Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017./ Shutterstock.

Vatican Wants to "do everything possible" to End Israel-Gaza Conflict: Cardinal Parolin

May 19, 2021

The Vatican Secretary of State said Tuesday that the Holy See is committed to doing everything it can to help end the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021./ Vatican Media.

"Praying is not easy": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

May 19, 2021

Pope Francis acknowledged Wednesday that praying is hard, but suggested ways to overcome common obstacles.

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021./ Screenshot: Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Thanks Charismatic Catholics, Evangelicals for Offering ‘sign of fraternity'

May 16, 2021

Pope Francis on Saturday thanked charismatic Catholics and evangelicals in Italy for offering a “sign of fraternity.”

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Children’s Deaths in Israel-Gaza Conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

May 16, 2021

Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal Sunday for an end to surging violence in the Holy Land.

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks Society which it Values More: Children or Money

May 15, 2021

Pope Francis urged Europeans on Friday to reflect on what they treasure, and whether they consider children to be the valuable gift they are.

St. Peter's Basilica./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA

The Vatican Has a Commission for Healthcare Facilities, but there is Little Trace of it

May 15, 2021

In 2015, facing scandals in the healthcare sector, Pope Francis established a Pontifical Commission for the Activities of the Public Juridical Persons of the Church in the Healthcare Sector. The board of the Commission was renewed in June 2020. However, there is no trace of the Commission in the Annuario Pontificio.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

May 14, 2021

Pope Francis urged scouts Friday to “spread light and hope” wherever they go.  

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021./ Daniel Ibañez/CNA.

Persistent Prayer Can Lead to Miracles: Pope Francis at General Audience

May 12, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday that persistent prayer can lead to miracles “because prayer goes directly to the heart of the tenderness of God.”

Pope Francis./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Institutes New Ministry of Catechist

May 11, 2021

Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter Tuesday formally instituting the new lay ministry of catechist.

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Vatican Creates Group to Study Separating Mafia from the Catholic Church

May 10, 2021

The Vatican’s human development office has created a working group on the topic of the expulsion of criminal organizations from the Catholic Church.

Statue de saint Ignace de Loyola réalisée au XVIIe siècle par le sculpteur espagnol Juan Martínez Montañés / Jl FilpoC via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis: The Spiritual Exercises Deepen the Concept of Personal Reform

May 10, 2021

Pope Francis on Monday sent a video message for the launch of a book on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, written by one of the pope’s early spiritual mentors.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis Calls for Suspension of COVID-19 Vaccine Patents in ‘Vax Live’ Concert Video

May 9, 2021

Pope Francis called for the "temporary suspension of intellectual property rights" for COVID-19 vaccines in his video message to the "Vax Live" concert co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

May 9, 2021

Pope Francis said Sunday that loving like Christ requires a rejection of the worldly loves of money, success, vanity, and power.

Mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside Christ Cathedral in Orange, California/ Kate Veik/CNA

Mother’s Day: 12 Catholic Quotes on the Beauty of Motherhood

May 9, 2021

On Mother’s Day, Catholics recognize two important figures: our mother, and Mary, Mother of God. In celebration of all that mothers do, here are 12 quotes from saints and other Catholic figures on the beauty and significance of motherhood:

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New EWTN Documentary on Bl. Carlo Acutis Available to Watch for Free

May 7, 2021

A new documentary about Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church, is available to watch for free this month.

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Diocese of Huarí, Peru, May 6, 2021./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Bishop of Murdered Lay Missionary

May 7, 2021

Pope Francis met with a delegation Thursday from the diocese in Peru where Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, was murdered last month.

Swiss Guards at the ceremony in Vatican City's San Damaso Courtyard on May 6, 2021./ © EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool

‘We are ready to give up our lives’: 34 new Swiss Guards take oath to protect the pope

May 6, 2021

Thirty-four new Swiss Guards were sworn in Thursday in an elaborate ceremony in Vatican City in which the guards promised to protect the pope, even “sacrificing if necessary also my own life.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Issue Apostolic Letter on Ministry of Catechist

May 5, 2021

Pope Francis will issue an apostolic letter next week on the ministry of catechist.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Contemplative Dimension of Being Human Gives Life Flavor: Pope Francis at General Audience

May 5, 2021

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to embrace the contemplative dimension of being human both in prayer and their daily lives.

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Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May is for the Regulation of Financial Markets

May 4, 2021

Pope Francis is asking Catholics to pray throughout May for the regulation of financial markets to “protect citizens from its dangers.”