Pope Francis

Pope Francis on July 12, 2022, said the knee pain he experienced for several months “scared me, in the sense of ‘think a little about what your future is going to be like now.’”. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Press

Here’s What Pope Francis Said on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Jul 24, 2022

The special observance is held on the fourth Sunday in July to roughly coincide with the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Pope Francis prepares to board an ITA Airlines plane for his approximately 10-hour flight from Rome to Edmonton in western Canada on July 24, 2022. Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Begins "penitential pilgrimage" to Canada

Jul 24, 2022

During his six-day trip, he’s expected to meet with and apologize to indigenous Canadians for abuses committed at Church-run residential schools.

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How to Receive Plenary Indulgence July 24 on the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly

Jul 23, 2022

All it takes is a phone call, together with confession, Holy Communion, and prayer.

Pope Francis meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Vatican on May 29, 2017. © L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis in Canada: A Papal Pilgrimage for Healing and Reconciliation

Jul 23, 2022

The 37th Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis, which will take him to Canada from July 24-30, is a "penitential pilgrimage” that may also help to heal and reconcile another relationship.

Mons. Fernando Ocariz. Opus Dei Communications Office via Flickr (CC BY NC SA 2.0).

In New Decree, Pope Francis Makes Changes to Opus Dei "to guard the charism"

Jul 22, 2022

Pope Francis issued a document on Friday that changed the oversight of Opus Dei. It also decreed that its leader, the prelate, can no longer be a bishop.

Mons. Masilo John Selemela, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa on 16 July 2022. Credit: Archdiocese of Pretoria

Bishop-elect in South Africa Pledges to Assist Archbishop in “realizing pastoral plan”

Jul 21, 2022

The newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa has said he will strive to assist the Local Ordinary of the South African Metropolitan See realize the pastoral plan that was launched in June.

Pope Francis speaking in St. Peter's Basilica on June 5, 2022. Vatican Media

The Poor Suffer Most from Heat Waves, Drought, Other Environmental Extremes: Pope Francis

Jul 21, 2022

As Europe faces record high temperatures and summer wildfires, Pope Francis has pointed out that the poor suffer the most from heat waves, drought, and other environmental extremes.

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Vatican Warning: Germany's "Synodal Way" Poses "threat to the unity of the Church"

Jul 21, 2022

The Vatican has issued another warning of a new schism from Germany coming out of the “Synodal Way”.

Sr. Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali . Credit: Sr. Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali/Facebook

Appointment of Women to Vatican Dicastery an “important development”: South African Nun

Jul 20, 2022

An official of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has lauded Pope Francis' decision to appoint three women to the Dicastery of Bishops, and described the move as an “important development” in the history of the Catholic Church.

Mons. Hieronymus Joya (right), appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Maralal in Kenya and Mons. Walter Erbì (left), appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop for Kenya’s Maralal Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone

Jul 20, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Hieronymus Joya as Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Maralal in Kenya and Mons. Walter Erbì as Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone. 

Pope Francis delivering a video message. Credit: ANSA

Pope Francis Lauds Nairobi Congress on Theology as “a sign of an outgoing African Church”

Jul 19, 2022

Pope Francis has expressed his delight about the ongoing second biannual Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society, and Pastoral Life, which members of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN) organized in Nairobi, Kenya.

Bishop-emeritus Michael Dixon Bhasera (right) and Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndhlovu (left), the Apostolic Administrator of the Zimbabwean Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of 72-year-old Zimbabwean Bishop, Appoints Caretaker

Jul 19, 2022

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera of the Catholic Diocese of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, the 72-year-old Catholic Church leader who started his Episcopal Ministry in the Zimbabwean Diocese of Gokwe in October 1991.    

Mons. Walter Erbì, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia on 16 July 2022. Credit: Iglesias Diocese

Pope Francis Appoints Italian-Born Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia

Jul 18, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Walter Erbì, a native of Italy, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia and assigned him the Titular See of Nepeta in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Rome’s Congolese community in St. Peter's Basilica on July 3, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Warns of Toxicity in Social Media, Calls for Inclusion in Digital Space

Jul 18, 2022

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to counter toxicity in social media, and to engage in dialogue and education to help deal with “lies and misinformation”. 

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa at the closing Mass of the 20th Plenary Assembly o AMECEA in Tanzania. Credit: ACI Africa

Eastern Africa Catholic Bishops Conclude Plenary with Call for New Environment Strategies

Jul 17, 2022

Catholic Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have concluded their 20th Plenary Assembly of in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a call for tactical changes in addressing the challenges of climate change in the region in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

Mons. Masilo John Selemela, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa on 16 July 2022. Credit: Archdiocese of Pretoria

Pope Francis Appoints National Major Seminary Rector in South Africa Auxiliary Bishop

Jul 17, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Rector of St. John Vianney National Major Seminary the Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa.

Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus message and prayer on July 17, 2022. Vatican Media

Time with the Word of God Keeps our Efforts from Being "sterile activism": Pope Francis

Jul 17, 2022

According to the Vatican gendarmes, around 12,000 people were in St. Peter’s Square for the pope’s weekly message.

Pope Francis speaking to participants of the General Chapters of three religious congregations in audience at the Vatican on July 14, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Religious Congregations to Take a “zero tolerance” Approach to Abuse

Jul 14, 2022

In a meeting with three male religious congregations on Thursday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of taking a “zero tolerance” approach to abuse.hann

Pope Francis meets President Joe Biden on Oct. 29, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

It’s an “incoherence” That U.S. President, a Catholic, Supports Abortion: Pope Francis

Jul 12, 2022

The pope made the comment about the Catholic U.S. president in an interview broadcast July 12.

Pope Francis gives a blessing at the end of the Angelus on May 22, 2022. Vatican Media

Rather Than “pointing fingers at others”, Pray to See as God Sees Them: Pope Francis

Jul 10, 2022

He spoke about the Parable of the Good Samaritan and how we should treat those in need.