Pope Francis

Cardinal Pietro Parolin. | Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Parolin Will Represent Pope Francis at Climate Conference

Dec 1, 2023

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection.

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann. | Credit: Vatican Media

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of December

Dec 1, 2023

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities.

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says He Has "very acute infectious bronchitis"

Nov 30, 2023

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar on Thursday morning.

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

Pope to Orthodox Patriarch: "Bonds of faith, hope and charity" Unite two Churches

Nov 30, 2023

On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Francis sent a message to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople.

Cardinal Turkson at the Vatican Press Office. Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

What an African Cardinal Said about Bill Criminalizing Homosexuality in Ghana

Nov 29, 2023

Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson has been at the center of controversy in Ghana following his Monday, November 27 comments on Ghana's Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (anti-LGBTQI+ Bill).

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Technological Focus on Efficiency Dehumanizes Today’s Society

Nov 29, 2023

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and poses for photos at the end of his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Vatican: Pope’s Health "stable"; Treatment Continues as Lung Inflammation Remains

Nov 29, 2023

The Vatican on Wednesday said Pope Francis’ health was stable as the Holy Father continues to receive treatment for ongoing lung inflammation stemming from a flu infection.

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023. | Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Pope Francis Says He is "still not well," Has Aide Read General Audience Speech

Nov 29, 2023

One day after canceling his trip to Dubai at the request of his doctors, Pope Francis appeared at his public Wednesday audience and shared with a raspy voice that he was still not feeling well as he recovers from the flu.

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Professional Soccer Team Founded by a Catholic Religious

Nov 29, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother.

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Cancels Pope Francis’ Trip to Climate Conference in Dubai, Citing Ongoing Illness

Nov 28, 2023

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion.

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a Timeline of his Medical Issues in Recent Years

Nov 27, 2023

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years.

Pope Francis and Mons. Paolo Braida during the Sunday Angelus address, Nov. 26 | Vatican Media

Papal Aide Relays Pope Francis’ Remarks at Sunday Angelus While Pope Recovers from Flu

Nov 26, 2023

During this week’s Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke not from the window of the Apostolic Palace but via livestream from Casa Santa Marta.

Margaret Karram, the third president to lead the Focolare Movement, was among several members of ecclesial movements who were appointed to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life by Pope Francis on Nov. 25, 2023. | Credit: CSC Audiovisivi

Pope Adds Couples, Church Movement Representatives to Vatican’s Laity, Family Dicastery

Nov 25, 2023

The Vatican announced the pope’s picks to the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on Nov. 25.

Pope Francis at his general audience earlier this week on Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis has "mild flu," Went to Hospital for Precautionary Testing

Nov 25, 2023

The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years.

Pope Francis in prayer. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness” With Victims of the Congo’s Stadium Stampede

Nov 24, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” with those affected by the Monday, November 20 stadium stampede in Congo-Brazzaville that reportedly resulted in the death of at least 37 people and dozens others injured.

Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara. Credit: CBCE

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Apostolic Vicar in Ethiopia

Nov 23, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of Soddo in Ethiopia, where he has been serving as Apostolic Vicar.

Pope Francis meets with families of the hostages taken by Hamas on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Families of Israeli Hostages Being Held in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

Pope Francis’ meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations occurred as news emerged that a four-day cease-fire agreement had been reached in which Hamas agreed to free at least 50 of the roughly 240 hostages taken in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

Pope Francis met with relatives of Palestinians living in Gaza on Wed., Nov. 22, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Relatives of Palestinians Living in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023

The pope's meeting with families of Palestinians in Gaza took place on the same day the Holy Father met wth relatives of Israeli hostages held by Hamas terrorists.

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Gospel is Universal

Nov 22, 2023

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to proclaim the Gospel.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Letter Expressing Concern about German Synodal Way

Nov 21, 2023

Here is CNA’s English translation of Pope Francis’ letter to four German Catholic laywomen expressing his “concerns” about the direction of the German Church.