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Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis: Coronavirus Recovery Must Have True Vision for Humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and neighbor, Pope Francis has said in a message to world leaders gathered in Bratislava. 

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Catholic Women Issue Statement Opposing Use of "abortion-tainted vaccines"

Eighty-six Catholic women from 25 countries issued a letter Monday opposing what they called “abortion-tainted” COVID-19 vaccines, and arguing Church statements approving their use rely on “an incomplete assessment of the science of vaccination and immunology.”

Pope Francis looks out a window of the apostolic palace March 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Honors Sacrifice of Medical Workers Who Died in Coronavirus Pandemic

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his gratitude for the sacrifice of medical workers, especially those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cardinal Says Vatican Employees Could Lose Jobs for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

In a decree issued earlier this month, the cardinal who heads the Vatican City State said that employees who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when deemed necessary for their work could face penalties up to termination of employment.

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

Toward Holy Week 2021: Vatican Issues Guidelines for Catholics amid COVID-19 Restrictions

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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In 6,000-word Document, Vatican Calls for Rethinking of Social, Pastoral Care for Elderly

The Vatican called on Tuesday for a rethinking of elder care in a document arguing that the elderly are best cared for in an environment more like a family home than a hospital.

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.

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.

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 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 First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Vatican confirmed on Thursday.

The Vatican is administering the coronavirus vaccine in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican City Begins Administering First Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine

Vatican City State began administering the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday.

Pope Francis visits the Bambino Gesù di Palidoro hospital in Rome, Italy, on Jan. 5, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Coronavirus Pandemic Has "exposed inefficiencies" in Care of the Sick: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic had “exposed inefficiencies in the care of the sick.”

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

Benedict XVI to be Vaccinated against Coronavirus “as soon as the vaccine is available”

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI will receive the coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is available, his personal secretary said Tuesday.

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Pope Francis' Doctor Since 2015 Succumbs to COVID-19-related Complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, has died from health complications related to the coronavirus, according to the Vatican.

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Vatican COVID-19 Commission Promotes Vaccine Access for the Vulnerable

The Vatican’s COVID-19 commission said Tuesday it is working to help promote fair access to the coronavirus vaccine, especially for those who are most vulnerable.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 16, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Christmas “feast of love incarnate, born for us in Jesus Christ”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christmas brings joy and strength that can remove the pessimism that has spread in human hearts as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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. 

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The Ethics of Moderna's Coronavirus Vaccine

While the Bishop of Tyler asserted Monday that the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna “is not morally produced”, the National Catholic Bioethics Center and the Charlotte Lozier Institute have indicated it is ethical.

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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Pope Francis' Christmas Liturgies to Take Place without Public

Pope Francis' Christmas liturgies at the Vatican will be offered without public participation this year, as countries continue to react to the coronavirus pandemic.