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A painting of the Holy Family at the Church of St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon.

Beirut’s St. Joseph church, badly damaged in port explosion, to reopen

The church has been restored with funds from Aid to the Church in Need. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.

Pope Francis encourages us to continue on ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishops’ leader after audience

Bishop Bätzing said he “made it clear that the rumors that the Church in Germany wants to go its own... Read more

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.

Adoration is like radiotherapy for our sinfulness, says Vatican’s new liturgy chief

Archbishop Arthur Roche said he was optimistic about people returning to Mass after the pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis warns against preachers who sow division online

The pope said that these “new preachers” can be recognized by their “rigidity.” Read more

Mattia Villardita, a 28-year-old Italian who dresses up as Spider-Man, attends the general audience at the Vatican, June 23, 2021.

Why was Spider-Man at Pope Francis’ general audience?

The man who met the pope dressed as a superhero has a remarkable story of his own. Read more

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves.

Vatican economy secretariat issues regulations on new norms for awarding public contracts

The new regulations “apply to all purchases of services, supplies, and works.” Read more

Fr. Pierre Najm presents Pope Francis with a crucifix made from debris left by the Beirut port explosion.

Pope Francis receives crucifix made from wood salvaged after Beirut blast

The blast killed nearly 200 people and injured 600 others. Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015.

Cardinal clarifies exceptions to ban on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti said that requests from groups “with particular and legitimate needs” may be allowed. Read more

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis to elderly: The Church needs your prayers like ‘a deep breath’

The pope released a message ahead of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Read more

Fr. Andrew Small, O.M.I.

Pope Francis names new secretary of Vatican safeguarding commission

Fr. Andrew Small succeeds Msgr. Robert Oliver as secretary for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Read more

Bishop George A. Sheltz.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of 75-year-old auxiliary bishop in Texas

Bishop George A. Sheltz has served as an auxiliary bishop of Galveston-Houston since 2012. Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Argentine Bishop Zanchetta ends Vatican job at APSA

A source said that the bishop finished his service around 10 or more days ago. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, shortly after his elevation to cardinal, Nov. 19, 2016.

Cardinal Tobin appointed member of Vatican’s highest court

Pope Francis 12 new members of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura Read more

Inmates of a Rome prison met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, before making a visit to the Vatican Museums.

Prisoners meet Pope Francis before visiting Vatican Museums

Inmates were accompanied by the prison director, chaplain, and officials. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.

Pope Francis: Do not forget workers pushed to the margins by pandemic

Pope Francis was addressing an International Labor Organization summit. Read more

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states.

Religious leaders, scientists to convene at Vatican ahead of climate summit

“Faith and Science: Towards COP26” will take place Oct. 4 at the Vatican Read more

St. Peter's Basilica. Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis appoints ‘ecclesiastical assistant’ for Vatican communications

Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco, 40, is the author of more than 20 books. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 16, 2021.

Pope Francis: On the cross, Jesus prayed for you

The general audience marked the pope’s final catechesis on prayer. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is moved as he recalls his grandfather at a Vatican press conference, June 15, 2021.

Cardinal Tagle chokes up while recalling grandfather’s migration story

The Vatican cardinal said that visiting refugee camps reminded him of his migrant roots. Read more