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Sculpture of St. Peter outside of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Vatican invites Protestant, Orthodox theologians to debate Petrine primacy at St. Peter’s

Oct 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The theological discussion is part of a new lecture series on the apostle Peter that will take place in the... Read more

The facade of St. Peter’s Basilica was illuminated on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, with 3-D projection mapping of Renaissance art from the Vatican Museums in a new light display titled “Follow Me: The Life of St. Peter.” The display will be projected on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica every 15 minutes between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. each night through Oct. 16, 2022.

Video on St. Peter’s facade ‘an encounter between ancient and modern,’ cardinal says

Oct 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The facade of St. Peter’s Basilica was illuminated on Sunday night with 3-D projection mapping of art from the Vatican... Read more

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli to sing in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday

Sep 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Andrea Bocelli will sing at the Vatican this Sunday as a special guest for the inauguration of a new light... Read more

An image of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on June 29, 2022.

PHOTOS: Scenes from the feast of saints Peter and Paul in Rome

Jul 2, 2022

By Daniel Ibañez

The feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, whose official name is the joint Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul,... Read more

An exhibit at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., focuses on the history of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Museum of the Bible exhibit explores architectural history of St. Peter's Basilica

Jun 21, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The exhibit opened May 27 and will remain in the museum's long-term Vatican exhibit through Sept. 25. Read more

Prayer for Mary in St. Peter's Basilica on May 11, 2022

PHOTOS: Pilgrims honor Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica

May 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesdays in May, the basilica is hosting a prayer service honoring Mary. Read more

A candlelight Stations of the Cross in St. Peter’s Square on Good Friday 2021.

Vatican basilica to lead candlelight rosary procession during May

May 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Throughout the month of May, the Vatican will host two weekly occasions for prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin... Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 15, 2022.

Full text: Cardinal Cantalamessa’s homily at the Vatican’s Good Friday 2022 liturgy

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This year we celebrate Easter not to the joyful sound of bells, but with the noise in the ears of... Read more

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Catholics invited to pray Stations of the Cross in St. Peter’s Basilica in Lent

Mar 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The devotions will be accompanied by paintings of Christ’s Passion by an Italian artist Read more

St. Peter’s Basilica, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree.

Pope Francis creates new foundation promoting principles of ‘Fratelli tutti’

Dec 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

The new body will foster spirituality, art, formation, and dialogue in the environs of St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018.

Christmas at the Vatican: Here are the liturgies Pope Francis will celebrate this year

Dec 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ Christmas schedule for this year. Read more

Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of Guido Marini during his episcopal consecration in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 17, 2021

PHOTOS: Pope Francis ordains Msgr. Guido Marini a bishop in St. Peter’s Basilica

Oct 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The first task of the bishop is to pray,” Pope Francis said during the homily. Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory ordains deacons from Rome’s North American College in St. Peter’s Basilica, Sept. 30, 2021.

Cardinal Gregory urges North American College’s new deacons to have ‘heart for charity’

Oct 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

The ordination Mass was celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

People use hand sanitizer before entering St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees

Sep 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The change will go into effect Oct. 1. Read more

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Pope Francis makes changes to the Vatican’s Chapter of St. Peter

Aug 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Chapter of St. Peter is group of retired priests who pray and assist in the basilica’s liturgical activities. Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015.

Cardinal clarifies exceptions to ban on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jun 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti said that requests from groups “with particular and legitimate needs” may be allowed. Read more

Pope Francis prays the rosary before an icon of Our Lady of Help in St. Peter's Basilica May 1, 2021.

Reform may be coming to the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica

May 5, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

That members of the chapter of St. Peter’s Basilica were prevented from participating in Pope Francis' rosary for the end... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican: Commission overseeing reform of office managing St. Peter’s completes work

Mar 30, 2021

The Vatican has said that a commission overseeing reform of the office managing St. Peter’s Basilica has completed its work. Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014.

Cardinal Zen expresses ‘pain and indignation’ at St. Peter’s Basilica private Mass restrictions

Mar 30, 2021

Cardinal Joseph Zen has expressed “pain and indignation” at restrictions on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, saying that if... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019.

Cardinal Sarah asks Pope Francis to reinstate individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica

Mar 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Robert Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St.... Read more