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Pope Francis met the Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo on his final day in Kinshasa on Feb. 3, 2023 | Elias Turk/CNA

Congolese Catholics are "a lung" for the Universal Church: Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

The enthusiasm, joy, and missionary zeal of Congolese Catholics give oxygen to the whole Church, Pope Francis said during his final meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

Pope Francis speaks at an audience with the Democratic Republic of Congo's authorities, diplomats, and representatives of civil society in the on Jan. 31, 2023, on the first leg of a six-day trip that will also include South Sudan. At right is President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Vatican Media

Why Pope Francis’ Focus on Africa, Church Peripheries is “disruptive in a good sense”

Feb 3, 2023

Pope Francis has paid special attention to Africa, a Catholic theologian has said, noting that the Holy Father’s focus on Africa, which he says has always been the periphery, is “disruptive in a good sense.”

Pope Francis addresses South Sudan’s government and members of the diplomatic corps Feb. 3, 2023. / Vatican Media

"No more bloodshed," Pope Francis Begs South Sudanese Leaders on Day 1 of Pilgrimage

Feb 3, 2023

On the first day of his peace pilgrimage, Pope Francis begged the leaders of South Sudan to work together to put an end to bloody conflict in their country.

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfills Yearslong Dream to Nation in Civil Strife

Feb 3, 2023

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.”

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, 2023, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue to bring the Congolese people Jesus, who “heals the wounds of every human heart.” | Vatican Media

Pope to Priests in DR Congo: Bring People Jesus, who "heals the wounds of every heart"

Feb 2, 2023

On the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis thanked the more than 18,000 priests and religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo for serving others amid the country’s “difficult and often dangerous conditions.”

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019. | Vatican Media

The Pope kissed His Feet. Who is the Cowboy-hat-wearing President of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

Pope Francis, as part of his visit to Africa this week, is meeting with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, this Friday. He will meet the leader for a photograph before retreating to a private setting for a talk. 

Young people from eastern Congo lay down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness in a moving encounter with Pope Francis during his trip to the country Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope "left without words" After Children’s Shocking Stories of Violence in Eastern Congo

Feb 2, 2023

In a moving encounter with Pope Francis, children from eastern Congo laid down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness.

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"Hands off Africa!" Pope Francis Says in Democratic Republic of Congo

Jan 31, 2023

In his first speech in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, Pope Francis urged the international community to give the central African country its autonomy while not turning a blind eye to exploitation and violence.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Clarifies Comments on sin and Homosexuality

Jan 28, 2023

Pope Francis has written a letter to clarify his comments on sin and homosexuality from a recent interview with the Associated Press.

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience. | Daniel Ibáñez

Pope Francis: Marriage is a Lifelong Union Between a Man and Woman

Jan 27, 2023

Pope Francis on Friday reiterated the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage as a lifelong union between a man and a woman.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and fellow bishops from Germany meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 17, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Decries German Synodal Way as "neither helpful nor serious"

Jan 26, 2023

In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis decried the German Synodal Way as elitist, unhelpful, and running the risk of bringing ideological harm to Church processes.

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 21, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Being homosexual is not a crime," Pope Francis Reiterates in New Interview

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis has reiterated that homosexuality is “not a crime” in a new interview published Wednesday.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Unpacks Jesus’ Good News: "Today this scripture has been fulfilled"

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis told Christians Wednesday that if they want to understand Jesus they should pay close attention to the “good news” he brings in his sermon in the Nazareth synagogue when he says he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Amid Polarization in Church, We are Called to Speak Truth with Charity

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarization and divisions within the Church.

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022. | Vatican Media

Millions Still Suffer from Leprosy. Here’s Pope Francis’ Message About It

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Francis is calling on Catholics and people worldwide to remember those suffering from leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, ahead of World Leprosy Day.

Pope Francis meets participants in an international training course for liturgical celebrations in Catholic dioceses on Jan. 20, 2023 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: In the Mass, Prioritize Awe Over Aesthetics

Jan 21, 2023

Pope Francis on Friday encouraged diocesan leaders to prioritize awe, evangelization, and silence before mere aesthetics in liturgical celebrations like the Mass.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims near the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fatima apparitions on May 12, 2017. | LUSA Press Agency

Pope Francis: World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon Will Open Horizons, Hearts

Jan 20, 2023

World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, will open horizons and hearts, Pope Francis said in a video message to the young adults who will attend the international gathering in August.

Pope Francis on retreat at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia, Italy, in March 2017. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis to do Private Lenten Retreat in 2023

Jan 20, 2023

Like the two years’ prior, Pope Francis and the Roman Curia will again do the Vatican’s annual Lenten retreat on an individual basis.

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In New Book, the Late Benedict XVI Defends Christianity Against Claims of Intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has posthumously defended Christianity against claims of intolerance “in the name of tolerance.”

Pope Francis meets a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Jan. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Discusses "ecological conversion" with Buddhist Monks from Cambodia

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Francis spoke with Buddhist monks from Cambodia on Thursday about the need for “ecological conversion.”