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The favorite native sons of the Swiss: These colorful defenders of the pope make their country proud

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11 Vatican facts most people don’t know

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20 “Secrets” of the Sistine Chapel

An unforgettable tour of the little-known curiosities of Michelangelo's masterpiece

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Undersecretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life reflects on how her new job is shaping up.

Pope Francis greets Chinese pilgrims

Photo of the Day: April 20, 2018

The truth about Benedict XVI’s resignation: revelations in a new documentary

His closest collaborators deny that the cause was the leaking of documents to the press or the issue of sexual abuse

Why do we make the sign of the cross in the face of danger? The Pope explains.

During his general audience, the Pontiff continued his reflection on Baptism, the sign of Christian faith

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Our Lady in Rome

Photo of the Day: April 15, 2018

The Swiss Guard uniform was not designed by Michelangelo, contrary to popular myth

But the men committed to the protection of the pope carry something that may surprise many visitors.

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