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Young people hold the World Youth Day cross in Panama in January 2019. Credit: Vatican Media. /

World Youth Day Cross Given to Portoguese Youth Ahead of International Gathering

Pope Francis offered Mass for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday, and afterward oversaw the traditional passing of the World Youth Day cross and Marian icon to a delegation from Portugal.

Pope Francis in the Vatican's apostolic library Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Encourages Young Economists to Learn from the Poor

In a video message Saturday, Pope Francis encouraged young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world to bring Jesus to their cities, and to work not only for the poor, but with the poor.

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Jesuit Magazine La Civiltá Cattolica Praises U.S. Biden Presidential Victory

La Civiltá Cattolica, the Jesuit-run magazine whose publication is overseen by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has published an article praising the electoral victory of U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Exorcisms and the Popes: Stories from Inside the Vatican

It is a core tenet of the Catholic faith that demons are real, and as said in the St. Michael prayer, that they “prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls.”

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Jesus is Telling Us to Stretch Out Our Hand to the Poor: Pope Francis

Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hands to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.

Pope Francis prays during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the fourth World Day of the Poor on Nov. 15, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

"The Gospel cannot be understood without the poor”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said that the needy are at the heart of the Gospel as he celebrated a Mass marking World Day of the Poor Sunday.

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Former Apostolic Nuncio in U.S. Denies Accusations from McCarrick Report in an Interview

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as apostolic nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, has denied claims in the Vatican’s McCarrick Report which said he failed to act on instructions to investigate Theodore McCarrick.

A detail from Timothy P. Schmalz's sculpture ‘Angels Unawares’ in St. Peter’s Square. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Pope Francis: Care for Refugees Fleeing "viruses of injustice, violence and war"

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to care for people fleeing “the viruses of injustice, violence and war,” in a message marking the 40th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service.

Analysis: How Will Ordinary Catholics Respond to the Disappointment of McCarrick Report?

Ordinarily, a news analysis attempts to bring some context or expertise to a situation, in order to assess why something has happened, what might happen next, and whether any of it will prove to be important.

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, center, meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Nov. 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Holy Father Kisses Hand of Missionary Cleric Freed after Two-year Captivity in West Africa

Pope Francis met Monday with an Italian missionary priest who was freed last month in Mali, after having been kidnapped from his Catholic parish in Niger in 2018.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the Angelus on Oct. 26, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Prepare to Meet the Lord with Good Deeds Inspired by His love: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important not to forget that at the end of one’s life there will be “a definitive appointment with God.”

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace Nov. 4, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis requires bishops to have Vatican permission for new diocesan religious institutes

Pope Francis has changed canon law to require a bishop to have permission from the Holy See prior to establishing a new religious institute in his diocese, further strengthening Vatican oversight in the process.

Pope Francis (left), with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Vatican Secretariat of State Provides Context of Pope Francis' "civil union" Remark

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has asked papal representatives to share with bishops some clarifications regarding comments on civil unions made by Pope Francis in a recently released documentary, according to the apostolic nuncio to Mexico.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in the Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City Nov. 2, 2020. Credits: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Christian Hope Gives Life Meaning

Pope Francis visited a cemetery in Vatican City to pray on All Souls Day Monday and offered Mass for the faithful departed.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address Nov. 1, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

The Saints are "authoritative witnesses of Christian hope": Pope Francis

On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis encouraged everyone to follow the model of the saints, who pursued virtue in contradiction to the ways of the world and thus give witness to Christian hope.

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Researchers Study Ministry and Life of Catholic Exorcists

A group of European academics have begun to carry out limited new research on the ministry of Catholic exorcists, with the hope to expand the scope of their study in the future.

Pope Francis at the General House of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Dec. 13, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Pope Francis Says More Action Coming in Fight Against Vatican Corruption

Pope Francis has said more changes are on the horizon as the Vatican continues to combat financial corruption inside its walls, but he is cautious about success.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims at his general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall Oct. 28. 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ General Audience Again Moves Behind Closed Doors

After nine weeks of public general audiences, Pope Francis’ weekly gathering will again take place behind closed doors, the Vatican said Thursday.

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Focolare Movement Set to Initiate Independent Review of Abuse Allegations

The Focolare Movement will initiate an independent review of the group’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Victim Petitions to Sue Pre-seminary and Religious Group at Vatican Abuse Trial

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.