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A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Pope Francis Honors Virgin Mary on Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a nearly 40-foot-high column.

Pope Francis receiving the delegation of the African Educational Pact at the Vatican on 1 June 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

First African Congress of Catholic Education: Pope Francis for “whole person” Formation

Dec 7, 2023

Pope Francis has faulted the culture of “selective and elitist” training that focuses on the intellect. 

Pope Francis greets members of Italy's National Association of St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. | Credit: Vatican

Pope Francis Reads Speeches Unassisted for the First Time in Nearly Two Weeks

Dec 7, 2023

The pope seemed to show improvement Thursday by reading out his speeches during his various meetings on Dec. 7. 

Pope Francis at the general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers hear from 2 female professors on women’s role in the Church

Dec 7, 2023

The pope’s Council of Cardinals has been discussing the role of women in the Church since February 2022.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience on Dec. 6, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at General Audience: "The Spirit is the protagonist" of Evangelization

Dec 6, 2023

Pope Francis’ multi-week catechetical series on the essential components of the proclamation of the Gospel culminated with a fourth and final component: the Holy Spirit as the protagonist of evangelization. 

Bishop Vincent Rakotozafy (right) and Mons. Luc Olivier Razafitsimialona (left). Credit: Tôlagnaro Diocese

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Catholic Bishop in Madagascar, Appoints Successor

Dec 5, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Vincent Rakotozafy from the pastoral care of Tôlagnaro Diocese in Madagascar, and has appointed Mons. Luc Olivier Razafitsimialona, and member of the Clergy of the Diocese of Ihosy in the Indian Ocean Island nation, as his successor.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Signs Interfaith Climate Statement As Part of COP28 Summit in Dubai

Dec 4, 2023

“Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem that cradles us,” the document said.

Papal aide Monsignor Paolo Braida reads Pope Francis' prepared remarks for the Sunday Angelus on Dec. 3, 2023, from the chapel at the papal residence at Casa Santa Marta. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on First Sunday of Advent: "I’m improving, but my voice still doesn’t work"

Dec 3, 2023

Pope Francis, for the second consecutive Sunday, was assisted by an aide in praying the Angelus, as he continues to recover from an acute bronchial infection.

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to COP28: Environmental Destruction is "an offense against God"

Dec 2, 2023

Pope Francis canceled his scheduled trip to Dubai days before the climate summit at the request of his doctors.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. | Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Parolin Will Represent Pope Francis at Climate Conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann. | Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of December

Dec 1, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities.

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says He Has "very acute infectious bronchitis"

Nov 30, 2023

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar on Thursday morning.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican on Oct. 4, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope to Orthodox Patriarch: "Bonds of faith, hope and charity" Unite two Churches

Nov 30, 2023

On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Office. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

What an African Cardinal Said about Bill Criminalizing Homosexuality in Ghana

Nov 29, 2023

Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson has been at the center of controversy in Ghana following his Monday, November 27 comments on Ghana's Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (anti-LGBTQI+ Bill).

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Technological Focus on Efficiency Dehumanizes Today’s Society

Nov 29, 2023

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and poses for photos at the end of his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Vatican: Pope’s Health "stable"; Treatment Continues as Lung Inflammation Remains

Nov 29, 2023

The Vatican on Wednesday said Pope Francis’ health was stable as the Holy Father continues to receive treatment for ongoing lung inflammation stemming from a flu infection.

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023. | Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Pope Francis Says He is "still not well," Has Aide Read General Audience Speech

Nov 29, 2023

One day after canceling his trip to Dubai at the request of his doctors, Pope Francis appeared at his public Wednesday audience and shared with a raspy voice that he was still not feeling well as he recovers from the flu.

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Professional Soccer Team Founded by a Catholic Religious

Nov 29, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Cancels Pope Francis’ Trip to Climate Conference in Dubai, Citing Ongoing Illness

Nov 28, 2023

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a Timeline of his Medical Issues in Recent Years

Nov 27, 2023

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years.