The life and works of the famed Italian poet Dante Alighieri remain a lasting treasure that embodies the virtue of hope, Pope Francis said.
In the wake of the economic fallout due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy said it expects a multimillion-dollar deficit.
“2021 is a time that must not be wasted,” Pope Francis said during his annual meeting with diplomats accredited to the Holy See. “I am convinced that fraternity is the true cure for the pandemic and the many evils that have affected us.”
Pope Francis has approved changing the liturgical feast of St. Martha to include her sister and brother, Mary and Lazarus.
The pope said the day will be celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of July to coincide with the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Jesus’ grandparents.
Remembering the Holocaust and its victims is not only an act of solidarity but also serves as a warning to humanity that such horrors could happen again, Pope Francis said.
A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer were found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales.
Pope Francis told Uruguay's new ambassador to the Holy See that a future visit to the country as well as to his native Argentina is still very much on the table.