All Souls Day

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Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus message to about 20,000 faithful in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Oct. 22, 2023.

Here is what Pope Francis is doing for the week of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days

Oct 31, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the Vatican, Pope Francis will mark this holy and significant season with prayer and two liturgies. Read more


Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Nov 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Nestled in Rome just outside the Vatican, a small unassuming museum dedicated to the souls in Purgatory displays simple items... Read more


Should Catholics talk to their dead loved ones? 

Nov 1, 2021

By Mary Farrow

Catholics should proceed with caution when “communicating” with the dead, two Catholic psychologists told CNA, and they should ground their... Read more

Pope Francis May 15, 2019.

The saints show that real people can be holy, Pope Francis says

Nov 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The saints were real people whose strength to face daily challenges came from the grace of Jesus Christ, showing that... Read more

Vatican official highlights confession on All Saints, All Souls Day

Oct 31, 2019

It is fitting for Catholics to go to confession on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and to pray... Read more

Pope Francis offers a Mass for the repose of the souls of cardinals and bishops who died this year in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 3.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 163 deceased cardinals, bishops

Nov 3, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Nine cardinals and 154 bishops have died since November 2017, including Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, and... Read more

Memento mori - How religious orders remember death

Oct 30, 2017

By Mary Farrow

There’s an old Latin phrase that’s suddenly new again - at least in the realm of Catholic Twitter™. The resurgence... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Prima Porta cemetery on the Feast of All Souls Day, Oct. 2, 2016.

Pope Francis at cemetery: Christ gives us hope – even in death

Nov 2, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

While it's sad to think about our own death or that of a loved one, we can never be truly... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope prays at papal tombs on Feast of All Souls

Nov 2, 2013

Late Saturday afternoon Pope Francis went to the Vatican grottos to pray in private for the souls of the deceased... Read more

Filipinos visit their dead on All Saints Day at the Manila North Cemetery, Nov 1, 2012.

Pope celebrates Feast of All Souls in papal crypt

Nov 2, 2012

As Catholics around the world on Nov. 2 remember those who have passed away, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Vatican... Read more