Cardinal Mauro Gambetti

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In response to the long wait times to enter St. Peter's Basilica, those who wish to enter for Mass, confession, or adoration can now do so via a special "prayer entrance" immediately to the right of the barricades to enter through the metal detectors on the right side of the piazza.

St. Peter’s Basilica introduces new ‘prayer entrance’ amid influx of tourism

Apr 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In light of the influx of tourists, the Vatican has introduced a separate “prayer entrance” for those who want to... Read more

Farmers and pet owners alike brought out their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on the feast of St. Anthony Abbot, Jan. 17, 2023.

PHOTOS: Animals blessed in St. Peter’s Square for feast of St. Anthony Abbot

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Farmers and pet owners alike brought their beloved animals to the Vatican for a special blessing on Jan. 17. 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

St. Peter’s Basilica.

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

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

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 Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M. Conv. receives the red hat from Pope Francis on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis appoints new archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica

Feb 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Saturday named Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M. Conv., to succeed Cardinal Angelo Comastri as archpriest of St. Peter’s... Read more