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Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says That He Wants to Be Buried in Marian Basilica in New Interview

Dec 13, 2023

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because of his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis meets with the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 11, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses Concern about Italy’s Low Birth Rate

Dec 11, 2023

Pope Francis on Monday received the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.

A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Pope Francis Honors Virgin Mary on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a nearly 40-foot-high column.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience on Dec. 6, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at General Audience: "The Spirit is the protagonist" of Evangelization

Dec 6, 2023

Pope Francis’ multi-week catechetical series on the essential components of the proclamation of the Gospel culminated with a fourth and final component: the Holy Spirit as the protagonist of evangelization. 

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.

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. 

From the Netflix documentary series, "Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi" | Netflix

Italian Senate launches inquiry into disappearance of Vatican Girl and another missing teen

Nov 10, 2023

Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, disappeared June 22, 1983, after leaving for a music lesson.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on Oct. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Women Deacons: "Holy orders is reserved for men"

Oct 25, 2023

Pope Francis reaffirmed the impossibility of women becoming priests, or even modern Church deacons, in an interview for a book released Tuesday in Italy.

"Stumbling blocks" in Rome, Italy. Plates inscribed with the name and dates of life of the victim of Nazi persecution. | Shutterstock

Documents Identify Thousands of Jews hidden by Religious Orders When Nazis Occupied Rome

Sep 8, 2023

Research in the archive of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome has uncovered a list of the names of thousands of Jewish people who found shelter from Nazi persecution in Catholic religious congregations in Rome from 1943-1944.

St. Pope John Paul II greets former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Sends Condolences after Death of Silvio Berlusconi

Jun 12, 2023

Pope Francis expressed his condolences Monday after the death of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Rajesh Mohur pictured with Carlo Acutis on the day of his Confirmation | Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis Inspired a Man to Convert

May 30, 2023

Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired the son of a Brahman Hindu priest to be baptized as a Catholic through the young boy’s joyful witness to Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Pope Francis shared a stage with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on May 12, 2023, to speak at a two-day conference on “The General State of the Birth Rate,” held at Conciliazione Auditorium close to the Vatican. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Birth Rate is a Key Indicator of a Country’s Hope

May 12, 2023

Pope Francis said Friday a society’s birth rate is a key indicator of the hope people have in the future.

Pope Francis meets with executives and employees of the Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale, Italy's main welfare agency, April 3, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Italian Welfare Agency Not to Forget Foreign Workers

Apr 3, 2023

Pope Francis has urged Italy’s main welfare agency not to forget the contribution of foreign workers.

The faithful venerate a relic of Blessed Rosario Livatino at the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, Italy, Jan. 20, 2023. | Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Blood-stained Shirt of Beatified Judge Killed by Mafia Displayed in Rome

Jan 20, 2023

The shirt worn by Blessed Rosario Livatino when he was murdered by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990 was displayed in churches and government buildings in Rome this week.

Pope Francis has lunch with his second cousin Carla Rabezzana at her home in Portacomaro, Italy on Nov. 19, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Travels to Northern Italy to Share a Special Meal with his Cousins

Nov 19, 2022

Pope Francis traveled to northern Italy on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of his second cousin Carla Rabezzana with his Italian relatives.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), speaks at a press conference at the party electoral headquarters overnight on Sept. 26, 2022. in Rome. Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 saw voters poised to elect Meloni, a Catholic mother, as the country's first female prime minister. | Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

7 Things to Know about Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s Likely New Catholic Prime Minister

Sep 27, 2022

Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 ended with Giorgia Meloni, a Catholic mother, poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. 

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Low Birth Rate in the West, Says “impoverishing everyone’s future”

May 14, 2022

‘Italy, Europe, and the West are impoverishing their futures,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks Society which it Values More: Children or Money

May 15, 2021

Pope Francis urged Europeans on Friday to reflect on what they treasure, and whether they consider children to be the valuable gift they are.

Photos of Sr. Floralba Rondi (left), Sr.Clarangela Ghilardi (centre), and Sr.Dinarosa Belleri (right) who died of Ebola in DRC in 1995 / Courtesy Photo

Heroic Virtues of Italian Nuns Who Died Caring for Ebola Patients in DR Congo Recognized

Feb 22, 2021

Pope Francis has issued a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of three Italian Catholic Nuns who succumbed to Ebola, which they contracted when caring for Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1995.

Fr. François Abeli Muhoya Mutchapa, appointed Bishop of DR Congo's Kindu Diocese by Pope Francis on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Italy-based Congolese Cleric Appointed Bishop of DR Congo’s Kindu Diocese

Nov 18, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. François Abeli ​​Muhoya Mutchapa, who has been ministering at the Parishes of St. Maria and St. Mauro of Italy’s Tivoli Diocese, as the new Bishop of Kindu Diocese located in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).