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The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican abuse trial: Prosecution requests jail time for defendants

The tribunal listened to lawyers’ closing arguments. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on July 27, 2016.

Full text: Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis' motu proprio about Traditional Latin Mass

This is the official translation published by the Vatican of the apostolic letter issued motu proprio by Pope Francis about... Read more

The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest.

Could Hungary find an unexpected ally in the Holy See?

The country is under fire for a new law touching on homosexuality. Read more

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pictured in Abu Dhabi on May 13, 2008.

Vatican foundation honors Abu Dhabi crown prince with ‘Man of Humanity’ award

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi traveled to the UAE to present the award. Read more

Tommaso Di Ruzza, right, speaks at a Vatican briefing alongside Alessandro Gisotti, center, and René Brülhart, left, May 21, 2019.

Indicted ex-director of Vatican’s financial watchdog says truth will come out at trial

Tommaso Di Ruzza is one of 10 people facing a Vatican trial. Read more

A Mass said for the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome held Oct. 25, 2014.

Traditional Latin Mass advocates appeal to Pope to protect Summorum Pontificum

A federation that advocates for the Traditional Latin Mass has appealed to Pope Francis to protect it, for those "within... Read more

Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Canadian bishops, Indigenous leaders will meet with pope in December

Some Canadian bishops, along with Indigenous leaders, will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in December 2021, according to... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein at the exposition in Rome.

Exhibit commemorating Benedict XVI’s 70 years as a priest opens in Rome

Benedict XVI's personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, inaugurated an exhibition in Rome to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger’s... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tomb of St. Paul VI in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Florida building collapse

Pope Francis on Saturday offered prayers and condolences to all those affected by a deadly condominium building collapse in Florida... Read more

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

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

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

The flags of Italy and Vatican City.

Italy’s ‘anti-homophobia’ law: Vatican request sparks Church-state debate

From the prime minister to a famous rapper, Italians are weighing in on the Vatican’s diplomatic intervention. Read more

The European Parliament.

Soros and IPPF-funded EU parliamentarians aim to blacklist reputable Christian groups

The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF) a group of European parliamentarians committed to compel the recognition... Read more

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

Vatican intervenes in proposed ‘anti-homophobia’ law in Italy

The Vatican believes that the law would violate the freedom of the Catholic Church in Italy. 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

Swiss Guards at the ceremony in Vatican City's San Damaso Courtyard on May 6, 2021.

‘We are ready to give up our lives’: 34 new Swiss Guards take oath to protect the pope

One new Swiss Guard said: “I’ve always wanted to serve God in a way, and I wanted to serve the... Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky visits the Ternopil region of Ukraine on Sept. 18, 2020.

Ukraine’s president: Vatican would be the ideal place for meeting with Putin

“The Holy See is a moral authority on a global level which has always effectively played the role of mediator,”... Read more

The statue of St. Peter holding the keys, outside St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican’s saints office says it did not ask for money for beatification

“What was said is not true,” the undersecretary of the saints congregation wrote in an April 9 letter to the... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis sends condolences to Queen Elizabeth for death of Prince Philip

"His Holiness commends him to the merciful love of Christ our Redeemer." Read more

Pope Francis adores the crucifix during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

Full text: Cardinal Cantalamessa's homily at the Vatican's Good Friday liturgy

On Good Friday, Pope Francis celebrated the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord at the Altar of the Chair... Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

Papal preacher on Good Friday: Political ideologies wound fraternity in the Catholic Church

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s... Read more