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A view of St. Peter's Cupola from Casa Santa Marta. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Vatican: Coronavirus Case in Pope Francis' Residence

The Holy See press office said Saturday a resident of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis also lives has tested positive for COVID-19.

Pope Francis visits the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, May 27, 2019. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Calls for Shake-up of Healthcare in Wake of Pandemic

Healthcare must be made more accessible to the poor in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims wearing face masks at the general audience Sept. 30, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican City State Makes Masks Compulsory Outdoors

Face coverings must be worn outdoors within the territory of Vatican City State to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a Vatican official announced Tuesday.

Pope Francis arrives for his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA. Other photos: Vatican Media. /

Tourists in Rome Surprised by Chance to See Pope Francis

Tourists in Rome had an unexpected chance to see Pope Francis at his first public audience for almost six months.

Pope Francis, pictured in St. Peter's Square Oct. 14, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Four Sibling Nurses Who Treated Coronavirus Patients to Meet Pope Francis

Four adult siblings, all nurses who worked with coronavirus patients during the worst of the pandemic, will on Friday meet Pope Francis, together with their families.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa. /

As Lockdown is Eased in South Africa, Prelate Urges Vigilance, Says “virus still present”

Days after South Africa’s President eased some COVID-19 restrictions put in five months ago to minimize the spread of the virus, the Archbishop Cape Town has urged the people of God in his Diocese to remain vigilant and continue taking necessary precautions because the coronavirus has not yet been eliminated from the country. 

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame. / Matthew Rice CC 4.0

Notre Dame Classes Go Online for Two Weeks Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

The University of Notre Dame on Tuesday announced a two-week hiatus from in-person class instruction, amid a growing number of COVID-19 infections on campus. Some alumni, students, and faculty are calling on university president Father John Jenkins to suspend in-person classes altogether and move instruction online for the remainder of the semester.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA /

Vatican-based Ghanaian Cardinal Promotes Rural Tourism as Sector Projected to Lose Income

As the global economy braces to lose billions in international tourism in 2020 due to coronavirus travel restrictions, a Cardinal Turkson is encouraging travelers to explore “hidden places.”

Cardinal PeterTurkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Peace Threatened as Health and Economic Crises Continue: Vatican-Based Ghanaian Cardinal

A Vatican cardinal has said that the world is facing a “tsunami” of humanitarian crises caused by the coronavirus emergency, conflict, and decreased security around the globe.

The Flag of the Holy See. / Bohumil Petrik. June 5 2015.

Vatican Appeals for Debt Relief for Developing Countries at United Nations

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the “crippling external debt burdens” of developing countries struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA /

Pope Francis Makes Donation to World Food Programme as Pandemic Causes Rising Hunger

Pope Francis has made a donation to the World Food Programme as the organization works to feed 270 million people this year amid rising hunger caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin (right) presents Msgr Barney McAleer (left) with a framed certificate in gratitude for his work in Southern Africa. /

“COVID-19 pandemic will come to pass,” South Africa-based Cleric at Priestly Anniversary

An Irish missionary Cleric serving in South Africa has, on the occasion of his 56th Priestly anniversary recently marked, shared a message of hope amid COVID-19 global pandemic, inviting the people of God on the continent to remain optimistic because the coronavirus “will come to pass.”

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port-Louis Diocese Mauritius. /

Mauritian Cardinal to Preside Over Postponed Chrism Mass on Sunday

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Mauritius including the stay-at-home directives, the leadership of the Diocese of Port-Louis in the Indian Ocean island nation has announced the celebration of Chrism Mass on Sunday, June 28.

Lesotho-based Cleric Reflects on COVID-19 Challenges, Anticipates Reopening of Churches

A Priest in Lesotho has shared about the “unprecedented challenge” occasioned by COVID-19 preventive measures aimed at minimizing contagion.

Sister Stan Mumuni, founder of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love. / Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

Religious Sisters Risk Lives to Rescue the Vulnerable Amid Pandemic

Sister Stan Mumuni dedicates her life to caring for abandoned children with birth defects in Ghana. When the coronavirus pandemic spread to West Africa, she said that she ran to the market to buy soap and supplies, but the prices had already tripled.

Pope Francis meets with people from Lombardy, a region in northern Italy. Credit: Vatican News/CNA. /

"To make individualism the guiding principle of society has proved illusory": Pope Francis

In the period to follow the coronavirus pandemic, people should remember they are made for communion with others and with God, Pope Francis said Saturday.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ celebrated Sunday, June 14, 2020. /

On Corpus Christi Sunday, Bishops in Africa Pray for “spiritual healing via the Eucharist”

On Corpus Christi Sunday, various Church leaders in Africa have used the occasion of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ marked Sunday, June 14 to invite the people of God in their respective churches to pray for spiritual healing through the Eucharist, which has the ability of transforming lives of Christians.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo with members of Caritas Congo ASBL during the official launch of the Campaign to “protect vulnerable groups” against COVID-19 in DRC's capital Kinshasa. /

Caritas DR Congo Launches Campaign to “protect vulnerable groups” against COVID-19

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, through its development and humanitarian arm Caritas Congo ASBL, launched a campaign to raise awareness about COVID-19 aimed at minimizing the risk of “vulnerable groups” contracting the deadly virus.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 7, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Catholics Cannot Ignore the Poverty Caused by the Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has revealed poverty that Catholics cannot ignore.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). /

Bishops in Benin Thank God for Preserving “country from a deadly explosion of the disease”

Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Benin have, following their two-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to God for the current status of COVID-19 infections in their country, praying that an effective cure is found to save lives across the globe.