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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

Jun 26, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

A YouTube screenshot of the KTO TV interview with Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin on Vatican finances: 'Talking about a crisis is a bit excessive'

Jan 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said that he does not consider the Vatican’s financial scandals to be “a crisis,” but pointed... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin's video message to Climate Adaptation Summit Jan. 25, 2021. YouTube Screenshot.

Vatican Secretary of State calls for synergy in fight against poverty and climate change

Jan 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican Secretary of State has called for a new model of development built on “the synergistic bond” between the... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Jun 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more

Cardinal Pieto Parolin at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we're not backing down

Nov 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the Vatican's New Synod Hall on Nov. 12, 2013.

Cardinal Bertone: Vatican secretary of state has pastoral task

Nov 14, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the Vatican's Secretary of State is also a bishop, his diplomatic action must take into consideration pastoral and missionary... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone at the Vatican's New Synod Hall on Nov. 12, 2013.

Vatican Secretary of State expected in office on Saturday

Nov 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican City's Secretary of State, who has reportedly been ill, will arrive in Rome next Saturday to... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Cardinal Bertone steps down from role as Vatican Secretary of State

Oct 15, 2013

By Elise Harris

In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former state secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position –... Read more


Archbishop Parolin: Pope's reforms a return to Church basics

Sep 12, 2013

New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis' reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, at the encounter for the 40th anniversary of the European bishops' conference.

Vatican source says Cardinal Bertone chose to resign early

Sep 10, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Outgoing Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, chose to step down in advance of his anticipated replacement date after... Read more

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Cardinal Bertone says time as Secretary of State was positive

Sep 3, 2013

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has offered a positive assessment of his nearly seven year-long tenure as Vatican Secretary of State, which... Read more

Dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

New Vatican Secretary of State was 'messenger of peace'

Sep 3, 2013

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the new Vatican Secretary of State, is being praised by a Venezuelan cardinal as a “messenger of... Read more

St. Peters Basilica.

Pope Francis names Italian archbishop to top Vatican post

Aug 31, 2013

Pope Francis made a key appointment at the Vatican today, naming 58-year-old Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his new Secretary... Read more

Father Antonio Spadaro discusses La Civilta Cattolica with CNA during an April 2013 interview.

Jesuit writers get quick answer to papal audience request

Jun 10, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter’s Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope to future diplomats: 'don't be ridiculous'

Jun 6, 2013

Pope Francis warned priests studying to serve in the papal diplomatic corps and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State not to... Read more


Pope personally thanks State department for overtime

Apr 12, 2013

The last month of papal transition meant that the employees of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State worked long hours, so... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013, the night of his election.

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Apr 8, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. CNA file photo.

Pope's election changed headlines but decisions loom

Mar 25, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“The election of Pope Francis marked a change in the newspapers headlines regarding the Church,” according to Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri,... Read more

The three-judge panel of Vatican judges delivers the verdict in the trial of Paolo Gabriele.

Vatican judges find computer tech's testimony not credible

Dec 3, 2012

The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by the computer technician Claudio... Read more

The panel of three Vatican judges delivers the verdict in the Paolo Gabriele case.

Vatican computer technician goes on trial over press leaks

Nov 5, 2012

Despite his lawyer’s appeal to drop the case on the opening morning of hearings, a Vatican judge ruled that the... Read more