Category Archives: Vatican

Pope: Mercy is “the beating heart of the Gospel”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis formally presented his official proclamation of the 2015-2016 extraordinary jubilee or Holy Year of Mercy this evening before celebrating vespers in St. Peter’s Basilica. The proclamation, called a “bull of indiction,” is titled “Misericordiae Vultus” … Continue reading

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Proclaiming the Holy Year at the Holy Door

By Elliot Williams* VATICAN CITY — Saturday evening, in front of the Holy Door in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis’ will give the archpriests of the major basilicas of Rome copies of his “bull of indiction,” or … Continue reading

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Do not be afraid; seek truth, beauty, love, pope says during Easter vigil

VATICAN CITY — Here is Pope Francis’ homily from tonight’s Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica as translated by the Vatican: Tonight is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ personal reflections at the end of the Way of the Cross

ROME — Pope Francis gave his own meditation at the end of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum this evening. Here is our translation of his remarks in Italian: O Crucified and victorious Christ. Your Way of the … Continue reading

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St. John Paul II: His unforgettable legacy in pictures and words

VATICAN CITY — Tens of thousands of faithful had come to St. Peter’s Square as Pope John Paul II lay dying, some staying all night in quiet and emotional vigils. After an evening prayer service April 2, then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, … Continue reading

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Remembering election night

VATICAN CITY — The election night introduction of Pope Francis to the world on March 13, 2013, took only 12 minutes. These minutes were some of the most important of my photographic career. For months I had obsessed about every … Continue reading

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Today’s caption contest on social media

(UPDATED WITH A NEW CONCLUSION) It was a fairly ordinary day in the Catholic News Service Rome bureau and in our Washington newsroom when, out of the blue, a caption contest broke out. Caption suggestions welcome for this photo of … Continue reading

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