Notices highlight the death of Rosario Livatino in 1990. Credit: Rosario Livatino Study Center. /

How a Martyr Killed by the Mafia in Italy Inspired a Generation of Catholic Lawyers

Soon-to-be Blessed Rosario Livatino was a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in Sicily in 1990. Today his legal legacy lives on through the work of a center in Italy dedicated to issues of life, the family, and religious freedom.

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Pope Francis Appoints First Lay Head of Roman Curia’s Disciplinary Commission

Pope Francis appointed on Friday the first lay head of the Roman Curia’s disciplinary commission.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"If we do not worship God, we will worship idols": Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass

As he celebrated Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to devote more time to worshiping God.

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The College of Cardinals in 2021 Who Could Vote in a Future Papal Conclave

As of the first month of 2021, the College of Cardinals is composed of 229 members, 128 of whom are under the age of 80, and therefore eligible to vote for the next pope in a future conclave.

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Pandemic Forces Pope Francis to Cancel Annual Baptism Ceremony in Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis will not baptize babies in the Sistine Chapel this Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Australia’s Catholic Bishops Seek Answers about Mystery of Billions Linked to Vatican

Australia’s Catholic bishops are considering raising questions with the country’s financial watchdog authority about whether any Catholic organizations were among the recipients of billions of Australian dollars in transfers reputedly from the Vatican.

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Pope Francis Calls for a Commitment to "take care of each other" in 2021

Pope Francis warned Sunday against the temptation to ignore the suffering of others during the coronavirus pandemic and said that things will get better in the new year to the extent to which the needs of the weakest and most disadvantaged are prioritized.

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Vatican City Set to Launch COVID-19 Vaccinations This Month

Coronavirus vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Vatican City next week, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene.

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With Mary's Help, Fill the New Year with "spiritual growth": Pope Francis

The Virgin Mary’s motherly care encourages us to use our God-given time for building up the world and peace, not destroying it, Pope Francis said on New Year’s Day.

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Pope Benedict’s Secretary Reflects on Awful 2020 with German Magazine 

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has spoken about life with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and a personally challenging year. "I'm grateful to God that 2020 is finally over," the 64-year-old told the German tabloid magazine “Bunte”, saying Rome had at times turned “eerily quiet” during the coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Catholics Having Ties with Kidnapped Nigerian Bishop Pray for His Safety, Freedom

Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria, who served for several years in the Diocese of San Diego as a priest before returning to his country.

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"Painful sciatica" Prevents Pope Francis from Attending Vatican's New Year's Liturgies

Because of sciatic pain, Pope Francis will not preside at the Vatican's liturgies on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, according to the Holy See press office.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 31, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

At the End of a Year of Pandemic, "we praise you, God": Pope Francis

Pope Francis explained Thursday why the Catholic Church gives thanks to God at the close of a calendar year, even years that have been marked by tragedy, such as 2020’s coronavirus pandemic.

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"Bearers of gratitude" Make the World a Better Place: Pope Francis at General Audience

Catholics can change the world by being “bearers of gratitude,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

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Vatican COVID-19 Commission Promotes Vaccine Access for the Vulnerable

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

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Pope Francis Issues Law Reorganizing Vatican Finances

Pope Francis issued a new law Monday reorganizing Vatican finances following a series of scandals. 

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 27, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Urges All Families to Look to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for "sure inspiration"

Pope Francis urged families across the world Sunday to look to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for “sure inspiration.”

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Pope Francis to Mark Fifth Anniversary of "Amoris laetitia" with Year Dedicated to Family

Pope Francis announced Sunday a special year dedicated to the family, marking the fifth anniversary of the publication of his apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia.

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's apostolic palace Nov. 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

“We are called to bear witness to Jesus where we live, work, everywhere”: Pope Francis

Be a witness to Jesus Christ in the way you conduct your ordinary, everyday life, and it will become a masterpiece for God, Pope Francis encouraged Saturday.

Pope Francis gives his Christmas ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing Dec. 25, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Calls for "vaccines for all" as He Gives Christmas Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Giving his traditional Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Friday, Pope Francis called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to the world’s neediest people.