Pope prays Chinese Catholics can practice faith fully, freely

Pope Francis prayed that Catholics in China would be free to share the Gospel and live their faith fully.

Pray at Pentecost for courage to evangelize, pope says

Christians should pray on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit would give them the courage and strength to share the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Shrinking minority is hoarding wealth, power, cardinal says

People of faith and those working in the fields of science, economics and politics need to work together to help care for life and humanity's common home, said Cardinal Michael Czerny, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Cardinal Zuppi, pope’s peace envoy, talks about war in Ukraine

"War is a pandemic. It involves us all," said Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the Italian prelate chosen by Pope Francis to lead an initiative for peace in Ukraine.

Pope Francis adds Fátima visit to World Youth Day trip

Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima during his trip to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023, the Vatican said.

Immigrant communities help show church’s universality, Rome pastor says

Catholics who have immigrated to Italy or are living there for work or study help show the universality of the Catholic Church, a Rome pastor said as he welcomed bishops and faithful from Africa and Latin America to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs, a Rome church designed by Michelangelo.

Pope advances sainthood cause of Italian priest shot for saving Jews

Pope Francis formally recognized the martyrdom of an Italian priest shot by Nazi soldiers after they discovered he was helping his parishioners hide about 100 Jews.

Pope encourages pilgrims to show others the beauty of faith

The beauty of the Christian faith lies not in its theological explanations but in the lives of people who dedicate themselves to prayer, charity and sharing the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

Intercession is fundamental for humanity, pope says

The Ascension of the Lord into heaven means Jesus is there with his Father to intercede on behalf of the faithful, Pope Francis said.

Fighting clericalism means empowering laity, cardinal says

The Catholic Church must combat clericalism among its ranks by giving authority to a "responsible and reliable" laity, the head of the Vatican's development dicastery said.