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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

St. Peter's Basilica

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

Cardinal Fernando Filoni celebrates Mass in suffrage of Mother Angelica at the Choir Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 27, 2021.

Cardinal hails Mother Angelica’s ‘extraordinary’ creativity on fifth anniversary of her death

Mar 27, 2021

Cardinal Fernando Filoni has highlighted the “extraordinary creative capacities” of EWTN founder Mother Angelica on the fifth anniversary of her... Read more

An empty St. Peter's Basilica

Private Mass restrictions come into force at St. Peter’s Basilica

Mar 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The restriction of private Masses in the upper side chapels of St. Peter’s Basilica has come into force Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Questions continue over decree ending private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica

Mar 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

After the Vatican Secretariat of State issued a decree on March 12 banning the practice of private Masses in the... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

St. Peter's Basilica to end private Masses, restrict Masses in extraordinary form

Mar 12, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in... Read more

A worker cleanses St. Peter's Basilica ahead of its reopening.

St. Peter’s Basilica is sanitized ahead of reopening to public

May 15, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Ahead of its eventual reopening to the public, St. Peter’s Basilica is being cleaned and sanitized at the direction of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020.

Italian police close St. Peter's Square to public

Mar 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus, Courtney Mares

The Italian police closed St. Peter’s Square Tuesday following the Italian government decree extending quarantine measures to all of Italy... Read more

Church celebrates feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 27, 2010

On Tuesday, June 29, the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul. As early as the year... Read more