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Pope Francis gives his annual Christmas address to the cardinals who work in Vatican offices on Dec. 21, 2023, in the gilded Hall of Benediction at the Vatican.

Pope Francis to Roman Curia: ‘Rigid ideological positions’ prevent us from moving forward

Dec 21, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“Let us remain vigilant against rigid ideological positions that often ... separate us from reality and prevent us from moving... Read more

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Bishops around the world are divided over Vatican’s same-sex blessing declaration  

Dec 20, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Some bishops are welcoming the news, some are approaching it with caution, while others are outright refusing to implement it. Read more

A blessing service at St. Augustin Catholic church in Würzburg, Germany, for couples, including those of the same-sex, May 10, 2021.

TIMELINE: What has the Catholic Church said about same-sex ‘blessings’?

Dec 20, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Here’s a timeline of how the controversy over same-sex blessings has unfolded. Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican says priests can bless same-sex couples without condoning their lifestyles

Dec 18, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Nonliturgical blessings can be a sign of a person seeking God, not a validation of their lifestyle, the new document... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates his birthday on Dec. 17, 2023, with children and families who are assisted by the Vatican’s Santa Marta Pediatric Dispensary.

Pope Francis celebrates 87th birthday with children who receive aid from Vatican clinic

Dec 17, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis met with children and families who are assisted by the Vatican’s Santa Marta Pediatric Dispensary on Sunday morning,... Read more

A member of the crowd in St. Peter's Square holds up a baby Jesus figure for a blessing by Pope Francis at his Sunday Angelus Dec. 17, 2023.

Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus: ‘Only in God do we find the light of life’

Dec 17, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis reflected on St. John the Baptist, who teaches us that “only in God do we find the light... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Angelus address on Dec. 17, 2023.

Pope Francis condemns reported Israeli sniper attack on Gaza Catholic church

Dec 17, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem reported that two women were shot by the IDF on Dec. 16. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis turns 87: one of the oldest popes in Church history

Dec 17, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

As the 266th successor of St. Peter to the papacy, Francis will be the oldest bishop of Rome since Pope... Read more

Italian Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu (right) waits prior to the start of a consistory during which 20 new cardinals are to be created by the pope, on Aug. 27, 2022, at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

Vatican court convicts Cardinal Becciu, sentences him to 5 years in jail for embezzlement

Dec 16, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Five other defendants in the "Trial of the Century" received similar sentences. Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

Vatican closing down Loyola Community co-founded by Rupnik

Dec 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The shutdown, which must take place within one year, is “due to serious problems concerning the exercise of authority and... Read more

Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. is President of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Moral theologian on new cremation guidance: ‘Reverence for body’ still paramount

Dec 15, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Catholic Church teaching on “reverence for the body” must still be at the center of any decisions related to a... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis calls for global regulation of AI for ‘peace and common good’

Dec 14, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The pope emphasized that technological innovations are not neutral “but subject to cultural influences” and that caution must be exercised. Read more

Ana de Lobera y Torres (1545-1621), better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús, helped expand the Discalced Carmelites to France and Belgium. Painting in the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, Brussels, ca. 1650.

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila’s spiritual daughter

Dec 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In a decree signed Dec. 14, Pope Francis authorized the beatification of Ana de Lobera y Torres, better known by... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis says that he wants to be buried in Marian basilica in new interview

Dec 13, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because... Read more

Bishops process into St. Peter's Basilica for the closing Mass of the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 29, 2023.

Synod on Synodality next steps: Pope to choose ‘big questions’ for further study

Dec 12, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The possible ordination of women to the diaconate is among the “matters of great relevance” that synod delegates in October... Read more

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Pope to Vatican employees: Lure of corruption is dangerous and ‘we must be vigilant’

Dec 12, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis received in an audience on Monday the members of the Office of the Auditor General. Read more

Pope Francis meets with the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 11, 2023.

Pope Francis expresses concern about Italy’s low birth rate

Dec 11, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis on Monday received the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus message on Dec. 10, 2023.

Pope at Angelus: ‘Through silence and prayer, we make space for Jesus’ 

Dec 10, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis highlighted the importance of listening to God by embracing the example of John the Baptist.  Read more

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa , 47, was appointed by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Boston on Dec. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis appoints Brazilian native as Boston’s new auxiliary bishop  

Dec 9, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Father Cristiano G. Borro Barbosa, 47, will join Cardinal Seán O’Malley and four other auxiliaries as bishops of the archdiocese.  Read more

Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishops-elect Keith Chylinski (left), Efren Esmilla, and Christopher Cooke.

Pope Francis appoints three new auxiliary bishops for Philadelphia Archdiocese

Dec 8, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis on Friday appointed Fathers ​​Keith Chylinski, Christopher Cooke, and Efren Esmilla as new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese... Read more