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Bishop Nunzio Galantino in Rome, Feb. 18, 2014.

Vatican bishop: Ethics committee will guide future investments

Nov 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican bishop said this week that a committee of outside professionals is being created to help keep Holy See... Read more

Cyber security expert urges Vatican to strengthen internet defenses

Nov 18, 2020

A cyber security expert has urged the Vatican to take immediate action to strengthen its defenses against hackers.  Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 18, 2020.

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to pray with a heart open to God’s will

Nov 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis pointed to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of prayer that transforms restlessness into openness to God’s... Read more

Police officer on duty at St Peter's square in Vatican City.

Report: Search finds 600,000 euros in cash at suspended Vatican official’s home

Nov 17, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Police have found hundreds of thousands of euros in cash hidden in two homes of a suspended Vatican official under... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, 2020.

Pope Francis: Stretch out your hand to the poor

Nov 15, 2020

Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hands to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address... Read more

Pope Francis prays during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the fourth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15, 2020.

Pope Francis: The poor are at the heart of the Gospel

Nov 15, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican appoints president of foundation overseeing scandal-ridden Italian hospital

Nov 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Thursday that it had appointed an interim president of the foundation which owns and operates a scandal-ridden... Read more

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz's sculpture ‘Angels Unawares’ in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: Care for refugees fleeing ‘viruses of injustice, violence and war’

Nov 12, 2020

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to care for people fleeing “the viruses of injustice, violence and war,” in a message... Read more

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops' conference, at a press conference in Bari, Italy, on Jan. 22, 2020.

Pope Francis calls to check on Italian cardinal in coronavirus ICU

Nov 12, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis made a phone call this week to check in on an Italian cardinal who is in a serious... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, at the Vatican press office on Jan. 18, 2016.

Pandemic forces Vatican to scale down World Day of the Poor events

Nov 12, 2020

Coronavirus restrictions have forced the Vatican to scale down its commemoration of the World Day of the Poor, a Vatican... Read more

 Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020.

Pope Francis blesses Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal statue

Nov 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis blessed a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal at the end of his Wednesday... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 11, 2020.

McCarrick Report: Pope Francis prays for victims of sexual abuse

Nov 11, 2020

Pope Francis acknowledged the publication of the McCarrick Report at the general audience Wednesday.  Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick Report: What Cardinal O’Connor said in 1999

Nov 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s report on Theodore McCarrick released Tuesday includes a letter written by an American cardinal in 1999, who objected... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured July 27, 2016.

Pope Francis marks 500th anniversary of first Mass in Chile

Nov 9, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics in Chile Monday to renew their gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist in a letter... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg.

Leading German Catholic bishop renews intercommunion call after Vatican objections

Nov 9, 2020

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops' conference, reaffirmed Sunday his view that intercommunion with Protestants should be possible,... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral, London, on June 9, 2020.

Cardinal Nichols at 75: ‘A crisis is a crossroads’

Nov 7, 2020

By Luke Coppen

On the eve of his 75th birthday, Cardinal Vincent Nichols cast his mind back to the day that he was... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background on April 29, 2019.

Searches carried out on key figures in Vatican financial scandal

Nov 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Rome financial police executed a search warrant this week against three figures tied to the Vatican's London property scandal. According... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Vatican announces publication date of long-awaited ‘McCarrick Report’

Nov 6, 2020

The Vatican announced Friday that the long-awaited report on the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick will be released next week.   Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background on May 29, 2015.

Lawyer downplays suspended Vatican official’s role in London property deal

Nov 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A lawyer for Msgr. Mauro Carlino downplayed the suspended Vatican official’s involvement in a controversial London property deal, saying that... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a Requiem Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for deceased cardinals and bishops Nov. 5, 2020.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 169 deceased bishops, cardinals

Nov 5, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to pray for the dead and remember Christ’s promise of the resurrection at a Mass offered... Read more