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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.

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“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.

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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. 

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“That manger, poor in everything yet rich in love”: Pope Francis on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said that the poverty of Christ’s birth in a stable contains an important lesson for today.

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Christmas “feast of love incarnate, born for us in Jesus Christ”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pope Francis Recognizes Martyrdom of Judge Killed by Mafia in Italy, to be Beatified

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Rosario Livatino, a judge who was brutally killed by the mafia on his commute to work at a courthouse in Sicily.

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Vatican Says COVID-19 Vaccines "morally acceptable" When No Alternatives are Available

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith stated Monday that it is “morally acceptable” to receive COVID-19 vaccines produced using cell lines from aborted fetuses when no alternative is available.

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Pope Francis Urges Roman Curia to Confront the "ecclesial crisis"

Pope Francis urged the Roman Curia Monday not to view the Church in terms of conflict, but to see the current “ecclesial crisis” as a call to renewal.

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‘Consumerism has stolen Christmas’ : Pope Francis

Pope Francis advised Catholics Sunday not to waste time complaining about coronavirus restrictions, but to focus instead on helping those in need.

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Pell Says Year in Jail Was a Time of ‘grace and gift’

Cardinal George Pell discussed the surprises, difficulties, and “gift” of everyday life in jail during a press conference this week to mark the publication of the first installment of his prison diaries.  

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Vatican Permits Priests to Say up to four Masses on Christmas Day

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Jan. 1, and Epiphany to accommodate more worshippers amid the pandemic.

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Pope Francis Calls for "culture of care" in 2021 World Peace Day Message

Pope Francis appealed for a “culture of care” in his message for the 2021 World Day of Peace released Thursday.

A pilgrim from Russia wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 6, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Vatican City to Start Coronavirus Vaccinations in January 2021

Vatican City will begin to offer coronavirus vaccinations in January, according to the Vatican director of health and hygiene. 

Pope Francis with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Points Us to God: Pope Francis

The Virgin Mary teaches us about God’s gift, abundance, and blessing, Pope Francis said Saturday on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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This Year’s Vatican Christmas Tree Has Ornaments Handmade by the Homeless

Reaching a height of nearly 100 feet, the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square this year is adorned with handcrafted wooden ornaments made by the homeless, as well as children and other adults.

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Vatican Congregation Issues New Norms for Ecclesiastical Institutions of Higher Education

The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education issued Wednesday three new instructions on ecclesiastical institutions of higher education.