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Pope Francis greets the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Angelus address on Sept. 24, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: It’s Never "too late" to Receive God’s Love

Sep 24, 2023

The pope spoke one day after he gave a strong condemnation of euthanasia on his return flight from Marseille, France, saying there is such a thing as “bad compassion.”

Pope Francis speaks at the closing session of the Mediterranean Encounter in Marseille, France, on Sept. 23, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis: Migrant Crisis Requires Wisdom, not "alarmist propaganda"

Sep 23, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday told an interreligious youth conference in Marseille, France, that the deepening migrant crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean is “a reality of our times” that calls for wisdom and a collaborative response from European nations, not “alarmist propaganda."

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

"You don’t play with life": Pope Francis Condemns Euthanasia, Abortion on Papal Plane

Sep 23, 2023

“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for an estimated 50,000 people at the Vélodrome Stadium in Marseille, France, the last stop in his Sept. 22-23, 2023 visit to the port city to speak at an ecumenical meeting of young people and bishops called the “Rencontres Mediterraneennes,” or Mediterranean Encounter. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Be Christians Who "leap for joy" in the Face of Life

Sep 23, 2023

Pope Francis told those gathered Saturday at a Mass in Marseille, France, to be Christians who “leap for joy” in the face of life’s challenges — with hearts ready to encounter the Lord and others.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lauds St. Daniel Comboni’s “apostolic zeal”, Efforts to End Slavery in Africa

Sep 20, 2023

St. Daniele Comboni witnessed “the horror of slavery” as a missionary in the mid-19th century in what is now Sudan.

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia holds up the reliquary with the liquefied blood of St. Januarius on the martyr bishop's feast day Sept. 19, 2023. The announcement that the blood had liquefied was made at the start of Mass in the Naples Cathedral by Abbot Vincenzo De Gregorio. | Screenshot / YouTube channel Chiesa di Napoli

Blood of St. Januarius “completely liquefied” on Tuesday, His Feast Day

Sep 19, 2023

The blood “is not an oracle to consult and even less a city horoscope whose function is to predict misfortune or fortune for the city,” one archbishop said.

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on Sept. 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Forgiveness is the Cure that Heals "the poisons of resentment"

Sep 17, 2023

In his Angelus, the pope said forgiving is “not a good deed that we can choose to do or not do” but “a fundamental condition for those who are Christians.”

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 addressed pilgrims and tourists at his first outdoor general audience after the summer on Sept. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Offers Prayers for “unfortunate victims” of Fire Tragedy in South Africa

Sep 6, 2023

Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims of the August 31 inferno on a five-storey building in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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 greets newly married couples at the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 30, 2023. | Adi Zace/CNA

Pope Francis: St. Kateri Tekakwitha is an Example of Patience in Suffering

Aug 30, 2023

St. Kateri Tekakwitha teaches us to live an ordinary holiness and to confront the suffering of life with patience, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: People — not machines — are the Value of Work

Aug 29, 2023

Pope Francis told a group of entrepreneurs this week that work’s greatest value comes from human beings, not from machines.

Pope Francis gives the weekly Angelus address on Aug. 27, 2023. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: "We cannot be indifferent" to People Caught in Drug Addiction

Aug 27, 2023

Pope Francis said on Sunday we are called to act like Jesus and cannot be indifferent to the situations that lead people, especially adolescents, into drug addiction.

Pope Francis gives the weekly Angelus address on Aug. 27, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "Look to Jesus always"

Aug 27, 2023

Christ is with us and walking beside us in our daily journey through life, including our struggles to be holy, Pope Francis said Sunday.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Synod "truly important" Despite Being "of little interest to general public"

Aug 26, 2023

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the upcoming Synod on Synodality may be “of little interest to the general public,” but underlined that the synod is “truly important” for the Catholic Church.

Eucharistic adoration following the pope's Corpus Christi Mass June 14, 2020. | Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist Can Fill "the wounds and voids produced by sin"

Aug 25, 2023

Jesus’ healing presence in the Eucharist can “fill with tenderness” the voids and wounds produced by sin in individual lives and in society, Pope Francis said Friday.

Pope Francis meets with Hungary President Katalin Novák at the Vatican on Aug. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Discusses Family Values, Ukraine War with Hungarian President

Aug 25, 2023

Pope Francis discussed family values, religious freedom, and the Ukraine war with Hungary’s President Katalin Novák at the Vatican on Friday.

Pope Francis offers Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, 2020. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mothers Can Be Great Evangelizers Today

Aug 23, 2023

Our Lady of Guadalupe proclaimed the Gospel in “mother tongue,” Pope Francis said Wednesday in a message that highlighted the important role mothers play in passing on the faith to the next generation.

Pope Francis presides over a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on July 23, 2023, for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. | Pablo Esparza/EWTN

Pope Francis Writing a Second Environmental Document after Laudato Si’

Aug 21, 2023

Pope Francis announced during an audience with lawyers Monday that he is writing a second part to his 2015 environmental encyclical Laudato Si’.

Pope Francis sits in front of an image of Blessed Giuseppe "Don Pino" Puglisi during a meeting with young people in the Archdiocese of Palermo, on the Italian island region Sicily, on Sept. 15, 2018. | Vatican Media.

"All the way in love": Pope Francis Praises Example of Mafia-slain Priest

Aug 21, 2023

Blessed Giuseppe “Don Pino” Puglisi “went all the way in love,” Pope Francis said in a letter published ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Sicilian priest’s death at the hands of the Mafia.