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.

People participate in a funeral procession of president Ebrahim Raisi and his seven aides in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, on May 21, 2024. / Credit: Photo by AZIN HAGHIGHI/MOJ News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Expresses "spiritual closeness" to Iran after Death of President in Helicopter Crash

May 21, 2024

In a telegram, the Holy Father sent “condolences upon the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished.”

Queen Mathilde of Belgium meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with her husband, King Philippe of the Belgians, on Sept. 14, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Travel to Luxembourg and Belgium in September

May 20, 2024

The pope will make a one-day stopover in Luxembourg on Sept. 26 before visiting the Catholic universities of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve Sept. 26–29.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Member of the Council of Cardinals Urges Caution, Dialogue on Women’s Ordination

May 20, 2024

The cardinal said the prohibition against ordaining women was “not an infallible doctrinal decision” and could be changed over time with arguments.

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.”

Pentecost painting. / Credit: Public domain

Everything You Need to Know about Pentecost

May 19, 2024

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year, which concludes the Easter season. 

A Marian apparition. / Credit: "The World of Marian Apparitions: Mary's Appearances and Messages from Fatima to Today"

New Norms on Alleged Marian Apparitions, Other Religious Phenomena Give Vatican Greater Say

May 17, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is centralizing its authority over the investigation of alleged Marian apparitions and other religious phenomena under new norms.

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’s New Apparitions Guidelines Stress "caution" in Discernment Process: Official

May 17, 2024

“The Church has stated that the faithful are never forced to believe in this phenomenon. They are never obliged. There’s no obligation,” Fernández said.

Pope Francis addresses the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 15, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Love, Charity “culmination” of Theological Virtues: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

May 15, 2024

Pointing to the Sermon on the Mount and repeating twice “love your enemy,” the pope noted that this teaching “embraces what is not lovable; it offers forgiveness.”

Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. / Credit: Pablo Esparza/EWTN

Do Not Abandon Grandparents and Elderly; Remain Close to Them: Pope Francis

May 14, 2024

The Vatican released the message ahead of the fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which takes place on July 28 this year.

The Medjugorje Youth Festival, in its 34th edition, held July 26–30, 2023, at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. / Credit: Radio MIR Međjugorje

What Has the Vatican Already Said about Discerning Marian Apparitions?

May 14, 2024

Officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed problems that could come up in examining apparitions in November 1974.

“EWTN News Nightly” host Tracy Sabol speaks with Dr. Erin Lothes, a Catholic environmental theologian and senior manager of the Laudato Si’ Animators Program with the Laudato Si’ Movement, on on May 9, 2024. / Credit: “EWTN News Nightly” screen shot

Vatican Hosts Discussions on Climate Change, Offers Resources as Ocean Temperatures Hit Record High

May 14, 2024

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform provides resources for the Church to achieve real and lasting solutions to environmental problems. 

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. / Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence During the Catholic Church's 2025 Jubilee Year

May 13, 2024

The decree provides Catholics with the opportunity to gain indulgences by making pilgrimages, prayerfully visiting churches, or practicing works of mercy.

"We reflect with gratitude on all mothers, and let us also pray for mothers who have gone to heaven. We entrust mothers to the protection of Mary, our heavenly mother," said Pope Francis on May 12, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Let us also pray for mothers who have gone to heaven": Pope Francis on Mother’s Day

May 12, 2024

On Mother’s Day, Pope Francis entrusted all mothers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking everyone to remember to also pray for all the mothers who have gone to heaven.

Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect Paolo Ruffini and Vatican Secretary-General Sister Raffaella Petrini inaugurate the photographic exhibition titled “Changes” on May 7, 2024, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. / Credit: Elizabeth Alva/EWTN News

Vatican Opens Photographic Exhibition on Effects of Climate Change

May 11, 2024

A photographic exhibition titled “Changes” opened this week in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, showcasing the effects of climate change and the creative work of God.

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.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Wednesday general audience on May 8, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Hope "is a gift that comes directly from God"

May 8, 2024

“Christians have hope not through their own merit. If they believe in the future, it is because Christ died and rose again and gave us his Spirit,” the pope said.

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.”

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.”