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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Jun 14, 2021

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'

Jun 13, 2021

God asks us to trust that his love is always at work through our good deeds, even if we do not see the results we had hoped for, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Imposes Term Limits for Church Movement Leaders to Curb "violations and abuses"

Jun 12, 2021

The Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communiThe Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communities.ties.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

German Cardinal Says Pope’s Decision Not to Accept His Resignation a “great challenge”

Jun 11, 2021

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising is a “great challenge.”

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal George Pell Turns 80, Loses Right to Vote in Papal Conclave

Jun 8, 2021

Cardinal George Pell turned 80 years old on Tuesday, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave.

Pope Francis with French Priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on 7 June 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis to Priests: Weakness is a Chance for Encounter with God

Jun 7, 2021

Pope Francis told a group of young French priests on Monday that weakness is a chance for encounter with God, and not something they should try to overcome by their own strength.

Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis on Corpus Christi: ‘We need to enlarge our hearts’

Jun 7, 2021

Pope Francis said Sunday that we need to “enlarge our hearts” to truly appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Sorrowful after Children’s Graves Found at Catholic-run School in Canada

Jun 6, 2021

Pope Francis expressed sorrow on Sunday at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves at a Church-run residential school in Canada.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Never Forget that Jesus is Praying for you before Father: Pope Francis at General Audience

Jun 2, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday that just as Jesus prayed for his friends while on earth, he also prays for each person eternally before the Father in heaven.

Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

Jun 1, 2021

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience./ Daniel Ibáñez

Pope Francis Releases Video Message on the Beauty of Marriage

Jun 1, 2021

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage.

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag./ Bohumil Petrik / CNA

World Health Organization Grants Holy See Permanent Observer Status

Jun 1, 2021

The Holy See has been granted permanent observer status to the World Health Organization following resolution adopted by consensus on May 31.

Pope Francis prays before the crowned image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, in the Vatican Gardens, May 31, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis turns to Mary, Undoer of Knots, at end of rosary marathon for end to pandemic

May 31, 2021

Pope Francis asked on Monday for the intercession of Mary, Undoer of Knots, as he ended a month-long global rosary marathon.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Basketball is a Sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

May 31, 2021

Pope Francis described basketball on Monday as “a sport that lifts you up to the heavens.”  

Pope Francis speaks at Sunday Angelus on 30 May 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

The Holy Trinity invites us to grow in unity as Christians: Pope Francis

May 30, 2021

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is a communion of love.

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah/ Bohumil Petrik/Paul Badde/CNA

Successor to Robert Cardinal Sarah at Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship Appointed

May 27, 2021

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche on Thursday as the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Offers Advice for When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered

May 26, 2021

Pope Francis confronted the “scandal” of prayers that seem to go unanswered during his Wednesday general audience by pointing to the hope found in the Resurrection, “when all human longings … will be fulfilled.”

Pope Francis delivers Laudato si' video message May 24, 2021/ Screenshot

Pope Francis Launches 7-year Laudato si’ Action Plan

May 25, 2021

Pope Francis launched Tuesday the Vatican’s seven-year Laudato si’ action plan to implement environmental sustainability in different sectors of the Church from religious orders to Catholic schools and hospitals.

St. Dominic Guzman/ Public Domain

Pope Francis Prays that Dominicans' Jubilee Year “usher in a new springtime of the Gospel”

May 24, 2021

Pope Francis praised the Dominican charisms of preaching and missionary discipleship in a letter marking the 800th anniversary of the death of the order’s founder, St. Dominic Guzman.

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 23, 2021./ EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool

“If your heart has a festering wound … open your heart to the Holy Spirit”: Pope Francis

May 23, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit.