Le cardinal Peter Turkson, préfet du Dicastère pour la promotion du développement humain intégral, photographié le 19 janvier 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Seafarers Charity Apostleship of the Sea is Renamed Stella Maris

Sep 28, 2020

The Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic charity helping seafarers worldwide, will now be known as Stella Maris.

Sr. Olivia Umoh, DC, the Director of Street Children Project leading
the Kumasi Humanitarian Team to the streets of Kumasi to distribute sleeping mats and blankets to homeless citizens in Kumasi on Tuesday, September 15, / Caritas Ghana

Vatican COVID-19 Response Fund Boosting Caritas Ghana Interventions among Deprived

Sep 24, 2020

The Vatican COVID-19 Response Fund donated to Ghana’s Archdiocese of Kumasi is changing lives of vulnerable groups in the Archdiocese including the homeless and medical staff working in deprived conditions, the Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Ghana, the Relief and Development Organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has said.

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero. / Office of Communication Society of Jesus.

Two Vatican Officials Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

Sep 20, 2020

The Vatican’s prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and auditor general signed a memorandum of understanding Friday on the fight against corruption.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

"We must return to the Eucharist": Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Sep 13, 2020

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church.

Pope Francis and Fr. Pedro Opeka in Akamasoa, the "City of Friendship," in Madagascar 08 September 2019.

Pope Francis’ Visit to Madagascar “an unforgettable human, spiritual event”: Cleric

Sep 10, 2020

One Year since Pope Francis visited Madagascar, a missionary Cleric whose apostolate involves reaching out to the deprived in the Island nation off the coast of East Africa, has shared memories of the 6-8 September 2019 Papal pastoral trip describing it as “an unforgettable human and spiritual event.”

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Sign a New Encyclical on Human Fraternity on October 3

Sep 5, 2020

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate in Assisi on Oct. 3.

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square in 2015. Credit: Vatican Media.

A New Book to Feature Pope Francis’ “most significant speeches to athletes”

Aug 29, 2020

The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes the testimonies of three professional athletes.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Church Financial Scandals “must not be covered up”: Vatican Secretary of State

Aug 29, 2020

In an interview Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, spoke about uncovering financial scandal, saying that hiding scandal increases and entrenches it.

Map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria / Nigeria

Pope Francis Asks Mary "Mother of Hope" to Intercede for Nigeria's Persecuted Christians

Aug 15, 2020

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and for peace in conflicts in Africa.

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, fresco painting in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy. / Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock.

The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven Explained

Aug 15, 2020

On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven.

Pope Francis baptized Ervina and Prefina Bangalo on August, Friday 7, 2020. The two-year old conjoined twins had been successfully separated at a Vatican-ran hospital in Rome in June. / Antoinette Montaigne/Twitter.

Pope Francis Baptizes Conjoined African Twins Separated in Rome

Aug 11, 2020

Pope Francis has baptized the African twins who were born conjoined at the head and were separated at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"You are not forgotten," Vatican-based African Cardinal Tells Seafarers on Sea Sunday

Jul 12, 2020

A Vatican cardinal urged Catholics Sunday to exercise a “preferential option for the poor” for seafarers serving on the front line of the coronavirus crisis. 

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. / Vatican Media.

"If we want, we can become good soil": Pope Francis

Jul 12, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God. 

The Flag of the Holy See. / Bohumil Petrik. June 5 2015.

Vatican Appeals for Debt Relief for Developing Countries at United Nations

Jul 5, 2020

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the “crippling external debt burdens” of developing countries struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. / Paul Badde/EWTN.

Benedict XVI’s Brother Georg Ratzinger Has Died

Jul 1, 2020

Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus' visit.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

South African Churches Petition Vatican, WCC to Intervene in West Bank Takeover by Israel

Jun 28, 2020

Representatives of the various Christian denominations in South Africa have appealed to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to intervene in Israel’s plan to take over the West Bank, a landlocked territory claimed by both Israel and Palestine.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Catholics Should be “sign of unity” in a Divided Society: Vatican cardinal

Jun 7, 2020

The Catholic Church cannot be an authentic witness to unity in diversity if it only mirrors the divisions found in society, Cardinal Kurt Koch said Friday.

Credit: Diego Cervo/Shutterstock.

Catholic Priests May be Feeling “nonessential” amid COVID-19: Here's How You Can Help

Jun 7, 2020

As restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced churches to close or limit their activity in recent months, priests across the U.S. and other parts of the world may be feeling “nonessential” as they struggle to support or even engage with their parish community, one psychologist said.

People pass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of May. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican: No Active Coronavirus Cases among Employees

Jun 6, 2020

The Vatican said Saturday the city state no longer has any active positive cases among employees, after a 12th person had tested positive in early May.

Feet of a newborn baby in an incubator. Credit: Shutterstock.

Vatican Offers Online Book for Parents Facing Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

May 29, 2020

The Vatican has published a free book online that can be a resource for parents facing a difficult or fatal diagnosis for their unborn child during pregnancy.