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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, July 31, 2022.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for August 2022

Aug 4, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray for small businesses during the month of August.  Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd in a wheelchair at his general audience, Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis appoints nurse as his ‘personal health care assistant’

Aug 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis has appointed a “personal health care assistant.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis calls for 'justice and truth' ahead of Beirut blast anniversary

Aug 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon will mark the anniversary of the Beirut port explosion with a National Day of Mourning. Read more

Pope Francis walked with a cane into Paul VI Hall for his Wednesday audience on Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis: Canada is ‘writing a new page’ in Church’s relationship with indigenous peoples

Aug 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that his visit to Canada was "a different journey” from the other international trips of his pontificate. Read more

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis to Medjugorje youth festival: 'Follow the example of Mary'

Aug 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged the thousands of young people gathered at Medjugorje this week to follow the example of the... Read more

Map of Kazakhstan.

Pope Francis to visit Kazakhstan in September

Aug 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope will attend the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan. Read more

Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of coveting wealth and possessions during his Angelus reflection in St. Peter's Square in Rome on July 31, 2022.

Coveting wealth and possessions blind us to the ‘true goods of life,’ Pope Francis says

Jul 31, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Covetousness is the “unbridled greed for possessions, always desiring to be rich,” the pope explained. Read more

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy, on July 30, 2022

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Canada

Jul 30, 2022

By Pope Francis

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday after a week-long trip to Canada. During the July 24 to 30 trip,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Malta, April 3, 2022.

Pope Francis on birth control: Can the teaching of the Church on contraception change?

Jul 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Can the Church’s teaching on birth control change? During Pope Francis’ return flight from Canada, a journalist asked him about... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis: Canada's residential schools system was 'cultural genocide'

Jul 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis has agreed with the view that the forced removal of Indigenous children and their treatment in Canada’s residential... Read more

Pope Francis speaking with journalists on the papal plane on July 30.

Pope Francis says he has 'said all he has to say' in 2019 letter to German Catholics about the 'Synodal Way'

Jul 30, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The latest Vatican intervention against the German "Synodal Way" was published by the Secretariat of State, but he himself has... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy on July 30, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The Lord will say’ when it is time to retire

Jul 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Saturday that he is “open” to the possibility of retiring if he discerns that it is God’s... Read more

Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi.

‘Overstepping the mark': Is the Order of Malta in serious jeopardy?

Jul 29, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Do these new changes spell the end of sovereignty? And how might this affect the work of the order? Read more

Two Inuit children return from school past a stop sign written in English in October 2002 in Iqaluit, northern Canada. Iqaluit is the capitol of Nunavut Territory in the Canadian Arctic.

Pope Francis’ Canada trip: What is Iqaluit and why is he going there?

Jul 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown, Katie Yoder

Pope Francis is set to fly to Iqaluit, Canada, on July 29, the last stop of his “penitential pilgrimage” to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on June 22, 2022.

The Vatican is asking Catholics to share their experiences of helping migrants and refugees

Jul 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In a video message released on July 28 ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis poses... Read more

Pope Francis is greeted by a representative of Canada's indigenous peoples upon his arrival in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 24, 2022 at the start of his six-day visit to Canada.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis arrives in Canada

Jul 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Upon his arrival in Edmonton, the pope was greeted by representatives of Canada's indigenous peoples. Read more

Pope Francis on July 12, 2022, said the knee pain he experienced for several months “scared me, in the sense of ‘think a little about what your future is going to be like now.’”

Here’s what Pope Francis said on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Jul 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

The special observance is held on the fourth Sunday in July to roughly coincide with the feast day of Sts.... Read more

Pope Francis prepares to board an ITA Airlines plane for his approximately 10-hour flight from Rome to Edmonton in western Canada on July 24, 2022.

Pope Francis begins ‘penitential pilgrimage’ to Canada

Jul 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

During his six-day trip, he’s expected to meet with and apologize to indigenous Canadians for abuses committed at Church-run residential... Read more

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Here’s how to receive a plenary indulgence July 24 on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Jul 23, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

All it takes is a phone call, together with confession, Holy Communion, and prayer. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Vatican on May 29, 2017.

Pope Francis in Canada: A papal pilgrimage for healing and reconciliation

Jul 23, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The 37th Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis, which will take him to Canada from July 24-30, is a "penitential pilgrimage”... Read more