The Holy See Press Office has confirmed Pope Francis will receive the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, for the first time in an official visit to the Vatican on April 18, 2015.
At a rain-soaked General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis called for renewed prayers for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in the Family.
Those who are not happy believers do not know how to rejoice in the faith and in the hope of seeing Jesus: that's what Pope Francis told those gathered at Mass Thursday in the Santa Marta guesthouse
Pope Francis says he joins in the grief of families of victims from Tuesday's tragic plane crash in the Alps
On Friday morning the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Franciscan Father Raniero Cantalamessa gave his fourth Lenten sermon in the Mater Redemptoris chapel in the Vatican
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi reminded the UN of the need to “respect international legality regarding Ukraine’s territory and borders” as a “key element” for ensuring stability.
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.
March 24th is recognized as an international day for the victims of human rights violations, in honour of the Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero who was murdered while saying Mass on this day in 1980
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 Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday, a crisis summit at the Caritas headquarters in Rome seeks to draw up a humanitarian action plan for up to a million people fleeing from violence in north-eastern towns held by the militant group Boko Haram
More than half a million people have joined an online signature campaign 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.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, has praised the enactment of the Modern Slavery Bill, which became law in Britain on Thursday.
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.
Guinea Conakry's political opposition says, “Dialogue cannot be a permanent political game. We already engaged in dialogue with no outcome.”
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.
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) On Saturday March 7th, Pope Francis travels across Rome to the Roman Church of 'Ognissanti' to mark fifty years since Blessed Paul VI made history there when in the aftermath of Vatican II he celebrated Holy Mass there in the vernacular.
(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