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From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi"

Italian Senate launches inquiry into disappearance of Vatican Girl and another missing teen

Nov 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, disappeared June 22, 1983, after... Read more

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Mother of Israeli hostage thanks Pope Francis for his efforts to free captives in Gaza

Nov 10, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

“Holy Father, thank you for taking the time to try to help us free the 240 human beings who are... Read more

A baptismal font in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

Vatican doctrine office: Transgender-identifying people can be baptized, witness marriages

Nov 8, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the document in response to questions from a Brazilian bishop. Read more

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023.

Pope Francis to release an autobiography in the spring

Nov 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday that it will publish the pope’s book, “Life, My Story Through History,” in the spring of... Read more

Pope Francis waves from a window of the Apostolic Palace during his weekly Sunday address and Angelus on Oct. 8, 2023. He spoke about the importance of having gratitude for the gifts one has received, especially the gifts of life and faith from God.

Pope Francis speaks with president of Iran about Israel-Hamas war

The Vatican has limited itself to confirming that the call took place at the request of the president of Iran,... Read more

Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, takes possession of his titular church in Rome, the Church of the Gesù, on Dec. 8, 2022.

Canon lawyer denies involvement in papal election reform, calling reports ‘a pure lie’

Nov 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Reports said Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda had been tasked by Pope Francis with drafting revisions to conclaves. Read more

Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the souls of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals and bishops who died in the past year during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis: Like Benedict XVI, be ‘humble laborers’ for the Church

Nov 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis presided at a Mass for the repose of the souls of Pope Benedict XVI and the six cardinals... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis talks Synod on Synodality and homosexuality in new interview

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about]... Read more

Pope Francis presided over Mass at the Rome War Cemetery for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day, on Nov. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for peace and hope on All Souls’ Day

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope presided at the Mass at the Rome War Cemetery amid scattered rain showers on a breezy, cool morning. Read more

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023.

Update: Pope Francis to attend COP28 climate change conference in Dubai in December

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said in a TV interview he will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the second time from... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims on All Saints' Day in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 1, 2023.

Pope Francis calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in theology for world of today

Nov 1, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Citing the need to deal with “profound cultural transformations,” the pope presented his dramatic vision for the future of Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus on the solemnity of All Saints on Nov. 1, 2023.

On All Saints’ Day, Pope Francis says holiness is ‘a gift and a journey’

Nov 1, 2023

By Daniel Payne

“Holiness is a gift of God, which we’ve received at baptism. And if we let it grow, it can completely... Read more

Stained-glass window at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.

Vatican agrees to review closures of two St. Louis parishes amid archdiocesan restructuring

Oct 31, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Both parishes had been subsumed into others in recent months, creating new parish groupings. Read more

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.

How to bring peace to the world? Start with sacramental confession, cardinal says

Oct 31, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

We can take hope in the reconciliation, mercy, and peace of Christ in confession, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said in a... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

Synod on Synodality 2023: A look at the key discussions and decisions

Oct 30, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Now that the Synod on Synodality has drawn to a close, all eyes are on the synthesis report emanating from... Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

The first Synod on Synodality assembly is over. What comes next?

Oct 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod... Read more

Pope Francis addresses nearly 20,000 faithful at his Sunday Angelus address on Oct. 29, 2023.

Pope at Angelus: By loving others, ‘we reflect the Father’s love like mirrors’

Oct 29, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis expressed that the love of God and the love of neighbor are inextricably... 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.

Pope Francis at Synod closing Mass: To reform the Church, adore God and love others

Oct 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said that God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda.” Read more

Cardinal Mario Grech and Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023.

Vatican releases Synod on Synodality report proposing larger role for laity in Church

Oct 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The document proposes a “synodal Church” that implements synodality throughout Church governance, theology, mission, and discernment of doctrine. Read more

Pope Francis among the delegates of the Synod on Synodality, held in October of 2023.

Synod on Synodality 2023: Final week wraps up in expectation of summary report

Oct 27, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the final week of this year’s gathering unfolds amid contentious discussions, anticipation is rising for the publication of the... Read more