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Mother’s Day: Pope Francis sends moms ‘Our prayer, affection, best wishes’

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Regina Caeli on May 8, 2022. / Vatican Media

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 8, 2022 / 06:08 am (CNA).

In his Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis asked the faithful to celebrate their mothers in a special way on Sunday, for Mother’s Day, and urged continued prayers for peace in Ukraine.

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury say South Sudan trip will be a ‘pilgrimage of peace’

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, May 7, 2022 / 09:45 am (CNA).

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.”

Pope Francis: ‘It’s not possible to worship God while making the liturgy a battleground’

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. / Vatican Media

Vatican City, May 7, 2022 / 08:10 am (CNA).

Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.”

Cardinal Pell highlights 'somewhat incomplete' account given by Cardinal Becciu at Vatican finance trial

Cardinal George Pell, prefect emeritus of the Secretariat of the Economy, speaks with EWTN News in Rome, Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Denver Newsroom, May 6, 2022 / 15:40 pm (CNA).

Cardinal George Pell said Friday that the recent testimony of Cardinal Angelo Becciu at the Vatican finance trial “was somewhat incomplete.”

Pope Francis encourages new Swiss Guard recruits ‘to grow as Christians’

Pope Francis with new Swiss Guard recruits in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on May 6, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 6, 2022 / 06:40 am (CNA).

Thirty-six new recruits will be sworn in today.

Pope Francis: ‘Barbarity of war’ should inspire new push for Christian unity

Pope Francis meets participants in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s plenary meeting at the Vatican, May 6, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 6, 2022 / 06:05 am (CNA).

The pope was addressing members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Pope Francis permitted spending $1m to free nun kidnapped in Mali, cardinal says

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 5, 2022 / 16:05 pm (CNA).

At the Vatican’s finance trial on Thursday, Cardinal Angelo Becciu said that Pope Francis had allowed spending up to 1 million euros ($1.05 million) toward the liberation of a missionary abducted in Mali. 

Cardinal Becciu questioned on investments as his former deputy seeks damages

A hearing in the Vatican finance trial is held on Nov. 17, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 5, 2022 / 11:30 am (CNA).

Cardinal Becciu read out a 50-page declaration asserting his innocence at a Vatican finance trial hearing.

Pope Francis encourages religious orders to ‘make their synodal journey’

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 5, 2022 / 09:56 am (CNA).

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General.

Pope Francis merges 4 foundations into new Vatican hospitality body

Pope Francis is pictured outside the Casa Santa Marta on July 1, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, May 5, 2022 / 07:45 am (CNA).

A papal decree, known as a chirograph, united the foundations under a new body known as the Domus Vaticanae.