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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Publishes New Document with Proposals “for renewed exercise of bishop of Rome’s ministry of unity”

Jun 13, 2024

The study document is the first Vatican text since Vatican II to outline the entire ecumenical debate on papal primacy.

The 38th (Irish) Brigade marches at the Vatican in June 1944. / Credit: Imperial War Museum

Vatican Commemorates 80th Anniversary of Pius XII’s Meeting with Allied Troops

Jun 12, 2024

On June 12, 1944, Pius XII gave an enthusiastic speech in English thanking the members of the 38th (Irish) Brigade as he welcomed them to the Vatican.

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

Vatican to Publish New Document with Proposals “for renewed exercise of bishop of Rome’s ministry of unity”

Jun 11, 2024

The document, titled “The Bishop of Rome: Primacy and Synodality in Ecumenical Dialogue and Responses to the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint,” will be released June 13.

Massimo Bianchi and Cristiane Murray address attendees at a June 11, 2024, Vatican press conference regarding the upcoming Vatican Observatory conference to take place June 17–24, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Vatican, Scientists to Explore Questions of the Universe

Jun 11, 2024

Titled “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Space-Time Singularities,” the June 17-21 workshop is the second international conference celebrating the legacy of Father Lemaître, who is called the father of the Big Bang theory.

Elena Guerra, Marie-Léonie Paradis, and Giuseppe Allamano are among the Blesseds whom Pope Francis paved the way for canonization in a decree on May 23, 2024.  / Credit: Oblates of the Holy Spirit; centremarie-leonieparadis.com; and Unknown photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Founder of Consolata Missionaries among Blesseds with Zeal for Mission Work to Be Canonized During Planned Consistory

May 24, 2024

The Holy See said Pope Francis “has decided to convene a consistory, which will also concern the canonization” of four Blesseds.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Humility "the source of peace in the world and in the Church": Pope Francis

May 22, 2024

“Humility is everything. It is what saves us from the evil one,” the pope said.

Pope Francis participates in Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Holy Spirit’s “work in us is powerful”, But Also Gentle, “welcoming to all”: Pope Francis on Pentecost

May 19, 2024

Speaking in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope explained that the Holy Spirit’s “work in us is powerful, as symbolized by the signs of wind and fire.”

Pope Francis addresses the crowd at the proclamation of the papal bull “Spes Non Confudit,” meaning “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” at the Vatican on Thursday, May 9, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN/Vatican Pool

In Papal Bull Titled “Hope Does Not Disappoint”, Pope Francis Announces How, When Church’s 2025 Jubilee Will Begin

May 9, 2024

The papal bull declares that the Jubilee will officially begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve 2024.

Pope Francis at vespers following the proclamation of the papal bull “Spes Non Confudit,” meaning “Hope does not disappoint,” at the Vatican, Thursday, May 9, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text of “Hope Does Not Disappoint”, Papal Bull for Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee

May 9, 2024

The pope presided over a formal reading of the Jubilee’s Papal Bull of Indiction in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

The French 19th-century three-masted barque Belem is seen from the Palais du Pharo in the southern port city of Marseille on May 8, 2024, before the Olympic Flame arrival ceremony, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Belem is set to reach Marseille on May 8 and ten thousand torchbearers will then carry the flame across 64 French territories. / Credit: SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican Prepares for Summer Olympics with Conference on Faith and Sports

May 8, 2024

The three-day international conference on sport and spirituality is titled “Putting Our Lives on the Line.”

Aboriginal dancers perform an Indigenous welcome ceremony at the opening Mass formally celebrating the start of World Youth Day 2008 at Barangaroo on July 15, 2008, in Sydney. / Credit: Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

From Australia to the Vatican: "Aboriginal Mass" Seeks Official Recognition

May 8, 2024

The liturgy has been celebrated for over 50 years in the Diocese of Broome, where some 13,000 Catholics live in nine parishes across an area about the size of Texas.

Argentinian prelate Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. / Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican to Publish New Document on Discerning Marian Apparitions, Other Supernatural Events Next Week

May 7, 2024

The Holy See Press Office announced that Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández will unveil new norms for discernment regarding “apparitions and other supernatural phenomena.”

Pope Francis meets with 300 priests taking part in the World Meeting of Parish Priests on May 2, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

The Church Could Not Go on Without You: Pope Francis to World’s Parish Priests

May 2, 2024

Pope Francis published a letter on Thursday addressed to all parish priests in the world with his advice for building a missionary Church.

Landscape view of Sacrofano, Italy, north of Rome. / Credit: Dmitry Taranets/Shutterstock

World Meeting of Parish Priests for Synod on Synodality Opens in Rome, Some 300 Priests in Attendance

Apr 29, 2024

The four-day meeting, which is taking place from April 29 to May 2 at the Fraterna Domus retreat house in Sacrofano, Italy, is attended by about 300 priests.

Pope Francis addresses the faithful at his Wednesday general audience on March 27, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Vatican Magistrates to Retire at End of Judicial Year in Which They Turn 75, Cardinal Judges at 80

Apr 19, 2024

Vatican magistrates will retire at the end of the judicial year in which they turn 75 and cardinal judges at the age of 80, unless the pope asks them to stay on.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on April 17, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Temperate Person is Balanced by both Principle and Empathy

Apr 17, 2024

“In a world where many people boast about saying what they think, the temperate person instead prefers to think about what he says,” the pope said.

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. / Shutterstock

Vatican Sends Letter to French Embassy Over Tribunal Decision in Nun’s Dismissal Case

Apr 13, 2024

Holy See Press Office director Matteo Bruni confirmed to reporters the Vatican’s transmission of a “Note Verbal,” or a diplomatic message, to the French embassy at the Vatican.

Pope Francis presides over Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 31, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Reinstates Papal Title "Patriarch of the West" in Pontifical Yearbook

Apr 12, 2024

This honorific designation has reappeared among the list of “historical titles” used to designate the theological and temporal reality of the pontifical office.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "A Christian without courage" is "a useless Christian"

Apr 10, 2024

“A Christian without courage, who does not turn his own strength to good, who does not bother anyone, is a useless Christian,” the pope declared.

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis "deeply saddened," Expresses Closeness with Victims of Taiwan Earthquake

Apr 4, 2024

The Holy Father “assures everyone affected by this disaster of his heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness,” a Vatican telegram said.