Pope Francis tells Swiss Guard that Vatican City State is proud of their presence

Meeting new recruits to the Swiss Guard, Pope Francis thanked the young men for their diligent and important work serving the successor of St. Peter every single day.

Cardinal Becciu returns to testify at Vatican trial

Taking the stand for a second time at his Vatican trial, Cardinal Angelo Becciu spent more than two hours reading a statement in which he claimed accusations of financial impropriety were an attempt to stain his reputation.

Pope Francis tells Russian patriarch they are not 'clerics of the state'

Warning that the Russian Orthodox patriarch should not "turn himself into Putin's altar boy," Pope Francis also said he would like to go to Moscow to meet Vladimir Putin in an attempt to end the conflict in Ukraine.

God's Word on Sunday: We are nourished by Jesus’ unending care

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C) May 8 (Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100; Revelation 7:9, 14b-17; John 10:27-30)

Religious people often are reluctant to hear new things. There is a great deal of comfort in what is known and predictable. Anything that disturbs this sense of the “way things are” is suspect and is seen as a threat. Nearly every new direction that religious thought has taken has been greeted with resistance, rancour and sometimes even violence. One need not look farther than the battlelines that have been drawn in the contemporary Church.

Pope Francis wants annual audit of church's safeguarding measures worldwide

Pope Francis asked his safeguarding commission to provide an annual audit of what the church is doing to protect minors and what needs to change, as well as to urge bishops' conferences to set up special "centers" where victims can be heard and find accompaniment toward "healing and justice."

There is mercy and it’s the Resurrection

Alleluia! He is risen! The only real sin, says St. Isaac of Nineveh, is not paying attention to the Resurrection.

In message to Russian patriarch, Pope Francis prays for end of war in Ukraine

In an Easter message to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Pope Francis prayed that the Holy Spirit would "transform our hearts and make us true peacemakers, especially for war-torn Ukraine."

God's Word on Sunday: Discipleship takes us where we’d rather not go

Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) May 1 (Acts 5:28-32, 40b-41; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19)

There are some words that just cannot remain unspoken. They burn within and demand to be shouted from the rooftops. Jeremiah the prophet discovered that when he tried to resign as prophet and not speak the name of the Lord anymore. He could not contain himself.

Vatican clears Polish Cardinal Dziwisz of abuse cover-up allegations

The Vatican has wrapped up its own investigation and dismissed allegations that Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz had covered up cases of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy in his archdiocese.

God's Word on Sunday: There is a divine presence within all of us

Second Sunday of Easter (Year C) April 24 (Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31)

The people of Jerusalem must have sensed and felt the power emanating from the group of Jesus believers gathered in Solomon’s Portico. Many wanted to join them but were hesitant or afraid — it all seemed so strange and new. And yet many did join them, and their numbers continued to grow.

Papal preacher on Good Friday: Jesus calls everyone to repent, turn swords into plowshares

Jesus invites everyone to repent and to turn swords into plowshares and missiles into factories and homes, the papal preacher said.