Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) poses with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Religious Sister, Priest Named as Under-secretaries of Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis Saturday appointed a Spanish priest and a French religious sister as under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis meets with the Focolare Movement Feb. 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Calls Focolare Movement to "dynamic fidelity" after Election of New President

Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged the Focolare Movement to have “dynamic fidelity” as the third president of the international Catholic organization begins her term.

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 Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have both received their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA.

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Pope Francis Nominates New Prosecutor, Judges for Vatican Court of Appeal

Pope Francis on Friday tapped a long-time Rome prosecutor to be public prosecutor for the Vatican City State’s Court of Appeal.

Pope Francis delivers his International Day of Human Fraternity message Feb. 4, 2021. Screengrab from Vatican YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Calls Human Fraternity the "challenge of our century"

Human fraternity is “the challenge of our century,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, as he marked the first International Day of Human Fraternity together with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb.

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/

Pope Francis Hails Musicians’ "new creativity" amid Pandemic Disruption

Pope Francis praised musicians on Thursday for showing “new creativity” despite severe restrictions imposed on their work by the coronavirus pandemic.    

Pope Francis gives a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Feb. 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Without Liturgy, Christianity is Without the Whole of Christ: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is essential for Christians to participate in the liturgy and the sacraments to encounter the Real Presence of Jesus.

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Angelus Address Moves Outdoors as Coronavirus Restrictions Ease in Rome

Pope Francis will speak to a live audience once again as his weekly Angelus address moves back to St. Peter’s Square on Sunday after a seven-week absence.

The Raising of Lazarus (1857), by Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat. Public Domain.

Pope Francis Adds Feast of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus to Church Calendar

Pope Francis on Tuesday added the memorial of Sts. Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to the General Roman Calendar, giving the siblings the combined feast day of July 29.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 2, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Learn from Patience of Simeon and Anna: Pope Francis on Feast of Presentation

On the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Pope Francis pointed to Simeon and Anna as models of having a “patience of heart” that can keep hope alive during difficult times.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis Proclaims World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Pope Francis announced Sunday the establishment of an international day to honor grandparents and the elderly to take place each year in July.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/

Vatican Cardinal Speaks out against Social Stigma for Leprosy Patients

People with leprosy suffer not only from physical disease but also from harmful social stigmas which can lead to mental illness, Cardinal Peter Turkson said on Sunday.

Pope Francis receives an audience with the National Catechetical Office of the Italian bishops’ conference. Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Encourages Catechists to Lead Others to a Personal Encounter with Jesus

Pope Francis said Saturday that catechists have the vital responsibility of leading others to a personal encounter with Jesus through prayer, the sacraments, and Scripture.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on April 17, 2013. / Mazur/

Pope Francis appeals for fight against ‘unacceptable poverty’

Pope Francis encouraged Catholic organizations on Friday to continue to fight against “unacceptable poverty.”

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.