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Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, in St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 10, 2019.

Vatican cardinal: Europeans must ‘reawaken consciences’ after abortion vote

Jun 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Sandri said the vote marked “a dangerous anthropological drift.” Read more

Pope Francis smiles during the general audience in the Vatican's San Damaso Courtyard on June 30, 2021.

Pope Francis: God ‘weaves our history’

Jun 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dramatic conversion of St. Paul should remind us that God has a plan... Read more

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis thanks Benedict XVI on his 70th ordination anniversary

Jun 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called the pope emeritus “the contemplative of the Vatican.” Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul 2021

Jun 29, 2021

By Pope Francis

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, delivered at Mass... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, 2021.

Pope Francis: Saints Peter and Paul found freedom in Christ

Jun 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul saw the largest Mass in St. Peter’s since the pandemic began. Read more

Pope Francis with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon on June 28, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘The witness of growing communion between us Christians will be a sign of hope’

Jun 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would... Read more

Pope Francis greets Secretary Antony Blinken at the Vatican on June 28, 2021.

Pope Francis meets Secretary Antony Blinken at Vatican

Jun 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Secretary Blinken and Pope Francis discussed China, as well as "the humanitarian crises in Lebanon, Syria, the Tigray region of... Read more

Pope Francis waves during an Angelus address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis at the Angelus: ‘Let Jesus look at and heal your heart’

Jun 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

At the Angelus, the pope reflected on Jesus’ healing of a woman afflicted with hemorrhages. Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis appeals to Holy Land Catholics as bishops consecrate Middle East to Holy Family

Jun 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The act of consecration took place at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Read more

Pope Francis meets with David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, June 25, 2021.

Pope Francis meets European Parliament president after abortion vote

Jun 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The conversation “focused on the need to protect the weakest and most vulnerable.” Read more

Pope Francis with the flag of Lebanon at a general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020.

Vatican ‘deeply concerned’ about the potential collapse of Lebanon

Jun 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher said the pope could visit the country at “the beginning of next year.” Read more

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

Vatican asks for donations to Peter’s Pence ahead of annual collection

Jun 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In 2020, Catholics gave $52.7 million to Peter's Pence -- down 18% from 2019. Read more

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017.

Vatican ‘foreign minister’ doubts speaking out on Hong Kong ‘would make any difference whatever’

Jun 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Paul Gallagher said: “Obviously Hong Kong is the object of concern for us.” Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.

Cardinal Cupich to conduct visit of Vatican dicastery on behalf of Pope Francis

Jun 24, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The inspection will begin in a few days. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.

Pope Francis encourages us to continue on ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishops’ leader after audience

Jun 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop Bätzing said he “made it clear that the rumors that the Church in Germany wants to go its own... Read more

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration is like radiotherapy for our sinfulness, says Vatican’s new liturgy chief

Jun 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Arthur Roche said he was optimistic about people returning to Mass after the pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis warns against preachers who sow division online

Jun 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that these “new preachers” can be recognized by their “rigidity.” Read more

Mattia Villardita, a 28-year-old Italian who dresses up as Spider-Man, attends the general audience at the Vatican, June 23, 2021.

Why was Spider-Man at Pope Francis’ general audience?

Jun 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The man who met the pope dressed as a superhero has a remarkable story of his own. Read more

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

Vatican economy secretariat issues regulations on new norms for awarding public contracts

Jun 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The new regulations “apply to all purchases of services, supplies, and works.” Read more

Fr. Pierre Najm presents Pope Francis with a crucifix made from debris left by the Beirut port explosion.

Pope Francis receives crucifix made from wood salvaged after Beirut blast

Jun 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The blast killed nearly 200 people and injured 600 others. Read more