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Pope Francis gives his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 28, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at General Audience: Christian meditation “not a withdrawal into ourselves”

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christian meditation is a way of encountering Jesus and not “a withdrawal into ourselves.”

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room/ Vatican Media.

Priest with Cancer Dies 23 days After his Hospital Room Ordination

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani, who was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on Holy Thursday with special permission from Pope Francis, has died of leukemia at the age of 31.

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

“You will be shepherds like him”: Pope Francis to New Priests He Ordained on Sunday

Pope Francis ordained nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, urging them to be shepherds like Christ throughout their priestly lives.

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

Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: Mediterranean Migrant Deaths are ‘moment of shame’

Pope Francis said Sunday that the recent deaths of 130 migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea marked “a moment of shame.”

A statue of St. Margaret of Castello at St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio./ Nheyob via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Declares Blind 14th-Century Lay Dominican a Saint

Pope Francis declared a blind 14th-century Italian lay Dominican a saint Saturday using a process known as “equipollent” canonization.

Pope Francis marks name day with Rome’s poor receiving COVID-19 vaccine./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Celebrates Name Day with Poor as the Vatican’s Free Vaccinations Continue

Pope Francis on Friday celebrated the feast of St. George, his namesake, with 600 of Rome’s poor and needy, as they waited to receive the second dose of the coronavirus vaccination at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets a delegation from the Pro Recco Waterpolo 1913 Team at the Vatican, April 22, 2021./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Biggest Defeat for an Athlete is to Not Play as a Team

Pope Francis met with a water polo team Thursday and shared a message about the importance of teamwork.

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Vatican Dedicates May to Global Rosary ‘marathon’ for End of COVID-19

The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Ex-Film Director, Soccer Player to be Ordained Catholic Priest by Pope Francis on Sunday

Pope Francis will ordain nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, including a former film director and a 28-year-old soccer player who turned down a chance to play for the team A.S. Roma.

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How Catholics Can Speak Up for More Ethical Vaccines

A series of letter templates released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) allows Catholic to contact vaccine makers and ask them to stop relying on cell lines from aborted babies.

ASL interpretation of Pope Francis’ Sunday Regina Coeli address on April 18, 2021./ YouTube screenshot.

Vatican Sign Language Project Brings Pope Francis’ Words to All

Pope Francis’ Wednesday and Sunday speeches to the public will now be accessible in American Sign Language.

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Applauds Beatification of Monks Who Died Protecting the Eucharist

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from desecration by French soldiers in 1799.

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019/ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

"Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope": Vatican Statement on Ramadan

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan.

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI./ Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Marks 94th Birthday, in Good Health

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement from the papacy in 2013, Benedict continues to live a retired life in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on Vatican grounds.

Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA

Meeting Christ in Poor Renews Our Missionary Vigor: Pope Francis in Video Message

Pope Francis said Thursday that the poverty and exclusion from the job market caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made the work of Catholic groups that assist poor communities even more urgent.

Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA

"The Church is a great school of prayer": Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that an essential task of the Church today is to teach people how to pray.

Pope Francis and St. Teresa of Avila/ Public domain/ACI Prensa.

Pope Francis Hails St. Teresa of Ávila As Exemplar of Courage and Spiritual Motherhood

Pope Francis has hailed St. Teresa of Ávila as exemplar of courage and spiritual motherhood in a letter marking fifty years since the 16th century Spanish mystic was declared the first female Doctor of the Church.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops./ Franco Origlio/Getty Images News.

Vatican Summit on 'theology of the priesthood' to Look at Questions Raised in Recent Synod

Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on questions raised in recent synods, including priestly celibacy, dwindling vocations, and the role of women in the Church.

Logos of Catholic entities that participated in the 7 April 2021 launch of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic / Catholic entities

Catholic Entities in Africa Participate in Vatican’s Launch of Debt Cancellation Campaign

Catholic Church entities in Africa earlier this week joined the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the COVID-19 Commission in the launching of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis Calls for Global COVID-19 Recovery Plan in Message to World Bank and IMF

Pope Francis appealed for a global coronavirus recovery plan in a message to participants in the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).