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Pope St. John Paul II. / L'Osservatore Romano

The Next Hundred Years of St. John Paul II’s Legacy

Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility, whose nearly 27-year pontificate nevertheless left a lasting impression on the Catholic Church and the world, according to his biographer and others who knew the man.

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media.

Political Ideologies Wound Fraternity in Catholic Church: Papal preacher on Good Friday

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord liturgy on Good Friday.

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media.

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

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

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Cautions Priests and Seminarians against Worldly Temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019. / Credit: Evandro Inetti/CNA.

African Cardinal Asks Pope Francis to Reinstate Individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica

Robert Cardinal Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, after individual Masses were suspended earlier this month in favor of concelebration.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media.

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican to Vaccinate 1,200 People in Need During Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Papal Liturgies for Holy Week to be Much Smaller than Usual Once Again amid COVID-19

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year.

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012. / Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA.

Pope Francis Trims Cardinals’ Salaries by 10% to Save Money

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after the institution’s budget projected a deficit of $60 million in 2021.

A detail from a stained-glass window depicting St. Alphonsus Liguori in Carlow Cathedral, Ireland. / Andreas F. Borchert via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Marks 150th Anniversary of St. Alphonsus Liguori as Doctor of the Church

Pope Francis has marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Alphonsus Liguori as a Doctor of the Church by praising the saint as a model of moral teaching.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. / Saeima via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Vatican Marks World Water Day with Call to End Waste and Contamination

The Vatican has marked World Water Day by urging an end to water waste and contamination.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta May 1, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays St. Joseph Will Help Young Adults Find Their Vocations

Pope Francis has said that St. Joseph is a model for all vocations and he prays the saint will help young people discern the vocation God is calling them to.

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019. / Vatican Media.

Visitation at Vatican’s Liturgy Office Before Cardinal Sarah’s Successor Announced

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert Sarah resigned as prefect.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Support Working Mothers amid the Coronavirus Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are vital for the renewal of society and the economy.

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Luxerendering/Shutterstock.

St. Peter's Basilica to End Private Holy Masses, Restrict Masses in Extraordinary Form

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, effective March 22.

St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA.

Vatican: Peter's Pence, Donations, Keeping Projected Deficit to $60 million in 2021

The Vatican said Friday it plans to lower operational expenses by 8% in 2021, while it relies on donations and funds from Peter’s Pence to contain a growing deficit amid the coronavirus crisis.

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

Benedict XVI Addresses Resignation Conspiracy Theories, Iraq, and Biden in New Interview

Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday, March 1.