• Lithuania, Ukraine holding elections amid pandemic
    Despite the raging coronavirus pandemic, polls opened Sunday for elections that could impact government leaders' future in two East European nations. In Lithuania, a parliamentary runoff is likely to change its government. And, in Ukraine, local elections are a popularity test for last year's elected former comedian-turned president.
  • New Cardinal-elects express surprise and gratitude
    Reaction from the clerics Pope Francis has chosen to collaborate with him as Cardinals is beginning to come in. As Vatican News becomes aware of their reactions, we will continue to post them here.
  • Blast kills students in Afghanistan
    A suicide bombing at an education centre in Afghanistan has killed at least 24 people, including students.
  • New Cardinals come from all corners of the earth
    They come from Africa, Asia (Brunei and the Philippines), North and South America and Italy. In addition, there is a particular accent on the sons of St Francis during the year in which the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" was published. Short biographies of the 13 new Cardinals Pope Francis announced on Sunday follow.