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‘Urbi et orbi’ — What is a plenary indulgence?

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he will grant a plenary indulgence to the faithful who watch or listen to his extraordinary blessing "urbi...

Italian doctors, staff overwhelmed through coronavirus pandemic; model must be community-focused

The Dialog news operation is providing special alerts to readers of the Angelus e-newsletter. Sign up here for a free subscription to the Angelus. VATICAN CITY --...

Iranian cleric pleads with Pope Francis to help end U.S. sanctions,...

VATICAN CITY -- Citing the increasing loss of lives to COVID-19 and a lack of medical resources, an Iranian cleric has urged Pope Francis...

WATCH: Pope Francis prays for coronavirus victims, workers who sacrificed their...

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked people to pray for all victims of COVID-19, including the health care workers who sacrificed their lives caring...

High mortality rate means Italian churches, chaplains, nuns have unexpected role...

ROME — In a nation where the faithful are not allowed to assemble for Mass, one church in northern Italy is full. The Church of...

Vatican closes St. Peter’s Square, Basilica to tourists through April 3...

VATICAN CITY — In cooperation with Italian emergency measures, the Vatican has closed St. Peter’s Square and Basilica to tourists starting March 10 through...

United Nations report on gender equality attacks religious freedom, says official

GENEVA — A United Nations report addressing gender-based violence and discrimination connected to religious beliefs “is now attacking the very reality it is called...

Pope Francis sets up task force to help bishops, religious write,...

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has set up a task force of qualified experts and canon lawyers to help bishops' conferences and congregations of...

Raphael’s tapestries briefly return to Sistine Chapel

VATICAN CITY — An artistic masterpiece conceived by the Renaissance master Raphael was on display for one week in the Sistine Chapel to help...

Pope praises Knights of Columbus, recognizes group’s work in helping Christians...

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the Knights of Columbus for their charitable efforts and thanked them especially for helping Christians in the Middle...

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