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Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Papal Foundation Announces Nearly $15 million in Global Grants, Humanitarian Aid, to "grow Catholic faith”

Apr 12, 2024

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to Travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore later this year, the Vatican announced Friday.

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery on the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks during a press conference about a new Vatican document on human dignity on April 8, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

New Vatican Document Highlights Church’s "ever-greater understanding of human dignity"

Apr 9, 2024

Dignity “belongs to the person… simply because he or she exists and is willed, created, and loved by God,” the document explains.

The crowd in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Angelus address on Jan. 14, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

The Catholic Church by the Numbers: More Catholics but Fewer Vocations 

Apr 8, 2024

While vocations to the priesthood and religious life have decreased overall, the Church shows signs of growth in some parts of the world — most notably Africa and Asia.

The Divine Mercy image is displayed at St. Peter's Square before Pope Francis Regina Caeli prayer on April 7, 2024. / Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

The "fullness of life" is "realized in Jesus": Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 7, 2024

“Every living encounter with Jesus enables us to have more life,” Pope Francis said in his reflection. 

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrates the special "pro eligendo summo pontifice" (to elect Supreme Pontiff) Mass at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City on April 18, 2005. / Credit: MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis: I was "used" against Ratzinger in 2005 Conclave, but he was "my candidate"

Apr 1, 2024

“The idea was to block the election of [Ratzinger],” Pope Francis explained.

Students and teachers from Jerusalem Christian schools walk the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. The yearly event was organized by the Custody of the Holy Land on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, on the occasion of Lent. / Credit: Marinella Bandini

In Letter to Holy Land Christians, Pope Francis Deplores the War, Expresses Closeness 

Mar 27, 2024

“Dear brothers and sisters, allow me to tell you once more that you are not alone. We will never leave you alone,” the pope wrote in his Holy Wednesday letter.

Pope Francis greets staff and families of RAI, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, March 23, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Implores Public Broadcasters to Serve the Common Good and Combat "fake news"

Mar 23, 2024

The pope spoke of “the devious plans of those who seek to influence public opinion in an ideological manner, lying and disintegrating the social fabric.”

Pope Francis venerates the Salus Populi Romani icon in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Dec. 8, 2023. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Changes Statutes of Papal Basilica, Emphasizing Work of Canons 

Mar 21, 2024

The new regulations place emphasis on spiritual work and pastoral care and appointing a coadjutor archpriest of the West’s oldest Marian shrine.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: God’s glory does not correspond to human success

Mar 17, 2024

Pope Francis said Sunday that God’s glory and our true happiness are not found in success, fame, or popularity but in loving and forgiving others.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Takes on Critics in Forthcoming Memoir, Says He Won’t be Resigning

Mar 14, 2024

Pope Francis has no plans to resign from office according to excerpts from his forthcoming memoir — though he says some in the Church wish he would.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2016. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

A Timeline of Pope Francis’ 11 Years as Pope: PHOTOS

Mar 13, 2024

Pope Francis is the 266th successor of St. Peter. Here is a timeline of key events during his papacy.

Pope Francis presides over a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Vatican: Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ remark a call for negotiations, not Ukraine’s surrender

Mar 9, 2024

The Holy Father made the remarks last month in a newly released television interview with Swiss broadcaster RSI.

Pope Francis joines the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in prayer at the Vatican on March 7, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Clergy Abuse Commission: "Our commitment must not wane"

Mar 7, 2024

“I encourage you to move forward so that the Church will be, always and everywhere, a place where everyone can feel at home,” Pope Francis said. 

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: St. Thomas Aquinas is needed to answer today’s social challenges

Mar 7, 2024

Pope Francis reflected on the intellectual legacy of the “Angelic Doctor” in a letter to social scientists.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Feb. 12, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican on France’s abortion amendment: There cannot be a ‘right’ to take a human life

Mar 5, 2024

“The Pontifical Academy for Life reiterates that precisely in the era of universal human rights, there cannot be a ‘right’ to take a human life,” the academy wrote.

Pope Francis engages with a youngster at the inauguration of the 95th Judicial Year of the Vatican City State on Saturday, March 2, 2024. | Credit: Vatican

Pope Francis Opens Vatican’s Judicial Year, has Aide Read Speech due to "bronchitis"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope’s remarks to the Vatican magistrates highlighted the virtue of courage, which he observed was at the very center of justice.

Pope Francis poses with a woman and three children during a lunch in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for over 1,000 poor and economically disadvantaged people on Nov. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to the World’s Children: "If we really want to be happy, we need to pray"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope asked children to pray the Lord’s Prayer “every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with your parents, brothers, sisters, and grandparents.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does.

Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Visits Hospital for Diagnostic Tests after Wednesday Audience

Feb 28, 2024

“Dear brothers and sisters, I still have a bit of a cold,” Pope Francis said in a soft-spoken voice on Feb. 28.