Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022. Vatican Media.

Measures against Sexual Abuse in the Church "irreversible": Pope Francis

Jul 8, 2022

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church will continue implementing measures against clerical sexual abuse, even if there may be reluctance or pushback or in some places.

Dr Iain Greenshields(right) and Archbishop Justin Welby (left). Credit: Church of Scotland

“We hope to be with you soon”: Church Leaders on Postponed Ecumenical Visit to South Sudan

Jul 6, 2022

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland have, in separate messages, assured the people of God in South Sudan that their ecumenical pilgrimage that was postponed will be realized. 

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli (second from left) and Sr. Nathalie Becquart (third from left) pose with Pope Francis and others during the youth synod in 2018. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Announces Appointment of Women to Committee Selecting New Bishops

Jul 6, 2022

Pope Francis has said he would announce the appointment of two women to the Vatican committee that elects bishops.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin addressing journalists after his arrival in Juba on 5 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis “very much concerned about peace, reconciliation in South Sudan”: Secretary

Jul 5, 2022

The Vatican Secretary of State who is currently visiting South Sudan has said that Pope Francis is “very much concerned” about the progress of efforts towards lasting peace and reconciliation in the East-Central African nation.

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

Pope Francis Celebrates Holy Mass in Congolese Rite, Calls for Witnessing of Peace

Jul 3, 2022

The pope began his homily with the word, “esengo,” which means “joy” in Lingala, the Bantu-based creole spoken in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pope Francis sends a video message to the people of DRC and South Sudan, 2 July 2022./ Screenshot: Vatican News YouTube channel.

“Do not let yourselves be robbed of hope”: Pope Francis to Congolese, South Sudanese

Jul 3, 2022

Pope Francis has urged the people of God in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan not to let themselves “be robbed of hope” despite his decision to postpone his pastoral trip to the two African nations.

Pope Francis prays the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace on July 3, 2022. Vatican Media/CNA

Evangelization Not "personal activism" But a Witness of Love: Pope Francis

Jul 3, 2022

In his Angelus address, the pope posed a question: “How do we bring the good news of the Gospel to others?

Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Screenshot of YouTube video

Pope Francis "greatly disappointed" over Missing Pastoral Trip to Africa This Week

Jul 2, 2022

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope in God.

Fr. Alain Clément Amiezi, appointed Bishop of Odienné Diocese in Ivory Coast on 30 June 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Parish Priest of St. Odilia Cathedral of Bondoukou Diocese in Ivory Coast Appointed Bishop

Jun 30, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Parish Priest of St. Odilia Cathedral of Bondoukou Diocese, Fr. Alain Clément Amiezi, Bishop of Odienné Diocese in Ivory Coast.

Canonization Mass on May 15, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Publishes Letter on Liturgy to Foster “power of the Christian celebration”

Jun 30, 2022

The 15-page apostolic letter, Desiderio Desideravi, was published on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

Pope Francis during his appearance for the Angelus in St. Peter's Square on June 29, 2022, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Vatican Media

Faith "is never a walk in the park": Pope Francis on Saints Peter and Paul Feast

Jun 29, 2022

The pope prayed a mid-week Angelus to mark the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the patron saints of the city of Rome.

Pope Francis walks with a cane at the beginning of a meeting with Brazilian bishops on June 27, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says His Mobility Has Improved, He Has "been able to walk for three days"

Jun 28, 2022

The 85-year-old pope has used a wheelchair for many of his public audiences for nearly two months.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on June 26, 2022. Vatican Media

Resisting Anger Takes "tremendous interior strength," So Ask God for Help: Pope Francis

Jun 26, 2022

Pope Francis addressed pilgrims gathered for the 10th World Meeting of Families at his weekly Angelus address.

Pope Francis waves to crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square on June 19, 2022, on Corpus Christi Sunday. Vatican Media

Let Jesus Christ Feed the Hungers of Your Life, Pope Francis Says on Corpus Christi

Jun 19, 2022

The pope also prayed for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, and for peace in Myanmar and Ukraine.

Pope Francis met with members of the Society of Saint Paul on June 18, 2022. Vatican Media

Follow St. Paul’s Wisdom When Using Tech to Spread the Gospel: Pope Francis

Jun 19, 2022

The pope also warned about “disinformation” in today’s media environment.

Pope Francis met participants in the Syro-Malabar Youth Leaders Conference on 18 June 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

The Virgin Mary Teaches Us "to live eucharistically": Pope Francis

Jun 18, 2022

The Blessed Virgin Mary never allowed herself to be “paralyzed by pride or fear,” but she arose and went with haste to humbly offer a helping hand, the pope told young Catholics on Saturday.

Pope Francis meets with members of the editorship of the theological magazine La Scuola Cattolica at the Vatican's Consistory Hall, June 17, 2022. Vatican Media.

Candidates for the Priesthood Must Be Well Scrutinized: Pope Francis

Jun 17, 2022

The pope was speaking to seminary formators from the Milan archdiocese.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019. Credit:Vatican Media

“Remember Pope Francis’ Kiss” Campaign in South Sudan to Continue: Official

Jun 17, 2022

A campaign dubbed “Remember Pope Francis' Kiss for Peace” that was launched in South Sudan is to continue despite the postponement of the previously scheduled ecumenical visit that the Holy Father was to undertake alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.

Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Accepts Belgian Bishop’s Request Not to Be Made a Cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 8, 2022. Vatican Media

Catholic Marriage Preparation a "duty of justice" in Text for Dioceses, Pope Francis Says

Jun 15, 2022

The pope wrote the preface of a new Vatican document for priests working with engaged couples.