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Vatican News

Artists begin work on Vatican Christmas nativity – out of sand
Vatican City, Nov 17, 2018 / 06:25 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Vatican's nativity scene will be a little bit different this year. In a departure from the traditional Neapolitan or Maltese figures of recent years, the scene of Christ's birth will be entirely sculpted from sand.
Pope Francis: Include the Holy Spirit in art, theology
Vatican City, Nov 17, 2018 / 07:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In the face of the difficulties of the modern-age, artists and theologians need the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – the source of joy and hope, Pope Francis said Saturday, during the awarding of the 2018 Ratzinger Prize.
Pope Francis calls restrictions to religious freedom a 'white martyrdom'
Vatican City, Nov 16, 2018 / 04:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- There is the bloody martyrdom of Christians killed for their faith, but also another "martyrdom" which takes place when religious freedom is unjustly limited, Pope Francis said Friday in an audience with a group which assists the Church in the Holy Land.
Pope Francis visits the poor at mobile clinic in St Peter's Square
Vatican City, Nov 16, 2018 / 01:18 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis visited Friday the temporary medical clinics serving Rome's poor and homeless in St. Peter's Square this week.
Be close to your people, Francis tells Latin American priests
Vatican City, Nov 15, 2018 / 06:13 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis encouraged the community of the Pontifical Latin American College Thursday to avoid cultural fragmentation and to be close to their people.
Pope Francis, Benedict XVI voice support for conference on 'new' human rights
Vatican City, Nov 15, 2018 / 12:31 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis and XVI have written letters lending their support to a Vatican-sponsored conference on the risks posed to fundamental human rights.
Pope Francis: A Christian's life should point to truth
Vatican City, Nov 14, 2018 / 07:24 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Christians are called to not only refrain from telling falsehoods, but to conduct their entire lives – both words and actions – as a witness to the Truth that is Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday.
Archbishop Viganò urges US bishops to be 'courageous shepherds'
Vatican City, Nov 13, 2018 / 12:46 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò sent Tuesday a message to the bishops of the United States, who are holding a plenary assembly, encouraging them to act as courageous shepherds in the face of the sex abuse crisis.
Archbishop Scicluna named adjunct secretary of CDF
Vatican City, Nov 13, 2018 / 11:35 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Pope Francis to visit Morocco in 2019
Vatican City, Nov 13, 2018 / 06:45 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis will head to two cities in Morocco March 30-31, 2019, the Vatican announced Tuesday.
Vatican Christmas stamps feature artwork by inmate
Vatican City, Nov 12, 2018 / 01:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The artwork featured on the Vatican's postage stamps for Christmas 2018 were painted by a man serving a life-sentence in a Milanese prison.
Pope Francis marks World War I centenary with message of peace
Vatican City, Nov 11, 2018 / 07:55 am (EWTN News/CNA).- The bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out in unison with thousands of other church bells around the world Sunday afternoon as Pope Francis commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I.
Pope and Assyrian Patriarch: Blood of Middle East martyrs is 'seed Christian unity'
Vatican City, Nov 9, 2018 / 02:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis and the Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III have pledged ecumenical unity in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East in a joint statement released Nov. 9.
Pope Francis warns Catholic journalists against pessimism
Vatican City, Nov 9, 2018 / 12:18 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Catholic journalists should be guided not by despair and negativity, but by a commitment to sharing the beauty of the human person, Pope Francis told a group of media students Friday.
Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal
Vatican City, Nov 8, 2018 / 07:01 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.