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Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018. Vatican Media.

Visiting the Sick a Christian Imperative: Pope Francis Ahead of the World Day of the Sick

Jan 4, 2022

‘How many sick and elderly people are living at home and waiting for a visit!’

Pope Francis prays at Hosh al-Bieaa (Church square) in Mosul, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ January 2022 Prayer Intention is for Victims of Religious Persecution

Jan 4, 2022

The pope called persecution ‘inhuman’ and ‘insane.’

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Why the Pope Prays the Angelus Publicly on Sundays

Jan 4, 2022

It all started more than 67 years ago.

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. Mazur/

Three Vatican International Events That Catholics Can Look Forward to in 2022

Jan 3, 2022

Despite the pandemic, the Eternal City is preparing to host several joyful events.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Jan. 2, 2022. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

God Wants to Live With Us and In Us: Pope Francis at Sunday Angelus

Jan 2, 2022

The pope was speaking at the Sunday Angelus.

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Five Things to Know about the New Ministry of Catechist in the Catholic Church

Dec 27, 2021

Did you know that some instituted catechists can celebrate ‘minor exorcisms’?

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2021. Vatican Media

Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021: Pope Asks World Leaders to Be Open to Dialogue

Dec 25, 2021

He spoke from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St. Peter’s Square.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/ null

Ghanaian Cardinal’s Retirement as Head of Vatican Dicastery Accepted, Interim Head Named

Dec 23, 2021

The dicastery will be led for now by Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny.

Pope Francis addresses members of the Roman Curia at the Vatican on Dec. 23, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Roman Curia Needs "synodal conversion": Pope Francis

Dec 23, 2021

He said that Vatican officials should set an example for Catholics worldwide.

The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Christmas tree, Dec. 9, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Reaffirms Support for COVID-19 Vaccines amid Spread of Omicron Variant

Dec 22, 2021

It issued a statement amid global concern about the Omicron variant.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021. Vatican Media.

Take "shared responsibility" for Refugees, Migrants, Pope Francis Urges European Countries

Dec 22, 2021

The pope made the appeal at his general audience.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican-based Ghanaian Cardinal: Pope Francis Will Decide if I Continue to Lead Dicastery

Dec 21, 2021

The Ghanaian cardinal confirmed that his five-year term is expiring.

Pope Francis attends the general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021. Vatican Media.

2022 World Peace Day Message: Pope Francis Calls for Investment in Education, Not Weaponry

Dec 21, 2021

The World Day of Peace is celebrated annually on Jan. 1.

Pope Francis speaks to Jesuits at the apostolic nunciature in Athens, Greece, Dec. 4, 2021. Vatican Media.

Halving of Jesuit Numbers Worldwide a Lesson in Humility: Pope Francis

Dec 16, 2021

‘We have to get used to humiliation,’ the pope told Jesuits in Greece.

St. Peter’s Basilica, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Creates New Foundation Promoting Principles of "Fratelli tutti"

Dec 15, 2021

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

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2021. Vatican Media.

Learn from St. Joseph to Cultivate Silence: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Dec 15, 2021

The pope appealed for prayers for Haiti at his general audience.

Pope Francis prays before the Salus Populi Romani icon in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major Dec. 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Pope Francis Appoints Commissioner to Oversee Rome 1basilica’s Financial Assets

Dec 15, 2021

St. Mary Major is one of four papal major basilicas in Rome.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Dec. 12, 2021. Vatican Media.

"May Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego teach us how to always walk together": Pope

Dec 12, 2021

The pope looked ahead to the Jubilee of Guadalupe in 2031.

Pope Francis meets members of the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists at the Vatican’s Benediction Hall, Dec. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Catholic Jurists to "protect the rights of the weakest"

Dec 12, 2021

The pope said that society ‘systematically excludes those without a voice.’

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Dec. 11, 2021. Vatican Media.

Look Out for "self-referential" Founders Who Put Themselves "above the Church": Pope

Dec 11, 2021

He was speaking to members of the Vatican department overseeing consecrated life.