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.

Pope Francis speaks to the Roman Curia Dec. 21, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

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.

Pope Francis, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree, delivers an Angelus address. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

‘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.

Cardinal George Pell. Credit: Alexey Gotovskiy/CNA

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.  

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in Rome on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde.

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.

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Mazur/

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.

Decorations on the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. Ornament-making photos courtesy of Sabina Šegula. St. Peter's Basilica nativity credit: Courtney Mares.

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.

The Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome has 110 affiliated institutes in Africa and Asia. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

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. 

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Feb. 15, 2016. Credit: Eduardo Berdejo/CNA.

Pope Francis Grants Plenary Indulgence to Catholics Marking Guadalupe Feast at Home

Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence to Catholics celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at home this Saturday. 

Pope Francis speaks during a general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media.

"Even death trembles when a Christian prays": Pope Francis

Prayer is so powerful that “even death trembles when a Christian prays,” Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

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

Pope Francis Proclaims Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph Tuesday in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. 

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

The Immaculate Conception is "one of the wonders of the story of salvation": Pope Francis

The Immaculate Conception is “one of the wonders of the story of salvation,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Tuesday.

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

Ask God for the Gift of Conversion in Advent: Pope Francis

We should ask God for the gift of conversion this Advent, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

New Vatican Guide for Bishops Addresses Common Challenges to Christian Unity

The Vatican published Friday a guide with suggestions for Catholic bishops to promote unity with other Christian communities, and offering practical advice for how to overcome common challenges to ecumenism.

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

Pope Francis Establishes Worldwide Prayer Network as Vatican Body

Pope Francis has established the global network that promotes his monthly prayer intentions as a Vatican body.

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Council of Cardinals Studies Suggested Amendments to Draft of Vatican Constitution

Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met online Tuesday to continue work on the new apostolic constitution to govern the Roman Curia, according to a Vatican statement.

Pope Francis speaks at a general audience in the apostolic library. Credit: Vatican Media

"A sinner can remain in error for long time, God is patient till the end": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that God does not wait for us to stop sinning to start loving us, but always holds out hope for the conversion of even the most hardened sinner.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass according to the Zaire Use at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 1, 2019. Credit; Vatican Media.

“Liturgical inculturation in Congo” Shows Holy Spirit Gifts: Pope Francis in Book Preface

Pope Francis said Tuesday that inculturated liturgy can teach Catholics to better appreciate the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit.