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Pope Francis speaks to journalists on Feb. 5, 2023, during his flight back to Rome after his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. / Vatican Media

Partisans Have Used Benedict XVI’s Death "to serve their own interests": Pope Francis

Feb 5, 2023

Benedict XVI was “not a bitter man,” Pope Francis said, speaking during his inflight press conference Feb. 5 of his relationship with his predecessor.

Pope Benedict XVI revealed in a letter to his biographer that insomnia was the "central reason" why resigned in 2013. / Paul Badde/CNA

Letter from Benedict XVI Reveals "central motive" for His Resignation, Biographer Says

Jan 29, 2023

Benedict XVI said he had suffered from chronic insomnia since the early days of his pontificate, according to a letter he wrote to his biographer.

Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land at the end of his Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow Over "spiral of death" in the Holy Land

Jan 29, 2023

In his Sunday Angelus address, the pope expressed “great sorrow” for the death of Palestinians killed in an Israeli military raid and seven Israelis killed in a shooting.

Pope Francis meeting his diplomatic representatives in the Vatican, Sept. 9, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Shares His Concern about Nuclear War Risks in Meeting with Vatican Diplomats

Sep 8, 2022

The pope spoke to almost 100 apostolic nuncios and permanent observers of the Holy See who are meeting in Rome this week. 

Pope Francis during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, Sept. 7, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

God Can Speak to Us in “the unexpected” Moments: Pope Francis at Wednesday Public Audience

Sep 7, 2022

God can speak to us in the unexpected moments of our lives if we learn to listen well to what he is telling us in our hearts, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Mother Teresa in the year 1980. L'Osservatore Romano.

How This Mother Teresa Documentary Sheds New Light on a Beloved Saint

Sep 5, 2022

The so-called "definitive movie" about Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be in theaters in October. It sheds new light — and delivers powerful images of — the venerated Albanian-Kosovar nun. 

Pope Francis beatified Pope John Paul I in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 4, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Beatifies John Paul I, Pope for 33 Days

Sep 4, 2022

In one of the shortest pontificates in papal history, John Paul I gained a reputation for his humility and his dedication to teaching the faith in an understandable manner.

Pope John Paul I in an undated file photo. Vatican Media/CNA.

John Paul I Miracle Recipient to Miss Beatification Due to Broken Foot

Sep 3, 2022

Candela Giarda thanked “Pope John Paul I for this second chance at life that he gave me.”

Mother Teresa smiles as she poses for photographers in Calcutta, India, on April 12, 1995. STR/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Praises Knights of Columbus’ Mother Teresa Documentary

Sep 1, 2022

In theaters Oct. 3-4, “Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” is airing in more than 960 locations across the United States.

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims and visitors to the weekly general audience on Aug. 31, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Launches New Catechesis Series on Discernment, Says It’s "indispensable for living"

Aug 31, 2022

“God invites us to evaluate and choose: He created us free and wants us to exercise our freedom. For this reason, discernment is demanding,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Vatican, Aug. 24, 2022. Pablo Esparza / CNA

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for September: "Abolition of the death penalty"

Aug 31, 2022

Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to pray in September for an end to the death penalty.

Cardinal Richard Baawobr of Wa (Ghana). SECAM

New Ghanaian Cardinal to Undergo Heart Surgery in Rome

Aug 31, 2022

Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr is expected to undergo heart surgery in Rome by the end of this week, according to the spokesman for the Ghana Catholic bishops' conference.

Pope Francis speaks during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 30, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

We are Jointly Responsible for the Church: Pope Francis to Cardinals

Aug 30, 2022

We have the same mission to evangelize the world as did the apostles 2,000 years ago, a fact that should fill us with wonder at our position of responsibility, Pope Francis said at Mass with the College of Cardinals Tuesday.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 10, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican: Pope Francis’ Ukraine War Comments Not a "political stance"

Aug 30, 2022

The Holy See said Pope Francis’ recent comments on a car bombing that killed the daughter of an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin should not be interpreted as a “political stance.”

Cardinal Oscar Cantoni, bishop of Como, receives the red biretta from Pope Francis at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Jesus is Asking, “can I count on you?”: Pope Francis during Creation of 20 New Cardinals

Aug 28, 2022

Pope Francis created 20 new cardinals for the Catholic Church during a liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica Saturday.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in L'Aquila, Italy on Aug. 28, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Becomes First Pope in More Than 700 Years to Open the Holy Door in L’Aquila

Aug 28, 2022

During a trip to the Italian city of L'Aquila, Pope Francis participated in a centuries-old tradition established by Pope Celestine V in 1294.

Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI on Aug. 27th, 2022. Vatican Media

New Cardinals and Pope Francis Pay Visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Aug 28, 2022

Pope Francis joined 19 of the Church’s 20 newly installed cardinals Saturday in a visit with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at his Vatican residence.

Cardinal Mario Grech speaking at the press conference in the Vatican on Aug. 26, 2022. Vatican Media / YouTube Channel

Only Holy Spirit Will "hijack" Synod on Synodality: Cardinal at Vatican Press Conference

Aug 26, 2022

At a press conference in the Vatican on Friday, two cardinals introduced the “continental phase” of the Catholic Church’s Synod on Synodality — and assured journalists that the only one "hijacking" this synod will be the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Vatican, Aug. 24, 2022. Pablo Esparza / CNA

Pope Francis Cautions against "arbitrary and ideological adaptations" to Church Ministries

Aug 24, 2022

In a message Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against letting ideology influence the Church’s ordained and lay ministries, and said he plans to initiate a dialogue with bishops on the topic.

A consistory for the creation of new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 28, 2020. Vatican Media.

Who Are the New Cardinals Pope Francis Created in 2022?

Aug 24, 2022

There will be 16 cardinals under the age of 80 elevated at the next consistory, to be held Aug. 27.