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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.

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 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.

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday: "Let us return to God with all our heart"

Feb 14, 2024

The Lord is inviting us to “remove the masks we so often wear” and to see ourselves as we truly are in the sight of God, the pope said in his Ash Wednesday homily.

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: Sloth is a "very dangerous temptation" akin to Apathy

Feb 14, 2024

During his Feb. 14 Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the human dimension of the vice of acedia, more commonly known as sloth.

Pope Francis addressed members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2024, to discuss the importance of liturgical reform as a core feature of the broader “renewal of the Church.” | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church"

Feb 9, 2024

The pope recalled Vatican II’s objective of renewing the Church’s “fundamental dimensions” such as “spiritual, pastoral, ecumenical, and missionary” work. 

Pope Francis meets with Argentine pilgrims on Feb. 9, 2024, ahead of the historic canonization of the county’s first female saint on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Argentina’s First Female Saint Shows us "the path of holiness"

Feb 9, 2024

Pope Francis met with Argentine pilgrims on Friday morning ahead of the historic canonization of the county’s first female saint on Sunday.

Talitha Kum members hold a sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 6, 2022. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "It is never too late to take action" against Human Trafficking

Feb 8, 2024

The pope established the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 10 years ago to coincide with the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita.

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017. | Credit: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis to Preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and Traditional Procession in Rome

Feb 8, 2024

Pope Francis will preside at the Mass and the traditional Ash Wednesday procession on Feb. 14 on Aventine Hill in Rome.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

To be "scandalized" by Gay Couple Blessings is "hypocrisy": Pope Francis

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father this week again defended the Vatican’s controversial document authorizing blessings for same-sex couples.

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Sorrow is an "ailment of the soul"

Feb 7, 2024

The Holy Father warned that sorrow is “a constant affliction that prevents man from feeling joy at his own existence.”

Pope Francis with Cardinal Arthur Roche, prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery of Divine Worship and Discipline of Sacraments, at the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Aug. 27, 2022 | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican worship dicastery’s meeting to focus on proper liturgical formation, implementation

Feb 5, 2024

The Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments announced that its annual plenary assembly will be held Feb. 6–9 at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus address at St. Peter's on Feb. 4, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: ‘"God is always close to us" 

Feb 4, 2024

The pope observed today that Jesus, “after teaching in the synagogue, comes out so that the word he preached can reach, touch, and heal people.” 

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Vatican Doctrine Office Releases Note on Discerning the Validity of the sacraments

Feb 3, 2024

The new document signed by Pope Francis and Cardinal Victor Fernández is titled “Gestis Verbisque,” or “Deeds and Words.” 

Pope Francis speaks at a Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2, 2024, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Urges Consecrated Men and Women to Cultivate "an intense interior life"

Feb 2, 2024

The Holy Father presided over Mass on Feb. 2 for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten Message: ‘"Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom"

Feb 1, 2024

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads Us to Freedom” as its main theme.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

Africa a “special case”, Small Ideological Groups Oppose Same-sex Blessings: Pope Francis

Jan 29, 2024

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small ideological groups.”

The Vatican announced the erection of the Weifang diocese on Jan. 29, 2024, the day of the consecration of the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Anthony Sun Venjun. | Credit: Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association

Pope Francis Creates "new" Diocese in China, Accepting Borders Drawn by Beijing

Jan 29, 2024

The Holy See Press Office said Pope Francis established the diocese on April 20, 2023, “in the desire to promote the pastoral care of the Lord’s flock.”

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: "The devil always takes away your freedom"

Jan 28, 2024

Pope Francis encouraged people to learn how to “say ‘no’ to the temptations of evil before they creep into the soul” by invoking the name of Jesus.