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Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media.

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Pope Francis

Dec 4, 2022

St. John the Baptist reminds us that Advent is a privileged time to turn back toward God — something it is never too late to do, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Pope Francis spent time in silent prayer in front of a nativity scene handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala on Dec. 3, 2022. | Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Guatemala to the Holy See

Pope Francis Blesses Nativity Scene Made by Craftsmen in Guatemala

Dec 4, 2022

Pope Francis blessed a nativity scene on Saturday that was handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala.

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Pope Francis’ Watch Auctioned Off and Proceeds Set a World Record

Dec 3, 2022

A watch worn by Pope Francis was sold Wednesday at a charity auction and set a new world record for the brand.

Pope Francis celebrates the International Day of Disabled Persons at the Vatican on Dec. 3, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Church has a Duty to Welcome People with Disabilities

Dec 3, 2022

Pope Francis celebrated the International Day of Disabled Persons on Saturday at the Vatican with a group of children with disabilities and their families.

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Planned Ecumenical Trip Time to Reflect “peace, stability”: South Sudanese Archbishop

Dec 2, 2022

The planned ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields in February 2023 provides an opportunity to reflect on “peace and stability,” the Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Effects of the War in Ukraine are Being Felt all Over the World

Dec 2, 2022

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with the far-felt effects of the energy and food crises.

Official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Realize Postponed Trip to Africa, Vatican Unveils Itinerary

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis is set to realize his postponed trip to two African countries early next year, officials of the Holy See have announced.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall. | © L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis Praises "fruitful" Theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis on Thursday praised the role of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his theology for the Church.

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Eulogize Cardinal Who Served “with dedication, generosity”

Nov 30, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who passed on in Rome on November 27.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. | Vatican Media.

Restoration of Christian Unity "an urgent priority in today’s world": Pope Francis

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.”

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 30 November 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Daily Examination of Conscience Helps Avoid Repeating Mistakes: Pope at General Audience

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life.

Pope Francis greets late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

“Faithful witness, wise, gentle pastor”: Holy Father Pays Tribute to Late African Cardinal

Nov 29, 2022

Pope Francis has eulogized the late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who died on Sunday, November 27 as a “faithful witness to the gospel”.

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was "leader" in Responding to Sexual Abuse

Nov 29, 2022

In a recent interview Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to clerical sexual abuse — the latest defense by the Holy Father of his predecessor, who is facing criticism in his native Germany for his handling of several abuse cases as an archbishop decades ago. 

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishop Mourns African Cardinal Who Desired to Revive Symposium of Bishops

Nov 28, 2022

The desire of Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, who served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) before his death on Sunday, November 27, was to fire up the work of the common forum of Catholic Bishops on the continent, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria has said.

Pope Francis meets with the United States bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

“Jesus did not create Bishops’ conferences”: Pope Francis

Nov 28, 2022

Pope Francis has emphasized the difference between bishops’ conferences and bishops in a new interview with America Magazine.

Pilgrims from China greets Pope Francis during his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2019, at the Vatican. | Photo by Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis News

Pope Francis Says Dialogue “slow,” But Only Way Forward with China

Nov 28, 2022

In a new interview with America Magazine, Pope Francis said the Vatican-China deal has had both failures and successes, but he “cannot find another way” to carry out diplomacy.

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: SECAM

Recently Elevated African Cardinal Dies Days after Leaving Hospital in Rome

Nov 27, 2022

Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, one of the Catholic Church leaders elevated to Cardinal during the August 27 Consistory, has died.

Pope Francis at the Angelus 27 November 2022. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: God is Present "in everyday things"

Nov 27, 2022

It is good to remember that God is present to us even in the small, everyday events of our lives, Pope Francis said on the first Sunday of Advent.

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Violence kills the future": Pope Francis on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict after 2 Boys Die

Nov 27, 2022

Pope Francis has spoken out against violence in the Holy Land, after one teenager died in a blast in Jerusalem and another teenager died in armed clashes in Palestine last week.

Pope Francis prays on St. Peter's Square, Oct. 5, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Prays for Homeless Man Who Died in St. Peter's Square

Nov 26, 2022

Pope Francis is praying for a homeless man who was found dead near the colonnade of St. Peter’s Square on Friday morning.