Vatican News

  • April 8, 2020 - 4:55pm
    Archbishop of Ouagadogou and President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, hospitalized for Covid-19, makes an appeal for solidarity with people affected by coronavirus.
  • April 8, 2020 - 4:43pm
    Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador, has been sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison on corruption charges.
  • April 8, 2020 - 2:08pm
    An interview with the Italian Prime Minister with L'Osservatore Romano and Vatican News, on the Covid-19 emergency and the economic and social perspectives for Italy and Europe after the Coronavirus crisis. The Italian Prime Minister supports the global ceasefire appeal of the UN and the Pope.
  • April 8, 2020 - 1:48pm
    The Coronavirus pandemic challenges the Vatican Office for Liturgical Celebrations to find new ways to accompany the faithful during this year’s Easter liturgies.
  • April 8, 2020 - 1:07pm
    Pope Francis addresses the faithful during the General Audience with an invitation to live Holy Week and the Triduum as "one great domestic liturgy", looking to the crucified Lord and meditating on the words of the Gospels.
  • April 8, 2020 - 1:04pm
    On Wednesday, the members of a new commission to study the possibility of women deacons in the Catholic Church are announced.
  • April 8, 2020 - 12:40pm
    How is the Pope experiencing the crisis caused by Covid-19? And how is he preparing for afterwards? Pope Francis answers these questions in a recorded interview with British journalist and writer Austen Ivereigh. The interview is published simultaneously in The Tablet (London) and Commonweal (New York). ABC offers the original text in Spanish and La Civiltà Cattolica in Italian.
  • April 8, 2020 - 11:23am
    Pope Francis dedicates the intention of his Mass, Wednesday morning, at the Casa Santa Marta, to the conversion of heart of those who take advantage of the needy. In his homily, he speaks about the many Judases who sell and betray people for money. (Playback included)
  • April 8, 2020 - 11:15am
    As Pope Francis pointed out in his video message for Holy Week, Christians are celebrating Easter this year in “a truly unusual way”. How can we respond to Jesus’ statement: “I desire to eat the Passover in your house”?
  • April 8, 2020 - 10:59am
    The Presidents of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) have issued an ecumenical Easter message for Christians celebrating the holy days in the midst of the coronavirus emergency.
  • April 8, 2020 - 9:26am
    Pope Francis encourages Christians to draw courage from our crucified and risen Lord at this time of anxiety and suffering caused by the current pandemic. Hiw words come during the weekly General Audience. Please find the official English Summary below.
  • April 8, 2020 - 8:50am
    The Catholic Church in Ghana through its humanitarian and development agency, Caritas Ghana, has put together an emergency response plan to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • April 7, 2020 - 4:42pm
    The Church in the Philippines is adhering to the call by the government to ring church bells across the country simultaneously to mark the start of a televised inter-faith prayer service on Wednesday, April 8, against the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • April 7, 2020 - 4:23pm
    For the Easter Triduum, Vatican News creates an ad hoc YouTube channel with translations of the liturgical celebrations into Sign Language for people with hearing and communication disabilities.
  • April 7, 2020 - 12:56pm
    As the Coronavirus pandemic keeps people at home, one Irish priest talks about how social media has been a lifesaver for his Dublin parish since the outbreak, and especially during this Holy Week.
  • April 7, 2020 - 12:55pm
    The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life calls for prayers for the elderly, and for action so that they do not remain alone.
  • April 7, 2020 - 12:18pm
    The Holy See Press Office issues a statement on the decision of the Australian High Court to overturn Cardinal Pell’s conviction for abuse. The High Court’s verdict was announced on Tuesday morning. Cardinal Pell was released from prison shortly after noon, and was taken to a Carmelite monastery in Melbourne.
  • April 7, 2020 - 10:46am
    Nigeria’s Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo on Tuesday celebrated Chrism Mass and urged the people to offer to Jesus deprivations brought about by the national stay-at-home order issued by the government.
  • April 7, 2020 - 10:42am
    In a letter, Cardinal Krajewski invites the members of the Papal Chapel to make an offering in solidarity with those suffering because of the pandemic.
  • April 7, 2020 - 9:15am
    Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi of Rome have exchanged greetings on the occasion of the Jewish feast of Pesach, or Passover, that starts on the evening of April 8 and continues till the evening of April 16.