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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.

People participate in a funeral procession of president Ebrahim Raisi and his seven aides in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, on May 21, 2024. / Credit: Photo by AZIN HAGHIGHI/MOJ News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Expresses "spiritual closeness" to Iran after Death of President in Helicopter Crash

May 21, 2024

In a telegram, the Holy Father sent “condolences upon the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished.”

In an interview with "60 Minutes" anchor Norah O'Donnell, Pope Francis discusses a wide range of issues. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

Here’s What Pope Francis Said in His "60 Minutes" Interview

May 20, 2024

The pope spoke with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell at the Vatican via a Spanish translator.

A Marian apparition. / Credit: "The World of Marian Apparitions: Mary's Appearances and Messages from Fatima to Today"

New Norms on Alleged Marian Apparitions, Other Religious Phenomena Give Vatican Greater Say

May 17, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is centralizing its authority over the investigation of alleged Marian apparitions and other religious phenomena under new norms.

In an interview with 60 Minutes' Norah O'Donnell, airing this Sunday, Pope Francis took aim at his “conservative critics” in the United States. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

Conservative Critics Have a "suicidal attitude": Pope Francis

May 16, 2024

The full interview, conducted April 24, will air as part of “60 Minutes” on May 19 from 7-8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. / Credit: Pablo Esparza/EWTN

Do Not Abandon Grandparents and Elderly; Remain Close to Them: Pope Francis

May 14, 2024

The Vatican released the message ahead of the fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which takes place on July 28 this year.

The Medjugorje Youth Festival, in its 34th edition, held July 26–30, 2023, at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. / Credit: Radio MIR Međjugorje

What Has the Vatican Already Said about Discerning Marian Apparitions?

May 14, 2024

Officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed problems that could come up in examining apparitions in November 1974.

Pilgrims gather in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli prayer and address on Sunday, May 5, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Armed Priest Arrested as He Tried to Enter the Vatican for Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli

May 6, 2024

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the priest tried to pass through the metal detector carrying an air pistol, two knives, a cutter, and a screwdriver.

Pope Francis greets the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square on May 5, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Let Us Thank the Lord for Our Friends

May 5, 2024

The pope reflected on the gift of friendship during his Regina Caeli address on May 5.

Pope Francis waves while traveling by boat in Venice, Italy, for a meeting with young people at the Basilica della Madonna della Salute on April 28, 2024. Earlier in the day he met with inmates at a women's prison. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Meets Female Inmates in His One-Day Visit to Venice, Reaffirms Importance of Fraternity, Human Dignity

Apr 28, 2024

Pope Francis opened his one-day visit to Venice Sunday with a meeting with female inmates where he reaffirmed the importance of fraternity and human dignity. 

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her 6-year-old daughter on Jan. 10, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Speak about Ethics of Artificial Intelligence during June G7 Summit

Apr 27, 2024

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations summit is being held in the southern Italian region of Puglia from June 13–15.