Vatican News


Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests
Dec 08 2016
The Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, said the Congregation for Clergy.

Pope Francis appoints two auxiliary bishops for Baltimore: Monsignors Mark Brennan and Adam Parker
Dec 05 2016
Monsignor Brennan now serves as a Gaithersburg pastor; Monsignor Parker is vicar general and moderator of the curia in Baltimore.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala
Dec 02 2016
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

Pope meets Martin Scorsese after director screens 'Silence' for Jesuits
Nov 30 2016
The morning after screening his film, "Silence," for about 300 Jesuits, the U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis.

Pope speaks to Jesuits about discernment, vocations, poverty
Nov 28 2016
Calling clericalism “one of the most serious illnesses that the church has,” the pope said it also is a violation of the vow and spirit of poverty.

Pope, archbishop express condolences over Fidel Castro’s death
Nov 26 2016
Pope Francis sent a telegram in Spanish to Cuba expressing condolences over the “sad news” of “the death of your dear brother” to Raul Castro, who currently rules the island

Pope extends special Year of Mercy provisions on confession
Nov 21 2016
Pope Francis formally gave all priests permanent permission to grant absolution to those who confess to having procured an abortion.

Proclaim Christ the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year
Nov 21 2016
The whole church and each Christian must "follow his way of tangible love," Pope Francis said.

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world
Nov 20 2016
Even Catholics are not immune from "the virus of polarization and animosity," the pope told the new cardinals.

Pope asks business leaders to take a risk on using money for good
Nov 17 2016
“Corruption is the worst social plague,” the pope said, and it often starts with little white lies.