All Souls Day

Pope Francis presided over Mass at the Rome War Cemetery for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day, on Nov. 2, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN/Vatican Pool

Pope Francis Prays for Peace and Hope on All Souls’ Day

Nov 2, 2023

Pope Francis prayed for peace, hope, and mercy at a Mass to mark All Souls’ Day on a rainy morning at the Rome War Cemetery.

Today, November 2, We Celebrate All Souls Day

Nov 2, 2023

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on November 2, or, if this falls on a Sunday or a solemnity, the feast is celebrated on November 3. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy on this day, and all the Masses are to be of Requiem except one of the current feast, where this is of obligation.

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here is What Pope Francis is Doing for the Week of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days

Oct 31, 2023

At the Vatican, Pope Francis will mark this holy and significant season with prayer and two liturgies.

Pope Francis praying in St. Peter's Basilica on All Souls' Day, 2 November 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Do you Desire Heaven Above Everything Else?

Nov 2, 2022

On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis urged Christians not to “compromise with the Gospel” but to take Jesus’ words seriously when he says we will be judged by how we treat the poor.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in the Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City Nov. 2, 2020. Credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Christian Hope Gives Life Meaning

Nov 2, 2020

Pope Francis visited a cemetery in Vatican City to pray on All Souls Day Monday and offered Mass for the faithful departed.

Catacombs of Priscilla. Credit: Vatican News.

Pope Francis Celebrates All Souls' Day Mass in Rome Catacombs

Nov 2, 2019

Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday for the souls of the dead in Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla, saying the place of a Christian is in the safety of the hands of God, whatever the outside circumstances might be.

Pope Francis May 15, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The Saints Show that Real People can be Holy, Pope Francis Says

Nov 1, 2019

The saints were real people whose strength to face daily challenges came from the grace of Jesus Christ, showing that everyone can be holy, Pope Francis said Friday on the Feast of All Saints Day.