In a letter to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said the life of the saint is a “great treasure” that can help to renew consecrated life today.
At a rain-soaked General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis called for renewed prayers for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in the Family.
We bring you the official English translation of the homily Pope Francis prepared for Palm Sunday, 2015
Pope Francis has sent his condolences upon learning of the death of the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV.
St Peter’s Basilica will go dark for one hour Saturday evening, joining an annual international effort to raise awareness about climate change.
The Vatican on Friday told the United Nations Security Council that Christians are facing an “existential fear” in the Middle East, and the international community must act before “it’s too late”
Pope Francis has confirmed more members and substitutes for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in October.
The President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, on Wednesday hosted a lunch at the Quirinale Palace for the newly-created Italian Cardinals: The Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo,Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli; and the Archbishop of Agrigento, Cardinal Francesco Montenegro.
Pope Francis has sent a Telegram signed by the Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin, offering prayers and calling for aid for the victims of the recent flooding in Chile and Peru.
Church leaders in Ireland concluded a two-day international conference entitled ‘Faithful Peacebuilding’ in Belfast. They said they "cannot afford to be complacent" about the peace process in Northern Ireland.
The President of the Australian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, has expressed “deep sympathy” and offered prayers for all those affected by the hostage attack which took place yesterday at a cafe in downtown Sydney.
Jesuit Father David Neuhaus is in charge of the small Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel. In the wake of Netanyahu's election victory, he says the international community must step up its pressure on the Israeli government and provide an alternative vision for lasting peace in the region
“As Christians, we always have hope, The people of South Sudan have experienced many decades of conflict, but we are confident that, with God's help, we will overcome the evil in our midst," South Sudan's Christian leaders assert.
Over half a million people have signed a petition started by a British woman to save Asia Bibi, the Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy.
The Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, died on Thursday at the age of 79.
Obedience as the condition of authentic joy, and fidelity to tradition as the key to faithful service in changing times were the themes of Pope Francis’ homily on Monday evening in St Peter’s Basilica
Vatican Radio's Tracey McClure talks with Iraqi Christians who escaped persectuion at home and have sought refuge in Jordan. What local churches and Caritas Jordan are doing to reach out to help them...
Catholic leaders in the United States are calling on the US Congress to protect funding to housing and agriculture programs that serve poor and vulnerable people.
A senior Ukrainian official who was detained three days ago as part of a crackdown on high-level corruption will be released for lack of evidence.
At least 400 children in Syria have been recruited by the so-called “Islamic State” over the past three months.
The cyclone in Vanuatu has put the spotlight on the connection between natural disasters and climate change.
Presidential elections are underway today in Nigeria, where 60 million registered voters are heading to the polls to cast their vote for incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan or his opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Sri Lanka has started releasing private land occupied by the military during the country's 26-year civil war, in a major step at reconciliation with minority ethnic Tamils.
Caritas representatives from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger will be in Rome this week for emergency meeting s in response to the growing number of people fleeing violence and kidnappings at the hands of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram.
A book presentation was held in Rome in March for the launch of a new biography of the first Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishop of Canada, Blessed Nikita Budka.
Adam Simmermacher, fought for Germany in WWI. This year, his grandson Günther has made a new translation of his grandfather’s memoirs into English, which will be officially released next year with the title “A Soldier for the Kaiser”.
March 21 marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day.To mark the occasion here at Vatican Radio, we spoke to May Gannon, dramatherapist, counsellor and member of staff at Down Syndrome Ireland.
Jill Bevilacqua brings us a Gospel reflection for Palm Sunday.
Pope Francis has given the ‘thumbs up’ to the ground-breaking work of the leading Argentinian-Canadian doctor, Julio Montaner, who pioneered the use of Antiretroviral drugs to treat and prevent HIV infections.
(Vatican Radio) Want to know more about the artistic secrets of sacred Rome? Well join Professor of Fine Arts Breda Ennis in the Church of Santo Stefano del Cacco as she shares with Veronica Scarisbrick her admiration for Perin del Vaga's depiction of the Deposition.
Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about the Liturgy and Gregorian Chant? Courses are now available in the heart of Rome, at the ninth century basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, the patroness of music.
(Vatican Radio) Have you ever wondered when spiritual exercises in the Vatican began? As our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster explains the date in which this was streamlined was 1929, the year in which the Lateran Pacts were signed.
Created in 2013 by SECAM, the Catholic News Agency for Africa (CANAA) is gathering stories from a variety of sources to make them available to the local churches on the continent and beyond.
Dr. Astrid Lobo Gagiwala of Mumbai, India, explains how she is living her interfatih marriage as a committed Catholic for the past 25 years.
29 Sunday in Ordinary time: The Lord Jesus categorically refuses to be drawn into a pointless argument about paying taxes to Caesar..
As Palm Sunday we enter the Holy Week and welcome Jesus into our lives, asking him to allow us a share in his suffering, death and resurrection. As Passion Sunday, it is also the time we remember and relive the events which brought about our redemption and salvation