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Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Prayer works miracles’

The pope expressed delight at holding his first general audience with members of the public for six months. Read more

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Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist

The pope instituted the new lay ministry in the apostolic letter Antiquum ministerium. Read more

A 17th-century statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Spanish sculptor Juan Martínez Montañés.

Pope Francis: The Spiritual Exercises deepen the concept of personal reform

The pope made the comment in a video message for the launch of a book by one his early spiritual... Read more

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open... Read more

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Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of... Read more

Pope Francis greets a child in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis calls for suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents in ‘Vax Live’ concert video

“I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable,” the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Diocese of Huarí, Peru, May 6, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with bishop of murdered lay missionary

Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, died April 24. Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from within the Vatican.

Cardinals’ council discusses pandemic recovery, curial reform with Pope Francis

The seven members of the Council of Cardinals met online. Read more

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 16, 2020.

Pope Francis to hold general audience with the public on May 12

For the past six months, the pope has held his Wednesday audiences in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Read more

Swiss Guards at the ceremony in Vatican City's San Damaso Courtyard on May 6, 2021.

‘We are ready to give up our lives’: 34 new Swiss Guards take oath to protect the pope

One new Swiss Guard said: “I’ve always wanted to serve God in a way, and I wanted to serve the... Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil at the Vatican, Oct. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for pandemic-stricken India

The pope said: “I am writing to convey my heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness to all the Indian people.” Read more

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Luján at his general audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace Dec. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis sends video message to Argentina for feast of Our Lady of Lujan

“I will accompany you from here,” Pope Francis said in the video published on May 6. Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of migrants and refugees during Holy Thursday Mass March 24, 2016.

Pope Francis: Migrants bearing brunt of ‘aggressive’ nationalism and ‘radical individualism’

The pope made the comment in his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Read more

Dome of St. Peter's basilica, Vatican City.

Pope Francis confirms ex-management consultant as Vatican’s auditor general

Alessandro Cassinis Righini had served as acting auditor general since June 2017. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis to issue apostolic letter on ministry of catechist

The apostolic letter, Antiquum ministerium, will be presented at a press conference on May 11. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.

Pope Francis: The contemplative dimension of being human gives life flavor

The pope has encouraged Catholics to engage in “loving contemplation,” a practice that “does not need many words.” Read more

Phillippine stock market board

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the regulation of financial markets

“This situation is unsustainable. It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said in a video message released May 4. Read more

Pope Francis to preside at Mass for Rome’s Burmese community

The pope will celebrate Mass for Burmese Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, May 16. Read more

Pope Francis holds an Ordinary Public Consistory in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, May 3, 2021.

Pope Francis presides at consistory for canonization of blesseds

The vote allows a date to be set for a Mass of canonization. Read more