Pope Francis

Pope Francis speaks at the closing session of the Mediterranean Encounter in Marseille, France, on Sept. 23, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis: Migrant Crisis Requires Wisdom, not "alarmist propaganda"

Sep 23, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday told an interreligious youth conference in Marseille, France, that the deepening migrant crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean is “a reality of our times” that calls for wisdom and a collaborative response from European nations, not “alarmist propaganda."

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"You don’t play with life": Pope Francis Condemns Euthanasia, Abortion on Papal Plane

Sep 23, 2023

“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23.

Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with local religious leaders at a memorial dedicated to sailors and migrants lost at sea on the first of a two-day visit to Marseille, France, Sept. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis in Marseille: It’s "a duty of humanity" to Save Migrants Abandoned at Sea

Sep 22, 2023

“We can no longer watch the drama of shipwrecks, caused by the cruel trafficking and the fanaticism of indifference,” the pope said Sept. 22.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lauds St. Daniel Comboni’s “apostolic zeal”, Efforts to End Slavery in Africa

Sep 20, 2023

St. Daniele Comboni witnessed “the horror of slavery” as a missionary in the mid-19th century in what is now Sudan.

Black smoke billows over the city after drone strikes in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Sept. 19, 2023, amid Russia's military invasion on Ukraine. Drones attacked Ukraine's western city of Lviv early on Sept. 19, and explosions rang out, causing a warehouse fire and wounding at least one person. | Credit: YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP via Getty Images

Vatican Cardinal to Make Charity Mission to Ukraine City Hit by Russian Drones

Sep 20, 2023

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski is in Ukraine this week to open the House of Refuge “in the name of Pope Francis, as a sign of support and closeness.”

Pope Francis addressed pilgrims and tourists at his first outdoor general audience after the summer on Sept. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media

Synod 2023: What has Pope Francis Said about Synodality?

Sep 18, 2023

Synodality isn’t “a chapter in an ecclesiology textbook” or a “fad or a slogan to be bandied about in our meetings,” the pope has emphasized.

Former President Bill Clinton and Pope Francis have a virtual conversation during the Clinton Global Initiative meeting at the Hilton Midtown on Sept. 18, 2023, in New York City. | Credit: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Pope Francis Says "no to war," Urges Climate Action in livestreamed Chat with Bill Clinton

Sep 18, 2023

“It is important to spread a culture of encounter, a culture of dialogue, a culture of listening and of understanding,” Pope Francis said Monday morning.

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on Sept. 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Forgiveness is the Cure that Heals "the poisons of resentment"

Sep 17, 2023

In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not do” but “a fundamental condition for those who are Christians.”

Bishop Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, appointed Local ordinary of  Masvingo Diocese 15 September 2023. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Pope Transfers Bishop in Zimbabwe, Appoints Him Administrator “ad nutum Sanctae Sedis”

Sep 15, 2023

Pope Francis has transferred the Catholic Bishop of Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi Diocese to the Southern African country’s Episcopal See of Masvingo.  

What Pope Francis Wants Catholic Bishops in Africa, Asia to Know and Help Accomplish

Sep 13, 2023

“Guard the ecclesial fidelity of your people,” this was the final recommendation Pope Francis made to the 110 Catholic Bishops mostly from Africa and Asia during his audience with them inside the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace near St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013. | Elise Harris/CNA.

Libya Floods Kill Thousands, 10,000 Missing, Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness”

Sep 12, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by the Tuesday, September 12 deadly floods that, according to media reports, have resulted in the death of at least 2,000 people, with up to 10,000 reported missing in the North African country’s city of Derna.

Cardinal-elect Víctor Manuel Fernández was appointed by Pope Francis on July 1, 2023, to become the next prefect for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. | Credit: Courtesy of Archdiocese of La Plata

Doctrine of Faith Prefect Appointee Welcomes Debate, Warns Bishops about “schism” Risks

Sep 12, 2023

Cardinal-elect Víctor Manuel Fernández, who is poised to take up his position as the head of the Vatican’s chief doctrinal office in the coming days, has signaled an openness to theological debates, saying they help deepen the Church’s understanding of the Gospel.

A man looks at the rubble of homes in the village of Talat N’Yaaqoub south of Marrakech in Morocco on Sept. 11, 2023. The quake that struck the country on Sept. 8 killed at least 2,122 people, injured more than 2,400 others, and flattened entire villages. | Credit: FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Urges Faithful to "be close to the people of Morocco" in Wake of Earthquake

Sep 11, 2023

Pope Francis expressed solidarity with the people of Morocco on Sunday in the wake of that country’s devastating earthquake and offered his prayers for material help in response to the tragedy and the charity group pledging to help distribute it.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Angelus reflection on Sept. 10, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Addressing Others’ Wrongs "without rancor" Requires Kindness, Courage

Sep 10, 2023

To dialogue with someone who has wronged us is a process that requires “real courage,” Pope Francis said Sunday, reflecting on the theme of “fraternal correction.”

Rescue workers search for survivors in a collapsed house in Moulay Brahim, in Morocco's Al Haouz province, on Sept. 9, 2023, after an earthquake. Morocco's deadliest earthquake in decades has killed at least 1,000 people, officials said on Sept. 9. Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images

Morocco’s Deadly Earthquake: Pope Francis Offers Country “prayerful communion”

Sep 9, 2023

Pope Francis has offered Morocco “prayerful communion” following the Friday, September 8 deadly earthquake that, according to media reports, has left at least 1,300 people dead, and caused widespread damage in and around the Northern African nation’s city of Marrakesh.

Archbishop Germano Penemote addressing journalists Wednesday, September 6 after an audience with Angola’s President, João Lourenço. Credit: Presidency of Angola

“I'm going with pride”: Angolan-born Apostolic Nuncio on Diplomatic Mission to Pakistan

Sep 7, 2023

Archbishop Germano Penemote, a member of the Clergy of Angola’s Ondjiva Diocese, who was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Pakistan on June 16 has expressed his readiness for the new mission.

Pope Francis responds to questions from the press aboard the return flight to Rome from Mongolia. | Vatican Media

What Pope Francis Had to Say about Synod on Synodality at In-flight Press Conference

Sep 4, 2023

In his in-flight press conference returning from Mongolia on Monday, Pope Francis outlined his vision for the upcoming synodal assembly in October, which he said should be a prayerful exercise in dialogue free from ideology, not full of “political chatter” like a television talk show.

Pope Francis gave a special message to Chinese Catholics at the end of his Mass in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023. | Vatican Media

Catholics From Mainland China and Across Asia in Mongolia for Mass with Pope Francis

Sep 3, 2023

Catholics from across Asia traveled to Mongolia to attend the country’s first-ever papal Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday.

Pope Francis meets with local priests and religious of Mongolia, which includes only 25 priests (19 religious and six diocesan), 33 women religious, and one bishop — Cardinal Giorgio Marengo — in Ulaanbaatar’s Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sept. 2, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Mongolia’s Tiny Catholic Community That "God loves littleness"

Sep 2, 2023

While the Catholic population in Mongolia is one of the smallest in the world, “being little is not a problem,” Pope Francis assured the local missionaries, because God can accomplish great things with small numbers.

Pope Francis on board the plane that took him from Rome to Mongolia, Aug. 31, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Publish Apostolic Letter on St. Thérèse of Lisieux October 15

Sep 1, 2023

On board the plane taking him to Mongolia, Pope Francis announced Aug. 31 that he is preparing an apostolic letter on St. Thérèse of Lisieux to be published Oct. 15.