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Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023.

Pope Francis in new interview: ‘Church has to change’ in favor of human dignity

Oct 17, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

Pope Francis, speaking in a new interview published by a media outlet in his native Argentina, said the Church must... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 28, 2023.

Pope Francis condemns Quran burning in interview with UAE newspaper

Jul 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The United Arab Emirates newspaper said it was Pope Francis’ first interview granted to an Arabic news outlet. Read more

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

‘Not an easy job’: Pope Francis asks for prayers on 10th anniversary as pope

Mar 12, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Being the pope is not an easy job. Nobody has studied before doing this,” Pope Francis said in his latest... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023.

Pope Francis discusses revising priestly celibacy in new interview

Mar 10, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Married priests are common in the Eastern Catholic Church, the pope noted, while the discipline of priestly celibacy is a... Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican.

Good Friday 2022: Pope Francis says ‘world has chosen the path of Cain’

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti. Read more

Pope Francis speaks in an interview with the Italian TV talk show Che Tempo Che Fa on Feb. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis makes first TV talk show appearance

Feb 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

He asked viewers who do not pray to send him ‘good thoughts, good vibes.’ Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on May 1, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

Pope Francis: There is an urgent need for ‘spiritual fatherhood’ today

Jan 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope discussed his devotion to St. Joseph in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano. Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Carlos Herrera, a journalist at the Spanish radio station COPE.

Pope Francis says that he hopes Cardinal Becciu is innocent of charges in Vatican finance trial

Sep 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He made the comment in his first interview since undergoing colon surgery. Read more

Pope Francis in the apostolic library on Dec. 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican News/CNA.

Pope Francis: We need unity in the Catholic Church, society, and nations

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the face of political discord and self-interest, we have an obligation to promote unity, peace, and the common good... Read more

Pope Francis gives his general audience via livestream June 17, 2020.

Pope Francis 'astonished' by disruption at US Capitol

Jan 9, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said he was surprised by the news of the incursion of pro-Donald Trump protestors into the U.S.... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane from Panama to Rome Jan. 28, 2019.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Panama

Jan 28, 2019

CNA's full transcript of the Pope's July 28 in-flight press conference from Panama City to Rome.  Read more

Full text of May 13 in-flight interview with Pope Francis

May 13, 2017

The following is an unofficial transcript of the in-flight press conference on the papal plane returning from Fatima to Rome... Read more

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Pope says he hopes to find common ground with Trump

May 13, 2017

In a press conference on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that he will find “open doors” in his meeting with... Read more

Pope Francis walking up to St. Peter's Basilica on June 3, 2015 before the Wednesday general audience.

Walk in another's shoes, Pope encourages in interview

Feb 28, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In an interview published Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke about what it means to care for and be present to the... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

On Trump presidency, Pope says we must 'wait and see'

Jan 22, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump... Read more

Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and Saint Leopold Mandic at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Outside-the-Walls in Rome, Italy on February 3, 2016.

Crippling disease brought this priest to the confessional – and then sainthood

Dec 19, 2016

By Elise Harris

Although St. Leopold is less recognizable than his Capuchin brother St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Leopold’s life is a moving... Read more

Pope Francis meets with former prostitutes assisted by the Pope John XXIII Community in Rome Aug. 12, 2016.

How an ex-prostitute's horrific suffering moved Pope Francis

Nov 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis still remembers meeting with a former prostitute during the Jubilee of Mercu, and hearing how she suffered untold... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane during his Oct. 31-Nov. 1 trip to Sweden.

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight presser from Sweden

Nov 1, 2016

During his flight from Sweden to Rome on Tuesday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists assembled aboard... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his April 20, 2016, general audience.

Pope Francis talks Sweden, Catholic-Lutheran dialogue in new interview

Oct 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

Ahead of his upcoming trip to Sweden for the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal plane during the flight from Baku to Rome, Oct. 2, 2016.

Full text: Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Azerbaijan

Oct 2, 2016

During his flight from Baku, Azerbaijan to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the journalists aboard... Read more