Latest stories: St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, seen through the Vatican’s Christmas tree. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Creates New Foundation Promoting Principles of "Fratelli tutti"

Dec 15, 2021

The new body will foster spirituality, art, formation, and dialogue in the environs of St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 24, 2018. Vatican Media.

Christmas at the Vatican: Here are the Liturgies Pope Francis Will Celebrate This Year

Dec 14, 2021

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ Christmas schedule for this year.

St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Makes Several Temporary Changes to Vatican’s Chapter of St. Peter

Aug 28, 2021

The Chapter of St. Peter is group of retired priests who pray and assist in the basilica’s liturgical activities.

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019. / Credit: Evandro Inetti/CNA.

African Cardinal Asks Pope Francis to Reinstate Individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica

Mar 29, 2021

Robert Cardinal Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, after individual Masses were suspended earlier this month in favor of concelebration.

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Luxerendering/Shutterstock.

St. Peter's Basilica to End Private Holy Masses, Restrict Masses in Extraordinary Form

Mar 13, 2021

A new letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State has banned the private celebration of Masses at side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, effective March 22.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord in St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

"If we do not worship God, we will worship idols": Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass

Jan 6, 2021

As he celebrated Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to devote more time to worshiping God.

A worker cleanses St. Peter's Basilica ahead of its reopening. Credit: Vatican Media (all photos)

St. Peter’s Basilica is Sanitized Ahead of Reopening to Public

May 15, 2020

Ahead of its eventual reopening to the public, St. Peter’s Basilica is being cleaned and sanitized at the direction of the Vatican’s health and hygiene department.

St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020. Credit: Hannah Brockhaus/CNA.

Italian Police Close St. Peter's Square to Public

Mar 10, 2020

The Italian police closed St. Peter’s Square Tuesday following the Italian government decree extending quarantine measures to all of Italy to slow the spread of coronavirus.