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Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media.

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Pope Francis

Dec 4, 2022

St. John the Baptist reminds us that Advent is a privileged time to turn back toward God — something it is never too late to do, Pope Francis said Sunday.

The Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Vatican Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2022

Dec 4, 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Vatican. A large hand-carved wooden nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter Square on Saturday night at the Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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Pope Francis’ Watch Auctioned Off and Proceeds Set a World Record

Dec 3, 2022

A watch worn by Pope Francis was sold Wednesday at a charity auction and set a new world record for the brand.

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Effects of the War in Ukraine are Being Felt all Over the World

Dec 2, 2022

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with the far-felt effects of the energy and food crises.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall. | © L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis Praises "fruitful" Theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis on Thursday praised the role of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his theology for the Church.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. | Vatican Media.

Restoration of Christian Unity "an urgent priority in today’s world": Pope Francis

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.”

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The Vatican Says It’s Been Hacked — Again

Nov 30, 2022

A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday that the Holy See has taken down its main website amid an apparent attempt to hack the site. 

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 30 November 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Daily Examination of Conscience Helps Avoid Repeating Mistakes: Pope at General Audience

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life.

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was "leader" in Responding to Sexual Abuse

Nov 29, 2022

In a recent interview Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to clerical sexual abuse — the latest defense by the Holy Father of his predecessor, who is facing criticism in his native Germany for his handling of several abuse cases as an archbishop decades ago. 

Pope Francis meets with the United States bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

“Jesus did not create Bishops’ conferences”: Pope Francis

Nov 28, 2022

Pope Francis has emphasized the difference between bishops’ conferences and bishops in a new interview with America Magazine.

Pilgrims from China greets Pope Francis during his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2019, at the Vatican. | Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis News

Pope Francis Says Dialogue “slow,” But Only Way Forward with China

Nov 28, 2022

In a new interview with America Magazine, Pope Francis said the Vatican-China deal has had both failures and successes, but he “cannot find another way” to carry out diplomacy.

Pope Francis at the Angelus 27 November 2022. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: God is Present "in everyday things"

Nov 27, 2022

It is good to remember that God is present to us even in the small, everyday events of our lives, Pope Francis said on the first Sunday of Advent.

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Violence kills the future": Pope Francis on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict after 2 Boys Die

Nov 27, 2022

Pope Francis has spoken out against violence in the Holy Land, after one teenager died in a blast in Jerusalem and another teenager died in armed clashes in Palestine last week.

Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Prays for Homeless Man Who Died in St. Peter's Square

Nov 26, 2022

Pope Francis is praying for a homeless man who was found dead near the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square on Friday morning.

Pope Francis holds a flag that he received from Bucha, Ukraine at his general audience on April 6, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Your pain is my pain": Pope Francis Pens Letter Marking 9 Months of War in Ukraine

Nov 25, 2022

In an emotional letter addressed to the people of Ukraine, Pope Francis wrote that he sees the cross of Christ in the tortures and sufferings endured by Ukrainians in nine months of war.

German Bishops at Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls during their visit in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

As Church Allows for LGBT-employees in Germany, Vatican Publishes Concerns on Synodal Way

Nov 25, 2022

The Vatican on Thursday published the full wording of its latest warnings over another schism coming out of Germany, raising fundamental concerns and objections against the Synodal Way.

Pope Francis praying at the general audience on St. Peter's Square | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis: What is Spiritual Consolation? The Saints Explain

Nov 23, 2022

Pope Francis used the example of several Catholic saints to explain the concept of spiritual consolation during his weekly audience on Wednesday.

Statue of St. Peter on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Removes Caritas Internationalis Leaders, Appoints Temporary Administrator

Nov 22, 2022

Pope Francis on Tuesday removed the entire leadership of an international confederation of charities and appointed a temporary administrator to improve the organization’s management.

Pope Francis meeting with a delegation of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets Jewish Leaders As They launch Initiative to Strengthen Catholic-Jewish

Nov 22, 2022

Pope Francis met with international Jewish leaders on Tuesday as they launched an initiative to strengthen Catholic-Jewish bonds.

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti with Pope Francis | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Chooses Papal Ambassador to Lead Dicastery for the Eastern Churches

Nov 21, 2022

Pope Francis on Monday appointed a papal ambassador and expert in Eastern languages and literature to lead the Vatican Dicastery for the Eastern Churches.