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Mattheus (left) holds a photo of Carlo Acutis (right), whose prayers are attributed with the boy's healing. / Campo Grande News

The Miracle Attributed to Carlo Acutis' Prayers

The beatification of Carlo Acutis took place Oct. 10 after a miracle attributed to his prayers and the grace of God. In Brazil, a boy named Mattheus was healed from a serious birth defect called an annular pancreas after he and his mother asked Acutis to pray for his healing.

An image of Carlo Acutis was unveiled at his beatification Mass in Assisi, Italy Oct. 10, 2020. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Beatification of Carlo Acutis: The First Millennial to be Declared Blessed

With the beatification of Carlo Acutis in Assisi Saturday, the Catholic Church now has its first “Blessed” who loved Super Mario and Pokémon, but not as much as he loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on the altar before the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Signs New Encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ in Assisi

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, Saturday during a visit to Assisi.

Francesca DiGiovanni, an undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican Secretariat of State. Screengrab from Holy See UN YouTube channel.

Women Deserve Better than Abortion, Vatican Official Tells United Nations

A female Vatican official told the United Nations Thursday that resources that could be invested in basic healthcare, nutrition, and sanitation for impoverished women are instead allotted to reproductive health and “so-called new rights.”

Le cardinal Peter Turkson, préfet du Dicastère pour la promotion du développement humain intégral, photographié le 19 janvier 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Seafarers Charity Apostleship of the Sea is Renamed Stella Maris

The Apostleship of the Sea, a Catholic charity helping seafarers worldwide, will now be known as Stella Maris.

Sr. Olivia Umoh, DC, the Director of Street Children Project leading
the Kumasi Humanitarian Team to the streets of Kumasi to distribute sleeping mats and blankets to homeless citizens in Kumasi on Tuesday, September 15, / Caritas Ghana

Vatican COVID-19 Response Fund Boosting Caritas Ghana Interventions among Deprived

The Vatican COVID-19 Response Fund donated to Ghana’s Archdiocese of Kumasi is changing lives of vulnerable groups in the Archdiocese including the homeless and medical staff working in deprived conditions, the Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Ghana, the Relief and Development Organization of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has said.

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero. / Office of Communication Society of Jesus.

Two Vatican Officials Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Fighting Corruption

The Vatican’s prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and auditor general signed a memorandum of understanding Friday on the fight against corruption.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

"We must return to the Eucharist": Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church.

Pope Francis and Fr. Pedro Opeka in Akamasoa, the "City of Friendship," in Madagascar 08 September 2019.

Pope Francis’ Visit to Madagascar “an unforgettable human, spiritual event”: Cleric

One Year since Pope Francis visited Madagascar, a missionary Cleric whose apostolate involves reaching out to the deprived in the Island nation off the coast of East Africa, has shared memories of the 6-8 September 2019 Papal pastoral trip describing it as “an unforgettable human and spiritual event.”

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2019. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Sign a New Encyclical on Human Fraternity on October 3

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate in Assisi on Oct. 3.

Pope Francis holds a soccer ball in St. Peter's Square in 2015. Credit: Vatican Media.

A New Book to Feature Pope Francis’ “most significant speeches to athletes”

The Vatican is publishing a new book collecting Pope Francis’ notable speeches to athletes of all kinds, and which includes the testimonies of three professional athletes.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Church Financial Scandals “must not be covered up”: Vatican Secretary of State

In an interview Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, spoke about uncovering financial scandal, saying that hiding scandal increases and entrenches it.

Map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria / Nigeria

Pope Francis Asks Mary "Mother of Hope" to Intercede for Nigeria's Persecuted Christians

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and for peace in conflicts in Africa.

Assumption of the Virgin Mary, fresco painting in San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy. / Zvonimir Atletic / Shutterstock.

The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven Explained

On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven.

Pope Francis baptized Ervina and Prefina Bangalo on August, Friday 7, 2020. The two-year old conjoined twins had been successfully separated at a Vatican-ran hospital in Rome in June. / Antoinette Montaigne/Twitter.

Pope Francis Baptizes Conjoined African Twins Separated in Rome

Pope Francis has baptized the African twins who were born conjoined at the head and were separated at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"You are not forgotten," Vatican-based African Cardinal Tells Seafarers on Sea Sunday

A Vatican cardinal urged Catholics Sunday to exercise a “preferential option for the poor” for seafarers serving on the front line of the coronavirus crisis. 

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. / Vatican Media.

"If we want, we can become good soil": Pope Francis

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God. 

The Flag of the Holy See. / Bohumil Petrik. June 5 2015.

Vatican Appeals for Debt Relief for Developing Countries at United Nations

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the “crippling external debt burdens” of developing countries struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. / Paul Badde/EWTN.

Benedict XVI’s Brother Georg Ratzinger Has Died

Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus' visit.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

South African Churches Petition Vatican, WCC to Intervene in West Bank Takeover by Israel

Representatives of the various Christian denominations in South Africa have appealed to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to intervene in Israel’s plan to take over the West Bank, a landlocked territory claimed by both Israel and Palestine.