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Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks with students and faculty at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas on May 25, 2023. | Credit: Benedicte Cedergren/Angelicum

“The more we know the Lord, the more we can love him”: Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Jun 1, 2023

Cardinal Robert Sarah urged students studying at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas to ask in prayer for “an intimate and profound union with the Lord and with one another.”

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Vatican Supports Catholic Research to Improve Families and Marriages

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis has backed a project aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary research at Catholic universities in the sphere of family, marriage, and childbearing.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St Peter’s Square on May 31, 2023. | Adi Zace/EWTN

Pope Francis Praises Venerable Jesuit Missionary for Proclaiming the Gospel in China

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis dedicated his entire general audience on Wednesday to sharing the life of Venerable Matteo Ricci, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in China.

Pope Francis meets with young cancer patients from Poland at the Vatican on May 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Young Cancer Patients: "Jesus is always close to you"

May 30, 2023

Pope Francis welcomed pediatric cancer patients from Poland to the Vatican on Monday, telling them “Jesus is always close to you.”

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on January 26, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican Releases Pastoral Reflection on Christian Engagement with Social Media

May 29, 2023

Attention #CatholicTwitter and keyboard warriors: The Vatican has released recommendations for how to better “love your neighbor” on social media.

Pope Francis presides over Pentecost Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 28, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

On Pentecost, Pope Francis Says Holy Spirit Can Bring Harmony to "a polarized Church"

May 28, 2023

The solemnity of Pentecost, which is celebrated 50 days after Easter, marks the descent of the Holy Spirit. Thousands were gathered inside St. Peter’s Basilica for the Mass.

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Caeli address from the window of the Apostolic Palace on May 28, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Encourages Marian Shrines Around the World to Pray for Synod on Synodality

May 28, 2023

From the Philippines to Portugal, Marian shrines around the world will participate in a special day of prayer this Wednesday for the work of the Synod on Synodality.

Pope Francis shakes hands with film director Martin Scorsese and his wife Helen Morris. One day after suffering from a fever, Pope Francis resumed his normal activities, including meeting with participants in a conference on “The Global Aesthetics of the Catholic Imagination,” organized by Jesuit magazine “La Civiltà Cattolica” and Georgetown University, in the Apostolic Palace on May 27, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Resumes Normal Schedule One Day after Fever

May 27, 2023

Pope Francis resumed his normal schedule of appointments on Saturday morning after suffering from a fever the day prior, a Vatican communications official said.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Cancels Meetings on Friday “due to a feverish condition"

May 26, 2023

Pope Francis canceled meetings on Friday morning due to a fever, a Vatican spokesman confirmed

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Care for Creation: "God wants justice to reign"

May 25, 2023

Pope Francis has emphasized the importance of the virtue of justice in a message for the upcoming World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Pope Francis spoke about apostolic zeal and the example of Korean martyr St. Andrew Kim Taegon at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: St. Andrew Kim Taegon Teaches us "we must not give up"

May 24, 2023

St. Andrew Kim Taegon and the other Korean martyrs teach us to have courage when sharing the Gospel, even in the face of difficult situations, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Pilgrims wave a Chinese flag at the general audience with Pope Francis, Oct. 12, 2022. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Pray that the Gospel Can be Freely Shared in China

May 24, 2023

Pope Francis asked Catholics Wednesday to pray that the Gospel can be fully and freely shared in China.

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "We must not get used to war!"

May 21, 2023

One week after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pope Francis urged that “we must not get used to war” as he prayed for peace in Ukraine and Sudan.

Canonization Mass for St. Artemide Zatti and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini on Oct. 9, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Approves Beatification of Priest Martyred in World War II

May 20, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday approved the beatification of a young Italian priest martyred by Nazis during World War II, and advanced the beatification causes of eight other men and women.

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, was made a cardinal during the consistory of Oct. 5, 2019. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican: Italian Cardinal Entrusted with Ukraine Peace Mission

May 20, 2023

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi has been asked by Pope Francis to head a peace mission between Russia and Ukraine on behalf of the Vatican, the Holy See press office director said Saturday.

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Judge Orders Psychiatric Treatment for Man Who Forcibly Entered Vatican

May 19, 2023

A Vatican magistrate has sentenced the unidentified man who forcibly entered Vatican City on Thursday night to mandatory psychiatric treatment, according to the Holy See press office.

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Guard Opens Fire as Man Drives Car into Vatican; Suspect in Custody

May 18, 2023

An unidentified man is in custody after driving a car at high speed through a gate at the Vatican Thursday, the Holy See press office said.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

Rome Prepares for 35 Million Pilgrims During 2025 Jubilee Year

May 18, 2023

As Rome and the Vatican prepare for an influx of millions of people for a special year focused on hope, one experienced jubilee attendee is offering her advice for a fruitful pilgrimage.

Pope Francis at his general audience on May 17, 2023 (left) and a painting of St. Francis Xavier in the Church of the Gesù in Rome (right). | Daniel Ibanez/Creative Commons

Pope Francis: Share the Gospel with Zeal Like St. Francis Xavier

May 17, 2023

In a world in which there are “so many people who need Jesus,” St. Francis Xavier is an exemplary model of how to live and share the Gospel with zeal, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Regina Caeli address on May 14, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Prays for Cease-fire Between Israelis and Palestinians

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis prayed Sunday that the recently signed cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians will be maintained and that “the weapons will be silenced.”