Delegates to the Synod on Synodality meet in the final days of the synod, Oct. 25, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Synod Organizer Says Vatican Doctrine Office is Studying Women Deacons

Jul 9, 2024

Cardinal Mario Grech said the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is studying “the women’s diaconate” within the context of its in-depth study of ministries.

Pope Francis among the delegates of the Synod on Synodality, held in October of 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

These are the Members of the Synod on Synodality Study Groups

Jul 9, 2024

The Instrumentum Laboris, the guiding document for the October 2024 assembly, makes reference to these study groups throughout.

Archbishop Carlo Viganò. / Credit: Edward Pentin/National Catholic Register

Vatican Excommunicates Former Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. for Schism

Jul 5, 2024

The Vatican has officially excommunicated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith announced Friday.

Pope Francis announced he will celebrate a Mass of canonization for 14 people, including the 11 “Martyrs of Damascus,” on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024, the Vatican announced after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on the morning of July 1, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Canonize "Martyrs of Damascus," Three Others on Oct. 20

Jul 1, 2024

The pope declared the date of the canonization after the College of Cardinals voted to approve the canonizations of 15 people in a consistory on July 1.

A 1775 painting of the fireworks over Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, painted by Jakob Philipp Hackert. / Credit: Public Domain

Vatican fireworks: A 500-year-old Tradition for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 29, 2024

Each year on June 29, fireworks are launched from atop Castel Sant’Angelo in celebration of the co-patron saints of Rome, St. Peter and St. Paul.

Pope Francis delivers a message to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on June 23, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Jesus in the Eucharist Strengthens us in Times of Trial

Jun 23, 2024

Speaking from an Apostolic Palace window on June 23, Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to reflect on how they usually deal with times of trial.

Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica. / Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Publishes New Document with Proposals “for renewed exercise of bishop of Rome’s ministry of unity”

Jun 13, 2024

The study document is the first Vatican text since Vatican II to outline the entire ecumenical debate on papal primacy.

The 38th (Irish) Brigade marches at the Vatican in June 1944. / Credit: Imperial War Museum

Vatican Commemorates 80th Anniversary of Pius XII’s Meeting with Allied Troops

Jun 12, 2024

On June 12, 1944, Pius XII gave an enthusiastic speech in English thanking the members of the 38th (Irish) Brigade as he welcomed them to the Vatican.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his Angelus address on Sunday, June 9, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican to Publish New Document with Proposals “for renewed exercise of bishop of Rome’s ministry of unity”

Jun 11, 2024

The document, titled “The Bishop of Rome: Primacy and Synodality in Ecumenical Dialogue and Responses to the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint,” will be released June 13.

Massimo Bianchi and Cristiane Murray address attendees at a June 11, 2024, Vatican press conference regarding the upcoming Vatican Observatory conference to take place June 17–24, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Vatican, Scientists to Explore Questions of the Universe

Jun 11, 2024

Titled “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Space-Time Singularities,” the June 17-21 workshop is the second international conference celebrating the legacy of Father Lemaître, who is called the father of the Big Bang theory.

Elena Guerra, Marie-Léonie Paradis, and Giuseppe Allamano are among the Blesseds whom Pope Francis paved the way for canonization in a decree on May 23, 2024.  / Credit: Oblates of the Holy Spirit;; and Unknown photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Founder of Consolata Missionaries among Blesseds with Zeal for Mission Work to Be Canonized During Planned Consistory

May 24, 2024

The Holy See said Pope Francis “has decided to convene a consistory, which will also concern the canonization” of four Blesseds.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Humility "the source of peace in the world and in the Church": Pope Francis

May 22, 2024

“Humility is everything. It is what saves us from the evil one,” the pope said.

Pope Francis participates in Mass on the solemnity of Pentecost, May 19, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Holy Spirit’s “work in us is powerful”, But Also Gentle, “welcoming to all”: Pope Francis on Pentecost

May 19, 2024

Speaking in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope explained that the Holy Spirit’s “work in us is powerful, as symbolized by the signs of wind and fire.”

Pope Francis addresses the crowd at the proclamation of the papal bull “Spes Non Confudit,” meaning “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” at the Vatican on Thursday, May 9, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN/Vatican Pool

In Papal Bull Titled “Hope Does Not Disappoint”, Pope Francis Announces How, When Church’s 2025 Jubilee Will Begin

May 9, 2024

The papal bull declares that the Jubilee will officially begin with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on Christmas Eve 2024.

Pope Francis at vespers following the proclamation of the papal bull “Spes Non Confudit,” meaning “Hope does not disappoint,” at the Vatican, Thursday, May 9, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text of “Hope Does Not Disappoint”, Papal Bull for Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee

May 9, 2024

The pope presided over a formal reading of the Jubilee’s Papal Bull of Indiction in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, May 9, 2024, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

The French 19th-century three-masted barque Belem is seen from the Palais du Pharo in the southern port city of Marseille on May 8, 2024, before the Olympic Flame arrival ceremony, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Belem is set to reach Marseille on May 8 and ten thousand torchbearers will then carry the flame across 64 French territories. / Credit: SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican Prepares for Summer Olympics with Conference on Faith and Sports

May 8, 2024

The three-day international conference on sport and spirituality is titled “Putting Our Lives on the Line.”

Aboriginal dancers perform an Indigenous welcome ceremony at the opening Mass formally celebrating the start of World Youth Day 2008 at Barangaroo on July 15, 2008, in Sydney. / Credit: Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

From Australia to the Vatican: "Aboriginal Mass" Seeks Official Recognition

May 8, 2024

The liturgy has been celebrated for over 50 years in the Diocese of Broome, where some 13,000 Catholics live in nine parishes across an area about the size of Texas.

Argentinian prelate Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. / Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican to Publish New Document on Discerning Marian Apparitions, Other Supernatural Events Next Week

May 7, 2024

The Holy See Press Office announced that Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández will unveil new norms for discernment regarding “apparitions and other supernatural phenomena.”

Pope Francis meets with 300 priests taking part in the World Meeting of Parish Priests on May 2, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

The Church Could Not Go on Without You: Pope Francis to World’s Parish Priests

May 2, 2024

Pope Francis published a letter on Thursday addressed to all parish priests in the world with his advice for building a missionary Church.

Landscape view of Sacrofano, Italy, north of Rome. / Credit: Dmitry Taranets/Shutterstock

World Meeting of Parish Priests for Synod on Synodality Opens in Rome, Some 300 Priests in Attendance

Apr 29, 2024

The four-day meeting, which is taking place from April 29 to May 2 at the Fraterna Domus retreat house in Sacrofano, Italy, is attended by about 300 priests.