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Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu. | Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA

Vatican Court Sentences Cardinal to 5 Years in Jail for Embezzlement

Dec 16, 2023

Five other defendants in the "Trial of the Century" received similar sentences.

Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P. is President of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. | Credit: EWTN News Nightly Dec. 14, 2023

Moral Theologian on New Cremation Guidance: "Reverence for body" Still Paramount

Dec 15, 2023

Catholic Church teaching on “reverence for the body” must still be at the center of any decisions related to a loved one’s ashes. 

Ana de Lobera y Torres (1545-1621), better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús, helped expand the Discalced Carmelites to France and Belgium. Painting in the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, Brussels, ca. 1650. | Credit: AnonymousUnknown author, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle Attributed to St. Teresa of Ávila’s Spiritual Daughter

Dec 14, 2023

In a decree signed Dec. 14, Pope Francis authorized the beatification of Ana de Lobera y Torres, better known by her religious name Sister Ana de Jesús.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says That He Wants to Be Buried in Marian Basilica in New Interview

Dec 13, 2023

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because of his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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

Synod on Synodality Next Steps: Pope to Choose "big questions" for Further Study

Dec 12, 2023

The possible ordination of women to the diaconate is among the “matters of great relevance” that synod delegates in October said require further consideration.

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Pope to Vatican Employees: Lure of Corruption is Dangerous and "we must be vigilant"

Dec 12, 2023

Pope Francis received in an audience on Monday the members of the Office of the Auditor General.

Pope Francis meets with the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 11, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses Concern about Italy’s Low Birth Rate

Dec 11, 2023

Pope Francis on Monday received the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus message on Dec. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope at Angelus: "Through silence and prayer, we make space for Jesus"

Dec 10, 2023

Pope Francis highlighted the importance of listening to God by embracing the example of John the Baptist. 

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gives his Angelus address for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Announces Catholic Church’s First World Day of Children

Dec 8, 2023

The event was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Alessandro, who proposed the idea to the pope to have an international event for younger children.

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Pope Francis Honors Virgin Mary on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a nearly 40-foot-high column.

Pope Francis greets members of Italy's National Association of St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. | Credit: Vatican

Pope Francis Reads Speeches Unassisted for the First Time in Nearly Two Weeks

Dec 7, 2023

The pope seemed to show improvement Thursday by reading out his speeches during his various meetings on Dec. 7. 

Pope Francis at the general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers hear from 2 female professors on women’s role in the Church

Dec 7, 2023

The pope’s Council of Cardinals has been discussing the role of women in the Church since February 2022.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Signs Interfaith Climate Statement As Part of COP28 Summit in Dubai

Dec 4, 2023

“Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem that cradles us,” the document said.

Papal aide Monsignor Paolo Braida reads Pope Francis' prepared remarks for the Sunday Angelus on Dec. 3, 2023, from the chapel at the papal residence at Casa Santa Marta. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on First Sunday of Advent: "I’m improving, but my voice still doesn’t work"

Dec 3, 2023

Pope Francis, for the second consecutive Sunday, was assisted by an aide in praying the Angelus, as he continues to recover from an acute bronchial infection.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. | Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Parolin Will Represent Pope Francis at Climate Conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says He Has "very acute infectious bronchitis"

Nov 30, 2023

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar on Thursday morning.

Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Office. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

What an African Cardinal Said about Bill Criminalizing Homosexuality in Ghana

Nov 29, 2023

Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson has been at the center of controversy in Ghana following his Monday, November 27 comments on Ghana's Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (anti-LGBTQI+ Bill).

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Technological Focus on Efficiency Dehumanizes Today’s Society

Nov 29, 2023

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and poses for photos at the end of his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Vatican: Pope’s Health "stable"; Treatment Continues as Lung Inflammation Remains

Nov 29, 2023

The Vatican on Wednesday said Pope Francis’ health was stable as the Holy Father continues to receive treatment for ongoing lung inflammation stemming from a flu infection.

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023. | Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Pope Francis Says He is "still not well," Has Aide Read General Audience Speech

Nov 29, 2023

One day after canceling his trip to Dubai at the request of his doctors, Pope Francis appeared at his public Wednesday audience and shared with a raspy voice that he was still not feeling well as he recovers from the flu.