction for dissolution of marriage ‘in favorem fidei’

Apr 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The dissolution of a marriage bond “in favorem fidei” (in favor of the faith) can be approved by the pope... Read more

La Soufrière in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the southern Caribbean, erupts April 9, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for people displaced by St. Vincent volcano eruptions

Apr 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The volcano La Soufrière, dormant since 1979, has erupted multiple times since April 9. Read more

The Vatican flag.

Will the Vatican pass the Moneyval test?

Apr 23, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There will be a lot at stake when Moneyval issues its long-awaited verdict on the Vatican’s financial system next week. Read more

Pope Francis marks name day with Rome’s poor receiving COVID-19 vaccine.

Pope Francis celebrates name day with poor as the Vatican’s free vaccinations continue

Apr 23, 2021

At the end of his visit, the pope offered everyone a piece of a giant, hollow chocolate egg. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a message for Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Care for nature, pope tells world leaders at climate summit

Apr 22, 2021

In a video message sent to a climate summit on Thursday, Pope Francis urged care for nature and the preservation... Read more