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Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Release an Autobiography in the Spring

Nov 8, 2023

HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday that it will publish the pope’s book, “Life, My Story Through History,” in the spring of 2024.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, takes possession of his titular church in Rome, the Church of the Gesù, on Dec. 8, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Cardinal Denies Involvement in Papal Election Reform, Calling Reports "a pure lie"

Nov 6, 2023

Reports said Cardinal Gianfranco Ghirlanda had been tasked by Pope Francis with drafting revisions to conclaves.

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 presided over Mass at the Rome War Cemetery for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day, on Nov. 2, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN/Vatican Pool

Pope Francis Prays for Peace and Hope on All Souls’ Day

Nov 2, 2023

Pope Francis prayed for peace, hope, and mercy at a Mass to mark All Souls’ Day on a rainy morning at the Rome War Cemetery.

Pope Francis presides over his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 18, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Attend COP28 Climate Change Conference in Dubai in December

Nov 2, 2023

Pope Francis said in a TV interview he will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the second time from Dec. 1–3.

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.

Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

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.

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

The First Synod on Synodality Assembly is Over. What Comes Next?

Oct 30, 2023

Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod on Synodality assembly in October 2024.

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 among the delegates of the Synod on Synodality, held in October of 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality 2023: Final Week Wraps up in Expectation of Summary Report

Oct 27, 2023

As the final week of this year's gathering unfolds amid contentious discussions, anticipation is rising for the publication of the Synod on Synodality’s summary report.

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. 

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. 

Pope Francis leads the Synod on Synodality delegates in prayer on Oct. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Speaks at Synod on Synodality: "Clericalism" Defiles the Church

Oct 26, 2023

Pope Francis denounced clericalism and called it a “scandal” to see young priests buying lace vestments at tailor shops in a strongly-worded speech.

Cardinal Robert Francis Prevost has served as prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops since April 12, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

"Clericalizing women" Will Not Solve Problems: Cardinal at Synod on Synodality

Oct 26, 2023

Cardinal Robert Francis Prevost noted that the Catholic Church is not a mirror image of society and “needs to be different.”

Catherine Clifford, a professor at St. Paul University in Ottawa, and Archbishop Stanisław Gadecki of Poland at the Synod on Synodality's Oct. 26, 2023, press briefing. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Practice Can Vary But Doctrine Has to Be "same for everyone": Synod Delegate

Oct 26, 2023

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said Thursday one difficulty of synodality lies in distinguishing pastoral practice — which can be adapted — from Church doctrine.

Delegates to the Synod on Synodality meet in the final days of the synod, Oct. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Synod on Synodality Addresses the Church in Letter to the People of God

Oct 25, 2023

“This is not about ideology but about an experience rooted in the apostolic tradition,” says the letter inviting the faithful to play a larger role in“the discernment and decision-making” of the Church.