Vatican News


Holy doors close, but mission of mercy continues
Nov 15 2016
The pope said he wanted the Holy Year to be “a new step on the church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.”

Pope's last 'Mercy Friday' visit is with former priests, their families
Nov 13 2016
The Vatican said the visit was a sign that God loves and is merciful to everyone experiencing difficulty.

Forgive us for looking the other way, pope tells homeless people
Nov 13 2016
“I ask your forgiveness if I have ever offended you with my words or for not having said something that I should have,” the pope said.

Pope reportedly says he won’t judge Trump but will watch impact on poor
Nov 11 2016
The day before Donald Trump was elected president of the U.S., Pope Francis said he would make no judgments about the candidate and was interested only in the impact his policies would have on the poor.

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers
Nov 09 2016
“We send our best wishes to the new president that his administration may truly be fruitful,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ top aide.

Pope appoints Cardinal-designate Tobin as new archbishop of Newark
Nov 07 2016
The 64-year-old cardinal-designate, a member of the Redemptorist order, has been the archbishop of Indianapolis since 2012.

Pope: World needs a justice system open to hope, not just punishment
Nov 07 2016
After celebrating Mass with detainees and people who had been in prison, Pope Francis called on governments to mark the end of the Year of Mercy by extending clemency to deserving inmates.

Fight the fear, put people first, pope tells grassroots movements
Nov 06 2016
When the search for profits outweighs all other considerations in society, money becomes a god who terrorizes humanity, Pope Francis said.

Religious patch cracks left in wake of disaster
Nov 03 2016
When the Benedictine monks in Norcia led prayers before the ruins of their medieval city, they showed one way the church steps into action in times of crisis.

Catholic Church never likely to ordain women, pope says
Nov 01 2016
The Catholic Church insistence that it cannot ordain women to the priesthood and episcopacy is a teaching likely to last forever, Pope Francis said.