Vatican News


Church needs religious orders’ courage, witness, pope tells superiors
Feb 09 2017
The pope expressed concern about newer religious communities he described as "restorationists."

Vatican official speaks at U.S. bishops’ bioethics conference
Feb 09 2017
The head of the Pontifical Council for Life urged the U.S. bishops to stress the human dimension that is under threat of being ignored in the continued search for technological progress.

At audience, pope leads prayers for migrants, trafficking victims
Feb 08 2017
Pope Francis asked government officials around the world to “decisively combat this plague” of human trafficking.

Keep searching for unity, pope tells German Lutherans, Catholics
Feb 07 2017
Christians must find a common way of reacting and witnessing to the Gospel, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said.

Economy of communion offers second chances, promotes sharing, pope says
Feb 06 2017
One cannot be a Christian if one worships idols, Pope Francis said, and "one of the most powerful idols is money."

Order of Malta’s grand master resigns at pope’s request
Jan 25 2017
After weeks of very public tensions with the Vatican, the head of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta accepted Pope Francis’ request that he submit his resignation.

'We must wait and see,' pope says of President Trump
Jan 22 2017
Pope Francis told an interviewer it would be "reckless" to pass judgment on the new president before he had a chance to do anything.

Opus Dei to begin process to choose new prelate Jan. 21
Jan 17 2017
The three-step process to elect a new prelate for Opus Dei, the predominantly lay organization, will begin Jan. 21 with a consultation involving more than three dozen women leaders.

Pope baptizes babies born in Italian earthquake zone
Jan 17 2017
In a gesture of closeness to those who lost loved ones following several devastating earthquakes, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies from central Italy.

Vatican backs papal commission investigating Order of Malta
Jan 17 2017
The Vatican confirmed its trust in the papal commission investigating the forced resignation of the Order of Malta’s former grand chancellor following a letter by the order’s grand master to discredit the group.