Vatican News


Pope-patriarch meeting historic, observers say, but substance is key
Feb 09 2016
No pontiff has ever met a reigning Russian Orthodox patriarch since the Great Schism of 1054.

Papal commission on sex abuse votes that member take leave of absence
Feb 08 2016
The papal commission on child protection voted that one of its members – a survivor of abuse and victims' advocate – take a leave of absence and consider other ways to contribute to the advisory body.

Open God’s heart with prayer, pope tells Padre Pio Prayer Groups
Feb 08 2016
Praying is not like taking an aspirin, something one does just to feel a little better, Pope Francis said.

'Simple, not silly': Children's questions become book by Pope Francis
Feb 07 2016
"What did God do before the world was made?" one child asked. "Do bad people have a guardian angel, too?" asked another.

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in Cuba, Vatican announces
Feb 05 2016
After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12.

God wants to save you; will you let him? pope asks
Feb 03 2016
God doesn’t want to condemn anyone; he wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said.

Church must respect, dialogue with China, pope says in new interview
Feb 02 2016
The Catholic Church must respect "with a capital 'R'" China's rich traditional culture and "age-old" wisdom, Pope Francis said.

Prayers, care for sick are common ground for believers, pope says
Jan 28 2016
Praying for a loved one's health and healing, tenderly caring for them are experiences all people share, Pope Francis said.

Pope tells Iran’s president he has ‘high hopes’ for peace
Jan 27 2016
Meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican, Pope Francis told him he had high hopes for peace.

Papal envoy opens eucharistic congress by declaring war on poverty
Jan 26 2016
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress kicked off with Pope Francis’ representative from Myanmar declaring war on poverty.