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Pope Francis prays before the crowned image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, in the Vatican Gardens, May 31, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis turns to Mary, Undoer of Knots, at end of rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Pope Francis asked on Monday for the intercession of Mary, Undoer of Knots, as he ended a month-long global rosary marathon.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Basketball is a Sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

Pope Francis described basketball on Monday as “a sport that lifts you up to the heavens.”  

Pope Francis speaks at Sunday Angelus on 30 May 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

The Holy Trinity invites us to grow in unity as Christians: Pope Francis

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is a communion of love.

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah/ Bohumil Petrik/Paul Badde/CNA

Successor to Robert Cardinal Sarah at Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship Appointed

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche on Thursday as the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Offers Advice for When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered

Pope Francis confronted the “scandal” of prayers that seem to go unanswered during his Wednesday general audience by pointing to the hope found in the Resurrection, “when all human longings … will be fulfilled.”

Pope Francis delivers Laudato si' video message May 24, 2021/ Screenshot

Pope Francis Launches 7-year Laudato si’ Action Plan

Pope Francis launched Tuesday the Vatican’s seven-year Laudato si’ action plan to implement environmental sustainability in different sectors of the Church from religious orders to Catholic schools and hospitals.

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Pope Francis Prays that Dominicans' Jubilee Year “usher in a new springtime of the Gospel”

Pope Francis praised the Dominican charisms of preaching and missionary discipleship in a letter marking the 800th anniversary of the death of the order’s founder, St. Dominic Guzman.

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 23, 2021./ EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool

“If your heart has a festering wound … open your heart to the Holy Spirit”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit.

A 16th-century painting of St. Ignatius in armor./ Public domain.

Pope Francis Marks 500 Years Since Conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Pope Francis said Sunday that the cannonball that wounded Ignatius of Loyola 500 years ago not only changed the saint’s life but also the course of the world.

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Vatican Asks all Catholic Dioceses to Take Part in Synod on Synodality

The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide.

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Calls for Global Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land

Pope Francis on Friday asked Catholics around the world to pray for peace in the Middle East as he addressed ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See.

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Laudato si' Week Recalls Encyclical's Sixth Anniversary

The Vatican is observing Laudato si’ Week to mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The week includes an online climate summit.

Pope Francis meets with Scholas Ocurrentes in 2016./ CNA

Charity is Fundamental to Politics, Pope Francis Tells Youth

Charity is a necessary part of politics, Pope Francis told youth from around the world on Thursday.

Secretary of State of the Holy See Cardinal Pietro Parolin during his official visit to Kiev, 2017./ Shutterstock.

Vatican Wants to "do everything possible" to End Israel-Gaza Conflict: Cardinal Parolin

The Vatican Secretary of State said Tuesday that the Holy See is committed to doing everything it can to help end the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021./ Vatican Media.

"Praying is not easy": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Pope Francis acknowledged Wednesday that praying is hard, but suggested ways to overcome common obstacles.

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021./ Screenshot: Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Thanks Charismatic Catholics, Evangelicals for Offering ‘sign of fraternity'

Pope Francis on Saturday thanked charismatic Catholics and evangelicals in Italy for offering a “sign of fraternity.”

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Children’s Deaths in Israel-Gaza Conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal Sunday for an end to surging violence in the Holy Land.

Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks Society which it Values More: Children or Money

Pope Francis urged Europeans on Friday to reflect on what they treasure, and whether they consider children to be the valuable gift they are.

St. Peter's Basilica./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA

The Vatican Has a Commission for Healthcare Facilities, but there is Little Trace of it

In 2015, facing scandals in the healthcare sector, Pope Francis established a Pontifical Commission for the Activities of the Public Juridical Persons of the Church in the Healthcare Sector. The board of the Commission was renewed in June 2020. However, there is no trace of the Commission in the Annuario Pontificio.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

Pope Francis urged scouts Friday to “spread light and hope” wherever they go.