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Pope Francis greets Catholic bishops on a pilgrimage from Slovakia to Rome on April 30, 2022

Pope Francis: ‘The doctor has told me not to walk’

Apr 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“It is a humiliation, but I offer it for your country,” Pope Francis told pilgrims from Slovakia. Read more

Cardinal Michael Czerny takes possession of his titular church of San Michele Arcangelo in Rome, Jan. 19, 2020.

Vatican cardinal to make 2nd visit to Ukraine border at Pope Francis’ request

Mar 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Michael Czerny will travel to the Ukraine-Slovakia frontier. Read more


Slovakia’s parliament debates pro-life bill

Nov 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

It is the fourth attempt to pass pro-life measures in as many years. Read more

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’

Sep 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Sep 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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’

Sep 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Sep 14, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Pope Francis presides at the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Prešov, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Christianity without the Cross is ‘sterile,’ says Pope Francis at Byzantine Divine Liturgy

Sep 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Around 40,000 people attended the liturgy in Prešov, Slovakia. 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

Sep 13, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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’

Sep 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Sep 13, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 12, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Sep 9, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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


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

Sep 8, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Aug 27, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 9, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Jul 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Feb 6, 2015

By Elise Harris

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