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Vatican doctrine office releases note on discerning the validity of the sacraments

Feb 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The new document signed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.”  Read more

A bronze sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims.

Today begins week of reflection prior to the International Day of Prayer against Trafficking

Feb 2, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The day will be held on Feb. 8, the feast of St. Bakhita, a symbol in the Church of the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks 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 urges consecrated men and women to cultivate ‘an intense interior life’

Feb 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy Father presided over Mass on Feb. 2 for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St.... Read more

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten message: ‘Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom’ 

Feb 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Pope Francis: Small ideological groups oppose same-sex blessings; Africa a ‘special case’

Jan 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small... Read more

The Vatican announced the erection of the Weifang diocese on Jan. 29, 2024, the day of the consecration of the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Anthony Sun Venjun.

Pope Francis creates ‘new’ diocese in China, accepting borders drawn by Beijing

Jan 29, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See Press Office said Pope Francis established the diocese on April 20, 2023, “in the desire to promote... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘The devil always takes away your freedom’

Jan 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged people to learn how to “say ‘no’ to the temptations of evil before they creep into the... Read more

Robin Franssen, 18, of Belgium, is a first-year philosophy student at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Learning from St. Thomas Aquinas, 750 years after his death

Jan 28, 2024

By Bénédicte Cedergren

St. Thomas Aquinas’ immortal thought continues to inspire and enlighten minds of all ages around the world. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Pope Francis: Blessings don’t require ‘moral perfection’

Jan 26, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Friday offered guidance to members of the Vatican’s doctrinal office for dealing with matters of faith. Read more

Pope Francis gave a special message to Chinese Catholics at the end of his Mass in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023.

Pope appoints new bishop in China, bringing a 70-year vacancy to an end

Jan 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy See Press Office announced on Thursday that Father Thaddeus Wang Yuesheng was appointed by Pope Francis as the... Read more

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical second vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25, 2024.

Christian unity must be rooted in prayer, pope says at ecumenical vespers

Jan 25, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Marking the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis hosted an ecumenical vespers at Rome’s Basilica... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen preaches a sermon during a Mass at the Holy Cross Church on May 24, 2022, in Hong Kong, China.

Cardinal Zen: Fiducia Supplicans ‘creates confusion’; suggests Fernández should resign

Jan 25, 2024

By Edward Pentin

In a statement published Jan. 23 on his blog, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the declaration contains numerous passages in... Read more

Sculpture of St. Peter outside of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

Vatican appeals court sentences priest to prison for sexual abuse of teen

Jan 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Father Gabriele Martinelli was accused of forcing the former altar server, identified as L.G., to have sexual relations with him... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Avarice is a ‘sickness of the heart, not of the wallet’

Jan 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the preoccupation with the accumulation of material goods reflects a greater “pathological... Read more

Young people greet Pope Francis as he arrives at the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis recalls ‘the primary reason’ for the new edition of YouCat

Jan 23, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The full text was published yesterday by the Italian newspaper La Stampa and is titled “The Password for Joy.” Read more

Pope Francis receives an ecumenical delegation from Finland on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, on the second day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Finland: a laboratory of ecumenism and Christian unity 

Jan 22, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Finland is a traditionally Lutheran country, but in many ways it retains unique links with the Catholic tradition that has... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the journalists who cover the Vatican in the Apostolic Palace on Jan. 22, 2024.

Pope Francis thanks Vatican journalists for reporting on scandals in the Church

Jan 22, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Journalists accredited to the Holy See Press Office met the pope in a private audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis calls for release of 6 religious sisters taken hostage in Haiti

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Armed gunmen took the religious sisters hostage in Port-au-Prince on Friday during a bus hijacking. Read more

Pope Francis  announced the start of a Year of Prayer in his Angelus address from the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis announces Year of Prayer to prepare for 2025 Jubilee

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address, the pope said that a Year of Prayer starting Jan. 21 will be “a year dedicated... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024.

Pope Francis: Return to God’s word rather than social media’s ‘violence of words’

Jan 21, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking of the “immense power” that the word of God can unleash in people’s lives, Pope Francis encouraged us to... Read more