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Pope Francis prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013. / Elise Harris/CNA. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Pray for People Risking Lives Searching Fundamental Rights

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics around the world to pray this month for people risking their lives by standing up for fundamental rights.

Hans Küng receives an honorary degree from the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 27, 2011. / UNED. /

Influential and Controversial Swiss Theologian Hans Küng Dies Aged 93

The influential and controversial Swiss theologian Hans Küng has died at the age of 93.

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. / Vatican Media. /

"Never tire of seeking the risen Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Coeli, Easter Monday

At the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to “never tire of seeking the risen Christ.”

Pope John Paul II holds a crucifix carved by Stanisław Trafalski on Good Friday 2005 / Screenshot from TV Trwam. /

The story of Crucifix St. John Paul II Held on His Last Good Friday

Days before his death, Pope John Paul II was pictured holding a crucifix in his private chapel on Good Friday. This is the remarkable story of that crucifix.

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021. / Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Cautions Priests and Seminarians against Worldly Temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media /

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured Sept. 26, 2016. / Tino Adi P/Shutterstock. /

Indonesian President Condemns Palm Sunday Bombing at Catholic Cathedral

Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned a bomb attack at a Catholic cathedral after a Palm Sunday Mass that killed two suspects and wounded at least 20 people.

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican to Vaccinate 1,200 People in Need During Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Papal Liturgies for Holy Week to be Much Smaller than Usual Once Again amid COVID-19

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year.

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012. / Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA. /

Pope Francis Trims Cardinals’ Salaries by 10% to Save Money

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after the institution’s budget projected a deficit of $60 million in 2021.

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021 / YouTube screenshot /

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office after Abuse Report Findings

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.

Pope Francis addresses participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the auletta of the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Feb. 14, 2019. / Vatican Media. /

Visitation at Vatican’s Liturgy Office Before Cardinal Sarah’s Successor Announced

An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s liturgy office less than a month after Cardinal Robert Sarah resigned as prefect.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Support Working Mothers amid the Coronavirus Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are vital for the renewal of society and the economy.

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

Cardinal Sarah Says He Has "never opposed the pope" in First Interview Since Stepping Down

Cardinal Robert Sarah said on Wednesday that claims that he and Pope Francis are enemies were false, in his first interview since stepping down from his Vatican post.

Pope Francis prays before the Salus Populi Romani icon in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major Dec. 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Entrusts Iraq Trip to Virgin Mary’s Protection

On the eve of his departure for a three-day trip to Iraq, Pope Francis visited a Rome basilica to ask for the Virgin Mary's intercession and protection on his travels.

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI Addresses Resignation Conspiracy Theories, Iraq, and Biden in New Interview

Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday, March 1.

The official logo of Pope Francis' visit to Iraq. Credit: Saint-Adday. /

Where is Pope Francis Going in Iraq and why? Catholic News Agency Explainer

In a week’s time Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq. Here is where he will be going -- and why.