Pope asks monasteries not to "recruit" foreign nuns to avoid closing their monastery

July 22, 2016. The Vatican issues new rules for cloistered nuns.

Full text of the "Vultum Dei quaerere" on female contemplative life

July 22, 2016. "Seeking the face of God" was signed by the Pope on June 29, 2016.

WYD volunteers challenge the world to a dance competition

July 22, 2016. A new UNI'T song launches a social media competition, #WYDChallenge...

The Vatican pays tribute to the creator of "Pope App," news.va and the Pope's Twitter account

July 22, 2016. Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who drove the phase of Vatican comm...

LIVE: Presentation of the Pope's Apostolic Constitution for religious women

July 22, 2016. It starts at 12:00 p.m., local Rome time.

A new General Chapter of Dominicans begins, in search of new "preaching strategies"

July 22, 2016. It was preceded by a pilgrimage in Spain, France and Italy.

Cardinal Parolin: Sense of humanity should prevail in Turkey to help find the right solution

July 21, 2016. "The declaration of a 'state of emergency' is not a good sign becau...

81 percent of WYD attendees believe their faith allows them to be a better person

July 21, 2016. WYD July Survey explains characteristics and motivations of 7,400 a...

The “Pokémon Go” craze has arrived in the Vatican

July 21, 2016. Players from around the world are sure Arceus, the Pokémon g...

New WYD app launch receives more than 5,000 downloads in first hour

July 20, 2016. "Pilgrim” is a must-have for attendees to experience the event and ...

Initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way, Carmen Hernandez, passes away

July 20, 2016. She, Kiko Arguello and Mario Pezzi began one of the Church's most d...

Pope sends video message to youth just days before WYD

July 20, 2016. With this WYD, he wants to "offer the world a new sign of harmony.”

LIVE: Presentation of Pope's trip to Poland for WYD

July 20, 2016. The press conference starts at 12:00 pm, local Rome time.

6,609 convictions for human trafficking in the year 2015 and roughly 20 million victims

July 19, 2016. The Trafficking in Persons report released by the US Department of ...

Surfer-priest shares his incredible journey: from dropout to drug-addict to priesthood

July 19, 2016. "We were nothing. My parents didn't believe in God. They didn't bel...

WYD moments in Krakow you don't want to miss

July 19, 2016. There will be music and powerful testimonies, but the highlight wil...

Pope sends personal message to Christian prayer event on Washington, D.C. mall

July 18, 2016. Thousands gathered in U.S. National Capitol to "reset” the current ...

WYD: Largest arena in Poland prepares for more than 40,000 Americans

July 18, 2016. Hosted by Knights of Columbus, Tauron Arena Kraków will serve all E...

Pope prays for the Nice victims and asks God to welcome them into His peace

July 18, 2016. He encouraged people to listen to others: "Do you listen to your hu...

Big exhibition shows paintings and sculptures that capture the essence of mercy

July 17, 2016. Our Lady of Mercy is the star of this exhibition with works from al...

The "lifeguards of Lesbos," who met the Pope, now go to the Libyan coast

July 17, 2016. "It breaks my heart to see how the refugee crisis in Europe has cea...
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Pope sends his condolences for the passing of Carmen Hernández

July 21, 2016. Pope Francis sent a message to Kiko Argüello after the passing of Carmen Hernández. He said he was close in spirit to her family and everyone involved with the Neocatechumenal Way, a itinerary of faith which she started, and also to the people who witnessed and appreciated her apostolic work, one of permanent education in faith. The Pope also thanked Hernández's testimony of faith and prays that "the Divine Goodness” welcomes her into the joy of eternal rest and that those involved in the Neochatecumenal Way keep the flame of her evangelizing spirit alive.
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Vatican condemns terrorist attack in Nice, France that has killed at least 84 people

July 15, 2016. The terrorist used a large truck to plough through a crowd during the Bastille day celebration.
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Pope sends condolences for the victims of Italian train accident

July 12, 2016. Pope Francis sent a telegram with his condolences for the victims of the train accident that occurred in southern Italy. The Pope says he shares the pain of the families affected by this tragic incident, which resulted in at least 20 deaths and more than 50 wounded. Pope Francis prays for the dead and for the speedy recovery of the injured.

Pope approves martyrdom of laic that refused to enroll in the SS, and of other future saints

July 8, 2016. The Pope has approved the enactment of several decrees for causes of beatification. (Continue reading)

Vatileaks 2: Two main defendants condemned. Both journalists and Vallejo's secretary acquitted.

July 7, 2016. Fr. Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for the Vatileaks case. The Vatican Tribunal also condemned his main collaborator, Francesca Chaouqui, to 10 months in prison, with a five-year suspended application of the sentence. The third person involved, Nicola Maio, has been completely cleared of all charges. Citing freedom of press, the court says it does not have jurisdiction over and is unable to prosecute the two journalists who obtained classified information, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.

Vatileaks II: Vallejo Balda and Chaouqui's defense ask for acquittal on all charges

July 5, 2016. The lawyers for the two main defendants, Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui, have called for an acquittal on all charges after the prosecutors petitioned for the sentencing of both accused. The Spanish priest was accused of conspiracy and disclosing classified documents while Francesca Chaouqui, is considered the main conspirator of the events that eventually unfolded. On Wednesday, the lawyers for the other three defendants Nicola Maio, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi will present their findings.

New archbishop in Dominican Republic

July 4, 2016. The Pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) due to his age. The Pope has appointed in his place Bishop Francisco Ozoria Acosta. Pope Francis has also accepted a resignation from the auxiliary bishop of the same archdiocese, Monsignor Amancio Escapa Aparicio, because of his age as well.
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Pope Francis appoints new auxiliary bishops in Paris and Valencia, Spain

June 27, 2016. Pope Francis has appointed Denis Jachiet and Thibault Verny as the new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Paris. Arturo Pablo Ros has also been appointed as the new auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain. More:
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 26, 2016. At 7:15 a.m. Rome Time - 9:15 a.m. Local Time - Meeting with Armenian Catholic bishops in Echmiadzin.
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 25, 2016. At 6:45 a.m. Rome Time - 8:45 a.m. Local Time - Visit to Tzitzernakaberd, the Armenian genocide memorial. More:

New bishop in Gibraltar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed a new bishop in Gibraltar. He is Carmelo Zammit, from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Malta.

Pierbattista Pizzaballa to be the provisional the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

June 24, 2016. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the former custodian of the Holy Land, will provisionally be the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The Pope has accepted Patriarch Fouad Twal's resignation for reasons of age.

New auxiliary bishops in Sydney

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed two new auxiliary bishops of Sydney, Australia. Monsignor Anthony Randazzo, who was, until now Archbishop of Brisbane assistant; and Richard James Umbers, of the Prelature of Opus Dei and chaplain at the Warrane College at the University of New South Wales.

New bishop in Myanmar

June 24, 2016. The Pope has appointed Monsignor Basilio Athai as the new bishop of the archdiocese of Taunggyi in Myanmar. He was until now an auxiliary bishop of this diocese.
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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia

June 24, 2016. At 1:00 p.m. Rome Time - 3:00 p.m. Local time -- Arrival at "Zvartnots" Yerevan International airport. - Welcome ceremony. More:
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