Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Contemplative Dimension of Being Human Gives Life Flavor: Pope Francis at General Audience

May 5, 2021

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to embrace the contemplative dimension of being human both in prayer and their daily lives.

Phillippine stock market board/ Katrina.Tuliao via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for May is for the Regulation of Financial Markets

May 4, 2021

Pope Francis is asking Catholics to pray throughout May for the regulation of financial markets to “protect citizens from its dangers.”

Rome-Based Lay Catholic Association Hails Abolition of Death Penalty in Malawi

May 3, 2021

The leadership of the Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has hailed the abolition of the death penalty in the Southeastern African nation of Malawi.

Venerable Carlo Acutis./

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ 30th Birthday Celebrated by Parishes Across World

May 3, 2021

Catholic parishes across Italy and as far away as the Philippines celebrated what would have been the 30th birthday of Blessed Carlo Acutis on Monday.

Papal Foundation Announces $9m in Grants for Charitable Projects

May 2, 2021

The Papal Foundation announced April 28 they will be distributing $9.2 million in grants to dioceses in 64 countries in the coming year.

"A truly Christian life bears witness to Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Caeli Address

May 2, 2021

It is our task as Christians to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and to bear the good fruit of love in the world, Pope Francis said at his Regina caeli address on Sunday.

St. Joseph carrying the Child Jesus on the left arm by Pieter van Lint./ Public Domain.

Vatican Adds Seven Invocations to Litany of St. Joseph

May 1, 2021

The Vatican's divine worship office announced Saturday the addition of seven new invocations to the Litany of St. Joseph.

'Hope for the future': Pope Francis Asks Mary to Intercede for End to Pandemic

May 1, 2021

Pope Francis prayed a rosary Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, imploring the Virgin Mary to intercede for healing for the sick, comfort for the grieving, and hope for the future.

Vatican City flag waiving over St. Peter's dome - Bohumil Petrik / CNA

Pope Francis Amends Law to Allow Vatican City Court to Judge Cardinals, Bishops

Apr 30, 2021

Pope Francis on Friday amended part of a law issued last year regulating Vatican City’s judicial system, now allowing the court of first instance to rule on criminal trials of bishops and cardinals.

Detail from Saint Catherine of Siena, from the circle of Baldassare Francheschini (17th century).

Pope Francis: St. Catherine of Siena is a Gift to the Church and Humanity

Apr 29, 2021

On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Pope Francis expressed his hope that the “great female figure of faith” would continue to inspire more joyful and fervent witness.

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at General Audience: Christian meditation “not a withdrawal into ourselves”

Apr 28, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian meditation is a way of encountering Jesus and not “a withdrawal into ourselves.”

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room/ Vatican Media.

Priest with Cancer Dies 23 days After his Hospital Room Ordination

Apr 27, 2021

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani, who was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on Holy Thursday with special permission from Pope Francis, has died of leukemia at the age of 31.

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

“You will be shepherds like him”: Pope Francis to New Priests He Ordained on Sunday

Apr 25, 2021

Pope Francis ordained nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, urging them to be shepherds like Christ throughout their priestly lives.

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: Mediterranean Migrant Deaths are ‘moment of shame’

Apr 25, 2021

Pope Francis said Sunday that the recent deaths of 130 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea marked “a moment of shame.”

A statue of St. Margaret of Castello at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio./ Nheyob via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Declares Blind 14th-Century Lay Dominican a Saint

Apr 24, 2021

Pope Francis declared a blind 14th-century Italian lay Dominican a saint Saturday using a process known as “equipollent” canonization.

Pope Francis marks name day with Rome’s poor receiving COVID-19 vaccine./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Celebrates Name Day with Poor as the Vatican’s Free Vaccinations Continue

Apr 23, 2021

Pope Francis on Friday celebrated the feast of St. George, his namesake, with 600 of Rome’s poor and needy, as they waited to receive the second dose of the coronavirus vaccination at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Pro Recco Waterpolo 1913 Team at the Vatican, April 22, 2021./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Biggest Defeat for an Athlete is to Not Play as a Team

Apr 22, 2021

Pope Francis met with a water polo team Thursday and shared a message about the importance of teamwork.

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Vatican Dedicates May to Global Rosary ‘marathon’ for End of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2021

The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Ex-Film Director, Soccer Player to be Ordained Catholic Priest by Pope Francis on Sunday

Apr 20, 2021

Pope Francis will ordain nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, including a former film director and a 28-year-old soccer player who turned down a chance to play for the team A.S. Roma.

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How Catholics Can Speak Up for More Ethical Vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

A series of letter templates released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) allows Catholic to contact vaccine makers and ask them to stop relying on cell lines from aborted babies.