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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.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner, after cutting the ribbon on a new "Pope's Laundromat" for the homeless. | Credit: Holy See Press Office

Pope Francis Opens Two New Laundromats for the Homeless in Turin, Italy

Nov 5, 2023

The new facilities include washers and dryers, detergent, hot showers, and a full range of personal hygiene products. 

Pope Francis prayed for the repose of the souls of Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals and bishops who died in the past year during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 3, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Like Benedict XVI, Be "humble laborers" for the Church

Nov 3, 2023

At a Mass for Pope Benedict XVI and deceased cardinals and bishops on Friday, Pope Francis urged Christians, especially pastors, to be the humble servants of others.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Talks Synod on Synodality and Homosexuality in New Interview

Nov 2, 2023

Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about] people.”

Pope Francis during the virtual dialogue with African Catholic students on Tuesday, 1 November 2022. Credit: PACTPAN

One Year after Meeting with Pope Francis, Young Africans Celebrate Growth

Nov 1, 2023

It has been a year since young people in Africa had a virtual dialogue with Pope Francis, where the Holy Father challenged them to keep their roots intact, to never stop dreaming, and to be their own evangelizers.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims on All Saints' Day in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls for "paradigm shift" in Theology for World of Today

Nov 1, 2023

Citing the need to deal with “profound cultural transformations,” the pope presented his dramatic vision for the future of Catholic theology in a new motu proprio.

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus on the solemnity of All Saints on Nov. 1, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

On All Saints’ Day, Pope Francis Says Holiness is "a gift and a journey"

Nov 1, 2023

“Holiness is a gift of God, which we’ve received at baptism. And if we let it grow, it can completely change our lives,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here is What Pope Francis is Doing for the Week of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days

Oct 31, 2023

At the Vatican, Pope Francis will mark this holy and significant season with prayer and two liturgies.

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Synod on Synodality 2023: The Key Discussions and Decisions

Oct 30, 2023

Now that the October 4-29 Synod on Synodality meeting in Rome has drawn to a close, all eyes are on the final report emanating from the month-long ecclesiastical gathering.

Bishops process into St. Peter's Basilica for the closing Mass of the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on Oct. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis at Synod Closing Mass: To Reform the Church, Adore God and Love Others

Oct 29, 2023

At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said that God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda” and that those who truly want to reform the Catholic Church should follow Jesus’ greatest commandment: to adore God and love others with his love.

Pope Francis addresses nearly 20,000 faithful at his Sunday Angelus address on Oct. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope at Angelus: By Loving Others, "we reflect the Father’s love like mirrors"

Oct 29, 2023

During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis expressed that the love of God and the love of neighbor are inextricably bound together.

Pope Francis and delegates at the Synod on Synodality at the conclusion of the assembly on Oct. 28, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Releases Synod on Synodality Report Proposing Larger Role for Laity in Church

Oct 28, 2023

The document, the synthesis of the assembly’s work from Oct. 4-29, proposes a “Synodal Church” that implements synodality throughout Church governance, theology, mission, and discernment of doctrine and pastoral issues.

Pope Francis invokes the Virgin Mary as 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 Consecrates War-torn World to Virgin Mary in Eucharistic Prayer Vigil

Oct 27, 2023

Invoking the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy, Pope Francis implored her in St. Peter's Basilica to “intercede for our world in danger and turmoil” and to “convert those who fuel and foment conflicts.”

Delegates at the Synod on Synodality will vote on the assembly's synthesis report on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. | Vatican News

Synod on Synodality: Anticipation and Tensions Brew Ahead of Synthesis Report Release

Oct 27, 2023

A summary report of this month’s synodal assembly in Rome is nearing finalization — with both anticipation and apprehension mounting over what the critical document might contain. 


Catholic Archdiocese in CAR Issues Directives for Prayer Vigil, Day of Fasting for Peace

Oct 27, 2023

In response to Pope Francis’ appeal for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the world, the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR) has issued directives to guide the faithful during the Friday, October 27 initiative.

Synod members, led by Cardinal Gabetti, process into Saint Peter’s Basilica to pray the Rosary for Peace. | Credit: © Evandro Inetti/EWTN News/Vatican Pool

Synod on Synodality Delegates Pray the Rosary for Peace at St. Peter's Basilica: Photos

Oct 27, 2023

Their prayer intentions focused on those killed, wounded, and displaced by war, and included reflections on the past month’s work of the Synod, before the first session comes to a close this weekend.