Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta May 1, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Prays St. Joseph Will Help Young Adults Find Their Vocations

Pope Francis has said that St. Joseph is a model for all vocations and he prays the saint will help young people discern the vocation God is calling them to.

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019. / Vatican Media. /

Visitation at Vatican’s Liturgy Office Before Cardinal Sarah’s Successor Announced

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert Sarah resigned as prefect.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Support Working Mothers amid the Coronavirus Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are vital for the renewal of society and the economy.

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St. Peter's Basilica to End Private Holy Masses, Restrict Masses in Extraordinary Form

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, effective March 22.

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Vatican: Peter's Pence, Donations, Keeping Projected Deficit to $60 million in 2021

The Vatican said Friday it plans to lower operational expenses by 8% in 2021, while it relies on donations and funds from Peter’s Pence to contain a growing deficit amid the coronavirus crisis.

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI Addresses Resignation Conspiracy Theories, Iraq, and Biden in New Interview

Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday, March 1.

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesu di Palidoro hospital outside Rome, Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Prays for Children Suffering from Rare Diseases

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for children suffering from rare diseases that they may feel “the caress of God’s love and tenderness.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Angelus address Feb. 21, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

The Lord Does Not Permit Darkness to Have Last Word: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is Risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word.”

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Pope Francis Says Seeing a Psychiatrist Helped Him with Anxiety When He Was Younger

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Jan. 17, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ New Personal Doctor a Specialist in Aging

Pope Francis on Wednesday named a specialist in aging to be his personal doctor, after his previous physician died earlier this year.

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Honors Sacrifice of Medical Workers Who Died in Coronavirus Pandemic

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

Mass in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 saints Oct. 15, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Advances Causes of Italian Nuns Who Died in Ebola Outbreak in Africa

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.

Cardinal Robert Sarah. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Pope Francis Accepts Robert Cardinal Sarah's Resignation from Divine Worship Congregation

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Italian soccer club Sampdoria Feb. 19, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"The most beautiful victories are those you win as a team": Pope Francis to Soccer Players

Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of teamwork.

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Cardinal Says Vatican Employees Could Lose Jobs for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when deemed necessary for their work could face penalties up to termination of employment.

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. /

Toward Holy Week 2021: Vatican Issues Guidelines for Catholics amid COVID-19 Restrictions

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Vatican's Council for Economy Discusses Annual Budget for 2021

The Vatican’s Council for the Economy met on Tuesday to discuss the details of the annual budget for 2021.

St. Peter’s Basilica, pictured on March 19, 2013. Credit: Mazur/ /

Pope Francis Modifies Vatican Criminal Code, Citing "changing sensibilities"

Pope Francis on Tuesday made several modifications to the Vatican’s criminal code, citing “changing sensibilities” requiring updates to an “outdated” law.

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Pope Francis Praises Coptic Orthodox Martyrs as "saints of all Christians"

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Remember Closeness, Compassion, Tenderness of God: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to remember the closeness, compassion, and tenderness of God.