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Pope Francis meets with representatives of DIALOP, Transversal Dialogue Project, an association of European leftist politicians and academics that seeks to bridge Catholic social teaching and Marxist theory, on Jan. 10, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis calls for greater dialogue and cooperation between Christians, Marxists

Jan 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis this week called for cooperation between Christians and Marxists as a way to achieve greater “dialogue” and help... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a speech to all of the world’s ambassadors to the Vatican on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Pope Francis calls surrogacy ‘deplorable,’ calls for global ban in speech to ambassadors

Jan 8, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called surrogacy “deplorable” and called for a global ban on the exploitative practice of “so-called surrogate motherhood.” Read more

Pope Francis prays during his general audience address in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 27, 2023.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January

Jan 2, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of January is for the gift of diversity in the Church. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his general audience address to pilgrims in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Dec. 27, 2023.

Pope Francis: One must never dialogue with the devil

Dec 27, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis inaugurated a new catechetical series on vices and virtues during Wednesday’s general audience by opening with the story... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 20, 2023, at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: The Nativity is an example of ‘joy’ and ‘amazement’

Dec 20, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke during his general audience on the importance of approaching the coming of Christ with “joy”... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience Dec. 13, 2023, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis says that he wants to be buried in Marian basilica in new interview

Dec 13, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has said that he wants to be buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome because... Read more

Pope Francis shakes hands with one of the approximately 7,000 children from around the world in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 6, 2023, at an event sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education dedicated to the theme “Let us learn from boys and girls.”

In special meeting, Pope Francis talks peace, war, climate with kids from around the world

Nov 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis answered questions about war, the environment, and his daily life during an encounter with roughly 7,000 children from... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a group of women who escaped criminal organizations in Italy on Oct. 30, 2023, at the Vatican.

‘You are not alone’: Pope Francis meets women who escaped the Mafia

Oct 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged a group of women who escaped criminal organizations in Italy to keep fighting despite fear... Read more

Pope Francis invoke the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy at a prayer vigil for peace in St. Peter's Basilica, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

Pope Francis sends ‘blessings of strength and peace’ after shooting in Maine

Oct 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Saturday he is praying for strength and peace for the community of Lewiston, Maine, after the city... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his Angelus address on Oct. 15, 2023.

At Angelus, Pope Francis reminds the faithful: The Lord ‘does not impose’ and ‘does not give up’

Oct 15, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

God continuously “extends the invitation” until the faithful respond to it, the pope said. Read more

Pope Francis greeted the crowd gathered outside of the hospital after he was discharged on the morning of April 1, 2023.

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican after 3 days in the hospital

Apr 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis was discharged from the hospital Saturday morning after a three-night stay in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital. Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees whom he helped to bring to Italy on his 85th birthday, Dec. 17, 2021.

Pope Francis celebrates his 85th birthday with refugees he helped bring to Italy

Dec 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The group of about ten refugees are being supported directly by Pope Francis. Read more

A Mass said for the Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome held Oct. 25, 2014.

Traditional Latin Mass advocates appeal to Pope to protect Summorum Pontificum

Jul 4, 2021

A federation that advocates for the Traditional Latin Mass has appealed to Pope Francis to protect it, for those "within... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates daily Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Apostolic nuncio in Iraq tests positive for COVID-19 five days before papal trip

Feb 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The apostolic nunciature in Iraq reported on Sunday, Feb. 28 that the Nuncio Mitja Leskovar, has tested positive for COVID... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

How St. John Paul II began his papacy, 40 years ago

Dec 26, 2018

St. John Paul II used the occasion of his first homily as pope to offer a fervent prayer that God... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

Youth to meet with Pope Francis during October synod

Sep 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Synod of Bishops announced Tuesday that the upcoming assembly of bishops will include a meeting of young people with... Read more

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska. Public Domain.

How a Catholic congressman agreed to be part of a pope documentary

Apr 17, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is not shy about his Catholic faith. He holds a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University... Read more

Portrait of Pope Saint John XXIII, CC 4.0 via Wikipedia.

Pope John XXIII a testimony to 'the strength of goodness'

Oct 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

The life of Pope John XXIII shows the saint's deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a private Mass with Vatican maintenance staff on July 7, 2017.

Pope to maintenance staff: We are all sinners, but Jesus heals us

Jul 8, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday Pope Francis said that just like the biblical tax collectors, despite our sinfulness, Jesus seeks us out to... Read more

Italian Carabinieri police participate in a June 6, 2014 audience with Pope Francis.

Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope's visit

Jul 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian... Read more