Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesu di Palidoro hospital outside Rome, Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Prays for Children Suffering from Rare Diseases

Pope Francis prayed Sunday for children suffering from rare diseases that they may feel “the caress of God’s love and tenderness.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Angelus address Feb. 21, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

The Lord Does Not Permit Darkness to Have Last Word: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is Risen and does not permit darkness to have the last word.”

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Pope Francis Says Seeing a Psychiatrist Helped Him with Anxiety When He Was Younger

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Jan. 17, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ New Personal Doctor a Specialist in Aging

Pope Francis on Wednesday named a specialist in aging to be his personal doctor, after his previous physician died earlier this year.

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Honors Sacrifice of Medical Workers Who Died in Coronavirus Pandemic

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

Mass in St. Peter's Square for the canonization of 35 saints Oct. 15, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Advances Causes of Italian Nuns Who Died in Ebola Outbreak in Africa

Pope Francis has recognized the heroic virtue of three Italian religious sisters who died from Ebola in Africa during the 1995 outbreak.

Cardinal Robert Sarah. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Robert Cardinal Sarah's Resignation from Divine Worship Congregation

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Italian soccer club Sampdoria Feb. 19, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

"The most beautiful victories are those you win as a team": Pope Francis to Soccer Players

Pope Francis said on Friday that participation in sports can help people to grow in holiness, stressing the importance of teamwork.

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Cardinal Says Vatican Employees Could Lose Jobs for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when deemed necessary for their work could face penalties up to termination of employment.

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

Toward Holy Week 2021: Vatican Issues Guidelines for Catholics amid COVID-19 Restrictions

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Vatican's Council for Economy Discusses Annual Budget for 2021

The Vatican’s Council for the Economy met on Tuesday to discuss the details of the annual budget for 2021.

St. Peter’s Basilica, pictured on March 19, 2013. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis Modifies Vatican Criminal Code, Citing "changing sensibilities"

Pope Francis on Tuesday made several modifications to the Vatican’s criminal code, citing “changing sensibilities” requiring updates to an “outdated” law.

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Pope Francis Praises Coptic Orthodox Martyrs as "saints of all Christians"

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Pope Francis delivers an Angelus address from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Vatican Media.

Remember Closeness, Compassion, Tenderness of God: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to remember the closeness, compassion, and tenderness of God.

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We Have a Lot to Learn this Lent from Persecuted Christians, Advocate Says at Vatican

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid to the Church in Need said at the Vatican on Friday.

Pope Francis, pictured in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

In Fight against Hunger, "Be vigorous and resilient like legumes": Pope Francis

Pope Francis has encouraged people to have resilience in the fight against world hunger, drawing inspiration from the hardiness of legumes.

Pope Francis is presented with an Aramaic prayer manuscript at the Vatican Feb. 10, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media/Ufficio Stampa FOCSIV.

Pope Francis Presented with Historic Prayer Manuscript Saved from Islamic State

Pope Francis was presented on Wednesday with a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript rescued from the Islamic State’s destructive occupation of northern Iraq.

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In 6,000-word Document, Vatican Calls for Rethinking of Social, Pastoral Care for Elderly

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best cared for in an environment more like a family home than a hospital.

Vatican Radio’s headquarters, pictured on Jan. 14, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Radio to Launch Web Radio on 90th Anniversary

Vatican Radio will launch a 24-hour web radio to mark its 90th anniversary on Friday.

Pope Francis' video message to prayer marathon against human trafficking Feb. 8, 2021.  YoutTube screenshot.

On St. Bakhita Feast Day, Pope Francis Asks for Prayers for Human Trafficking Victims

Pope Francis has asked people to pray Monday for every person who is currently a victim of human trafficking.