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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.

A 1775 painting of the fireworks over Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, painted by Jakob Philipp Hackert. / Credit: Public Domain

Vatican fireworks: A 500-year-old Tradition for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 29, 2024

Each year on June 29, fireworks are launched from atop Castel Sant’Angelo in celebration of the co-patron saints of Rome, St. Peter and St. Paul.

Archbishops wear the pallium they received from Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica, June 29, 2014. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis to Bless "pallia" at Mass on Sts. Peter and Paul’s Feast Day

Jun 28, 2024

Each blessed pallium will be placed on the shoulders of the 42 new metropolitan archbishops who were appointed during the last year, including two Americans.

Pope Francis meets with priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehonians) on June 27, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Priests: May the Chapel be the Most Visited Room in Your Houses

Jun 27, 2024

During an audience with Pope Francis on June 27, the priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dehonians) received devotional counsel from the Holy Father.

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Pope Francis on Prayer for Creation Day: Caring for the Environment is an "act of love"

Jun 27, 2024

The Holy Spirit “guides us and calls us to conversion,” Francis said, “to a change in lifestyle in order to resist the degradation of our environment.”

Pilgrims shield themselves from the sun at Pope Francis' general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Unveils Plan for Vatican to Go Solar

Jun 26, 2024

“We need to make a transition toward a sustainable development model that reduces greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere,” a new motu proprio reads.

Monsignor Gilles Wach (center), prior general of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, is received in private audience by Pope Francis on June 24, 2024. He is accompanied by Monsignor Rudolf Michael Schmitz, vicar general of the institute, and Canon Louis Valadier, provincial of France. / Credit: Courtesy of Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

Pope Francis Meets with Leaders of Institute of Christ the King, a Latin Mass Group

Jun 25, 2024

Pope Francis on Monday met with three leaders of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, an institute whose priests celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass.

Pope Francis meets with the prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, at the Vatican on June 24, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets Opus Dei “moderator general”, Task with Vatican Dicastery for the Clergy Discussed

Jun 24, 2024

“The audience, which lasted about half an hour, took place in an atmosphere of warmth and affection on the part of the Holy Father,” the prelature reported.

Statue of St. John the Baptist with golden cross, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. / Credit: Oldrich Barak/Shutterstock

"Summer Christmas": Why does the Church Celebrate the Birthday of St. John the Baptist?

Jun 24, 2024

Because it falls exactly six months before the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, St. John’s birthday is sometimes known as “summer Christmas.”

Pope Francis delivers a message to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on June 23, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Jesus in the Eucharist Strengthens us in Times of Trial

Jun 23, 2024

Speaking from an Apostolic Palace window on June 23, Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to reflect on how they usually deal with times of trial.

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation on June 20, 2024, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Jesus Christ is the heart of ecumenism": Pope Francis to Lutherans

Jun 21, 2024

In his talk given during the audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, the Holy Father called this encounter “an important gesture of ecumenical fraternity.”

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

Former U.S. nuncio Viganò to undergo Church trial for schism, rejecting Pope Francis 

Jun 20, 2024

“I have been summoned to the Palace of the Holy Office on June 20, in person or represented by a canon lawyer,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote on X.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis fields questions from students about gender identity and LGBTQ discrimination

Jun 20, 2024

In the one-hour conversation on June 20 organized by Loyola University’s Building Bridges Initiative, Pope Francis spoke directly to students from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Pope Francis gives a blessing to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his general audience on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells faithful: Learn Some of the Psalms by Heart

Jun 19, 2024

“It is necessary to make the Psalms our prayer,” the pope said at his general audience in an overcast but hot and muggy St. Peter’s Square on June 19.

Pope Francis greets members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in St. Peter's Square Oct. 15, 2022. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"Do not look at your navel": Pope Francis Tells Communion and Liberation Leader

Jun 19, 2024

As reported by President Davide Prosperi, the pope spoke of “the need to share the charism and for a co-responsibility in the leadership of the movement.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Angelus address on Sunday, June 16, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Seeds of the Gospel Take Time to Bloom

Jun 16, 2024

Reflecting on Jesus’ parable comparing the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, the pope said Christians should have an attitude of “confident expectation” in the Lord.

Pope Francis participates in his first G7 Summit on June 14, 2024. In his remarks, the pontiff stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence (AI) be under the control of human beings. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at G7: Artificial Intelligence Must Not Replace Human Decision-making

Jun 14, 2024

Pope Francis at the G7 summit on Friday stressed that human dignity requires that the decisions of artificial intelligence be under the control of human beings.

A group of comedians and humorists, including Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon (center), share a lighthearted exchange with Pope Francis during a gathering with the pope in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on June 14, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Gets Laughs at Meeting with Big-name Comedians

Jun 14, 2024

Pope Francis took the stage in front of over 100 comedians and humorists, including Americans Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien.

Delegates vote to approve a synthesis report at the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 28, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Theologians Conclude Evaluation of Synod Reports after Rome Meeting

Jun 14, 2024

A group of 20 theologians concluded an evaluation of 107 synod reports from national bishops’ conferences and Eastern Catholic Churches following meetings in Rome.