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Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday Angelus on Feb. 18, 2024.

Pope Francis: Lent is a time to ‘encounter wild beasts and angels’

Feb 18, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis focused his Angelus address on the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Read more

The cross of the German “Synodal Way”

German bishops halt move toward establishing a Synodal Council at Vatican’s request

Feb 17, 2024

By Jonathan Liedl

The bishops were poised to vote on the matter at their upcoming plenary assembly Feb. 19–22. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen is bishop emeritus of Hong Kong.

Cardinal Zen publishes new critique of Synod on Synodality

Feb 16, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong warns that the synod’s vision of the Church “can change everything, the doctrine of... Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Raphael Schutz meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 2, 2024.

Israeli embassy criticizes Cardinal Parolin’s remarks on civilian death toll in Gaza

Feb 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Embassy of Israel to the Holy See this week issued a sharp rebuke of Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s recent remarks... Read more

Pope Francis greets an elderly couple at his general audience on Jan. 11, 2023.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly highlights ‘loneliness,’ ‘throwaway culture’

Feb 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The theme for the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on July 28, has... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024.

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: ‘Let us return to God with all our heart’

Feb 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Lord is inviting us to “remove the masks we so often wear” and to see ourselves as we truly... Read more

The facade of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.

Pope Francis to visit prestigious Venice Biennale art exhibition

Feb 14, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy Father will be the first pope to visit the major art event when he travels to the “city... Read more

Nobel prize for medicine laureate Katalin Kariko speaks during the annual Nobel Symposium hosted by the Swedish Embassy at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14, 2023.

Pope names biochemist who contributed to COVID vaccine to Pontifical Academy for Life

Feb 12, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Katalin Karikó helped develop the mRNA technology used to create the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Read more

Pope Francis greets Argentina President Javier Milei in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 11, 2024, at the canonization of Mama Antula, the first female saint from Argentina.

What did Milei and Pope Francis say to each other at the canonization of Mama Antula?

Feb 12, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Pope Francis and the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, spoke briefly at the Vatican on Sunday, Feb. 11, ahead of... Read more

Pope Francis at the canonization of María Antonia of St. Joseph — known affectionately in the pope’s home country as “Mama Antula” -- on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis canonizes Argentina’s first female saint

Feb 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis praised the Argentine saint as “a model of apostolic fervor and boldness” for traveling “thousands of miles on... Read more

Archbishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires archbishop highlights courage of Mama Antula, the ‘mother’ of Argentina

On Sunday, Feb. 11, Pope Francis will raise to the altars the woman who will become Argentina’s first female saint,... Read more

Pope Francis addressed members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2024, to discuss the importance of liturgical reform as a core feature of the broader “renewal of the Church.”

Pope Francis: ‘Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church’ 

Feb 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope recalled Vatican II’s objective of renewing the Church’s “fundamental dimensions” such as “spiritual, pastoral, ecumenical, and missionary” work.  Read more

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Pope Francis to preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and traditional procession in Rome

Pope Francis will preside at the Mass and the traditional Ash Wednesday procession on Feb. 14 on Aventine Hill in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Sorrow is an ‘ailment of the soul'

Feb 7, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy Father warned that sorrow is “a constant affliction that prevents man from feeling joy at his own existence.” Read more

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90 Catholic priests, scholars ask Church leaders to oppose same-sex blessings

Feb 6, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The signatories claim that the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contradicts “both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church.” Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals on Feb. 5, 2024, at the Vatican.

Female Anglican bishop participates in meeting with pope’s Council of Cardinals

The pope’s Council of Cardinals concluded a meeting at the Vatican this morning with Pope Francis reflecting on “the role... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus address at St. Peter's on Feb. 4, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘God is always close to us’ 

Feb 4, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope observed today that Jesus, “after teaching in the synagogue, comes out so that the word he preached can... Read more

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Vatican doctrine office releases note on discerning the validity of the sacraments

Feb 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The new document signed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.”  Read more

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten message: ‘Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom’ 

Feb 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads... Read more

The Vatican announced the erection of the Weifang diocese on Jan. 29, 2024, the day of the consecration of the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Anthony Sun Venjun.

Pope Francis creates ‘new’ diocese in China, accepting borders drawn by Beijing

Jan 29, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See Press Office said Pope Francis established the diocese on April 20, 2023, “in the desire to promote... Read more