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Pope Francis delivers a speech to all of the world’s ambassadors to the Vatican on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls Surrogacy "deplorable," Calls for Global Ban in Speech to Ambassadors

Jan 8, 2024

Pope Francis called surrogacy “deplorable” and called for a global ban on the exploitative practice of “so-called surrogate motherhood.”

Tia, Miriam, Emanuel, and Josias (left to right) from the St. Lorenz Catholic Parish in Kempten, Diocese of Augsburg, Germany, December 2023. | Credit: Nicolas Schnall/Kindermissionswerk

Thousands of "Star Singers" Continue Tradition of Bringing Christ’s Blessings for New Year

Dec 31, 2023

Every year in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, thousands of children go from door to door dressed as the three Wise Men to bring the blessing of Christ.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 14, 2015. | Credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

‘Benedict trusted Francis. But he was bitterly disappointed,’ biographer says in new interview

Dec 29, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI’s biographer, Peter Seewald, has raised concerns about how Pope Francis is managing the legacy of his predecessor. 

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Let Each Bishop “make that discernment”: Vatican Prefect on Fiducia Supplicans Application

Dec 27, 2023

In an interview published in a Spanish newspaper, Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández responded to criticism of the declaration.

Pope Francis gives a blessing after he delivers his Angelus address to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Dec. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: After 2,000 Years the Persecution of Christians Continues

Dec 26, 2023

During Tuesday’s Angelus on the occasion of the feast of St. Stephen, Pope Francis renewed his call for peace.

Painting of St. Stephen’s martyrdom. | Rembrandt

St. Stephen: Visiting the Spot Where the First Martyr Died

Dec 26, 2023

A chapel of one form or another memorializing Stephen’s martyrdom has existed at the site since at least the fifth century. 

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis "deeply saddened" by Shooting at Prague University 

Dec 22, 2023

A 24-year-old student opened fire in the university’s philosophy department building after first killing his father outside of Prague. The gunman killed himself after the rampage.

Pope Francis confesses in St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: L’Osservatore Romano

Hearing the Pope’s Confession: Vatican Confessor Reflects on Sacrament

Dec 10, 2023

A veteran Vatican confessor spoke about his time as confessor to Pope Francis, stressing the enduring and essential role of the sacrament.

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann. | Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of December

Dec 1, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities.

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Professional Soccer Team Founded by a Catholic Religious

Nov 29, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother.

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, Germany, (left) and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznań, Poland. | Credit: Bistum Limburg/Episkopat.pl. / Bistum Limburg/Episkopat.pl

Confronting Controversy: German-Polish Bishops’ Dialogue Highlights Synodal Way Tensions

Nov 28, 2023

A public dispute between the German Bishops’ Conference president and his Polish counterpart took another turn on Monday.

Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin, Ireland - Photo: Archdiocese of Dublin

Catholic Archbishop in Ireland Responds to Stabbing of Three Children amid Violent Riots

Nov 24, 2023

Archbishop Dermot Farrell has asked people to join him in praying for the injured, which includes a 5-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Gospel is Universal

Nov 22, 2023

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.

Pope Francis at the Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, Angelus and martyrs beatified in Seville on Nov. 18, 2023. | Credit: Youtube Vatican News / Archdiocese of Seville

Pope Francis Calls for Applause for 20 Martyrs of Spanish Civil War Beatified in Seville

Nov 20, 2023

At Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis called for applause for the 20 martyrs beatified in the Seville cathedral on Nov. 18.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Trust frees, fear paralyzes"

Nov 19, 2023

Pope Francis during his weekly Angelus highlighted the two different ways of approaching God, one based on fear and the other on trust.

Cardinal Angelo Becciu. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

What’s Next in the Vatican’s Trial of Cardinal Becciu

Nov 18, 2023

After almost two and a half years, the Vatican’s “trial of the century,” in which the disgraced Cardinal Angelo Becciu is a defendant, is winding down.

Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Rouen, France. | Credit: Archdiocese of Rouen

Altar Vandalized, Sacred Vessels Stolen from Sacred Heart Basilica in France

Nov 17, 2023

During the night of Nov. 14–15, unidentified persons destroyed the altar and stole sacred vessels from the Sacred Heart Basilica in the Archdiocese of Rouen.

Pope Francis meets with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell'Ospitalità in Villa Verde in Rome on Nov. 16, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Meets with Priests, Families to Confront Poverty, Social Marginalization

Nov 17, 2023

Pope Francis met with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell’Ospitalità in Villa Verde on Thursday evening. 

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "The fullness of love" is the "path of holiness"

Nov 16, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed participants of the study conference “Community Dimension of Holiness,” which had gathered in Rome Nov. 13–16.

The Vatican Museums. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican Museums Announce New Hours, Ticket Price, and Entrance

Nov 10, 2023

The museums have announced a series of novelties beginning both this month and after the new year, in anticipation of the 2025 Jubilee Year.