Vatican News

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The Vatican has a commission for healthcare facilities, but there is little trace of it

May 15, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In 2015, facing scandals in the healthcare sector, Pope Francis established a Pontifical Commission for the Activities of the Public... Read more

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

May 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis urges scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

May 14, 2021

The pope welcomed members of the Scouts Unitaires de France to Rome on the group’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis asks society which it values more: Children or money

May 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was speaking at “The General State of the Birth Rate” event in Rome. Read more

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No shrine from China in the 'rosary marathon' against the pandemic

May 13, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There was some hope that the Marian Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Sheshan, in the People's Republic of... Read more

Argentine President Alberto Fernández meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 13, 2021

Pope Francis meets Argentine president for first time since abortion legalization

May 13, 2021

Alberto Fernández championed a bill that legalized abortion up to the the 14th week of pregnancy. Read more

View of St. Peter`s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on April 1, 2015.

Vatican abuse trial: Witness testimony gives conflicting view of victim, pre-seminary

May 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican City State’s criminal court heard testimony from five witnesses. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Prayer works miracles’

May 12, 2021

The pope expressed delight at holding his first general audience with members of the public for six months. Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican responds to bishops’ call to amend Church law on crimes against minors

May 11, 2021

The Vatican told English and Welsh bishops that it was in the process of altering the Code of Canon Law. Read more

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and Archbishop Rino Fisichella present the apostolic letter 'Antiquum ministerium' at the Vatican, May 11, 2021.

What is the new ministry of catechist? A CNA explainer

May 11, 2021

Pope Francis has instituted a new lay ministry of catechist. Here’s what that means. Read more

The Good Shepherd image used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Vatican fixes website glitch showing two versions of Catechism

May 11, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Before it was corrected, the website displayed texts not reflecting recent significant changes to the Catechism. Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist

May 11, 2021

The pope instituted the new lay ministry in the apostolic letter Antiquum ministerium. Read more

A 17th-century statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Spanish sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés.

Pope Francis: The Spiritual Exercises deepen the concept of personal reform

May 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope made the comment in a video message for the launch of a book by one his early spiritual... Read more

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Vatican creates group to study separating mafia from the Catholic Church

May 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The group is being established in honor of Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge killed by the mafia. Read more

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

May 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open... Read more

Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

May 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis calls for suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents in ‘Vax Live’ concert video

May 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable,” the pope said. Read more

Chelsea Clinton.

Vatican Conference 2021: Chelsea Clinton, Francis Collins speak on second day

May 7, 2021

Chelsea Clinton called for the regulation of “anti-vaccine content” on social media. Read more

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Diocese of Huarí, Peru, May 6, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with bishop of murdered lay missionary

May 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, died April 24. Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from within the Vatican.

Cardinals’ council discusses pandemic recovery, curial reform with Pope Francis

May 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The seven members of the Council of Cardinals met online. Read more