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Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 26.

Pope Francis to resume general audiences with the public

Aug 26, 2020

Members of the public will be able to attend Pope Francis’ general audiences again from Sept. 2 after an almost six-month... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 26.

Pope Francis: Catholics should combat ‘dismal’ economic inequality with hope

Aug 26, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Wednesday encouraged Catholics to work to address the injustice of wealth inequality and its effects in the world,... Read more

Ampleforth Abbey and College in North Yorkshire, England.

Vatican rules that Benedictine abbot should not return to his community

Aug 26, 2020

The Vatican has ruled that the abbot of Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire, England, should not return to his community,... Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis: ‘Christian charity is not simple philanthropy’

Aug 23, 2020

Christian charity is more than simple philanthropy, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.  Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Aug 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to the... Read more

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018.

Pope Francis supports project to ‘free’ Virgin Mary from mafia exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Aug. 19.

Pope Francis: Make coronavirus vaccine available to all

Aug 19, 2020

A potential coronavirus vaccine should be made available to all, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Medical equipment donated to hospitals in Brazil by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis donates ventilators and ultrasounds to coronavirus-hit Brazil

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis has donated ventilators and ultrasound scanners to hospitals in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square April 3, 2019.

Pope Francis: Be witnesses to the experience of God’s beauty

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis invited participants in an annual Catholic festival Monday to join him “in witnessing to the experience of the... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 2, 2019.

Pope Francis tells Brazil's consecrated Catholics: Jesus must be your 'first and only love'

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis has urged consecrated men and women in Brazil to remember that Jesus must be their “first and only... Read more

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis tells youth at Medjugorje: be inspired by the Virgin Mary

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis has urged young people gathered in Medjugorje to imitate the Virgin Mary by abandoning themselves to God.  Read more

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to follow ‘God’s logic’

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to follow “God’s logic” by taking responsibility for the welfare of others.  Read more

Pope Francis is pictured during an Angelus address.

Pope Francis deplores firebomb attack on Catholic cathedral in Nicaragua

Aug 2, 2020

Pope Francis deplored a firebomb attack on a cathedral in Nicaragua Sunday.  Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis appoints new personal secretary

Aug 1, 2020

Pope Francis appointed an official from the Vatican Secretariat of State as his new personal secretary Saturday.  Read more

 The Vatican flag flies over St. Peter's Square, April 26, 2014.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of former nuncio to Chile

Jul 31, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Friday accepted the resignation of Vatican diplomat Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto as an apostolic nuncio.  Read more

Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, pictured Oct. 24, 2019.

Vatican cardinal invites German bishops to discuss parish instruction

Jul 30, 2020

A Vatican cardinal has invited German bishops to Rome to discuss their criticisms of a new instruction on parishes.   Read more

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China accused of hacking Vatican ahead of negotiations

Jul 29, 2020

State-sponsored hackers have reportedly targeted Vatican computer networks in an attempt to give China an advantage in negotiations to renew... Read more

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, at the Holy See press office, Dec. 14, 2015.

As monasteries close, cardinal says contemplative life will not disappear

Jul 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal leading the Vatican’s congregation on consecrated life said Monday contemplative religious communities are needed and will not disappear,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 9, 2019.

One million people helped in Ukraine by Pope Francis’ charitable project

Jul 28, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ charitable project for Ukraine, started in 2016, has helped nearly one million people in the war-torn country, according... Read more

A detail from a graphic promoting the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life campaign.

Vatican dicastery launches ‘send a hug’ campaign for elderly isolated by pandemic

Jul 27, 2020

The Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life launched a new campaign Monday urging young people to “send a hug”... Read more