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Pope Francis receives Fr. John Connor, general director of the Legionaries of Christ, in a private audience at the Vatican, April 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Legionaries of Christ leader

Apr 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Fr. John Connor asked the pope “for light and advice in the task that he has been entrusted with.” Read more

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Pro Recco Waterpolo 1913 Team at the Vatican, April 22, 2021.

Pope Francis: The biggest defeat for an athlete is to not play as a team

Apr 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope told a team of top water polo players not to “play alone.” Read more

Pope Francis delivers his message at the Vatican for Earth Day, April 22, 2021

On Earth Day, Pope Francis says the world is ‘at the limit’

Apr 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope urged world leaders to “act with courage, operate with justice, and always tell the truth to people.” Read more

Carlo Acutis.

Cardinal Semeraro: Blessed Carlo Acutis was ‘an authentic apostle of the rosary’

Apr 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Acutis became the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church in October 2020. Read more

Saad Hariri, Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 22, 2021.

Pope Francis hopes Lebanon can regain the ‘strength of the cedars’

Apr 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope expressed the hope in a meeting with Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. Read more

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

Vatican unveils official prayer of 2022 World Meeting of Families

Apr 22, 2021

The 10th World Meeting of Families will take place June 22-26, 2022. Read more

Vatican dedicates May to global rosary ‘marathon’ for end of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The month-long “prayer marathon” will involve 30 Catholic shrines worldwide Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis donates ventilators to Colombia after record number of COVID-19 deaths

Apr 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

More than 68,700 people have died from COVID-19 in Colombia since February 2020 Read more

The modern Bramante Staircase in the Vatican Museums, pictured Nov. 12, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

‘Secrets of the Vatican Museums’ video series brings art masterpieces to YouTube

Apr 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The museums themselves remain closed to the public due to the pandemic Read more

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

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘We can all learn from the perseverance of the Russian pilgrim’

Apr 21, 2021

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to read the 19th-century Russian spiritual classic “The Way of a... Read more

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Ex-film director, soccer player to be ordained Catholic priests by Pope Francis on Sunday

Apr 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Samuel Piermarini was offered a chance to sign for A.S. Roma’s youth team but felt a call to the priesthood Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor

Apr 19, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of... Read more

ASL interpretation of Pope Francis’ Sunday Regina Coeli address on April 18, 2021.

Vatican sign language project brings Pope Francis’ words to all

Apr 19, 2021

Pope Francis’ Wednesday and Sunday speeches to the public will now be accessible in American Sign Language Read more

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021.

Pope Francis applauds beatification of monks who died protecting the Eucharist

Apr 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020.

Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise

Apr 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied... Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman

Apr 16, 2021

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI turns 94 years old

Apr 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years... Read more

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019

Vatican statement on Ramadan: 'Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope'

Apr 16, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states.

Christian anthropology can renew the West, Vatican foreign minister says

Apr 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

"I retain an optimism that leads me to believe that with due commitment we can rise again," Archbishop Paul Gallagher... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021.

Pope Francis to Brazil's bishops: the Risen Christ is 'our strength, our unity'

Apr 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Brazil’s bishops to be united to each other and to their faith in the risen... Read more