Pope Francis in Mongolia

Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media.

What countries did Pope Francis visit in 2023 and what did he say?

Dec 30, 2023

Despite advanced age and health challenges, the pope visited six countries on three continents in 2023.

Pope Francis spoke about his recent trip to Mongolia during the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Don’t Overlook Goodness Because of Scandal

Sep 6, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to look for the quiet goodness in the world, even when the tendency is to pay more attention to failure and scandal.

Pope Francis responds to questions from the press aboard the return flight to Rome from Mongolia. | Vatican Media

What Pope Francis Had to Say about Synod on Synodality at In-flight Press Conference

Sep 4, 2023

In his in-flight press conference returning from Mongolia on Monday, Pope Francis outlined his vision for the upcoming synodal assembly in October, which he said should be a prayerful exercise in dialogue free from ideology, not full of “political chatter” like a television talk show.

Missionaries of Charity came to greet Pope Francis during his trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Sept. 1-4. | Colm Flynn/EWTN

Pope Francis at Mongolia Charity: "Only love can overcome selfishness"

Sep 4, 2023

Addressing charity workers in Mongolia on Monday, Pope Francis said doing good requires loving others and seeking the best for them without expecting anything in return.

Pope Francis gave a special message to Chinese Catholics at the end of his Mass in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023. | Vatican Media

Catholics From Mainland China and Across Asia in Mongolia for Mass with Pope Francis

Sep 3, 2023

Catholics from across Asia traveled to Mongolia to attend the country’s first-ever papal Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday.

Khamba Nomun Khan, the head of the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, accompanied Pope Francis as he made his entrance at the interreligious dialogue event at the Hun Theater in Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Quotes Buddha At Interreligious Event in Mongolia

Sep 3, 2023

In a meeting with Mongolian Buddhists, Shamans, Shintoists, and other religious representatives, Pope Francis said Sunday that interreligious dialogue is “not antithetical to proclamation” but helps religious traditions to understand one another.

Pope Francis meets with local priests and religious of Mongolia, which includes only 25 priests (19 religious and six diocesan), 33 women religious, and one bishop — Cardinal Giorgio Marengo — in Ulaanbaatar’s Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sept. 2, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tells Mongolia’s Tiny Catholic Community That "God loves littleness"

Sep 2, 2023

While the Catholic population in Mongolia is one of the smallest in the world, “being little is not a problem,” Pope Francis assured the local missionaries, because God can accomplish great things with small numbers.

Pope Francis on board the plane that took him from Rome to Mongolia, Aug. 31, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Publish Apostolic Letter on St. Thérèse of Lisieux October 15

Sep 1, 2023

On board the plane taking him to Mongolia, Pope Francis announced Aug. 31 that he is preparing an apostolic letter on St. Thérèse of Lisieux to be published Oct. 15.

Pope Francis' arrival in Mongolia | Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Becomes First Pope in History to Set Foot in Mongolia

Aug 31, 2023

Pope Francis made history Friday morning when he became the first pope to travel to Mongolia, the world’s most sparsely populated sovereign country.