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World Food Program head David Beasley meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Jan. 28, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Meets World Food Program Head as Agency Warns about Child Hunger

Pope Francis met on Thursday with the head of the World Food Program, as the organization issued a warning that more than 300 million children are going hungry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Funeral of Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi Jan. 26, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Attends Vatican Funeral of His Personal Physician

Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon attended the Vatican funeral of his personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, who died earlier this month.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 24, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Prays for Homeless Man Who Died in Freezing Cold Near St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for a homeless man who died near St. Peter’s Square amid freezing temperatures.

The Palazzo di Propaganda Fide in Rome. Credit: Sheila1988 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). /

Vatican to Gradually Defund Some Mission Territories

Earlier this month the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples sent a letter to the bishops of some 1,100 Catholic territories and announced the gradual reduction of the financial support they regularly receive from the Vatican.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Forced to Miss More Events Due to Recurrent Nerve Pain

Pope Francis has been forced to cancel three public appearances scheduled for Sunday and Monday due to a recurrence of the nerve pain that struck him at the end of 2020. 

The Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the ‘Vatican bank.’ Credit: Joi via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). /

Ex-Vatican Bank President Given Nine-year Prison Sentence for Money-laundering

The former president of the institute commonly known as the “Vatican bank” has been given a sentence of eight years and 11 months in prison by the Vatican court.

Pope Francis greets then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Vatican in this April 29, 2016. / Credit: Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Prays U.S. President Joe Biden Will Respect “dignity of every person”

In a message to Joe Biden on inauguration day, Pope Francis said he is praying the new United States president will make decisions which respect the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor and most vulnerable.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden Expected to Promptly Reverse Pro-life Policies: Report

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to promptly roll back pro-life policies the Trump administration put in place, NBC News reported on Monday. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Credit: Julian Fong via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). /

Pope Francis Praises Martin Luther King Jr.’s "timely" Message of Peace

Pope Francis said on Monday that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream “of harmony and equality for all people” is still relevant today.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address from the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

The Greatest Joy for Every Believer is to Respond to God’s Call: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Sunday that great joy is found when one offers his life in service to God’s call.

The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican bank'. (File Photo/CNA). /

Vatican Court Due to Hold Sentence Hearing for ex-Vatican Bank President

The Vatican court is due to hold a sentence hearing next week in a criminal trial against the former president of the Institute for Religious Works.

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 First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday.

The Vatican is administering the coronavirus vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican City Begins Administering First Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine

Vatican City State began administering the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.

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

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Praise God in Happy “but above all in difficult moments”

Pope Francis urged Catholics on Wednesday to praise God not only in happy times, “but above all in difficult moments.”

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Coronavirus Pandemic Has "exposed inefficiencies" in Care of the Sick: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic had “exposed inefficiencies in the care of the sick.”

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

Benedict XVI to be Vaccinated against Coronavirus “as soon as the vaccine is available”

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available, his personal secretary said Tuesday.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Feb. 26, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Admits Women to Serve as Lectors, Acolytes in Latest Canon Law Change

Pope Francis issued a motu proprio Monday that changes canon law to allow women to serve as lectors and acolytes.

Pope Francis, April 21, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis’ Opening of Lector and Acolyte Ministries to Women Explained

On Jan. 11, Pope Francis published an apostolic letter issued motu proprio (which means “on his own impulse” in Latin), modifying canon law regarding women’s access to the ministries of lector and acolyte. He also released a letter to Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Luis Ladaria explaining his reasoning for the decision.

Pope Francis in the apostolic library on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican News/CNA. /

We Need Unity in the Catholic Church, Society, and Nations: Pope Francis

In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good in society and in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Pope Francis with Fabrizio Soccorsi. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis' Doctor Since 2015 Succumbs to COVID-19-related Complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died from health complications related to the coronavirus, according to the Vatican.