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Pope Francis engages with a youngster at the inauguration of the 95th Judicial Year of the Vatican City State on Saturday, March 2, 2024. | Credit: Vatican

Pope Francis Opens Vatican’s Judicial Year, has Aide Read Speech due to "bronchitis"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope’s remarks to the Vatican magistrates highlighted the virtue of courage, which he observed was at the very center of justice.

Pope Francis poses with a woman and three children during a lunch in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for over 1,000 poor and economically disadvantaged people on Nov. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to the World’s Children: "If we really want to be happy, we need to pray"

Mar 2, 2024

The pope asked children to pray the Lord’s Prayer “every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with your parents, brothers, sisters, and grandparents.”

Pope Francis addresses the faithful at his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Archdiocese Demands Priests Apologize for "scandalous" Words about Pope Francis

Mar 2, 2024

The Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain, has demanded that two priests apologize for comments they made “that harm the communion of the Church and scandalize the people of God.” 

Pope Francis meets with members of the French-based academic organization Research and Anthropology of Vocations Institute on March 1, 2024, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Today the ugliest danger is gender ideology"

Mar 1, 2024

“It is very important that there is this meeting, this meeting between men and women,” the pope told an assembly at the Vatican.

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2024 at the Vatican

Feb 29, 2024

The schedule includes five papal liturgies, Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, and other traditions to mark the most sacred week of the year.

Mons. Gabriel Blamo Jubwe. Credit: Radio Maria Liberia

Pope Francis Appoints Diocesan Administrator of Monrovia Archdiocese in Liberia Archbishop

Feb 29, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed the Diocesan Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia in Liberia as the Local Ordinary of the same Metropolitan See that became vacant in June 2021 following the retirement of Archbishop Lewis Jerome Zeigler.

Pope Francis after praying the Angelus in the Vatican's apostolic palace on March 29, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Pope Francis Invokes Blessed Mary’s “consolation” for Victims of Cameroon’s Attack

Feb 28, 2024

Pope Francis has implored for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s “strength and consolation” for the victims of the February 11 bomb attack on Nkambe town in Cameroon that reportedly led to the death of at least one person, injuring dozens.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does.

Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Visits Hospital for Diagnostic Tests after Wednesday Audience

Feb 28, 2024

“Dear brothers and sisters, I still have a bit of a cold,” Pope Francis said in a soft-spoken voice on Feb. 28.

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

Pope Francis “following with concern” Rise in Abductions in Nigeria, Violence in DR Congo

Feb 26, 2024

Pope Francis is concerned about the rise in the frequency of abductions in Nigeria and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Cancels Monday Audiences Due to Persisting "mild flu" Symptoms

Feb 26, 2024

The Monday morning telegram sent out by the Vatican noted that while the pope’s “mild flu symptoms persist,” he did not have a fever.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 25, 2024, during his weekly Angelus reflection. The pope canceled his audiences the day before due to mild flu conditions, according to the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis, Recovering from "mild flu," Renews Call for Peace in Ukraine

Feb 25, 2024

Pope Francis appeared in good form during his Angelus address, marking the the Ukraine war’s second anniversary and reflecting on the Transfiguration.

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Cancels Saturday Audiences Due to a Mild flu, Vatican Says

Feb 24, 2024

The cancellation comes after Pope Francis concluded a five-day Lenten retreat at his Vatican residence.

Diocesan Caritas Director in CAR Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese

Feb 23, 2024

The Director of Caritas in the Catholic Diocese of Bouar in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese, which is under the pastoral care of 69-year-old Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz.

Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, appointed Bishop of the nely erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on 22 February 2024. Credit: Conakry Archdiocese

Pope Francis Erects New Catholic Diocese in Guinea, Appoints Pioneer Local Ordinary

Feb 22, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Diocese of Boké in Guinea and appointed Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, of the clergy of Conakry Archdiocese as its pioneer Bishop. 

Pope Francis prays at his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Appeals for Prayer “without getting tired” for Peace in Sudan, Mozambique

Feb 19, 2024

Pope Francis is appealing for spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Sudan and Mozambique following protracted violent conflicts in the two African nations.

Cardinal Protase Rugambwa at Santa Maria in Montesanto, Feb. 18 | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Tanzanian Cardinal Takes Possession of Rome’s "Church of the Artists", His Titular See

Feb 19, 2024

The Local Ordinary of Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese, Protase Cardinal Rugambwa, has taken possession of his titular see, Santa Maria in Montesanto. The church, also known as the “Church of the Artists”, is one of the twin churches that sits in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, alongside the adjacent Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

Pope Francis: Lent is a Time to "encounter wild beasts and angels"

Feb 18, 2024

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis focused his Angelus address on the temptation of Jesus in the desert.

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

Pope Launches Study Groups for Synod on Synodality's Key Issues, Announces Assembly Dates

Feb 17, 2024

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyze key issues ahead of October’s Synod on Synodality assembly.

Pope Francis greets an elderly couple at his general audience on Jan. 11, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly Highlights "loneliness," "throwaway culture"

Feb 15, 2024

The theme for the fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated on July 28, has been chosen by Pope Francis.