Latest stories: Pope Francis

Pope Francis conferred on Catholics the lay ministries of catechist and lector at a Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God on Jan. 23, 2022. Vatican Media

The Word of God Rekindles Hope, Pope Francis Says On Word of God Sunday

Jan 23, 2022

During Mass for Sunday of the Word of God, Pope Francis formally conferred upon lay Catholics the ministries of lector and catechist.

St. Irenaeus of Lyon. Wolfymoza via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis Declares St. Irenaeus 37th Doctor of the Church, with Title "Doctor of Unity"

Jan 21, 2022

The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 21, 2022. Vatican Media.

The Church is Firmly Committed to Justice for Abuse Victims: Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2022

His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report.

Pope Francis met the Italian Association of Private Construction Contractors on Jan. 20, 2022. Vatican Media.

Human Life the Most Valuable Asset to Protect in Workplace: Pope Francis

Jan 20, 2022

The International Labour Organization estimates that 2.3 million people lose their lives in work-related accidents or diseases every year worldwide.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202). Public Domain.

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be Declared a Doctor of the Church

Jan 20, 2022

Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’

The flag of Eritrea. Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Visitors for Eritrean Catholics in US, Canada, and Europe

Jan 19, 2022

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 19, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"God is not afraid of our sins": Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

Jan 19, 2022

The pope made the comment at his general audience.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Confer New Lay Ministries for First Time in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 18, 2022

The candidates come from three continents.

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Looks Ahead to the 1700th Anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek unity.

Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

The story of the Holy Land is the "Fifth Gospel": Pope Francis

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Dec. 19, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Catholics to Offer Their Sufferings for Christian Unity

Jan 16, 2022

During his Sunday Angelus address, the pope called on people to take part in the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope Francis is seen leaving a record store in Rome. Javier Martinez-Brocal/Rome Reports TV News Agency

"We must not lose our sense of humor": Pope to Journalist Who Caught Him Leaving Store

Jan 15, 2022

After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter.

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

Ghanaian Cardinal Urges COVID-19 Vaccination, Describes Jabs as “scientifically wholesome”

Jan 14, 2022

The Vatican-based Ghanaian Cardinal has encouraged the people of God in his native country to get vaccinated against COVID-19 saying the jabs are “scientifically wholesome.”

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on May 1, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Vatican Media.

There is Urgent Need for "spiritual fatherhood" Today: Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis meets a delegation of the French Catholic Action movement at the Vatican, Jan. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

Synodality Not a "search for majority consensus": Pope Francis

Jan 13, 2022

The pope was speaking to French Catholic Action groups.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Jan. 12, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Prays for Workers "crushed by an unbearable burden" in COVID-19 Recession

Jan 12, 2022

He led a moment’s silence at his general audience.

Mons. Richard Kazadi Kamba, appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kolwezi. Credit: CENCO

Secretary of DR Congo’s Lubumbashi Ecclesiastical Province Appointed Bishop for Kolwezi

Jan 11, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Kolwezi in the Central African nation.

Pope Francis meets with diplomats accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican’s Hall of Blessings, Jan. 10, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments "cancel culture" in Annual Address to Diplomats

Jan 10, 2022

The pope was giving his annual “state of the world” address.

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Baptizes Babies in Sistine Chapel for 1st Time Since COVID-19 Pandemic

Jan 9, 2022

The pope baptized 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis meets members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Association at the Vatican, Jan. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

Let’s "begin again with more humanity" Amid Pandemic: Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2022

The pope was addressing a Vatican-based lay association.