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Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City State, where a group of Benedictine nuns from Argentina will take up residence in January 2024 at the invitation of Pope Francis.

After Benedict XVI’s death, Vatican monastery to be home to Benedictine nuns

Nov 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Benedict XVI spent his retirement at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery until his death on Dec. 31, 2022. Read more

Pope Francis speaks in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023.

Analysis: What does Pope Francis’ new ‘Fundamental Law’ mean for Vatican City State?

May 18, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In some ways, the new constitution moves the Vatican City State closer to the model of a modern, secular state. Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis issues new constitution for Vatican City State

May 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The new “Fundamental Law of Vatican City State” will go into effect June 7. Read more

The Vatican Museums.

New COVID-19 rules for visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See. Read more

Sr. Raffaella Petrini meets Pope Francis.

How Vatican City State’s government is changing under Pope Francis

Nov 9, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The appointment of Sr. Raffaella Petrini is a sign. Read more

Sr. Raffaella Petrini meets Pope Francis.

Pope Francis names Franciscan sister to No. 2 position in Vatican City State

Nov 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sr. Raffaella Petrini is the first woman to be secretary general of the Vatican’s governorate. Read more

The flag of Vatican City.

Who is going to be No. 2 in the Vatican City State administration?

Sep 28, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

There are signs that it could be a layman. Read more

Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, L.C.

Pope Francis names Legionary bishop as president of Vatican City State governorate

Sep 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

He succeeds 78-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello as head of government of Vatican City. Read more