Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Office. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Pope Francis Appoints Ghanaian Cardinal New Chancellor of Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Apr 4, 2022

The pope accepted Turkson’s resignation as head of Vatican’s social development office in December.

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal flight to Malta on April 2, 2022. Courtney Mares/CNA

Pope Francis Says Papal Visit to Ukraine’s Capital, Kyiv, is “on the table”

Apr 2, 2022

Pope Francis on Saturday said a papal visit to Kyiv is "on the table," raising the possibility of a dramatic escalation of the Holy See's diplomatic and spiritual effort to bring about an end to the fighting that has raged in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24.

Pope Francis meets Canadian Indigenous leaders at the Vatican on April 1, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Expresses "sorrow, shame" for Catholic Role in Abuse against Indigenous Peoples

Apr 1, 2022

“I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis met with the Italian Autism Foundation in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on April 1, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Advocates for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Society

Apr 1, 2022

The pope underlined that the Church in particular is called to help those with disabilities to “make their voices heard.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, March 30, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: "Rhetoric of inclusion’ Not Enough to Forge a "culture of social tenderness"

Mar 30, 2022

The pope said that ‘the rhetoric of inclusion is the ritual formula of every politically correct discourse.’

Cardinal Antonios Naguib (1935-2022). Screenshot from Rome Reports in English YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Mourns Egyptian Cardinal Whose Life was Marked by "faith and priestly zeal"

Mar 29, 2022

Cardinal Antonios Naguib died in Cairo at the age of 87.

St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Shutterstock

New Vatican Instruction: Teachers, Students to Respect Identity of Catholic Schools

Mar 29, 2022

‘Everyone has the obligation to recognize, respect, and bear witness to the Catholic identity of the school,’ the new document says.

A priest celebrates the traditional Latin Mass at the Basilica of St. Pancras in Rome. Thoom/Shutterstock

Vatican Corrects "extraordinary form"’ Error in New Constitution

Mar 28, 2022

The Vatican constitution now refers to ‘the liturgical books prior to the reform of the Second Vatican Council.’

Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus March 27 2022. Vatican News.

Let’s Learn to Rejoice Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, Pope Francis says

Mar 27, 2022

"God is a Father who not only welcomes us back, but rejoices and throws a feast for his son who has returned home after having squandered all his possessions. We are that son, and it is moving to think about how much the Father always loves us and waits for us."

Pope Francis at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on March 2, 2022. Vatican Media

"Enough!" End War Before it Ends Us, Pope Francis Says as Ukraine Invasion Continues

Mar 27, 2022

"Before the danger of self-destruction, may humanity understand that the moment has come to abolish war, to erase it from human history before it erases human history," Pope Francis said in another plea for peace more than one month after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Pope Francis goes to confession during a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica on March 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

In Confession, Priest to Always Have “as goal universal call to holiness”: Pope Francis

Mar 26, 2022

Pope Francis spoke to around 800 priests and seminarians at the end of a course on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pope Francis prays during the penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 25, 2022. Vatican Pool.

Full text: Pope Francis' Homily at Penance Service, Consecration to Immaculate Heart

Mar 25, 2022

On March 25 Pope Francis led a celebration of the sacrament of penance and the act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter's Basilica. The following is the full text of the pope's prepared homily.

Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022

In his homily, the pope said that the consecration ‘is no magic formula but a spiritual act.’

Pope Francis visits a reception center for asylum seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, north of Rome, on March 24, 2016. Vatican Media.

New Vatican Guide on Migrant Ministry Promotes Encounter with Others: Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2022

‘All of us are called to commit ourselves to universal fraternity,’ the pope wrote in a preface to the new guide.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, April 14, 2019. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week Unveiled, to Preside Over Liturgies in Public

Mar 21, 2022

The pope will once again preside over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday.

Pope Francis led the Angelus for All Saints' Day from a window above St. Peter's Square. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Reforms Roman Curia with Launch of Vatican Constitution

Mar 19, 2022

The long-awaited text replaces the 1988 document ‘Pastor bonus.’

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/ null

How Praedicate Evangelium Changes the Vatican’s Dicasteries: A CNA Explainer

Mar 19, 2022

Pope Francis has promulgated a new apostolic constitution, Praedicate evangelium, which reforms the structure of the Roman Curia. Here are some of the changes:

St. Joseph and the Christ Child, by Guido Reni. Public domain

Follow St. Joseph's Example, Pope Francis Tells Priests of a Religious Institute

Mar 19, 2022

Pope Francis has written a letter to the Congregation of Saint Joseph.

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017. Vatican Media.

Vatican Confirms Pope is Inviting World’s Bishops to Join in Ukraine-Russia Consecration

Mar 18, 2022

The pope is asking the bishops ‘to join him in praying for peace and in consecrating and entrusting Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’

Pope Francis prays for children in Ukraine, March 16, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis: After a Nuclear War, Humanity Would Have to "start from scratch"

Mar 16, 2022

The pope was speaking on the 21st day of the war in Ukraine.