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Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Welcomes 11-foot-tall Puppet Symbolizing Unaccompanied Refugee Children

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children.

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. null

Mary Teaches us to Listen to “the voices of the forgotten”: Pope Francis in Message

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 8, 2021. Vatican Media.

“Rediscover beauty of being children of God”: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia.

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015. L’Osservatore Romano.

Vatican Releases Synod on Synodality Preparatory Documents and Handbook for Review

The Vatican unveiled a working document and handbook.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Choose Faith in Christ Over Formalities: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

At the general audience, the pope continued to reflect on Galatians.

Pope Francis greets supporters of the Laudato Si’ Movement at his general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Catholics to Pray for “courageous choices” to Protect Environment

He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.

Pope Francis attends a general audience at the Vatican. Daniel Ibáñez/​CNA.

“A nurse saved my life,” Pope Francis Says in New Interview to Air Wednesday, September 1

The nurse reportedly advised the pope to undergo tests in February.

The Franciscan friar Fr. Placido Cortese (1907-1944). Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Cause of Italian Catholic Priest Who Saved Jews in WWII

Fr. Placido Cortese has been dubbed “the Italian Fr. Kolbe.”

Pope Francis gives the Angelus message from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Vatican Media

Complaining, Blaming Others is “poison” for the Heart, Waste of Time: Pope Francis

Complaining and blaming others is a waste of time; the way to defeat evil is to conquer it first within our own hearts, Pope Francis said.

Bishop-elect Guido Marini walks beside Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday 2021 in St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints Vatican Master of Ceremonies Bishop of Italian Diocese

Msgr. Guido Marini has been in charge of papal liturgies since his appointment to the role by Benedict XVI in 2007.

St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Makes Several Temporary Changes to Vatican’s Chapter of St. Peter

The Chapter of St. Peter is group of retired priests who pray and assist in the basilica’s liturgical activities.

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli speaks at a press conference at the Vatican on July 7, 2020. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Names Salesian Sister Secretary of Vatican’s Social Development Office

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, 46, was appointed ‘ad interim.’

Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Catholic Lawmakers to Protect Human Dignity Online

The pope called for renewed efforts to combat child pornography, data breaches, and cyber attacks.

Pope Francis greets a child at a general audience at the Vatican, April 20, 2016. Vatican Media.

"Every child that arrives is God’s gift": Pope Francis on Adoption

‘Every baby, in every case, and in whatever situation is to be welcomed,’ the pope says in a new video.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Dec. 20, 2018. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets Nobel Peace Prize Winner Championing Women Rights in Iraq, Afghanistan

The survivor of ISIS enslavement has expressed concern for the future of Afghan women.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Aug. 25, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"Hypocrisy in the Church is particularly detestable": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that hypocrisy within the Church is “particularly detestable.”

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Angelus on July 25, 2021. Vatican Media/CNA

Do Not Water Down Truth of the Eucharist: Pope Francis to Catholics

Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to not water down the teaching that the Eucharist is Jesus’ Body and Blood.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Praises Martyred Korean Priest as “an exemplary witness of heroic faith”

Pope Francis said St. Andrew Kim Taegon spread the faith “in difficult times, marked by persecution and suffering” for the Korean people.

Pope Francis spoke on the phone at the end of his general audience Aug. 11, 2021. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Speaks on Phone at End of Weekly General Audience

Pope Francis made an unknown phone call at the end of his weekly general audience on Wednesday.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Jan. 31, 2018. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Report: Envelope With Gun Bullets Addressed to Pope Francis Intercepted in Milan

The letter was addressed to "The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter's Square in Rome."