Papal Visits

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

More Catholics to see Pope Francis in Slovakia as COVID rules eased

Sep 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Papal events will no longer be limited to the fully vaccinated Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 23, 2015

How the visit from Pope Francis prompted the House Speaker to resign

Apr 26, 2021

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) shocked the country when he announced his resignation from Congress in 2015... Read more

E-Book: "Francis in Iraq," download all the Pope's messages

E-Book: 'Francis in Iraq' - Download all of Pope Francis' messages from his trip to Iraq

Mar 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

In this e-book you will find all the homilies, prayers and speeches that Pope Francis gave during his historic visit... Read more

Fr. Paschal Uche at his ordination in Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, England, Aug. 1, 2020. Ordination photo

Young Catholic who greeted Benedict XVI in Britain becomes a priest

Sep 18, 2020

Ten years ago, Paschal Uche greeted Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of young people in his country. Today, he is... Read more

Pope Francis. CNA file photo.

Pope Francis surprises ill religious sister with visit

Jul 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis took advantage of his lighter summer schedule to make a surprise visit to a convalescing Daughter of Charity... Read more

Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang

Oct 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has invited Pope Francis to meet in Pyongyang, a South Korean spokesman said Tuesday.... Read more


Ahead of Colombia visit, Pope says world needs builders of peace, dialogue

Sep 4, 2017

Two days ahead of his symbolic visit to Colombia, Pope Francis sent a video message to the nation, telling citizens... Read more

For Irish ambassador, Pope Francis' visit is a very big deal

Jan 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

With Pope Francis set to visit Ireland in 2018 – making him the first Pope to visit the country in... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St Peters Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Apr 9, 2016

Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican... Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican confirms papal trip to Turkey in November

Sep 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

A statement released by the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Turkey in November, where he is expected... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Mexico

Jun 7, 2014

President Enrique Peña Nieto on Saturday announced that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Mexico.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with Sri Lankan pilgrims at the Vatican on Feb. 8, 2014.

Pope meets with Sri Lankans, welcomes invitation to visit

Feb 8, 2014

Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the... Read more

'Be antennas' to receive the word of God, Pope exhorts

Oct 4, 2013

By Elise Harris

In a meeting with priests and religious during his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis urged the professed to listen and... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope: we must 'undress' ourselves of worldliness like St. Francis

Oct 4, 2013

On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis said that Christians should follow the example of the great... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Piazza San Franchesco in Assisi Oct. 4, 2013

Peace comes by embracing the cross, Pope says at Assisi

Oct 4, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis told Mass attendees that true peace can only be attained by drawing close... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Bonaria. CNA file photo.

Pope's plan to visit Bonaria shrine thrills pastor

May 17, 2013

Father Giovannino Tolu said his heart began racing when he heard that Pope Francis will the visit the shrine he... Read more

Pope Francis greets people after celebrating Mass at St. Anne's parish on March 17, 2013.

Story of Pope's desire to visit Sicily emerges

Apr 4, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Some might call it fate, but through a series of providential connections, Bishop Michele Pennisi discovered that Pope Francis wants... Read more


Christians, Muslims to hold vigil as Lebanon papal visit approaches

Sep 10, 2012

Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and... Read more

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of the Maronite Catholic Church.

Pope to proceed with Lebanon trip despite Syria violence

Aug 23, 2012

As fighting in neighboring Syria rages on, Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will proceed with his trip to... Read more