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Aidan Gallagher, director of EWTN Ireland, receives a blessing for the film “Faith of Our Fathers” from Pope Francis after the pope’s general audience May 3, 2023.

New EWTN film about Catholic priest in hiding receives blessing from Pope Francis

May 13, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The film “Faith of Our Fathers” was recently shown at the Vatican to an international audience. Read more

Queen Elizabeth ll exchanges gifts with Pope John Paul ll during her first visit to the Vatican on Oct. 17, 1980.

A look back at Queen Elizabeth II’s encounters with five popes

Sep 8, 2022

By Courtney Mares

England’s longest-serving monarch had her first meeting with a pope in 1951 while still a princess. Read more

Dutch flowers decorate St. Peter’s Square for Easter Sunday Mass 2019.

How the tradition of Dutch flowers at the pope’s Easter Mass was saved

Apr 16, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the start of this year, a Vatican Easter tradition hung in the balance. Read more


Pope Francis on Lent: Jesus is with us, even when we’re tempted

Mar 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Pope Francis highlighted Jesus’ 40-day journey in the desert, where he is tempted by the devil, as an example for... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, March. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis sends cardinals to Ukraine, where ‘rivers of blood and tears flow’

Mar 6, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Pope Francis condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expressed his solidarity with the country on Sunday. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Vatican laments ‘tragic’ invasion of Ukraine by Russia

Feb 24, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The tragic scenes which everyone feared are unfortunately becoming reality,” Cardinal Parolin said on Thursday. Read more

Pope Francis met with members of Voir Ensemble, a Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people on Feb. 19, 2022.

Pope Francis meets Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people

Feb 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The French association, Voir Ensemble (Seeing Together), was founded in 1927 by Father Yves Mollat, a blind Jesuit priest. Read more

Progetto Arca’s mobile kitchen in Rome.

Food truck for the homeless arrives at the Vatican

Feb 18, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Volunteers will distribute meals to people living on the streets around St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis welcomes members of the Italian Association of Leather Chemists during an audience in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace on January 29, 2022.

Pope Francis to workers: Turn to St Joseph during Covid-19 pandemic

Jan 29, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Pope Francis encouraged workers to turn to St. Joseph for guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, during an audience at the... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jan 14, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A recent investigative report concerning the Archdiocese of Munich has placed Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the media spotlight again.... Read more

Cologne Cathedral in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Vatican delays external audit of contracts in Germany’s Cologne archdiocese

Jan 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The review must wait until the return of Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Read more


Why 2022 could be a year of major changes in the Roman Curia

Jan 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

There is currently no Vatican department head from Africa or Oceania. Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

Pope Francis’ Christmas Mass: ‘God comes into the world in littleness’

Dec 24, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In his Christmas homily, Pope Francis asked Christians to contemplate that God did not choose to come into the world... Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees whom he helped to bring to Italy on his 85th birthday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis celebrates his 85th birthday with refugees he helped bring to Italy

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The group of about ten refugees are being supported directly by Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018.

Christmas at the Vatican: Here are the liturgies Pope Francis will celebrate this year

Dec 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ Christmas schedule for this year. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Seraphic Institute of Assisi on Dec. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: The value of a person is not determined by ability

Dec 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In a meeting with disabled children and their caregivers at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that if disability or illness... Read more

Pope Francis met Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Nov. 25.

Pope Francis tells new Lebanese PM: Lebanon is worth fighting to save

Nov 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Najib Mikati gave the pope a brick from a church damaged in the Beirut port explosion. Read more


How to get a plenary indulgence any day this November 2021

Nov 2, 2021

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Did you know that you can get a plenary indulgence any day this November? It’s true. The Vatican has decided... Read more