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Pope Francis watches a friendly soccer game between Italian professional soccer players with children clad in uniforms as part of the first World Children’s Day on May 25, 2024, at Olympic Stadium in Rome. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

“In you, children, everything speaks of life, the future”: Pope Francis to Thousands at World Children’s Day in Rome

May 25, 2024

“In you, children, everything speaks of life and the future. The Church, as a mother, welcomes you and accompanies you with tenderness and hope,” the pope said.

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Carbon Dating Reveals True Age of Purported Tunics of St. Peter and St. John

May 25, 2024

A conference titled “The Tunics of St. Peter and St. John, Two Extraordinary Relics of the Sancta Sanctorum,” presented a historic overview of the two relics.

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Carlo Acutis to Be First Millennial Saint: Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle for Canonization

May 23, 2024

The Italian computer-coding teenager who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

People participate in a funeral procession of president Ebrahim Raisi and his seven aides in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, on May 21, 2024. / Credit: Photo by AZIN HAGHIGHI/MOJ News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Expresses "spiritual closeness" to Iran after Death of President in Helicopter Crash

May 21, 2024

In a telegram, the Holy Father sent “condolences upon the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished.”

In an interview with "60 Minutes" anchor Norah O'Donnell, Pope Francis discusses a wide range of issues. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

Here’s What Pope Francis Said in His "60 Minutes" Interview

May 20, 2024

The pope spoke with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell at the Vatican via a Spanish translator.

A Marian apparition. / Credit: "The World of Marian Apparitions: Mary's Appearances and Messages from Fatima to Today"

New Norms on Alleged Marian Apparitions, Other Religious Phenomena Give Vatican Greater Say

May 17, 2024

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is centralizing its authority over the investigation of alleged Marian apparitions and other religious phenomena under new norms.

In an interview with 60 Minutes' Norah O'Donnell, airing this Sunday, Pope Francis took aim at his “conservative critics” in the United States. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

Conservative Critics Have a "suicidal attitude": Pope Francis

May 16, 2024

The full interview, conducted April 24, will air as part of “60 Minutes” on May 19 from 7-8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. / Credit: Pablo Esparza/EWTN

Do Not Abandon Grandparents and Elderly; Remain Close to Them: Pope Francis

May 14, 2024

The Vatican released the message ahead of the fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which takes place on July 28 this year.

The Medjugorje Youth Festival, in its 34th edition, held July 26–30, 2023, at the site of alleged Marian apparitions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. / Credit: Radio MIR Međjugorje

What Has the Vatican Already Said about Discerning Marian Apparitions?

May 14, 2024

Officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed problems that could come up in examining apparitions in November 1974.

Pilgrims gather in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican for Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli prayer and address on Sunday, May 5, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Armed Priest Arrested as He Tried to Enter the Vatican for Pope Francis’ Regina Caeli

May 6, 2024

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, the priest tried to pass through the metal detector carrying an air pistol, two knives, a cutter, and a screwdriver.

Pope Francis greets the crowd gathered at St. Peter's Square on May 5, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Let Us Thank the Lord for Our Friends

May 5, 2024

The pope reflected on the gift of friendship during his Regina Caeli address on May 5.

Pope Francis waves while traveling by boat in Venice, Italy, for a meeting with young people at the Basilica della Madonna della Salute on April 28, 2024. Earlier in the day he met with inmates at a women's prison. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Meets Female Inmates in His One-Day Visit to Venice, Reaffirms Importance of Fraternity, Human Dignity

Apr 28, 2024

Pope Francis opened his one-day visit to Venice Sunday with a meeting with female inmates where he reaffirmed the importance of fraternity and human dignity. 

Pope Francis meets Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her 6-year-old daughter on Jan. 10, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Speak about Ethics of Artificial Intelligence during June G7 Summit

Apr 27, 2024

The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations summit is being held in the southern Italian region of Puglia from June 13–15.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on April 21, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Christ the Good Shepherd ‘looks for us until he finds us’ when we’re lost

Apr 21, 2024

Pope Francis on Sunday urged the faithful to remember that “for Christ, I am important, irreplaceable, worth the infinite price of his life.”

Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Rev. Mother Teresa Agnes Gerlach of the Most Holy Trinity Monastery in Arlington, Texas. / Credit: Diocese of Fort Worth; Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity Discalced Carmelite Nuns

Religious Association of Monasteries to Govern U.S. Carmelite Monastery in Yearlong Conflict with Bishop: Vatican

Apr 19, 2024

A Vatican letter to Bishop Michael Olson thanked him for his “heroic and thankless service to the local church and the Carmel of Arlington as pontifical commissary.”

Pope Francis blesses an unborn baby during the Papal Foundation's annual pilgrimage in Rome on Friday, April 12, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Papal Foundation Announces Nearly $15 million in Global Grants, Humanitarian Aid, to "grow Catholic faith”

Apr 12, 2024

The U.S.-based Papal Foundation announced on Friday the distribution of nearly $15 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable aid.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to Travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore later this year, the Vatican announced Friday.

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery on the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks during a press conference about a new Vatican document on human dignity on April 8, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

New Vatican Document Highlights Church’s "ever-greater understanding of human dignity"

Apr 9, 2024

Dignity “belongs to the person… simply because he or she exists and is willed, created, and loved by God,” the document explains.

The crowd in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Angelus address on Jan. 14, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

The Catholic Church by the Numbers: More Catholics but Fewer Vocations 

Apr 8, 2024

While vocations to the priesthood and religious life have decreased overall, the Church shows signs of growth in some parts of the world — most notably Africa and Asia.

The Divine Mercy image is displayed at St. Peter's Square before Pope Francis Regina Caeli prayer on April 7, 2024. / Credit: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

The "fullness of life" is "realized in Jesus": Pope Francis on Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 7, 2024

“Every living encounter with Jesus enables us to have more life,” Pope Francis said in his reflection.