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These are the latest news about Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the Catholic Church, provided by the Vatican staff of Catholic News Agency, a service of EWTN News.

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Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 30, 2024

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: Christ ‘is the one who brings us from darkness into light’

Mar 30, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“This is the Pasch of Christ, the revelation of God’s power: the victory of life over death, the triumph of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, March 30, 2024

Full Text: Pope Francis’ homily for Easter Vigil 2024 at the Vatican

Mar 30, 2024

By Pope Francis

The Holy Father delivered the homily late in the evening at the vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. Read more

Tens of thousands gather outside of the Colosseum in Rome for the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, on Good Friday, March 29, 2024.

Pope Francis skips Via Crucis in Rome while tens of thousands pray his meditations

Mar 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

In an apparent last-minute decision, Pope Francis skipped the Way of the Cross ceremony held at Rome’s Colosseum on Friday... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. March 29, 2024.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis celebrates Good Friday liturgy at the Vatican 

Mar 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

During the Good Friday liturgy, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa reflected on the triumph of the cross, noting that it is an... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations 

Mar 29, 2024

By Pope Francis

For the first time in his 11-year pontificate, Pope Francis has written his own spiritual meditations for Friday’s Via Crucis... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday on April 7, 2023.

What are the Good Friday Reproaches?

Mar 29, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Good Friday Reproaches are a series of antiphons, known also as “Popule Meus” (“My people”), coming from the opening... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the foot of one of the 12 women whose feet he washed at the Rebibbia Women’s Prison in Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates at women’s prison in Rome

Mar 28, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Father has washed prisoners’ feet at numerous prisons around Rome through the years. Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis asks priests to weep over their sins

Mar 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged the priests to turn their gaze upon the crucified Lord and weep over their sins in repentance,... Read more

Students and teachers from Jerusalem Christian schools walk the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. The yearly event was organized by the Custody of the Holy Land on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, on the occasion of Lent.

In letter to Holy Land Christians, Pope Francis deplores the war, expresses closeness 

Mar 27, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Dear brothers and sisters, allow me to tell you once more that you are not alone. We will never leave... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gather in Paul VI Audience Hall for his Wednesday general audience on March 27, 2024.

Amid Holy Week, Pope Francis points to ‘beautiful testimony’ of fathers who lost daughters

Mar 27, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy Father called attention to two men present at his general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday,... Read more

The Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum, April 15, 2022.

Pope Francis to write meditations for Good Friday Way of the Cross for the first time

Mar 26, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The reflection will be based on the theme “In Prayer with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.” Read more

St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.

Pope Francis to offer Mass in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The 87-year-old pope will travel by helicopter from Vatican City to Venice in under two hours and will land on... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, 2024.

Pope Francis gives thanks to young Nigerian priests and nuns who answered God’s call

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In a meeting with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, the pope said that he was grateful for all... Read more

Pope Francis addresses approximately 7,000 children from around the world in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 6, 2023, at an event sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education dedicated to the theme “Let us learn from boys and girls.”

Pope Francis to young people: ‘Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!’

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

“Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Pope Francis wrote in a letter to young people signed... Read more

Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 24, 2024.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Moscow terrorist attack at Palm Sunday Mass

Mar 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the “vile terrorist attack” in Moscow at the end of his Palm... Read more

Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 24, 2024.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble king

Mar 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis chose not to read the homily prepared for Palm Sunday Mass at the last minute without explanation. Read more

Pope Francis greets staff and families of RAI, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, March 23, 2024.

Pope Francis implores public broadcasters to serve the common good and combat ‘fake news’

Mar 23, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope spoke of “the devious plans of those who seek to influence public opinion in an ideological manner, lying... Read more

Pope Francis on March 21, 2024, laicized Bishop Emeritus of Bruges, Belgium, Roger Vangheluwe (center), years after the former prelate admitted to repeatedly sexually abusing his nephew when the latter was a minor.

Pope Francis laicizes Belgian ex-bishop and abuser Roger Vangheluwe

Mar 22, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The apostolic nunciature to Belgium said in a statement on Thursday that “serious new elements” had come to light regarding... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Salus Populi Romani icon in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Dec. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis changes statutes of papal basilica, emphasizing work of canons 

Mar 21, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The new regulations place emphasis on spiritual work and pastoral care and appointing a coadjutor archpriest of the West’s oldest... Read more

In 2023, over half a million migrants headed toward the United States crossed the Darien Gap, the inhospitable jungle region between Colombia and Panama.

Pope Francis addresses migrant crisis in Darien Gap: ‘Every refugee challenges us’

Mar 20, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“As Christians, every refugee and migrant who leaves his or her homeland challenges us,” Pope Francis wrote. Read more