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Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.” Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin, Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis in Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering

The pope celebrated Mass at the national Catholic shrine in Šaštín. Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Roma community in the Lunik IX district in Košice, Slovakia, on Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis visits impoverished Roma minority in Slovakia

Pope Francis visited a Roma ghetto in Slovakia, where he told the ethnic minority they should never “worry about whether... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bethlehem Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis visits former ‘Bronx of Slovakia’ transformed by Mother Teresa’s nuns

The pope toured the Bethlehem Center, which has helped the homeless since 1997. Read more

Pope Francis addresses bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and catechists in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: We need ‘creativity of the Gospel,’ not ‘a defensive Catholicism’

He was speaking to clergy and lay people in Bratislava’s largest church. Read more

Pope Francis meets with authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis urges Slovakia to follow the Beatitudes to build a just society

He addressed political authorities on his first full day in the country. Read more

Pope Francis addresses an ecumenical meeting at the apostolic nunciature in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis implores Slovakia’s Christians to pursue ‘freedom’ in Christ over comfort

After he arrived in Slovakia on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the country’s Christian leaders to prefer God to comfort and... Read more

Bishop Jozef Haľko, auxiliary bishop of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Catholic bishop: Slovakia has changed profoundly since last papal visit

The last pope to visit Slovakia was St. John Paul II in 2003. Read more

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Ambassador: Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia is ‘a historic moment’

The pope will visit the central European nation on Sept. 12-15. Read more

The Slovakian flag flies at the Presidential Palace in the capital, Bratislava.

Tensions rise over COVID vaccines as bishops organize Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia

Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to attend papal events. Read more

The flag of Slovakia, pictured in the country’s capital, Bratislava.

Only the fully vaccinated can meet Pope Francis in Slovakia, says health minister

The pope will visit four cities in Slovakia on Sept. 12-15. Read more

The Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Šaštín, Slovakia.

Pope Francis will visit this pilgrimage destination of saints in Slovakia

The basilica contains a renowned image of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Read more

Cardinal Péter Erdő at a press conference for the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, June 14, 2021.

Church leaders in Hungary and Slovakia welcome confirmation of papal visit

Pope Francis is expected to visit the countries on Sept. 12-15. Read more

Pope Francis gives his Sunday Angelus address overlooking St. Peter's Square June 27, 2021.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis will visit Slovakia in September 2021

Pope Francis will visit four Slovakian cities from Sept. 12-15. Read more

 A couple newly married by Pope Francis receives communion in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis backs traditional marriage as Slovakia vote looms

With Slovaks set to hit the polls on tomorrow's referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week's general audience as... Read more