Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, presides over a press conference on Friday, May 17, 2024, on the Vatican’s new document on Marian apparitions. / Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN News

Vatican Approves "Our Lady of the Rock" Shrine at Alleged Marian Apparition Site in Italy

Jul 16, 2024

It is the DDF’s fourth public pronouncement related to alleged apparitions since issuing norms for the discernment of “alleged supernatural phenomena” in May.

Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals on Feb. 5, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Authors Preface to Book on "Women and Ministries in the Synodal Church"

Jul 15, 2024

Pope Francis has written the preface to the book “Women and Ministries in the Synodal Church,” authored by three theologians and two cardinals who participated in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals, C9, this past February at the Vatican. 

Facade of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Nils Huber/Unsplash

Vatican condemns violence after Former U.S. President Assassination Attempt

Jul 14, 2024

A statement said the Holy See expressed “concern about last night’s episode of violence, which wounds people and democracy, causing suffering and death.”

Pope Francis waves to crowds before his noon Angelus address during a hot day in Rome on July 14, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Excess enslaves you," Pope Francis Warns Christians

Jul 14, 2024

Pope Francis addressed the problems of materialism in his Angelus reflection in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

Rose petals fall in St. Mary Major Basilica Aug. 5, 2017 to commemorate the "miracle of the snow." / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Attend "Miracle of the Snow" Commemoration in Rome

Jul 12, 2024

Each year white rose petals fall from the ceiling of the papal Marian basilica in commemoration of a miraculous snowfall in Rome on Aug. 5 in 358 A.D.

The Lady of All Nations painting. / Credit: Judgefloro (shifted, cropped & recoloured by Rabanus Flavus), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Vatican Reveals Details about 1974 Ruling on Alleged "Lady of All Nations" Apparition

Jul 11, 2024

The DDF said that in 1974 the doctrinal office voted unanimously that the visions were not supernatural and would not be further investigated.

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Pope Francis Tells AI Leaders: No Machine Should Ever Choose to Take Human Life

Jul 10, 2024

In a message to an AI ethics conference in Hiroshima, Japan, the pope underlined that artificial intelligence has implications for the future of war and peace in our world.

Delegates to the Synod on Synodality meet in the final days of the synod, Oct. 25, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Synod Organizer Says Vatican Doctrine Office is Studying Women Deacons

Jul 9, 2024

Cardinal Mario Grech said the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is studying “the women’s diaconate” within the context of its in-depth study of ministries.

Pope Francis among the delegates of the Synod on Synodality, held in October of 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

These are the Members of the Synod on Synodality Study Groups

Jul 9, 2024

The Instrumentum Laboris, the guiding document for the October 2024 assembly, makes reference to these study groups throughout.

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

New Instrumentum Laboris Focuses on How to Implement Goals of Synod on Synodality

Jul 9, 2024

“Without tangible changes, the vision of a synodal Church will not be credible,” the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working tool,” says.

Documents from the Pontificate of Pius XII released by the Vatican Apostolic Archive. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Appoints New Prefect of Vatican Archives

Jul 6, 2024

The Vatican Apostolic Archive contains 53 miles of shelving preserving documentation preserving important documents for the Church dating to the eighth century.

Pope Francis greets altar servers from France. / Credit: Vatican Media

50,000 Altar Servers Headed to Rome for Meeting this Month

Jul 5, 2024

The German Bishops’ Conference stated in a July 2 press release the theme for the 13th pilgrimage is “With You,” an expression taken from the Book of Isaiah.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò. / Credit: Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register

Vatican Excommunicates Former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. for Schism

Jul 5, 2024

The Vatican has officially excommunicated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith announced Friday.

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

Why are there no papal audiences during July?

Jul 4, 2024

The Vatican usually suspends such audiences on only two occasions: during the month of July and the week when the pontiff carries out his spiritual retreat.

Pope Francis leads the Synod on Synodality delegates in prayer on Oct. 25, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican to Publish Instrumentum Laboris for October’s Synod on Synodality Meeting

Jul 3, 2024

The Instrumentum Laboris, or “working tool” for the upcoming 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, will be presented July 9.

Pope Francis prays during his general audience on Wednesday, May 29,  2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of July

Jul 2, 2024

“The anointing of the sick is not a sacrament only for those who are at the point of death. No. It is important that this is clear,” the Holy Father said July 2.

Pope Francis announced he will celebrate a Mass of canonization for 14 people, including the 11 “Martyrs of Damascus,” on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024, the Vatican announced after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on the morning of July 1, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Canonize "Martyrs of Damascus," Three Others on Oct. 20

Jul 1, 2024

The pope declared the date of the canonization after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on July 1.

An image of Carlo Acutis was unveiled at his beatification Mass in Assisi, Italy Oct. 10, 2020. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Cardinals Approve Canonization of Carlo Acutis, Date to be Decided

Jul 1, 2024

Pope Francis said July 1 that the date for the canonization Mass of the computer-coding teenager will be announced at a later time, the Vatican said.

On the last day of June, a month that the Catholic Church dedicates to the Sacred Heart, the pope asked people to continue praying for Ukraine, Palestine, Israel, Myanmar, and other parts of the world where there is much suffering caused by war. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Sacred Heart of Jesus to Convert Hearts Who Want War

Jun 30, 2024

Pope Francis prayed for the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday to convert “the hearts of those who want war” to projects of dialogue and peace.

Pope Francis presides over Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Open the doors" of the Church, Pope Francis Implores on Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 29, 2024

The pope addressed thousands gathered within St. Peter’s Basilica amid renovation projects in preparation for the upcoming 2025 Jubilee Year of Hope.