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Pope Francis prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013. / Elise Harris/CNA. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Pray for People Risking Lives Searching Fundamental Rights

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics around the world to pray this month for people risking their lives by standing up for fundamental rights.

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. / Vatican Media. /

"Never tire of seeking the risen Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Coeli, Easter Monday

At the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to “never tire of seeking the risen Christ.”

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021. / Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Cautions Priests and Seminarians against Worldly Temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media /

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski with homeless people awaiting vaccinations in the atrium of the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Vatican to Vaccinate 1,200 People in Need During Holy Week

The Vatican plans to vaccinate 1,200 people living in poverty during Holy Week with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. /

Papal Liturgies for Holy Week to be Much Smaller than Usual Once Again amid COVID-19

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year.

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012. / Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA. /

Pope Francis Trims Cardinals’ Salaries by 10% to Save Money

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after the institution’s budget projected a deficit of $60 million in 2021.

A detail from a stained-glass window depicting St. Alphonsus Liguori in Carlow Cathedral, Ireland. / Andreas F. Borchert via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). /

Pope Francis Marks 150th Anniversary of St. Alphonsus Liguori as Doctor of the Church

Pope Francis has marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Alphonsus Liguori as a Doctor of the Church by praising the saint as a model of moral teaching.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State. / Saeima via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). /

Vatican Marks World Water Day with Call to End Waste and Contamination

The Vatican has marked World Water Day by urging an end to water waste and contamination.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta May 1, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Prays St. Joseph Will Help Young Adults Find Their Vocations

Pope Francis has said that St. Joseph is a model for all vocations and he prays the saint will help young people discern the vocation God is calling them to.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Support Working Mothers amid the Coronavirus Pandemic: Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for more support for working mothers during and after the coronavirus pandemic, saying that women are vital for the renewal of society and the economy.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media. /

"Today I can see at first hand that the Church in Iraq is alive": Pope Francis in Erbil

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.

Pope Francis attends an interreligious meeting in the Plain of Ur, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Appeals for Interreligious Harmony at Birthplace of Abraham

Pope Francis on Saturday appealed for harmony among the followers of the world’s major monotheistic religions at an interreligious meeting in the Plain of Ur, southern Iraq.

Pope Francis meets Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Makes Landmark Visit to Iraq’s Top Cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani

Pope Francis on Saturday made a landmark visit to the home of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Pope Francis addresses local authorities at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis in Iraq: "The name of God cannot be used to justify acts of murder"

In his first speech in Iraq, Pope Francis called for an end to violence and extremism so that ordinary Iraqis can live, work, and pray in peace.

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI Addresses Resignation Conspiracy Theories, Iraq, and Biden in New Interview

Benedict XVI addressed conspiracy theories about his resignation as pope, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq, and Joe Biden in an interview with an Italian newspaper published on Monday, March 1.

Pope Francis in the library of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Jan. 17, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ New Personal Doctor a Specialist in Aging

Pope Francis on Wednesday named a specialist in aging to be his personal doctor, after his previous physician died earlier this year.