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September 30, 2014

Vatican Rejects U.N. Committee’s Call for Changes to Canon Law

The Holy See has released a detailed response to criticisms made earlier this year by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

September 29, 2014

Pope Francis: Satan Seduces Us by Disguising Evil as Good

He said that although the Bible tells us that the devil is astute and cunning in his attacks, we have the angels to defend us.

September 23, 2014

Cardinal Burke: Rumor Mill Seeks to Undermine Synod on the Family

Media outlets with a bias against the Church are fueling expectations of a change in Church teaching, ‘which is impossible,’ the cardinal said.

September 10, 2014

Cardinal: Synod’s Tone Will Make It More Dynamic

The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be held Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican.

August 29, 2014

Ambassador: ‘Francis Syndrome’ Provides Spark to Korean People

Thomas Han, former ambassador to the Holy See, said the Asian people were inspired to follow the Pope’s humble example.

August 25, 2014

Pope Francis: Build Rock-Solid Faith Like St. Peter

In his Angelus address, the Holy Father challenged the faithful to build up the Church ‘in every part of the world.’

August 15, 2014

Vatican ‘Shares the Sadness’ of Chinese Youth Barred From Visiting Korea

More than 60 Chinese young people are attending the Asian Youth Day, but many more were not able to leave mainland China.

July 9, 2014

A Look at Lord Patten, the Vatican's New Media Czar

July 2, 2014

Synod’s Working Document Addresses Priestly Education, Faithful Knowledge

NEWS ANALYSIS: On June 27, the Vatican released the instrumentum laboris for the October Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family.

March 21, 2014

Fr. Lombardi on Concerns Over Vatican Spending Cuts

January 21, 2014

President Obama to Visit Pope Francis in March

January 18, 2014

Vatican Commission Completes Medjugorje Investigation

December 20, 2013

Vatican to Host January Meeting to Seek Peace in Syria

The meeting will take place Jan. 13, just a few days before U.N.-backed peace talks begin on ending the conflict.

December 19, 2013

Vatican Hires Large U.S. Consultancy Firm to Advise on Media

November 25, 2013

Putin Meets Pope, Human Dignity and Syria Focus of Talks

November 21, 2013

Apprehension Over Plans to Relocate U.S. Embassy

November 14, 2013

Archbishop Mueller Reaffirms Teaching on Divorced and Remarried Catholics

October 31, 2013

Consistory for Creation of New Cardinals Confirmed for February

October 30, 2013

Italian Magazine Says NSA Listened into Vatican and Pope

October 23, 2013

Pope Francis Greets Trailblazing Parliamentary Group

October 21, 2013

Pope Francis Gives First Address in English

October 8, 2013

Pope Francis Calls Synod on the Family, Evangelization

October 3, 2013

Cardinals Agree on Radical Changes to Curia Governance

August 31, 2013

Pope Chooses Humble and Respected Diplomat as Secretary of State

August 12, 2013

Pope Francis: Does Jesus Attract Our Hearts ʻLike a Magnet’?

‘What is the force that holds the family together? It is precisely the love of God,’ the Holy Father said.

July 13, 2013

Concerns Rising Over Slow Appointments of Bishops

July 10, 2013

Italian Opera Company Preparing Show on Life of John Paul II

The Italian opera will debut in Rome on Dec. 8, with a special pre-debut at the Vatican during the month of October.

July 2, 2013

Vatican Bank Director, Deputy Announce Resignations

Since 2010, the management of the Institute for Religious Works has been working hard to bring processes in line with international standards for anti-money laundering.

July 2, 2013

Blessed John Paul II to be Canonized in December?

June 29, 2013

Has a gay pedophile prostitution ring been discovered at the Vatican? (8 things you need to know)

June 28, 2013

New Vatican Secretary of State May Be Appointed Soon

NEWS ANALYSIS: Vatican sources discuss a possible candidate for the new Vatican secretary of state.

June 28, 2013

Vatican ‘Ready to Cooperate’ in Investigation of Accountant

Vatican accountant was arrested June 28 for allegedly trying to move 20 million euros from Switzerland illegally into Italy.

June 28, 2013

Charity’s Rapid Growth Could Be Due to Pope’s Influence

Mary’s Meals vision for the future is that every child in the world should be able to receive at least one good meal every day.

June 28, 2013

Traditionalists Indicate Definitive Break With Catholic Church

The Lefebvrist bishops announced that the dialogue with the Vatican is over.

June 26, 2013

Pope Francis Personally Initiated Vatican Bank Commission

Pope Francis appointed a 'board' of five members to report to him about the legal position and the activities of the Religious Works Institute in order to 'harmonize the institute with the universal mission of the Apostolic See.'

June 26, 2013

Toddler’s Encounter With Pope ‘Unforgettable,’ Dad Says

The daughter of Alan Holdren, head of CNA’s Rome bureau, meets Pope Francis.

June 14, 2013

Pope Confirms Faith Encyclical Nearly Done

Pope Francis also stressed the need for the Church to address the crisis of the family.

June 13, 2013

Pope Targets Longing for Past, ‘Adolescent Progressivism’

The Pope says that the track the Church must follow is in continuous discernment of God’s will.

June 11, 2013

Jesuit Writers Get Quick Answer to Papal Audience Request

Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit publication.

June 6, 2013

Pope Stresses Threats to Human Person on Environment Day

The Holy Father says, ‘We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family.’

May 31, 2013

Vatican Explains Availability of Pope’s Daily Homilies

Vatican Press Office reports that the full text of Pope Francis’ public events is made available, but the daily homilies are only summarized because of ‘the character of the situation and the spontaneity and familiarity of the Pope’s remarks.’

May 30, 2013

Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi Begin Stage of Prayer and Penance

Representatives of Regnum Christi will soon hold a meeting in Rome, while, this summer, territorial assemblies will be held to revise the draft of the Constitution of the Legionaries.

May 28, 2013

Dignity of Man Central to ‘Rethinking Solidarity,’ Says Pope

The Holy Father urged the restoration of solidarity as a ‘social value,’ noting that much of the business and economic world does not hold it in high esteem.

May 28, 2013

Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide

The gathering will be an hour of simultaneous adoration for the feast of Corpus Christi, which Pope Francis will begin in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5pm Rome time.

May 23, 2013

Pope: Ask If Your Life Promotes Unity or Division

The Pope explained that without the Holy Spirit the Church could not ‘accomplish the task that the risen Jesus has entrusted to her: to go and make disciples of all nations.’

May 23, 2013

Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Unit Nets Suspicious Activity

The Financial Information Authority was set up to help combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

May 22, 2013

Pope: Power Struggles Within the Church Are Outside Jesus’ Vision

The Holy Father explains that real power is service and what will make us seem more like Jesus.

May 21, 2013

Rome University Launches Course on Liturgical Music

The two-year program will be divided into three main topics: liturgy, music and theology.

May 17, 2013

‘Chasm’ Exists Between Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Even though the Holy Father has been praised by liberation theologians, he has always disagreed with that interpretation of the Gospel, even at the cost of finding himself isolated.

May 17, 2013

The LCWR vs. the Vatican: Setting the Record Straight

NEWS ANALYSIS: The facts don’t support complaints by the U.S. women’s religious group about its Vatican-mandated reform process.

May 17, 2013

Pope: ‘If We Annoy People, Blessed Be the Lord’

The Pope says that the Church needs apostolic zeal to proclaim Jesus Christ among people who do not know him.

May 16, 2013

Clergy Must Be Shepherds, Not Wolves, Says Pope

Pope Francis asked the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests to be poor, humble and meek in the service of the people.

May 16, 2013

Cardinal O’Brien Leaving Scotland for Penance, Prayer

The disgraced former archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will spend several months for the purpose of spiritual renewal, prayer and penance.

May 16, 2013

Church Movements Bringing 50,000 More Than Vatican Expected for Pentecost

The Vatican invited Church movements to gather in Rome as part of the Year of Faith, an initiative aimed at evangelizing and helping Catholics become more fervent in faith.

May 15, 2013

Holy Spirit Leads to Truth Amid Relativism, Pope Counsels

Francis encourages the faithful to be open to the Holy Spirit and to the word of God.

May 14, 2013

Vatican Stats Show Continued Growth in Africa, Asia

The Pontifical Yearbook reports 3,000 new priests in the two continents in 2011 and that in the last 10 years the numbers increased by 39.5% in Africa and 32% in Asia.

May 2, 2013

Improving Communication of Pope's Early Morning Homilies

Vatican appears to be planning on releasing full transcripts

April 30, 2013

Peres Tells Pope: Middle East is "Disintegrating"

April 30, 2013

‘Sacra Liturgia 2013’ Inspired by Benedict XVI’s Writings on the Mass

Bishop Dominique Rey of France discusses the significance of the Pope Emeritus’ work on the liturgy.

April 30, 2013

Confessional Not a ‘Dry Cleaner,’ Says Pope

Pope Francis taught that being ashamed of sins is ‘not only natural; it’s a virtue that helps prepare us for God’s forgiveness.’

April 26, 2013

Pope’s Plans for Encyclical, Travel Disclosed

Benedict XVI had already laid the groundwork for an encyclical on the virtue of faith in late 2012, and Pope Francis could easily revise it and add his own insights to the text, Vatican says.

April 24, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Honored by Evangelicals for Leadership

Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is recognizing Cardinal Dolan for his advocacy for religious freedom.

April 24, 2013

Pope Urges Christians to Remember Final Judgment

The Holy Father dedicated his Wednesday audience address to a phrase from the Nicene Creed, continuing a Year of Faith series started by Benedict XVI.

April 24, 2013

Theologian: Same-Sex Civil Unions Discriminate Against Married Couples

Ethics professor cautions equating homosexual unions to marriage because the legal system starts to transform the nature of marriage as a social and legal institution.

April 19, 2013

Pope’s Curia Reform Council Reflects Church’s Universality

Pope Francis has chosen eight cardinals from a variety of backgrounds to reform the Curia.

April 17, 2013

Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

The center’s mission is a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

April 17, 2013

Jesus’ Ascension Means We Are Never Alone, Pope Says

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

April 13, 2013

Pope Creates Consultative Committee on Reforming the Curia

April 12, 2013

Pope Thanks Foundation for Fighting Material, Spiritual Poverty

A Philadelphia-based charity presents Pope Francis with an $8.6-million donation, which he will be able to use during the coming year for his charitable activities.

April 11, 2013

World Misses God, But It Can See Your Joy, Pope Tells Audience

Pope Francis reminds Catholics that God “treats us as his beloved children; he understands us, forgives us, embraces us and loves us, even when we go astray.”

April 10, 2013

Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

April 5, 2013

Pope Francis Confirms Strong Stance Against Clerical Abuse

The Holy Father said that victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.

April 5, 2013

Story of Pope’s Desire to Visit Sicily Emerges

Pope Francis, like John Paul II, invites guests to attend Mass in his private chapel and then invites them for breakfast.

April 3, 2013

Pope Francis Prays at John Paul II’s Tomb

On the eighth anniversary of the Holy Father’s death, Pope Francis prays at the tombs of his predecessors who are buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

April 2, 2013

Recognize Risen Christ in Those Suffering Autism, Vatican Says

The Vatican released a message on World Autism Awareness Day to express solidarity with those suffering from the disorder and their families.

March 28, 2013

Pope to Priests: Anointing Others Will Strengthen Your Heart

During the Holy Thursday chrism Mass, the sacred oils for baptism, confirmation and the anointing of the sick were blessed.

March 26, 2013

Two Books by Pope Francis Due to Be Published in Italian

English-language book by Pope Francis is due to be published in May.

March 22, 2013

Spiritual Poverty Threatens World Peace, Pope States

Pope Francis emphasized that building real brotherhood requires the contributions of faith.

March 19, 2013

Pope Francis Will Attend World Youth Day, Officials Confirm

World Youth Day 2013 will take place July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro.

March 16, 2013

Francis, Our Shepherd

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March 15, 2013

Former Vatican Diplomat Sees Wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope’s Election

Former ambassador said Pope Francis was well regarded among his brother cardinals.

March 15, 2013

Orphans No More!

COMMENTARY: This remarkable succession of popes in modern history is a cause for hope.

March 13, 2013

New Pope Lived Simple Life in Argentina

Pope Francis brings a pastoral approach to his ministry and is a man of prayer.

March 13, 2013

Archbishops Aquila, Chaput Welcome Pope Francis

The American archbishops ask Catholics around the world to pray for our new Holy Father.

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Cardinals Went to End of World to Find Me

Pope Francis asked the crowd for the favor of praying for him in silence before he gave his blessing.

March 13, 2013

Vatican Details How New Smoke Signals Are Produced

Vatican has sought the help of ‘modern chemistry’ to produce more easily distinguishable shades of smoke.

March 13, 2013

Businessmen Join in Spiritual Bouquet for Cardinal Electors

Spiritual bouquets are prayers and penances that one offers for someone else.

March 12, 2013

Cardinal Sodano Prays for a Pope Generous in Charity

A possible first vote for the new pope could take place this evening, Rome time.

March 11, 2013

Day Before Conclave, No Clear Favorite Stands Out

NEWS ANALYSIS: Some fear a long conclave, since each cardinal has approximately the same odds of becoming pope.

March 8, 2013

As Conclave Nears, Media Play a Role

NEWS ANALYSIS: Leaking confidential Vatican information has a way of influencing the conclave and the life of the Church.

March 8, 2013

Conclave Date to Be Announced After 7pm Rome Time

All voting cardinals are present in Rome and are expected to decide the conclave’s start date.

March 7, 2013

Cardinal Bertone: New Pope Must Have Docility and Strength

New pope faces the challenge of encouraging society to make our world more humane and peaceful.

March 7, 2013

Book on Benedict XVI’s Final Speeches Planned

The Vatican Publishing House will release two books by the pope emeritus.

March 7, 2013

New Book Shows Adult Stem Cells as Medical ‘Paradigm Shift’

Its co-author says the success of adult stem cells has been so great that there is no reason to continue embryonic stem-cell research.

March 7, 2013

Profile of Future Pope Begins to Take Shape

The New Evangelization is one of the principal themes discussed in the pre-conclave meetings.

March 5, 2013

Argentinian Cardinal: ‘God Spoke Through Pope Benedict’

Cardinal Esteban Karlic believes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign is a message of God’s love.

March 4, 2013

Some Cardinals Hope for Quick Conclave

NEWS ANALYSIS: Electors arrive in Rome to elect a successor to Benedict XVI.

March 4, 2013

‘Church Changing Big Time,’ Says Cardinal Dolan

N.Y. cardinal said the Mass helps Catholics understand the nature of the papacy.

March 1, 2013

Cardinals Set Date for Meetings About Next Pope

First general congregation of the cardinals will take place on March 4.

February 28, 2013

Pope Benedict’s Kiss Goodbye

Infant son of a CNA editor received a farewell kiss from Pope Benedict.

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