Vatican News


Scars of past wounds give strength for the future, pope says
Apr 03 2017
Pope Francis spoke to earthquake survivors April 2 at Carpi and Mirandola.

Remember shattered walls of past divisions, pope tells EU leaders
Mar 25 2017
Pope Francis welcomed the 27 European heads of state to the Vatican to commemorate the signing of the Treaties of Rome.

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican
Mar 18 2017
After urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics.

Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese who was brutally murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered to the poor, is shown baptizing a child in this undated photo. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced the North American priest will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. (CNS) Archdiocese announces beatification date for Oklahoma priest
Mar 15 2017
The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma.

Priests and marriage: Pope’s response not so new after all
Mar 13 2017
Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests fall clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors.

More prayer, outreach to youth could help priest shortage, pope says
Mar 09 2017
Shortages of priests and rumors about possible female deacons were among the highlights of Pope Francis’ exclusive interview with Germany’s Die Zeit magazine.

Pope names Maryland pastor as auxiliary bishop for Washington
Mar 08 2017
Pope Francis has appointed Father Roy Edward Campbell Jr., who is pastor of St. Joseph Church in Largo, Maryland, as an auxiliary bishop of Washington.

Faith can’t grow without temptation, pope tells Rome priests
Mar 02 2017
Faith is a continuing path of growth and maturity that cannot progress without the presence of temptations, Pope Francis told priests of Rome.

Lent is time to relive exodus from slavery to freedom, pope says
Mar 01 2017
To open a path toward the freedom of eternal life, the pope said, Jesus gave up the trappings of his glory, choosing humility and obedience.

Abuse survivor quits papal body, citing Vatican resistance to safeguarding
Mar 01 2017
One of the founding members and the last remaining abuse survivor on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has quit over what she described as resistance coming from Vatican offices against implementing recommendations.