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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.

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.

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.”

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican-China Deal "not the best deal possible," Top Holy See Diplomat Says

Mar 14, 2023

The Vatican’s foreign minister has said that the Vatican-China deal was “not the best deal possible” and that negotiations are underway to make the deal “work better.”

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.”

The faithful in Nicaragua participate in a pilgrimage in support of the bishops, July 28, 2018. | Photo credit: Javier Ruiz / Facebook Archdiocese of Managua

Nicaragua to Close Vatican Embassy in Managua, Nicaraguan Embassy to Holy See

Mar 13, 2023

The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, has ordered the closing of the Vatican embassy in Managua and the Nicaraguan embassy to the Holy See in Rome, according to Reuters.

Pope Francis at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Feb. 15, 2023. | Vatican Media

"Not an easy job": Pope Francis Asks for Prayers on 10th Anniversary as Pope

Mar 12, 2023

Pope Francis asked for prayers as he spoke about the future of the Church and his pontificate so far in an interview published in the early hours of Sunday.

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 prays in St. Peter's Square on March 8, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says Imprisonment of Nicaraguan Bishop Reminds him of Hitler’s Dictatorship

Mar 10, 2023

Pope Francis called Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega “unstable” and likened Nicaragua’s Sandinista government to Nazi Germany in an interview published Friday.

Janada Marcus with Pope Francis at the general audience on March 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Two Nigerian Girls who were Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Mar 8, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with two young Nigerian girls who suffered horrendous violence at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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

Pope Francis: There is no Option to be Passive Catholics when it Comes to Evangelization

Mar 8, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday that there is no option to be “passive subjects” when it comes to evangelization because every baptized Catholic has a mission to actively proclaim the Gospel.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich celebrates Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 10, 2021. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Appoints Five New Cardinals Tasked with Assisting Him Govern Universal Church

Mar 7, 2023

Pope Francis appointed five new members to his council of cardinals advisers on Tuesday, including Synod organizer Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich and Canadian Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix.

Pope Francis at Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God on Jan. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

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

Mar 3, 2023

Pope Francis’s prayer intention for the month of March is for victims of abuse.

Police and emergency crews search wreckage after a train accident in the Tempi Valley near Larissa, Greece, March 1, 2023. At least 36 people were killed and another 85 injured after a collision between two trains caused a derailment near the Greek city of Larissa late at night on Feb. 28, 2023, authorities said. | Photo by SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Deadly Train Crash in Greece

Mar 1, 2023

Pope Francis sent a message Wednesday saying he was praying for the victims of a train crash in northern Greece.

Pope Francis in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 12, 2021. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to Visit Hungary in April

Feb 27, 2023

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will visit Hungary for the second time, from April 28-30.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Devil Uses "three widespread and dangerous temptations" to Divide Us

Feb 26, 2023

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis warned of three “widespread and dangerous temptations” that the devil uses to separate us from God and divide us from each other.

Pope Francis attended a Vatican screening of the 2022 documentary “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” on Feb. 24, 2023. | Vatican Media

This was Pope Francis’ Spontaneous Prayer for Ukraine on Anniversary of War

Feb 25, 2023

Pope Francis said a spontaneous prayer for peace during a Vatican event for the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Friday.

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Reinforces Centralization of Vatican finances

Feb 24, 2023

In an apostolic letter on Thursday, Pope Francis reaffirmed that the property and assets of the Holy See are “ecclesiastical public goods,” not private property.