Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022. | Vatican Media

Millions Still Suffer from Leprosy. Here’s Pope Francis’ Message About It

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Francis is calling on Catholics and people worldwide to remember those suffering from leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, ahead of World Leprosy Day.

Children participating in a Catholic Action initiative helped to release colorful balloons at the end of the Angelus on Jan. 30, 2022. Vatican Media

"The Lord always surprises us": Pope Francis

Jan 30, 2022

Pope Francis encouraged people to be open to the newness Jesus wants to bring in their daily lives and to cultivate the capacity to wonder.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/

Vatican Cardinal Speaks out against Social Stigma for Leprosy Patients

Feb 1, 2021

People with leprosy suffer not only from physical disease but also from harmful social stigmas which can lead to mental illness, Cardinal Peter Turkson said on Sunday.

Fr. Andrew Campbell, Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in Ghana and helping cured Lepers with some volunteers distributing items to some cured lepers in Nkachina in the Yendi Diocese. At the Background is Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Ebo Kpiebaya of Tamale Archdiocese.

Missionary Priest in Ghana Praised as Unsung Hero in Fight Against Leprosy

Mar 2, 2020

Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in the West African nation of Ghana, Fr. Andrew Campbell, has been extolled as one of the unsung heroes in the fight against stigmatization of persons with leprosy and support for their treatment and rehabilitation.