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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

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis to open event on Italy’s demographic decline

The country’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Major archbishop: ‘Ukraine is expecting the Holy Father to visit’

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said the pope could visit the Eastern European country despite the pandemic. Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Papal Foundation announces $9m in grants for charitable projects

The Papal Foundation announced April 28 they will be distributing $9.2 million in grants to dioceses in 64 countries in... Read more

Pope Francis waves to people in St. Peter's Square during his Regina caeli address May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: 'A truly Christian life bears witness to Christ'

"After Jesus ascended to the Father, it is the task of the disciples – it is our task – to... Read more

Pope Francis prays the rosary in the Gregorian Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica May 1, 2021.

'Hope for the future': Pope Francis asks Mary to intercede for end to pandemic

"Mother of Help, welcome us under your mantle and protect us, sustain us in the hour of trial, and ignite... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the national council of Italian Catholic Action at the Vatican, April 30, 2021.

Pope Francis to Catholic associations: ‘The Lord counts on your boldness’

The pope urged the groups to beware of “the trap of organizational charts.” Read more

Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

Pope Francis changes law to allow Vatican City court to judge cardinals, bishops

The pope has amended part of a law issued last year regulating the Vatican City’s judicial system. Read more

The tomb of José Gregorio Hernández in the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in Caracas, Venezuela.

Pope Francis praises Venezuela’s ‘doctor of the poor’ ahead of beatification

Pope Francis sent a video message marking the beatification of José Gregorio Hernández. Read more

Detail from Saint Catherine of Siena, from the circle of Baldassare Francheschini (17th century).

Pope Francis: St. Catherine of Siena is a gift to the Church and humanity

The pope has sent a telegram marking the 560th anniversary of the saint’s canonization. Read more

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of South Korean Cardinal Cheong

The cardinal sought to bring peace and unification to the Korean peninsula. Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: Christian meditation ‘is not a withdrawal into ourselves’

The pope reflected on what distinguishes Christian meditation from other practices popular in the Western world. Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015

How the visit from Pope Francis prompted the House Speaker to resign

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) shocked the country when he announced his resignation from Congress in 2015... Read more

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

“His altar was the [hospital] bed, where he was able to unite his sufferings to those of Christ." Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: Mediterranean migrant deaths are ‘moment of shame’

Migrants reportedly died despite SOS calls being issued when their inflatable boat sank off the Libyan coast. Read more

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021.

‘You will be shepherds like him’: Pope Francis ordains nine new priests in St. Peter’s Basilica

The pope urged the ordinands to seek “closeness” to God, their bishop, their fellow priests, and the People of God. Read more

A statue of St. Margaret of Castello at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio.

Pope Francis declares blind 14th-century lay Dominican a saint

Margaret of Castello was born blind and with a severe curvature of the spine in 1287. Read more