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Confucius statue in Nanjing Confucius Temple, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, China. | Credit: aphotostory/Shutterstock

Vatican Seeks to Break New Ground in Confucian and Christian Dialogue

Mar 13, 2024

The Vatican is drafting the guidelines with the goal of providing a valuable resource for individuals, organizations, and communities within and beyond the Church.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on March 13, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Virtue Enables us to Have "a tendency towards the right choice"

Mar 13, 2024

Pope Francis on Wednesday opened a new chapter in his ongoing catechetical series on vices and virtues.

Injured parishioners receive Communion on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17, 2023, at Holy Family Parish in Gaza. The Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land provides community aid and assistance for parochial activities for Holy Family Parish, the only Roman Catholic parish in Gaza. | Credit: Father Gabriel Romanelli/Facebook

Vatican’s Good Friday Holy Land Collection to Aid Humanitarian Efforts in Gaza 

Mar 12, 2024

The Vatican has overseen the Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land since 1974. Last year it raised more than $7 million.

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3, 2024, about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid. | Credit: Vatican Media

Ukrainian Officials Criticize Pope Francis’ "white flag" Remarks on Russia-Ukraine War

Mar 12, 2024

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one. This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We shall never raise any other flags,” Ukraine’s foreign minister wrote.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on March 10, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: We have a Duty to Help Women Accept the Gift of Life

Mar 10, 2024

“Institutions, social and political, have the fundamental duty to ... offer women, the bearers of life, the necessary conditions to be able to accept the gift of life and ensure a dignified existence for their children,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis presides over a penitential service at St. Pius V Parish in Rome on March 8, 2024. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Vatican: Pope Francis’ ‘white flag’ remark a call for negotiations, not Ukraine’s surrender

Mar 9, 2024

The Holy Father made the remarks last month in a newly released television interview with Swiss broadcaster RSI.

Pope Francis meets with Argentine pilgrims on Feb. 9, 2024, ahead of the historic canonization of the county’s first female saint on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Women are "builders of humanity," Pope Francis Says in Conference Address

Mar 8, 2024

On the day before International Women’s Day, Pope Francis addressed participants of an international conference on Thursday at the Vatican. 

Pope Francis addresses members of the Apostolic Penitentiary on March 8, 2024, in the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Heart of Repentance is God’s "infinite love," "boundless mercy"

Mar 8, 2024

“Repentance is neither the fruit of self-analysis, nor of a psychic sense of guilt,” the pope said.

Pope Francis joines the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in prayer at the Vatican on March 7, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Clergy Abuse Commission: "Our commitment must not wane"

Mar 7, 2024

“I encourage you to move forward so that the Church will be, always and everywhere, a place where everyone can feel at home,” Pope Francis said. 

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: St. Thomas Aquinas is needed to answer today’s social challenges

Mar 7, 2024

Pope Francis reflected on the intellectual legacy of the “Angelic Doctor” in a letter to social scientists.

Pope Francis appeared in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Of all vices, pride is the great queen"

Mar 6, 2024

“Those who give in to this vice are far from God, and the correction of this evil requires time and effort, more than any other battle to which the Christian is called.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Feb. 12, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican on France’s abortion amendment: There cannot be a ‘right’ to take a human life

Mar 5, 2024

“The Pontifical Academy for Life reiterates that precisely in the era of universal human rights, there cannot be a ‘right’ to take a human life,” the academy wrote.

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3 about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Urges "an immediate cease-fire in Gaza" that Frees Hostages, Grants Aid 

Mar 3, 2024

In his Angelus address on March 3, the pope made an emotional plea for a deal that both frees the hostages and grants humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis engages with a youngster at the inauguration of the 95th Judicial Year of the Vatican City State on Saturday, March 2, 2024. | Credit: Vatican

Pope Francis Opens Vatican’s Judicial Year, has Aide Read Speech due to "bronchitis"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope’s remarks to the Vatican magistrates highlighted the virtue of courage, which he observed was at the very center of justice.

Pope Francis poses with a woman and three children during a lunch in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for over 1,000 poor and economically disadvantaged people on Nov. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to the World’s Children: "If we really want to be happy, we need to pray"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope asked children to pray the Lord’s Prayer “every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with your parents, brothers, sisters, and grandparents.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the French-based academic organization Research and Anthropology of Vocations Institute on March 1, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Today the ugliest danger is gender ideology"

Mar 1, 2024

“It is very important that there is this meeting, this meeting between men and women,” the pope told an assembly at the Vatican.

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2024 at the Vatican

Feb 29, 2024

The schedule includes five papal liturgies, Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, and other traditions to mark the most sacred week of the year.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does.

Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Visits Hospital for Diagnostic Tests after Wednesday Audience

Feb 28, 2024

“Dear brothers and sisters, I still have a bit of a cold,” Pope Francis said in a soft-spoken voice on Feb. 28.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 25, 2024, during his weekly Angelus reflection. The pope canceled his audiences the day before due to mild flu conditions, according to the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, Recovering from "mild flu," Renews Call for Peace in Ukraine

Feb 25, 2024

Pope Francis appeared in good form during his Angelus address, marking the the Ukraine war’s second anniversary and reflecting on the Transfiguration.