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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/catholicnews.org.uk. /

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made several modifications to the Vatican’s criminal code, citing “changing sensibilities” requiring updates to an “outdated” law.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

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We Have a Lot to Learn this Lent from Persecuted Christians, Advocate Says at Vatican

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid to the Church in Need said at the Vatican on Friday.

Pope Francis, pictured in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. /

In Fight against Hunger, "Be vigorous and resilient like legumes": Pope Francis

Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of legumes.

Pope Francis is presented with an Aramaic prayer manuscript at the Vatican Feb. 10, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media/Ufficio Stampa FOCSIV. /

Pope Francis Presented with Historic Prayer Manuscript Saved from Islamic State

Pope Francis was presented on Wednesday with a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript rescued from the Islamic State’s destructive occupation of northern Iraq.

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In 6,000-word Document, Vatican Calls for Rethinking of Social, Pastoral Care for Elderly

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best cared for in an environment more like a family home than a hospital.

Vatican Radio’s headquarters, pictured on Jan. 14, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Vatican Radio to Launch Web Radio on 90th Anniversary

Vatican Radio will launch a 24-hour web radio to mark its 90th anniversary on Friday.

Pope Francis' video message to prayer marathon against human trafficking Feb. 8, 2021.  YoutTube screenshot. /

On St. Bakhita Feast Day, Pope Francis Asks for Prayers for Human Trafficking Victims

Pope Francis has asked people to pray Monday for every person who is currently a victim of human trafficking.

Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) poses with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Religious Sister, Priest Named as Under-secretaries of Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis meets with the Focolare Movement Feb. 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Calls Focolare Movement to "dynamic fidelity" after Election of New President

Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged the Focolare Movement to have “dynamic fidelity” as the third president of the international Catholic organization begins her term.

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

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Receive Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have both received their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA.

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Pope Francis Nominates New Prosecutor, Judges for Vatican Court of Appeal

Pope Francis on Friday tapped a long-time Rome prosecutor to be public prosecutor for the Vatican City State’s Court of Appeal.

Pope Francis delivers his International Day of Human Fraternity message Feb. 4, 2021. Screengrab from Vatican YouTube channel. /

Pope Francis Calls Human Fraternity the "challenge of our century"

Human fraternity is “the challenge of our century,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, as he marked the first International Day of Human Fraternity together with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

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Pope Francis Hails Musicians’ "new creativity" amid Pandemic Disruption

Pope Francis praised musicians on Thursday for showing “new creativity” despite severe restrictions imposed on their work by the coronavirus pandemic.    

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Without Liturgy, Christianity is Without the Whole of Christ: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter the Real Presence of Jesus.