Cardinal Pietro Parolin. | Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Parolin Will Represent Pope Francis at Climate Conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says He Has "very acute infectious bronchitis"

Nov 30, 2023

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar on Thursday morning.

Bishop Stefan Oster. | Credit: Diocese of Passau

German Bishop Says Divisions within Local Church are a "disaster for the faithful"

Nov 30, 2023

Bishop Stefan Oster did not shy away from identifying profound theological disagreements as the source of division within the Church in Germany.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican on Oct. 4, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope to Orthodox Patriarch: "Bonds of faith, hope and charity" Unite two Churches

Nov 30, 2023

On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Technological Focus on Efficiency Dehumanizes Today’s Society

Nov 29, 2023

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Cancels Pope Francis’ Trip to Climate Conference in Dubai, Citing Ongoing Illness

Nov 28, 2023

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ Health "stable" Despite Breathing Difficulties, Vatican Says

Nov 27, 2023

The 86-year-old pope is being treated with antibiotics intravenously and is in “good and stable” condition without a fever, a Vatican spokesman said.

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a Timeline of his Medical Issues in Recent Years

Nov 27, 2023

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years.

Margaret Karram, the third president to lead the Focolare Movement, was among several members of ecclesial movements who were appointed to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life by Pope Francis on Nov. 25, 2023. | Credit: CSC Audiovisivi

Pope Adds Couples, Church Movement Representatives to Vatican’s Laity, Family Dicastery

Nov 25, 2023

The Vatican announced the pope’s picks to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on Nov. 25.

Pope Francis at his general audience earlier this week on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis has "mild flu," Went to Hospital for Precautionary Testing

Nov 25, 2023

The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years.

Pope Francis meets with families of the hostages taken by Hamas on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Families of Israeli Hostages Being Held in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

Pope Francis’ meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations occurred as news emerged that a four-day cease-fire agreement had been reached in which Hamas agreed to free at least 50 of the roughly 240 hostages taken in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Pope Francis met with relatives of Palestinians living in Gaza on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Relatives of Palestinians Living in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

The pope's meeting with families of Palestinians in Gaza took place on the same day the Holy Father met wth relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas terrorists.

Pope Francis' general audience of April 19, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Expresses "concerns" about German Synodal Way, Says It Threatens Church Unity

Nov 21, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed deep reservations about the direction of the Catholic Church in Germany.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Letter Expressing Concern about German Synodal Way

Nov 21, 2023

Here is CNA’s English translation of Pope Francis’ letter to four German Catholic laywomen expressing his “concerns” about the direction of the German Church.

The cross of the German “Synodal Way” | Maximilian von Lachner / Synodaler Weg

The Vatican’s Statements on the German Synodal Way: A Timeline

Nov 21, 2023

Tuesday was not the first time Pope Francis and the Vatican have expressed reservations about the German Synodal Way.

Pope Francis invoke the Virgin Mary as the 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 to meet with families of Israeli hostages and Palestinians with relatives in Gaza

Nov 18, 2023

Vatican spokesman says that with these meetings, "exclusively humanitarian in nature," Pope Francis wants to show his spiritual closeness to the suffering of each person.

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Vatican Doctrine Office Reaffirms that Catholics Cannot Be Freemasons

Nov 15, 2023

The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop from the Philippines.

Pope Francis smiles while addressing pilgrims at a vigil gathering on Aug. 5, 2023, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Invites Young People to be "God’s answer" to a Hopeless World

Nov 14, 2023

The pope’s message on the theme “Rejoicing in Hope,” was released ahead of the next diocesan World Youth Day, to be celebrated on Nov. 26.

Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City State, where a group of Benedictine nuns from Argentina will take up residence in January 2024 at the invitation of Pope Francis. | Credit: Krzysztof Golik, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

After Benedict XVI’s Death, Vatican Monastery to be Home to Benedictine Nuns

Nov 13, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI spent his retirement at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery until his death on Dec. 31, 2022.

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus before over 20,000 faithful at St. Peter's Square on Sun., Nov. 12, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Cultivate "the inner life" rather than Appearance and Image

Nov 12, 2023

The pope also warned that today there are many obstacles to having a genuine moment of inward reflection.