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/

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Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.”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

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Apologizes for Not Leaving His Chair at Wednesday Audience

May 4, 2022

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Faith Not Something Only "for old people": Pope Francis

May 4, 2022

The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Prays That Young People Will Follow Mary’s Example

May 3, 2022

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.

Pope Francis meets members of the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists on May 2, 2022, in the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Moves Meeting to Vatican Home Because of Painful Knee

May 2, 2022

Pope Francis, 85, has been suffering from an inflamed ligament.

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass on April 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Weeps at Ukraine Suffering, Calls for Daily Rosary for Peace

May 1, 2022

Pope Francis has again lamented the suffering caused by the invasion of Ukraine and encouraged the faithful to pray a rosary every day for peace.

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Christians with "empty nets" Must Return to Jesus, Pope Francis Says

May 1, 2022

"Brothers, sisters, when our nets are empty in life, it is not the time to feel sorry for ourselves, to have fun, to return to old pastimes."

Pope Francis greets Catholic bishops on a pilgrimage from Slovakia to Rome on April 30, 2022. Vatican Media

"The doctor has told me not to walk": Pope Francis

Apr 30, 2022

“It is a humiliation, but I offer it for your country,” Pope Francis told pilgrims from Slovakia.

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Asks for Annual Report on Church’s Efforts to Prevent Abuse

Apr 29, 2022

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.