All Souls' Day

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Pope Francis presided over Mass at the Rome War Cemetery for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls' Day, on Nov. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for peace and hope on All Souls’ Day

Nov 2, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope presided at the Mass at the Rome War Cemetery amid scattered rain showers on a breezy, cool morning. Read more

In commemoration of All Souls' Day, Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge celebrated Mass at a Fairfax cemetery and blessed the gravesites of the priests buried there on Nov. 2, 2022.

At All Souls’ Day Mass, Arlington bishop implores prayers for the faithful departed

Nov 2, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The Mass, attended by about 750 people, was followed by Bishop Michael Burbidge's blessing of the gravesites of deceased priests. Read more

Pope Francis praying in St. Peter's Basilica on All Souls' Day, Nov. 2, 2022.

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Do you desire heaven above everything else?

Nov 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

On All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis urged Christians not to “compromise with the Gospel,” but to take Jesus’ words seriously... Read more

A memento mori at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican

Why do Catholics pray for the dead? — and other questions about purgatory answered

Nov 2, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On All Souls’ Day, the Catholic Church remembers all those who have died and prays for them in a particular... Read more

Archbishop Corrado Lorefice visits Santa Maria dei Rotoli cemetery on Nov. 2, 2021

‘No more coffins piled up’: Palermo archbishop laments lack of burial space

Nov 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The archbishop blessed 800 bodies still awaiting burial. Read more

The Church of St. Mary of Prayer and Death in Rome, Italy.

This Rome church is devoted to burying and praying for the dead

Nov 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The church is the last resting place of more than 8,000 people. Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tombs of deceased popes in the crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, Nov. 2, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for deceased popes on All Souls’ Day

Nov 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The papal tombs are located in the grottoes of St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Pope Francis visits the French Military Cemetery in Rome, Nov. 2, 2021.

Pope Francis celebrates All Souls’ Day Mass at military cemetery in Rome

Nov 2, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope placed white flowers on some of the graves. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in the Teutonic Cemetery in Vatican City Nov. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis on All Souls’ Day: Christian hope gives life meaning

Nov 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis visited a cemetery in Vatican City to pray on All Souls Day Monday and offered Mass for the... Read more

Catacombs of Priscilla.

Pope Francis celebrates All Souls' Day Mass in Rome catacombs

Nov 2, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis celebrated Mass Saturday for the souls of the dead in Rome’s Catacombs of Priscilla, saying the place of a... Read more

The Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, where Pope Francis will say Mass Nov. 2, 2017.

Papal All Souls' Day Mass will be at cemetery for American war dead

Oct 31, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis will visit on Thursday an Italian cemetery for American personnel killed in World War II, where he will... Read more