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Vatican Doctrine Office Releases Note on Discerning the Validity of the sacraments

Feb 3, 2024

The new document signed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.” 

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten Message: ‘"Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom"

Feb 1, 2024

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads Us to Freedom” as its main theme.

The Vatican announced the erection of the Weifang diocese on Jan. 29, 2024, the day of the consecration of the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Anthony Sun Venjun. | Credit: Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association

Pope Francis Creates "new" Diocese in China, Accepting Borders Drawn by Beijing

Jan 29, 2024

The Holy See Press Office said Pope Francis established the diocese on April 20, 2023, “in the desire to promote the pastoral care of the Lord’s flock.”

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "The devil always takes away your freedom"

Jan 28, 2024

Pope Francis encouraged people to learn how to “say ‘no’ to the temptations of evil before they creep into the soul” by invoking the name of Jesus.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Blessings Don’t Require "moral perfection"

Jan 26, 2024

Pope Francis on Friday offered guidance to members of the Vatican’s doctrinal office for dealing with matters of faith.

Pope Appoints New Bishop in China, Bringing a 70-year Vacancy to an End

Pope Appoints New Bishop in China, Bringing a 70-year Vacancy to an End

Jan 25, 2024

The Holy See Press Office announced on Thursday that Father Thaddeus Wang Yuesheng was appointed by Pope Francis as the bishop of Zhengzhou.

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical second vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25, 2024. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Christian Unity Must Be Rooted in Prayer, Pope Says at Ecumenical Vespers

Jan 25, 2024

Marking the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis hosted an ecumenical vespers at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.

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

Avarice is a "sickness of the heart, not of the wallet": Pope Francis

Jan 24, 2024

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the preoccupation with the accumulation of material goods reflects a greater “pathological accumulation.”

Sculpture of St. Peter outside of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. | Credit: Unsplash

Vatican Appeals Court Sentences Priest to Prison for Sexual Abuse of Teen

Jan 24, 2024

Father Gabriele Martinelli was accused of forcing the former altar server, identified as L.G., to have sexual relations with him between 2007 and 2012.

Pope Francis meets with the journalists who cover the Vatican in the Apostolic Palace on Jan. 22, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Thanks Vatican Journalists for Reporting on Scandals in the Church

Jan 22, 2024

Journalists accredited to the Holy See Press Office met the pope in a private audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Jan. 22. 

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024. | Vatican Media

Return to God’s Word Rather than Social Media’s "violence of words": Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2024

Pope Francis has called Catholics to spend more time with the saving power of God’s word as society and social media amplify “the violence of words.”

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, speaks with EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser on Jan. 18, 2024. | Credit: EWTN

Vatican prefect: Fiducia Supplicans draws ‘some negative reactions’ from Christian leaders

Jan 19, 2024

In an exclusive EWTN interview and in comments to the Vatican’s news agency, Cardinal Kurt Koch said he has received negative reactions to Fiducia Supplicans.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity commemorates historic meeting of two lungs of the Church

Jan 18, 2024

The theme for 2024 is “You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbor as yourself.”

Pope Francis takes part in the Roman Curia’s Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy, on March 6-10, 2016. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Hold Private Lenten Retreat for Fifth Consecutive Year

Jan 16, 2024

For the fifth consecutive year the joint retreat between the Holy Father and the Roman Curia has been canceled.

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles Scicluna. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Official at Doctrine of Faith Dicastery Says Church Should Allow Married Priests

Jan 9, 2024

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the Church should learn from the Eastern Churches, which allow married men the option to get ordained to the priesthood.

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Rediscovered Book by Faith Prefect Features Erotic Passages on "spirituality, sensuality"

Jan 8, 2024

A 1998 book by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández featuring provocative, sexually-charged themes has resurfaced, likely adding further scrutiny to the already embattled prefect of the Vatican’s doctrine office.

Pope Francis prays the Angelus on Jan. 7, 2024, and offers pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square a reflection on baptism. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: If You Don’t Know the Date of Your Baptism, Look it Up

Jan 7, 2024

Speaking from the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the pope said on Jan. 7 that the anniversary of one’s baptism should be celebrated each year “like a birthday.”

Pope Francis delivers his homily during the Mass for the solemnity of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Epiphany Invites us to Adore the Lord and Help the Poor

Jan 6, 2024

In his homily Saturday, Pope Francis urged the faithful to “find God in flesh and bone, in the faces of those we meet each day, and especially in the poor.”

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Society of Catholic Publicists of Germany on the 75th anniversary of its foundation Jan. 4, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Catholic News Media Can’t Be "neutral" in the Message they Convey

Jan 5, 2024

The pontiff made his remarks at a Jan. 4 audience with a delegation from the Society of Catholic Publicists of Germany on the 75th anniversary of its foundation.

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Vatican Responds to Widespread Backlash on Same-sex Blessing Directive

Jan 4, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrine office issued a response on Thursday to “clarify the reception of Fiducia Supplicans” amid widespread international backlash to the Vatican’s recent declaration on same-sex blessings.