Pope Francis still plans to visit Iraq

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said that unless there is a serious new wave of COVID-19 infections in Iraq, he has every intention of visiting the country in early March.

  • By Catholic News Service

    Vatican Museums reopen to the public

    VATICAN CITY -- As coronavirus restrictions eased slightly in most parts of Italy Feb. 1, the Vatican Museums reopened to the public after a three-month closure.

      Catechists must share God's love, uphold church teaching, Pope Francis says

      VATICAN CITY -- Religious education must focus on leading people to a personal relationship with Christ and building a community of believers where the talents of each person are valued and where all go out to share the Gospel and serve the poor, Pope Francis said.

      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

        Love is clearest sign of faith, Pope says in homily for Christian unity

        ROME — Abiding in God's love means nurturing one's relationship with him and with all those whom God loves, Pope Francis wrote in his homily for the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

        • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

          Former Vatican bank president sentenced for embezzlement

          VATICAN CITY -- A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer were found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales.

            Vatican begins vaccinating residents of its homeless shelters

            VATICAN CITY -- As the Vatican health service continued vaccinating Vatican residents and employees against COVID-19, it also began offering the vaccine to homeless people who live in Vatican-owned shelters.

            • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

              Vatican revokes arrest warrant against woman linked to finance scandal

              VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced that it withdrew an arrest and extradition request for an Italian political analyst, who allegedly was hired as a consultant by Cardinal Angelo Becciu and is now accused of embezzlement.

                Cardinal Pell: Vatican financial reform making progress

                ROME -- While questions remain about dubious financial dealings in the past and about future uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican's steady move toward financial transparency is on the right track, said Cardinal George Pell, former prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.

                  Papal trip to Argentina, Uruguay still on the table, Pope Francis tells ambassador

                  VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told Uruguay's new ambassador to the Holy See that a future visit to the country as well as to his native Argentina is still very much on the table.

                    Popes Francis, Benedict receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

                    VATICAN CITY -- Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 after the Vatican started vaccinating its employees and residents Jan. 13.

                      Pope Francis amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes

                      VATICAN CITY -- Recognizing "the gifts of each baptized person" -- women and men -- Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.

                      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service