Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Christian Witness Requires Consistency Between Lifestyle, What one Proclaims

Mar 22, 2023

To effectively witness to the Gospel, Christians need to be consistent in what they believe, how they live, and what they preach, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017. | Vatican Media.

Renew Consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25: Pope Francis to Catholics

Mar 22, 2023

Pope Francis has invited Catholics to annually renew an act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25.

Pope Francis at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary Sept. 12, 2021. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"Christ is our future": Vatican Announces Theme, Schedule for Pope Francis’ Hungary Trip

Mar 21, 2023

Pope Francis will travel to Budapest, Hungary, in just over a month for an April 28–30 visit to the capital of the central European country.

"The Pope Answers" airs on Hulu on April 5, 2023. | Hulu

Disney Doc Features Pope Francis’ Talk with Gen Z on LGBTQ Issues, Abortion, and More

Mar 21, 2023

Disney will release a new documentary April 5 titled “The Pope Answers,” airing an extended conversation between Pope Francis and 10 members of Generation Z, discussing the Church’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues, abortion, clergy abuse, feminism, and more.

The Vatican flag and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: Bohumil Petrik/ACI

The Last Diplomat from the Vatican Leaves Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2023

The Holy See reported on Saturday that the Vatican’s diplomatic headquarters in Nicaragua was forced to close.

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on March 19, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Differences of Others are an Occasion to Love Better

Mar 19, 2023

We should treat the physical and social differences of others as a chance to love, not as an inconvenience, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on Sunday.

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No, Pope Francis Didn’t Really Hint That Priestly Celibacy Requirement Will Be Lifted

Mar 17, 2023

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, Pope Francis sat down with Infobae — a news agency from Argentina — to reminisce about his pontificate and to discuss issues affecting the Church and the world. During the interview, he said: “There is no contradiction for a priest to marry.” He called priestly celibacy “a temporary prescription” and said that it’s a prescription that could be reviewed.

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014. | Alan Holdren/CNA

“I pray for deceased, injured, displaced”: Pope Francis amid Cyclone Freddy in Malawi

Mar 16, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his prayerful solidarity with the people of God in Malawi following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least “400 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar since it first made landfall in Africa”, according to Reuters.

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, appointed Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization. Credit: CNA Deutsch/EWTN

Nigerian Catholic Archbishop Appointed Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Evangelization

Mar 15, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization, the Vatican section for the first evangelization and the new particular Churches that “serves the work of evangelization, so that Christ, the light of the nations, may be known and witnessed to by word and deed, and the Church, his mystical Body, may be built up.”

Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 15, 2023 | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

A Christian Life Based on Achieving Higher Positions is "pure paganism": Pope Francis

Mar 15, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that everyone in the Church is equal in dignity, thus a focus on hierarchical advancement is “pure paganism.”

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Why is Pope Francis Sometimes Misunderstood? Nigerian Catholic Theologian Explains

Mar 14, 2023

Not everyone, including some Theologians, understands the theology of Pope Francis, a Nigerian-born Catholic Theologian has said.

Cardinal Michael Czerny. | Pablo Esparza/CNA

Catholic Universities Should do More to Respond to Environmental Issues, Vatican Cardinal

Mar 14, 2023

The cardinal who is seen as Pope Francis’ point man on the environment said in an address at Gonzaga University last week that universities, especially Catholic universities, have a major role to play in constructing a plan to “care for our common home.”

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 24, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Meet 14 African Cardinals Pope Francis Created in 10 Years of His Pontificate

Mar 13, 2023

From a son of a rubber tapper in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a Bishop-elect who was rejected by the Diocese he had been assigned in Nigeria, and a young priest who spent a year in an Ethiopian jail, the stories of African Cardinals created by Pope Francis are awe-inspiring.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the popemobile in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass, Records "popecast" for 10th Anniversary

Mar 13, 2023

Pope Francis marked his 10th anniversary as pope Monday with a private Mass with cardinals and an appearance on what Vatican News has dubbed a “popecast.”

Pope Francis at his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square June 26, 2019. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

How the Catholic Church has Changed During Pope Francis’ Pontificate

Mar 13, 2023

Pope Francis was elected to the papacy 10 years ago, on March 13, 2013. How has the worldwide Catholic Church changed since then?

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Africa “deeply grateful”: Catholic Bishops on 10 Years of Pope Francis’ Pontificate

Mar 12, 2023

The people of God in Africa are “deeply grateful” to Pope Francis for his service to Global Catholicism in the last 10 years, the leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has said.

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“He fertilized my brain”: Widely Published Nigerian Priest Inspired by Pope Francis

Mar 12, 2023

With over 100 scholarly publications in just about a decade, Fr. Stan Chu Ilo is inarguably one of the most published Catholic authors in Africa.

Sr. Leonida Katunge having a conversation with Pope Francis during the Holy Father's dialogue with African youths last year. Sr. Katunge was one of the coordinators of the virtual event. Credit: Sr. Leonida Katunge

Catholic Nun in Kenya Lauds Pope Francis for Amplifying Women Voices “like never before”

Mar 12, 2023

In February 2021, Pope Francis appointed Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, a South African Catholic Nun, to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address on March 12, 2023. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: People are Looking for "an oasis in the Church"

Mar 12, 2023

People are looking for an oasis in the Catholic Church from which to slake the thirst left by busyness, indifference, and consumerism, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Pope Francis meets with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba. on Feb. 12, 2016. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis as Diplomat: The Principles that have Guided his 10-year-old Pontificate

Mar 12, 2023

In his public diplomatic efforts in the war in Ukraine, Pope Francis has repeatedly said that he is ready to go to Kyiv, but only if that trip can be combined with a trip to Moscow.