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Bishops process into St. Peter's Basilica for the closing Mass of the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 29, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

New Instrumentum Laboris Focuses on How to Implement Goals of Synod on Synodality

Jul 9, 2024

“Without tangible changes, the vision of a synodal Church will not be credible,” the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working tool,” says.

An image of the Annunciation and the Incarnation — when God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary — sits close to the altar during a Mass Pope Francis celebrated on July 7, 2024, in Trieste, Italy. | Vatican Media

"God is hidden in human misery": Pope Francis Highlights Dignity of Migrants, Prisoners

Jul 7, 2024

In the face of a sometimes “anesthetized,” consumerist society, we must recall the “scandal” of our Christian faith — that God became man and dwells in each of us, especially the weakest, Pope Francis said in the northern Italian city of Trieste on Sunday.

Pope Francis gives his blessing at the end of a speech to around 1,200 Catholics, Christian representatives, and politicians from throughout Italy on the final day of the 50th annual Social Week of Catholics, held in the northern Italian city of Trieste July 3-7, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: In Politics, Catholics Cannot Live a "private faith"

Jul 7, 2024

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholics to share their faith in the public square and to combat political polarization by supporting person-centered democracy.

Pope Francis presides over Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Open the doors" of the Church, Pope Francis Implores on Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 29, 2024

The pope addressed thousands gathered within St. Peter’s Basilica amid renovation projects in preparation for the upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope.

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Pope Francis on Prayer for Creation Day: Caring for the Environment is an "act of love"

Jun 27, 2024

The Holy Spirit “guides us and calls us to conversion,” Francis said, “to a change in lifestyle in order to resist the degradation of our environment.”

Pilgrims shield themselves from the sun at Pope Francis' general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Unveils Plan for Vatican to Go Solar

Jun 26, 2024

“We need to make a transition toward a sustainable development model that reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere,” a new motu proprio reads.

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation on June 20, 2024, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Jesus Christ is the heart of ecumenism": Pope Francis to Lutherans

Jun 21, 2024

In his talk given during the audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, the Holy Father called this encounter “an important gesture of ecumenical fraternity.”

Archbishop Carlo Vigano. / Credit: Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register

Former U.S. nuncio Viganò to undergo Church trial for schism, rejecting Pope Francis 

Jun 20, 2024

“I have been summoned to the Palace of the Holy Office on June 20, in person or represented by a canon lawyer,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote on X.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis fields questions from students about gender identity and LGBTQ discrimination

Jun 20, 2024

In the one-hour conversation on June 20 organized by Loyola University’s Building Bridges Initiative, Pope Francis spoke directly to students from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Pope Francis greets members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"Do not look at your navel": Pope Francis Tells Communion and Liberation Leader

Jun 19, 2024

As reported by President Davide Prosperi, the pope spoke of “the need to share the charism and for a co-responsibility in the leadership of the movement.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Angelus address on Sunday, June 16, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Seeds of the Gospel Take Time to Bloom

Jun 16, 2024

Reflecting on Jesus’ parable comparing the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the pope said Christians should have an attitude of “confident expectation” in the Lord.

A group of comedians and humorists, including Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon (center), share a lighthearted exchange with Pope Francis during a gathering with the pope in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on June 14, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Gets Laughs at Meeting with Big-name Comedians

Jun 14, 2024

Pope Francis took the stage in front of over 100 comedians and humorists, including Americans Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his Angelus address n Sunday, June 9, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Money, Power, Pleasure Can Enslave Us

Jun 9, 2024

Speaking in his Angelus address on June 9, the pope asked people to contemplate the temptations that can imprison us and the freedom found in Christ

Pope Francis greets participants in a gathering of choir singers, musicians, and directors at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on June 8, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Music is a Universal language: Pope Francis Sings Praises of Catholic Choirs

Jun 8, 2024

The Holy Father's remarks came during the 4th International Meeting of Choirs at the Vatican.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2024. An altar painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Francesco de Rhoden inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome, Italy. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. [L] CNA file photo [R]

Pope Francis to Write Reflection on Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion

Jun 6, 2024

The pontiff asked for prayers as he prepares to publish the document in September.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 8, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Go ahead with your vocation": Pope Francis Tells Gay Man Rejected from Seminary

Jun 4, 2024

According to the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, the pope responded to an email from Lorenzo Michele Noè Caruso, telling him to “go ahead” with his vocation.

Members of ACLI (Italian Christian Workers' Associations) hold a sign with the word "peace" in Italian, in St. Peter's Square on June 1, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Building Peace Requires "taking a risk"

Jun 1, 2024

Being peacemakers in the style of Jesus Christ, while necessary and valuable, can also be risky, Pope Francis said at the Vatican, as conflicts continue to rage around the world.

Pope Francis watches a friendly soccer game between Italian professional soccer players with children clad in uniforms as part of the first World Children’s Day on May 25, 2024, at Olympic Stadium in Rome. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

“In you, children, everything speaks of life, the future”: Pope Francis to Thousands at World Children’s Day in Rome

May 25, 2024

“In you, children, everything speaks of life and the future. The Church, as a mother, welcomes you and accompanies you with tenderness and hope,” the pope said.

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Carbon Dating Reveals True Age of Purported Tunics of St. Peter and St. John

May 25, 2024

A conference titled “The Tunics of St. Peter and St. John, Two Extraordinary Relics of the Sancta Sanctorum,” presented a historic overview of the two relics.

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Carlo Acutis to Be First Millennial Saint: Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle for Canonization

May 23, 2024

The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.