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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

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. 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

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

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 delivers his Angelus address on June 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: How often do we fixate on our problems rather than bringing them to God?

In his Angelus message this Sunday, Pope Francis offered a reminder that the Lord wants us to seek his presence... Read more

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021.

Pope Francis: The humble service of a deacon tells of the greatness of God

Pope Francis met with deacons and their families at the Vatican and encouraged them to help their parishes to recognize... Read more

Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

EU founding father Robert Schuman declared 'venerable' by Pope Francis

Pope Francis has declared venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, known as a key “founding father” of the European Union. 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

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

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus recovery must have true vision for humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and... Read more

Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016.

Update: Meeting between Pope Francis and President Biden did not happen

According to Vatican sources June 15, there is no meeting currently scheduled between Pope Francis and President Joe Biden. Read more

Memorial in tribute to 215 Indigenous children at the site of the former Kamloops residential school.

First Nation leaders ask Canadian Catholics to skip Mass to protest abuses of Indigenous

First Nation leaders are encouraging Canadian Catholics to skip Mass in response to historic abuses at Catholic-run schools for Indigenous... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at their headquarters in Rome on Nov. 20, 2014.

Pope Francis: Help the world’s small food producers

The pope made the appeal in a message to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience.

Pope Francis: Marginalizing the poor threatens ‘the very concept of democracy’

In his World Day of the Poor message, the pope appealed for a new global approach to poverty. Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021.

Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'

"Even the seed of our good works may seem small; yet, all that is good belongs to God and therefore... Read more

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Canadian Indigenous leaders plan trip to Vatican to request papal apology over residential schools

A group of Canadian Indigenous leaders are planning a trip to the Vatican this fall to request a formal papal... Read more