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Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Papal Foundation announces nearly $15 million in global grants, humanitarian aid

Apr 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Papal Foundation in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, April 28, 2022.

Papal Foundation visits Rome, marks 35 years and $200 million in donations to the poor

Apr 19, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Papal Foundation, a U.S.-based organization that provides funding for Catholic projects, is in Rome for its annual pilgrimage and... Read more

The future Supreme Knight Patrick E. Kelly greeting Pope Benedict XVI, April 5, 2008.

U.S. lay Catholic organizations mourn the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict

Jan 1, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones, Jonah McKeown

Major U.S.-based lay Catholic groups expressed their gratitude for the late pope’s life and legacy. Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Papal Foundation in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, April 28, 2022.

Pope Francis thanks Papal Foundation for aid to Ukraine

Apr 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that the foundation brings ‘love, hope, and mercy’ to those it supports. Read more

Cupola of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

The Papal Foundation provides $800K in scholarships for studies in Rome

Sep 16, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Papal Foundation awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships to 96 priests, brothers, sisters, and lay faithful as part of the... Read more

David Savage, who became executive director of the Papal Foundation July 12, 2021.

Papal Foundation's new executive director hopes to expand philanthropic giving

Sep 4, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The Papal Foundation recently named David Savage to the role of executive director. Savage, who has a background in marketing... Read more

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

Papal Foundation announces $9m in grants for charitable projects

May 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Papal Foundation announced April 28 they will be distributing $9.2 million in grants to dioceses in 64 countries in... Read more

Theodore McCarrick arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013.

FBI interviewed Papal Foundation staff about McCarrick

Jan 8, 2020

By Ed Condon

Law enforcement officials have conducted interviews with several senior figures at the Papal Foundation, a U.S. based charity which supports... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick: Foundation ‘irresponsible’ to question controversial Vatican grant

Nov 6, 2019

By Ed Condon

McCarrick made the intervention in December 2017, after objections were raised to the Vatican’s request of $25 million from the... Read more

His Eminence Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, June 27, 2019.

Vatican cardinals linked to missing millions and financial scandal

Oct 29, 2019

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Angelo Becciu and Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi have been key players in a complicated series of financial transactions to finance... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Hospital loan and Papal Foundation controversy land Vatican bank in regulatory spotlight

Oct 24, 2019

By Ed Condon

The head of the Vatican's central bank appeared to admit this week to a transaction that could be a violation... Read more

A view of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dispute over Papal Foundation’s $25 million grant approval continues

Apr 16, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

Scrutiny continues for the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, amid questions of whether some of its grant activity was motivated by a... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 19, 2018.

Cardinal O'Malley elected chairman of Papal Foundation

Nov 6, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston was elected chairman of the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees during a meeting in Washington,... Read more

Papal Foundation responds to multi-million dollar hospital grant controversy

Mar 23, 2018

Controversy over a $25 million grant from The Papal Foundation to a Rome hospital at the request of Pope Francis... Read more