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Pope Francis and Mons. Paolo Braida during the Sunday Angelus address, Nov. 26 | Vatican Media

Papal Aide Relays Pope Francis’ Remarks at Sunday Angelus While Pope Recovers from Flu

Nov 26, 2023

During this week’s Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke not from the window of the Apostolic Palace but via livestream from Casa Santa Marta.

Margaret Karram, the third president to lead the Focolare Movement, was among several members of ecclesial movements who were appointed to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life by Pope Francis on Nov. 25, 2023. | Credit: CSC Audiovisivi

Pope Adds Couples, Church Movement Representatives to Vatican’s Laity, Family Dicastery

Nov 25, 2023

The Vatican announced the pope’s picks to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on Nov. 25.

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

Pope Francis has "mild flu," Went to Hospital for Precautionary Testing

Nov 25, 2023

The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years.

Pope Francis in prayer. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness” With Victims of the Congo’s Stadium Stampede

Nov 24, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” with those affected by the Monday, November 20 stadium stampede in Congo-Brazzaville that reportedly resulted in the death of at least 37 people and dozens others injured.

Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara. Credit: CBCE

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Apostolic Vicar in Ethiopia

Nov 23, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of Soddo in Ethiopia, where he has been serving as Apostolic Vicar.

Pope Francis meets with families of the hostages taken by Hamas on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Families of Israeli Hostages Being Held in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

Pope Francis’ meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations occurred as news emerged that a four-day cease-fire agreement had been reached in which Hamas agreed to free at least 50 of the roughly 240 hostages taken in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Pope Francis met with relatives of Palestinians living in Gaza on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Relatives of Palestinians Living in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

The pope's meeting with families of Palestinians in Gaza took place on the same day the Holy Father met wth relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas terrorists.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Gospel is Universal

Nov 22, 2023

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Letter Expressing Concern about German Synodal Way

Nov 21, 2023

Here is CNA’s English translation of Pope Francis’ letter to four German Catholic laywomen expressing his “concerns” about the direction of the German Church.

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

The Vatican’s Statements on the German Synodal Way: A Timeline

Nov 21, 2023

Tuesday was not the first time Pope Francis and the Vatican have expressed reservations about the German Synodal Way.

Catholic Bishops from the Republic of Congo Conclude Ad Limina Visit

Nov 21, 2023

Last week Pope Francis received in audience the bishops of the Republic of Congo on the occasion of their ad limina apostolorum visit.

Pope Francis at the Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, Angelus and martyrs beatified in Seville on Nov. 18, 2023. | Credit: Youtube Vatican News / Archdiocese of Seville

Pope Francis Calls for Applause for 20 Martyrs of Spanish Civil War Beatified in Seville

Nov 20, 2023

At Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis called for applause for the 20 martyrs beatified in the Seville cathedral on Nov. 18.

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Trust frees, fear paralyzes"

Nov 19, 2023

Pope Francis during his weekly Angelus highlighted the two different ways of approaching God, one based on fear and the other on trust.

Pope Francis invoke the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy at a prayer vigil for peace in St. Peter's Basilica, Friday, Oct. 27. | Credit: Courtney Mares

Pope Francis to meet with families of Israeli hostages and Palestinians with relatives in Gaza

Nov 18, 2023

Vatican spokesman says that with these meetings, "exclusively humanitarian in nature," Pope Francis wants to show his spiritual closeness to the suffering of each person.

Pope Francis meets with Pato, a migrant from Cameroun who lost his wife Matyla and child Marie in the desert between Libya and Tunisia last July. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets Cameroonian Migrant Who Survived Tunisia-Libya Desert

Nov 17, 2023

Pope Francis has me with a Cameroonian mgriant who lost his wife and daughter in the desert between Libya and Tunisia last July.

Pope Francis meets with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell'Ospitalità in Villa Verde in Rome on Nov. 16, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Meets with Priests, Families to Confront Poverty, Social Marginalization

Nov 17, 2023

Pope Francis met with priests of Rome’s 17th prefecture in the Parish of Santa Maria Madre dell’Ospitalità in Villa Verde on Thursday evening. 

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "The fullness of love" is the "path of holiness"

Nov 16, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed participants of the study conference “Community Dimension of Holiness,” which had gathered in Rome Nov. 13–16.

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Vatican Doctrine Office Reaffirms that Catholics Cannot Be Freemasons

Nov 15, 2023

The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop from the Philippines.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Complaining Christians do not Give a Credible Witness to the Gospel

Nov 15, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Christians who are always resentful and full of complaints are not credible witnesses to the Gospel because joy is an essential ingredient for evangelization.

Pope Francis smiles while addressing pilgrims at a vigil gathering on Aug. 5, 2023, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Invites Young People to be "God’s answer" to a Hopeless World

Nov 14, 2023

The pope’s message on the theme “Rejoicing in Hope,” was released ahead of the next diocesan World Youth Day, to be celebrated on Nov. 26.