Pope Francis

Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, appointed Bishop of the nely erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on 22 February 2024. Credit: Conakry Archdiocese

Pope Francis Erects New Catholic Diocese in Guinea, Appoints Pioneer Local Ordinary

Feb 22, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Diocese of Boké in Guinea and appointed Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, of the clergy of Conakry Archdiocese as its pioneer Bishop. 

Pope Francis prays at his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Appeals for Prayer “without getting tired” for Peace in Sudan, Mozambique

Feb 19, 2024

Pope Francis is appealing for spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Sudan and Mozambique following protracted violent conflicts in the two African nations.

Cardinal Protase Rugambwa at Santa Maria in Montesanto, Feb. 18 | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Tanzanian Cardinal Takes Possession of Rome’s "Church of the Artists", His Titular See

Feb 19, 2024

The Local Ordinary of Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese, Protase Cardinal Rugambwa, has taken possession of his titular see, Santa Maria in Montesanto. The church, also known as the “Church of the Artists”, is one of the twin churches that sits in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, alongside the adjacent Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

Pope Francis: Lent is a Time to "encounter wild beasts and angels"

Feb 18, 2024

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis focused his Angelus address on the temptation of Jesus in the desert.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Launches Study Groups for Synod on Synodality's Key Issues, Announces Assembly Dates

Feb 17, 2024

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyze key issues ahead of October’s Synod on Synodality assembly.

Pope Francis greets an elderly couple at his general audience on Jan. 11, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly Highlights "loneliness," "throwaway culture"

Feb 15, 2024

The theme for the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on July 28, has been chosen by Pope Francis.

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.” | Credit: Maximilian von Lachner/Synodaler Weg

German Catholics Ask Bishops to Reconsider Synodal Way Plans

Feb 15, 2024

Ahead of a high-stakes gathering of the German bishops next Monday, a lay group warned the prelates of moving “further away from the people of God.”

Pope Francis and the President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the Republic of Tanzania during their encounter in the Vatican. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Church's “important role” in Tanzania Highlight in President-Pope Francis Meeting

Feb 14, 2024

The “important role” the Catholic Church plays in Tanzania was one of the highlights during the meeting between the President of the East African nation, Samia Suluhu Hassan, and Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: "Let us return to God with all our heart"

Feb 14, 2024

The Lord is inviting us to “remove the masks we so often wear” and to see ourselves as we truly are in the sight of God, the pope said in his Ash Wednesday homily.

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Sloth is a "very dangerous temptation" akin to Apathy

Feb 14, 2024

During his Feb. 14 Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the human dimension of the vice of acedia, more commonly known as sloth.

A bishop's pectoral cross. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop in Madagascar, Auxiliary Bishop in Tanzania

Feb 13, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed a new Bishop for Madagascar’s Catholic Diocese of Morombe and an Auxiliary Bishop for Dodoma Archdiocese in Tanzania.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Feb. 11, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope on Our Lady of Lourdes Feast: The Church is Close to all who are Sick or Frail

Feb 11, 2024

Speaking on a rainy Sunday in Rome from the window of the Apostolic Palace to the crowd huddled under umbrellas below, the pope said that he wanted to express the closeness “of the entire Church to all those who are sick or frail.”

Before concluding his 8-day Trip to South Sudan Michael Cardinal Czerny blessed a boat that the local Caritas will use to transport migrants and refugees across the Nile River from Renk to Malakal. Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

Vatican Cardinal Ends South Sudan Trip with Blessing of Boat as “a sign of God's love”

Feb 10, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has concluded his eight-day pastoral trip to South Sudan with the blessing of a boat for transporting migrants and refugees along the Nile River from Renk, an “outreach point” in the Northeastern part of South Sudan for those fleeing violence in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city.

Michael Cardinal Czerny after the Diaconate Ordination of Seminarians Michael Thilyang Gatkek, Emmanuel Changjwok Pawang Lual, and Matthew Akoabanda Arrey at the Catholic Church dedicated in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita on 8 February 2024. Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

Shun “every form of vanity”: Vatican Cardinal to Newly Ordained Deacons in South Sudan

Feb 8, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has called upon the three Deacons he ordained in South Sudan on Thursday, February 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, to shun all forms of pride and self-idolatry, which he said would distance them from God’s graces. 

Michael Cardinal Czerny during the 8 February 2024 Holy Mass marking the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita and the tenth annual World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. Credit: Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

St. Bakhita, “strong example of being hopeful”: Vatican Cardinal at Mass in South Sudan

Feb 8, 2024

St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, is a model of resilience and hope worth emulating, the Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has said.

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. | Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis to Preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and Traditional Procession in Rome

Feb 8, 2024

Pope Francis will preside at the Mass and the traditional Ash Wednesday procession on Feb. 14 on Aventine Hill in Rome.

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Sorrow is an "ailment of the soul"

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father warned that sorrow is “a constant affliction that prevents man from feeling joy at his own existence.”

90 Catholic Priests, Scholars Ask Church Leaders to Oppose Same-sex Blessings

Feb 6, 2024

The signatories claim that the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contradicts “both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church.”

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

Feb 5, 2024

The Archdiocese of Colombo has plans to submit a petition to the Vatican to declare those killed in the Easter Sunday attacks “martyrs of faith.”

Michael Cardinal Czerny during Holy Mass at St. Theresa’s Kator Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese on Sunday, 4 February 2024. Credit: Ginaba Lino/Juba/South Sudan

“Be faithful to peace agreement”: Vatican Cardinal to South Sudanese ahead of Elections

Feb 4, 2024

The people of God in South Sudan are at a “critical moment” in their political life as the world’s newest and youngest nation prepares for general elections currently scheduled for December 2024, a Vatican-based Cardinal visiting the country has said.