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Category: Vatican News

Pope appoints first female secretary-general at Vatican

The appointment of Sister Raffaella Petrini follows that of Sister Nathalie Becquart, pictured, and Sister Alessandra Smerilli to senior roles. Sister Raffaella Petrini,...

Pope Francis encourages participation in 2021 Season of Creation

The ecumenical celebration of the 2021 Season of Creation—themed “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God”—runs from 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for...

Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies named bishop of Tortona

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Guido Marini, of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Genoa, as Bishop of the Diocese of Tortona, Italy. Monsignor Marini has been...

Pope expresses hope in young people on UN International Youth Day

Pope Francis has great faith in young people, whose youthful spirit, he says, can bring about a more just and equitable world, especially for the poor and needy. The...

Pope Francis: Literature and art must not exploit slave labour

Maurizio Maggiani, an Italian author who writes romance novels, recently discovered that his books are printed by exploiting people in slave-like conditions in Pakistan....

Pope to Ecumenical Delegation: We are called on to distinguish, discern and sift

Addressing the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican on Monday, Pope Francis noted that “this annual exchange of delegations...

Pope Francis departs on Apostolic Journey to Iraq

The Pope boarded an Alitalia A330 at Fiumicino airport on Friday morning to begin his visit to the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq. The papal plane took off at 7:45 AM,...

Pope appeals for release of 317 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

Speaking at the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis forcefully condemned the “vile kidnapping of 317 girls” in Nigeria’s Zamfara State. He invited everyone to...

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: “There are not two Popes”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy, which became effective eight years ago, [28 February 2013] was a “difficult choice,” but made “in full...

Cardinal Turkson appointed member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

The Holy Father has appointed as members of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, prefect of the...