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Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

With major deficits projected, Vatican says Holy See not at risk of default

The new head of the Holy See’s financial office said Wednesday the Vatican is not at risk of fiscal default,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta April 14, 2020.

Remain faithful in uncertain times, urges Pope Francis

In uncertain times, our ultimate goal should be to remain faithful to the Lord rather than to seek our own... Read more

Pope Francis blesses an almost empty St. Peter’s Square April 13, 2020.

Pope Francis commends women caring for others under coronavirus lockdown

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to pray for women who are currently caring for children, aiding the elderly, or working... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta.

The coronavirus crisis forces us to choose between life and love of money, says pope

We face a fundamental choice as we seek to resolve the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said during his morning Mass... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily at the Easter Vigil

The full prepared text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 11 at St. Peter's Basilica.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020.

Be messengers of life amid death, says Pope Francis at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis urged Christians to be “messengers of life in a time of death” as he celebrated the Easter Vigil... Read more

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019.

Beauty, drama and pinpoint silence: Easter Triduum memories from Rome

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days,... Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Stations of the Cross outside St. Peter's Basilica.

At Via Crucis, Pope Francis prays for those serving the suffering

Pope Francis prayed for those who are serving the suffering as he presided at the Stations of the Cross in... Read more

Pope Francis prays by the crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica April 10, 2020.

The cross has changed the meaning of suffering, says papal preacher on Good Friday

Through his death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed all human pain, including the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic,... Read more

Pope celebrates Mass in St. Peter's on Holy Thursday.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis recalls priests dying amid pandemic

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background.

Vatican flags at half-staff in solidarity with coronavirus victims

More than 11,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy after a total of 101,739 people have been documented by... Read more

Vatican offices on an empty Papa Pio XII Square.

Vatican offices to remain open amid coronavirus lockdown

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vatican City State offices and dicasteries of the Holy See will remain open and working, with... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020.

Italian police close St. Peter's Square to public

The Italian police closed St. Peter’s Square Tuesday following the Italian government decree extending quarantine measures to all of Italy... Read more

Fr. Fabián Pedacchio Leaniz.  CNA file photo.

Pope's personal secretary will return to Vatican Congregation for Bishops

The personal secretary to Pope Francis will leave his position in December, after nearly seven years of service to the... Read more

Tehran skyline with flag.

Vatican delegation in Iran discuss human rights with Muslim leaders

A Vatican delegation traveled to Tehran this week to discuss opportunities for Catholics and Muslims to serve humanity together.  Read more

Pope Francis and Domenico Giani walk together on Oct. 13 at the Vatican.

Vatican City security head resigns after confidential memo was leaked

The head of the Vatican City State’s national police force has resigned, after a confidential internal memo was leaked to... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican City prosecutor asks that Italian priest be charged with sexual abuse during seminary

The Vatican announced Tuesday that the Vatican City State’s Promoter of Justice has requested the indictment two Italian priests --... Read more

Bishop Marcello Semeraro at a Vatican press conference, June 27, 2019.

Pope could see final draft of new curial constitution by September

Pope Francis could receive a final draft of a new constitution for the Roman curia as soon as September, according... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

Analysis: Curial reform aims for unity in service, not a team of rivals

Pope Francis is widely expected to approve a new structure for the Roman curia in the near future. While the... Read more