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Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 18, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Changes Rules for Major Superiors of Religious Orders

May 18, 2022

The change allows religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission.

Pope Francis meets members of the Charles de Foucauld Spiritual Family Association in the study of the Paul VI Hall, May 18, 2022. Vatican Media.

St. Charles de Foucauld’s Spirituality Helped me Through a Crisis: Pope Francis

May 18, 2022

The pope canonized the French explorer on May 15.

Pope Francis meets with members of Chemin Neuf Politics Fraternity at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 16, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Offers Guidance to Young Christians in Politics

May 16, 2022

The pope was speaking to members of the Chemin Neuf Politics Fraternity.

Canonization Mass on May 15, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Religious Men, Women, Priests, Lay Man among 10 New Saints Canonized at Vatican

May 15, 2022

It was the Church’s first canonization since October 2019.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Low Birth Rate in the West, Says “impoverishing everyone’s future”

May 14, 2022

‘Italy, Europe, and the West are impoverishing their futures,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis meets participants in an international conference of moral theology in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 13, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Says Family Life More Tested than Ever Before

May 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to moral theologians.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission (ARCIC) at the Vatican, May 13, 2022. Vatican Media.

Anglicans are "valued traveling companions": Pope Francis

May 13, 2022

The pope was speaking with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission (ARCIC).

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

Migrants and Refugees Have "enormous potential" to Help Society: Pope Francis

May 12, 2022

The pope made the comment in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022.

Pope Francis meets Kateryna Prokopenko and Yulya Fedosiuk in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets Wives of Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting to Defend Mariupol

May 11, 2022

‘You are our last hope. We hope that you can save their lives. Please don’t let them die.’

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Following News of the Arrest of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong "with concern"

May 11, 2022

The Holy See said it was ‘following the development of the situation with extreme attention.’

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Grandparents to Join a "spiritual and non-violent revolution"

May 10, 2022

The pope made the appeal in his message for the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

St. Peter’s Basilica, pictured on March 19, 2013. Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

New Vatican Constitution Gives Value to Catholic Bishops’ Conferences: Holy See Bishop

May 10, 2022

Bishop Marco Mellino was addressing the heads of Vatican dicasteries.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

South Sudan Trip a "pilgrimage of peace", Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Say

May 8, 2022

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.”

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "It’s not possible to worship God while making the liturgy a battleground"

May 8, 2022

Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Regina Caeli on May 8, 2022. Vatican Media

Mother’s Day: Pope Francis Sends Moms "Our prayer, affection, best wishes"

May 8, 2022

In his Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis asked the faithful to celebrate their mothers in a special way on Sunday, for Mother’s Day, and urged continued prayers for peace in Ukraine.

Pope Francis lays hands on a Bangladeshi deacon as he ordains him to the priesthood during a Dec. 1, 2017, Mass in Dhaka. Vatican Media.

Prayer for Vocations 2022: Pope Francis Says "Church must become increasingly synodal"

May 6, 2022

The pope made the comment in his annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations message.

Pope Francis enters the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair on May 5, 2022. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Uses Wheelchair in Public for First Time Since Colon Surgery

May 5, 2022

The pope was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Permitted Spending $1m to Free Missionary Nun Kidnapped in Mali: Cardinal

May 5, 2022

At the Vatican’s finance trial on Thursday, Cardinal Angelo Becciu said that Pope Francis had allowed spending up to 1 million euros ($1.05 million) toward the liberation of a missionary abducted in Mali. 

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Encourages Religious Orders to "make their synodal journey"

May 5, 2022

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General.

Pope Francis is pictured outside the Casa Santa Marta on July 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Merges Four Foundations into New Vatican Hospitality Body

May 5, 2022

A papal decree, known as a chirograph, united the foundations under a new body known as the Domus Vaticanae.