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Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Children’s deaths in Israel-Gaza conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

The pope said that the violence risked “degenerating into a spiral of death and destruction.” Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Burmese Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 16, 2021.

‘Do not lose hope’: Pope Francis offers Mass for Myanmar’s Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica

The pope urged Burmese Catholics not to fall into despair following a military coup on Feb. 1. Read more

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis and John Kerry meet at the Vatican

U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy is in Europe ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference. Read more

Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan is beatified at Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran, May 15, 2021.

Polyglot priest beatified after miraculous healing of unborn baby

Francis Mary of the Cross was declared blessed at a Mass at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Meter association in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis to anti-pedophilia group: ‘Your work is more necessary than ever’

The pope was speaking to members of the Italian Meter association. Read more

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks charismatic Catholics and evangelicals for offering ‘sign of fraternity’

The pope sent a video message praising the work of the Italian Charismatic Consultation. Read more

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Medjugorje to host global rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Catholics gathering in the town on May 15 will offer the rosary “for all migrants.” 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’

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

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German Catholic bishops’ leader: ecumenical event ‘not about intercommunion’

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that the church services attended by both Catholics and Protestants would be “ecumenically sensitive.” 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

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

Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begs police not to shoot protesters during Myanmar unrest

Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police

The image of Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begging police not to attack protesters went viral. Read more

Empty wooden crib. Image via Shutterstock

‘We took the family for granted’: Leaders grapple with Italy’s accelerating birth crisis

Pope Francis will attend a May 14 event on the country’s demographic decline. Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal Pell leads Eucharistic procession in Rome

The former Vatican finance czar led the annual procession at the Angelicum on May 13, 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

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

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça celebrates Mass at Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal at Fatima shrine: World needs ‘spiritual restart’ after pandemic

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça was preaching on the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Read more

Pope John Paul II collapses after being shot on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square.

‘I was in shock’: Polish cardinal recalls assassination attempt on St. John Paul II 40 years on

The Polish pope collapsed into the arms of Msgr. Dziwisz when he was struck by four bullets on May 13,... 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

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

Pope Francis receives German foreign minister Heiko Mass in a private audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2021.

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience

Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on May 10. Read more

Polish Bishop Jan Tyrawa.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Polish bishop after ‘Vos estis’ investigation

Bishop Jan Tyrawa was investigated for negligence in handling clerical abuse cases. 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’

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