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Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Catholics Should be “sign of unity” in a Divided Society: Vatican cardinal

The Catholic Church cannot be an authentic witness to unity in diversity if it only mirrors the divisions found in society, Cardinal Kurt Koch said Friday.

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Catholic Priests May be Feeling “nonessential” amid COVID-19: Here's How You Can Help

As restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced churches to close or limit their activity in recent months, priests across the U.S. and other parts of the world may be feeling “nonessential” as they struggle to support or even engage with their parish community, one psychologist said.

People pass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of May. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican: No Active Coronavirus Cases among Employees

The Vatican said Saturday the city state no longer has any active positive cases among employees, after a 12th person had tested positive in early May.

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Vatican Offers Online Book for Parents Facing Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

The Vatican has published a free book online that can be a resource for parents facing a difficult or fatal diagnosis for their unborn child during pregnancy. 

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves. Credit: Office of Communication Society of Jesus.

With Major Deficits Projected, Vatican Says Holy See Not at Risk of Default

The new head of the Holy See’s financial office said Wednesday the Vatican is not at risk of fiscal default, even while reports in the Italian media indicate dire deficit projections for the Holy See. 

Some of the members of the Instituted of the Apostles of Jesus who are ministering in the U.S. The Kenya-based Institute is undergoing internal reforms and a re-organization of the life of its members following a Vatican Decree that established a Pontifical Commissariat in June 2018. / Apostles of Jesus/U.S. Region/Province

Vatican Decree to Apostles of Jesus Order Wasn’t “to close, suspend,” Officials Clarify

The 2018 Vatican Decree issued through the department for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) to the Institute of the Apostles of Jesus was not meant “to close or suspend” the Kenya-based Religious Order but to begin a process of its rehabilitation and reform, two Church officials mandated by the Holy See to oversee the process have clarified.

Pope Francis blesses an almost empty St. Peter’s Square April 13, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Commends Women Caring for Others Under COVID-19 Lockdown

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to pray for women who are currently caring for children, aiding the elderly, or working in healthcare or law enforcement amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis celebrates a morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta. Credit: Vatican Media.

COVID-19 Crisis Forces Us to Choose Between Life and Love of Money, Says Pope Francis

We face a fundamental choice as we seek to resolve the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said during his morning Mass Monday.

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

At Easter Vigil, Pope Francis Urges Christians to Be “messengers of life amid death"

Pope Francis urged Christians to be “messengers of life in a time of death” as he celebrated the Easter Vigil in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

Pope Francis’ Homily at the Easter Vigil: Full Text

The full prepared text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 11 at St. Peter's Basilica.

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Beauty, Drama and Pinpoint Silence: Easter Triduum Memories from Rome

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days, several Catholics living in Rome have recalled their favorite memories of the Easter Triduum in the Eternal City.

Pope Francis presides at the Stations of the Cross outside St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Vatican Media

At Good Friday's Way of the Cross, Pope Francis Prays for Those Serving the Suffering

Pope Francis prayed for those who are serving the suffering as he presided at the Stations of the Cross in a deserted St. Peter’s Square on Good Friday evening.

Pope Francis prays by the crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica April 10, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

The Cross has Changed the Meaning of Suffering, Says Papal Preacher on Good Friday

Through his death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed all human pain, including the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican on Good Friday.

Pope celebrates Mass in St. Peter's on Holy Thursday. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis Recalls Priests Dying amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis prays during Palm Sunday Mass April 5, 2020. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Let Us Stand Before the Crucifix in Our Homes

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis offered Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica and urged Catholics quarantined at home to remember "what really matters" in life: loving God and serving others.

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Vatican Flags at Half-staff in Solidarity with Coronavirus Victims

More than 11,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy after a total of 101,739 people have been documented by the Italian Ministry of Health as infected with the coronavirus.

Vatican offices on an empty Papa Pio XII Square. Credit: Vatican Media.

Vatican Offices to Remain Open Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Vatican City State offices and dicasteries of the Holy See will remain open and working, with additional precautions and the possibility to work from home in some cases, the Vatican said Thursday.

St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020. Credit: Hannah Brockhaus/CNA.

Italian Police Close St. Peter's Square to Public

The Italian police closed St. Peter’s Square Tuesday following the Italian government decree extending quarantine measures to all of Italy to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The Secretary of the Holy See Delegation to the U.N. Geneva, Msgr. Mauro Cionini / Ignatius Takura Mugwagwa/EWTN Deutschland

Vatican Ready for “constructive, respectful dialogue” with Eritrean Government to End Woes

Delegates of the Holy See have, during the recent 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, called for an amicable solution to the challenges that the Catholic Church in Eritrea is facing and expressed readiness for “a constructive and respectful dialogue” to end the tense relations pitting the government against the Church in the Northeast African country.

Fransciscan Brother Peter Tabichi meeting Pope Francis at Santa Marta in Rome on January 8, 2020

Kenyan Religious Brother, World’s Best Teacher Meets Pope Francis, Share Prayer Intentions

Kenyan-born Franciscan Friar who was voted world’s best teacher in March 2019 had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday, January 8 during which the two shared mutual prayer intentions.