Pope calls for welcoming the stranger and clothing the naked

October 26, 2016. Pope Francis continues series on the works of mercy, asking to o...

LIVE: General Audience with Pope Francis

October 26, 2016. It begins at 9:45 a.m., Rome local time.

Vatican explains why the Church does not support the scattering of ashes

October 25, 2016. The Vatican also says it is better to place the ashes in a cemet...

Vatican archives from the Argentinian dictatorship made public for victims and relatives

October 25, 2016. Pope Francis has been following the process very closely.

In Santa Marta pope warns of those who have a rigid attitude and don't journey forward

October 25, 2016. "The Kingdom of God grows through docility to the strength of th...

Document regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation

October 25, 2016. Vatican has published this document today.

LIVE: Vatican presents new guidelines on the burial and incineration of dead

October 25, 2016. The prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith e...

UK Ambassador on Holy See-UK relations: Our positions are getting closer

October 25, 2016. Sally Axworthy talks about the challenges of her new office.

Check out Pope Francis and Nicolás Maduro's first meeting in the Vatican in 2013

October 24, 2016. On that occasion, they had a public audience. Today, the visit w...

Pope meets with Jesuits in their own home

October 24, 2016. Following in his predecessors' past, he gave a speech to the Gen...

Iraq church bells toll once again after two years of ISIS occupation

October 24, 2016. The terrorists are using civilians as human shields to defend th...

Pope at Santa Marta warns against the inflexible: The law is meant to set us free

October 24, 2016. He said that people must learn to be more flexible, good, and ab...

Mexican bishop: The murders of our priests show that we are with the people

October 24, 2016. Mexico is the most dangerous Latin American country to be a priest.

Pope at the Angelus: You must offer the world an alternative, without being aggressive

October 24, 2016. The Church celebrated World Mission Day on Sunday.

Pope Francis distressed at use of boys as human shields in Mosul, Iraq

October 24, 2016. He expressed his closeness to the innocent citizens attacked thr...

Check out the pope's schedule for this week!

October 24, 2016. Keep an eye on his homilies at Casa Santa Marta.

Daniel Mitsui: Ink artist creates a Catholic coloring book for adults

October 23, 2016. A Lifelong passion for Medieval art and illuminating manuscripts...

Polish pilgrims celebrate feast days of native John Paul II and Faustina Kowalska in Vatican

October 23, 2016. Their pilgrimage consists of traveling throughout Italy, with a ...

LIVE: Pope Francis leads Sunday Angelus in St. Peter's Square

October 23, 2016. The weekly prayer begins at noon, local Rome time.

The 38 Albanian martyrs that died crying “Long Live Christ the King!”

October 23, 2016. In 1967, communist Albania became the first self-proclaimed athe...

Mussie Zerai, the priest who saves the life of refugees thanks to a mobile phone

October 22, 2016. "Europe spends a lot of money to defend refugee arrivals without...
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Nicolás Maduro meets with the pope in surprise visit to Rome

October 24, 2016. Pope Francis met with Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro. The private visit took place in the midst of the "worrysome political, social, and economic situation the country is going through, which is having serious repercussins in the daily life of the people,” according to a statement from the Vatican.

Holy See and Vietnam begin their 6th bilateral meeting today

October 24, 2016. The sixth meeting between the Holy See and a delegation of Vietnam begins today to improve relations between the two states. The Vatican delegation is headed by Antoine Camilleri, while the head of the Vietnamese delegation is Bui Thanh Son, with Foreign Affairs. The last meeting between the two state delegations was in September 2014.
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Pope to award 2016 Ratzinger Prize to Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles

October 20, 2016. The winners of this year's Ratzinger Prize will be Inos Biffi and Ioannis Kourempeles. The former, an Italian priest, is an expert in Systematic Theology and History of Medieval Theology. The latter is Greek and an Orthodox. He is an expert in History of Dogmas and Dogmatic Theology. He will be the first Orthodox to be awarded the prize given by the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, considered by many the Nobel Prize of Theology.
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Pope Francis sends his condolences to Thais after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

October 14, 2016. Pope Francis has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Thailand to express his condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was 88 years old, and his reign spanned seven decades. Pope Francis said he is "deeply saddened” and he expresses his closeness to the members of the royal family and the Thai people.
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Pope sends 100,000 dollars for Hurricane Matthew victims

October 14, 2016. Through the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", Pope Francis will send $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The money will fund relief efforts in the first stages of recovery after the devastating effects of the hurricane. With this gesture, the pope wants to express his "closeness of spirit and fatherly support” to everyone in the affected area.
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Pope authorizes new decrees of heroic virtues for four potential saints

October 11, 2016. Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree of heroic virtues to four people, who are being investigated by the Church for possible sainthood. The decrees were given to the following "Servants of God:”
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Pope Francis rejects death penalty on Twitter: #NoDeathPenalty

October 10, 2016. The Pope has has given his support via Twitter to the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The following message can be read in each of his nine accounts, in their respective languages: "Punishment should necessarily include hope! #NoDeathPenalty.”
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Pope Francis announces Synod about youth and vocation

October 6, 2016. It will be held in 2018 under the name "Youth, faith, and vocational discernment.” Preparations for the second Synod of bishops convened by Pope Francis are well underway.

Theme chosen for 2017 World Communications Day

September 29, 2016. The theme for the 2017 World Communications Day has officially been announced. Coming from the book of Isiah, the theme is: "Fear not, for I am with you: communicating hope and trust in our time.”
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Pope will not be able to travel to Israel on Friday to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres

September 28, 2016. Despite the rumors that Pope Francis will travel to Israel to attend Shimon Peres funeral, the Vatican has issued a statement officially announcing a confirmation for the pope's scheduled visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan will remain as planned on Friday. The pope spoke warmly about the former leader and sent out a telegram of condolences:
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Pope's schedule during his trip to Sweden

September 27, 2016. Pope Francis will travel to Sweden next October 31 and November 1, for the occasion of the Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation.This will be the 17th trip of his pontificate.
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