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Latest stories: Pope Francis

Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar have organized a three-day colloquium that aims to  develop a concrete response to Pope Francis’s clarion call to “say ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.” Credit: Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) /

Planned Seminar by Jesuits in Africa, Response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on Abuse

An upcoming international colloquium organized by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), is a response to Pope Francis’ 2019  Apostolic Letter  “Vos estis lux mundi” that establishes procedural norms on dealing with sexual abuse in the Church, officials have said.

Logos of Catholic entities that participated in the 7 April 2021 launch of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic / Catholic entities

Catholic Entities in Africa Participate in Vatican’s Launch of Debt Cancellation Campaign

Catholic Church entities in Africa earlier this week joined the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the COVID-19 Commission in the launching of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bishop Paul Semogerereof Kasana-Luweero, appointed Apostolic Administrator of Uganda's Kampala Archdiocese by Pope Francis on 8 April 2021. / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Administrator for Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese

Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Uganda’s Kasana-Luweero Diocese as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Kampala, which fell vacant following the death of Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga on April 3.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. /

Pope Francis Calls for Global COVID-19 Recovery Plan in Message to World Bank and IMF

Pope Francis appealed for a global coronavirus recovery plan in a message to participants in the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Eucharistic adoration following the pope's Corpus Christi Mass June 14, 2020./ Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Recalls Nights Spent in Eucharistic Adoration in his Youth

In a letter to a Spanish weekly, Pope Francis recalled “with emotion” his time spent in adoration at the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in Buenos Aires.

The Late Christian Cardinal Tumi, Archbishop emeritus of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese who died Saturday, April 3 will be laid to rest on April 19 and 20. / Courtesy Photo

Cameroonians Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Cardinal, To Be Laid to Rest in 12 Days

Members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and Laity in Cameroon including government officials have continued to pay glowing tribute to Christian Cardinal Tumi who died April 3 at the age of 90.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in so

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in the darkest moments of their lives.

Fr. Simon Chibuga Masondole, appointed Bishop of Tanzania's Bunda Diocese by Pope Francis on 5 April 2021. / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop for Bunda, Tanzania’s Third Youngest Catholic Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed a Bishop for Tanzania’s Bunda Diocese, the third youngest Catholic Diocese in the East African nation.

Pope Francis prays at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 2, 2013. / Elise Harris/CNA. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Pray for People Risking Lives Searching Fundamental Rights

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics around the world to pray this month for people risking their lives by standing up for fundamental rights.

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. / Vatican Media. /

"Never tire of seeking the risen Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Coeli, Easter Monday

At the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to “never tire of seeking the risen Christ.”

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Easter Sunday April 4, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media. /

Christ’s Wounds are the "seal of his love for us": Pope Francis on Easter Sunday

May those who suffer take refuge in the wounds of Christ, and through them, receive the hope which does not disappoint, Pope Francis prayed on Easter Sunday.

Pope Francis with an icon of Christ during the Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica April 4, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021: Full Text

On Easter Sunday 2021, Pope Francis offered Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, he gave the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing. The following is the full text of the pope’s Easter message.

Pope Francis prays before the Easter fire in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA /

Pope Francis’ Homily for Easter Vigil at the Vatican: Full Text

Here is the full text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 3 at St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

"The Risen Lord loves us without limits": Pope Francis at Easter Vigil

At the Vatican's Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ love is without limits and always provides the grace to begin anew.

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media. /

Political Ideologies Wound Fraternity in Catholic Church: Papal preacher on Good Friday

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord liturgy on Good Friday.

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021. / Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Cautions Priests and Seminarians against Worldly Temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.