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Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media /

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican to Vaccinate 1,200 People in Need During Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Papal Liturgies for Holy Week to be Much Smaller than Usual Once Again amid COVID-19

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year.

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012. / Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA. /

Pope Francis Trims Cardinals’ Salaries by 10% to Save Money

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after the institution’s budget projected a deficit of $60 million in 2021.

A detail from a stained-glass window depicting St. Alphonsus Liguori in Carlow Cathedral, Ireland. / Andreas F. Borchert via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). /

Pope Francis Marks 150th Anniversary of St. Alphonsus Liguori as Doctor of the Church

Pope Francis has marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Alphonsus Liguori as a Doctor of the Church by praising the saint as a model of moral teaching.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. / Saeima via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). /

Vatican Marks World Water Day with Call to End Waste and Contamination

The Vatican has marked World Water Day by urging an end to water waste and contamination.

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.

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Luxerendering/Shutterstock. /

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.

St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA. /

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.”

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. /

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.