Pope Francis

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.

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus before over 20,000 faithful at St. Peter's Square on Sun., Nov. 12, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Cultivate "the inner life" rather than Appearance and Image

Nov 12, 2023

The pope also warned that today there are many obstacles to having a genuine moment of inward reflection.

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.

Pope Francis Relieves U.S. Bishop of Episcopal Duties Days after Refusing to Resign

Nov 11, 2023

Bishop Joseph Strickland’s removal on Nov. 11 comes after the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops completed a formal investigation in the diocese earlier this year.

Archbishop Paul Runangaza Ruzoka (right) and Protase Cardinal Rugambwa. Credit: Tabora Archdiocese

Archbishop of Tabora in Tanzania Retires, Coadjutor Archbishop Takes Over

Nov 10, 2023

Archbishop Paul Runangaza Ruzoka of Tanzania's Tabora Archdiocese had retired after attaining the 75-year-old mandatory retirement age for Catholic Bishops.

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Mother of Israeli Hostage Thanks Pope Francis for His Efforts to Free Captives in Gaza

Nov 10, 2023

“Holy Father, thank you for taking the time to try to help us free the 240 human beings who are buried alive under Gaza,” Rachel Goldberg Polin said in a video.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: It’s Our Duty to Give a Voice to Women Who are Victims of Abuse

Nov 9, 2023

The pope said that violence against women must be “eliminated from its roots” — namely prejudiced ideas that see people as “objects.”

Pope Francis received President-Designate of COP28 UAE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Oct. 11, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis’ Trip to Dubai in December

Nov 9, 2023

The pope will visit the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city Dec. 1–3 where he will give a speech and meet world leaders.

Pope Francis meets with the leaders of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at the Vatican on Nov. 9, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Laments "innocent dead" in Holy Land Conflict

Nov 9, 2023

The Holy Father made the remarks during a meeting Thursday with a Catholic order of knighthood that supports the Holy Land.

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Release an Autobiography in the Spring

Nov 8, 2023

HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday that it will publish the pope’s book, “Life, My Story Through History,” in the spring of 2024.

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Vatican Joins Interfaith Declaration on Fighting Climate Change

Nov 8, 2023

The Holy See has signed an interfaith declaration on taking action to protect the environment during a religious summit held ahead of COP28.

Pope Francis waves to the crowds at his general audience on Nov. 8, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis: Secularized World is "invitation to communicate the joy of the Gospel"

Nov 8, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday drew upon the example of Venerable Servant of God Madeleine Delbrêl as a testament to conversion and service.

Pope Francis speaks with the Conference of European Rabbis at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Keeps Busy Schedule Despite Feeling "not well"

Nov 6, 2023

Pope Francis is continuing to keep a full schedule even as the Holy Father said he was not feeling well during a meeting Monday morning.

Pope Francis shakes hands with one of the approximately 7,000 children from around the world in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 6, 2023, at an event sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education dedicated to the theme “Let us learn from boys and girls.” | Credit: Vatican Media

In Special Meeting, Pope Francis Talks Peace, War, Climate with Kids from around the World

Nov 6, 2023

Pope Francis answered questions about war, the environment, and his daily life during an encounter with roughly 7,000 children from around the world on Monday.

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus, Nov. 5, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Sunday Angelus: Pope Francis Warns against "duplicity of heart"

Nov 5, 2023

During the Sunday Angelus on Nov. 5, Pope Francis warned against living a double life, highlighting the dangers it presents for authentic Christian witness.