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Latest stories: Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA /

Pope Francis: The Humble Service of a Deacon Tells of the Greatness of God

Pope Francis met with deacons and their families Saturday at the Vatican and encouraged them to help their parishes to recognize Jesus in the poor.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Do not Forget Workers Pushed to the Margins by Pandemic

Pope Francis addressed an International Labor Organization (ILO) summit Thursday, calling for dignified working conditions and support for workers on the margins of the labor market still affected by pandemic losses.

St. Peter's Basilica. Bohumil Petrik/CNA /

Pope Francis Appoints ‘ecclesiastical assistant’ for Vatican Communications

Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed an Italian priest and philosopher as an “ecclesiastical assistant” to the Vatican’s communications department.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 16, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: On the Cross, Jesus Prayed for You

Catholics should take courage in the fact that even as Jesus was dying on the cross, his most agonizing moment on earth, he was praying for them, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

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Pope Francis Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the ongoing unrest in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis: Coronavirus Recovery Must Have True Vision for Humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and neighbor, Pope Francis has said in a message to world leaders gathered in Bratislava. 

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'

God asks us to trust that his love is always at work through our good deeds, even if we do not see the results we had hoped for, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

German Cardinal Says Pope’s Decision Not to Accept His Resignation a “great challenge”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising is a “great challenge.”

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier (right) and Archbishop-elect Siegfried Mandla Jwara (left) of South Africa's Durban Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Durban Archbishop in South Africa, Appoints Successor

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of the Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier and appointed Bishop Mandla Siegfried Jwara as his successor.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 9, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Priests, Bishops, and Married Couples ‘co-responsible’ for the Family

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged priests, bishops, and married couples to work in cooperation to strengthen the life of the Church through the goods of marriage and family.

Pope Francis with French Priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on 7 June 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA /

Pope Francis to Priests: Weakness is a Chance for Encounter with God

Pope Francis told a group of young French priests on Monday that weakness is a chance for encounter with God, and not something they should try to overcome by their own strength.

Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. /

Pope Francis on Corpus Christi: ‘We need to enlarge our hearts’

Pope Francis said Sunday that we need to “enlarge our hearts” to truly appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. /

Pope Francis Sorrowful after Children’s Graves Found at Catholic-run School in Canada

Pope Francis expressed sorrow on Sunday at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves at a Church-run residential school in Canada.

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Ecosystem Degradation "a clear outcome of economic dysfunction": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Friday that environmental degradation is “a clear outcome of economic dysfunction.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Never Forget that Jesus is Praying for you before Father: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that just as Jesus prayed for his friends while on earth, he also prays for each person eternally before the Father in heaven.

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience./ Daniel Ibáñez /

Pope Francis Releases Video Message on the Beauty of Marriage

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage.

Pope Francis prays before the crowned image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, in the Vatican Gardens, May 31, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. /

Pope Francis turns to Mary, Undoer of Knots, at end of rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Pope Francis asked on Monday for the intercession of Mary, Undoer of Knots, as he ended a month-long global rosary marathon.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Basketball is a Sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

Pope Francis described basketball on Monday as “a sport that lifts you up to the heavens.”