New law brings needed transparency to finances, Vatican official says

A new law that removes financial assets from the control of the Vatican Secretariat of State is a step forward on the path of financial reform, said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, president of Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.

    Pope Francis prays for victims of earthquake in Croatia

    Pope Francis offered condolences and prayers for the victims of an earthquake that rocked central Croatia.

      God's Word on Sunday: God’s mercy shines, even in tough times

      Epiphany of the Lord (Year B) Jan. 3 (Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12)

      Most people will be more than happy to see 2020 growing smaller in the rearview mirror. It has been long, hard and painful and brought disease, death, financial hardship and loss of human community. It seemed at times that it would never end, and in fact, it has not. We have a long road ahead of us.

      • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

        Pope Francis on Christmas: Share hope, promote peace, give vaccine to all

        VATICAN CITY -- On a Christmas like no other, Pope Francis prayed for people who could not be with their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he urged everyone to recognize and help those who are suffering even more.

        • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

          Mary Marrocco: Christian unity urgent for suffering world

          A spiritual director once surprised me by asking: “What does your little voice have to say?” 

          • By Mary Marrocco

            CDF: current COVID-19 vaccines morally acceptable without alternatives

            VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican's doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted fetuses.

              God's Word on Sunday: Faith carves path to immortality

              Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Dec. 27 (Year B) Genesis 15:1-6; 17:3b-5; 15-16; 21:1-7; Psalm 105; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40

              After we leave this Earth, will we be remembered? And if we will be remembered, what form will that memory take?

              • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                Vatican aims for net-zero emissions

                VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis pledged Vatican City State would achieve net-zero carbon emissions before the year 2050, and he urged everyone in the world to be part of a new culture of care for others and the planet.

                  Vatican will offer Pfizer COVID vaccine to employees

                  VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican health service will begin vaccinating employees and Vatican citizens against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, the director of the Vatican health service told Vatican News.

                  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                    God's Word on Sunday: God’s faithful love is unconditional

                    Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 20 (Year B) 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Psalm 89; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

                    David wanted to do something spectacular for God. He proposed building a house for God — a temple — but God was not interested. David was shocked, and even Nathan the prophet was caught unawares.

                    • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                      Mary Marrocco: A first step into centre of the universe

                      How difficult it is to get out of the centre of the universe. And how painful to find our way there.

                      • By Mary Marrocco