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Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis says he will travel to Mongolia

Apr 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

A trip to Mongolia would make Pope Francis the first pope to visit the Asian country that shares a 2,880-mile... Read more

Pope Francis at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary Sept. 12, 2021.

‘Christ is our future’: Vatican announces theme, schedule for Pope Francis’ Budapest trip

Mar 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will travel to Budapest, Hungary, in just over a month for an April 28–30 visit to the capital... Read more

Pope Francis in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis to visit Hungary in April

Feb 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis returns to the central European country after a short visit in 2021 for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. Read more

Young people from eastern Congo lay down the machetes and knives used to kill their families at the foot of Christ’s cross to symbolize their forgiveness in a moving encounter with Pope Francis during his trip to the country Feb. 1, 2023.

Pope Francis ‘left without words’ after children’s shocking stories of violence in eastern Congo

Feb 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The moving encounter with the pope provided a potent reminder of the horrors taking place in eastern Congo. Read more

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023.

1 million attend joyful Mass with Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Feb 1, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics danced and sang songs, including a chant of “Maman Maria,” which means “Mama Mary” in French, as they awaited... Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Among the refugees who met with the pope was Bidong, who spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, to entrust his upcoming trip to Africa to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis entrusts trip to Congo and South Sudan to Blessed Virgin Mary

Jan 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope departs Rome on Tuesday morning for the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022

Pope Francis’ trip to Africa rescheduled for February 2023

Dec 1, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has rescheduled his trip to the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square, Nov. 9, 2022

Pope Francis: Bahrain trip ‘a new step’ in Christian-Muslim dialogue

Nov 9, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The first visit of a pope in Bahrain represents a new step on the journey between Christian and Muslim believers... Read more

Pope Francis attending the closing of the “Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence” with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Nov. 4, 2022.

Pope Francis urges Muslim-Catholic collaboration for peace during visit to Gulf kingdom of Bahrain

Nov 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with Muslim leaders in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain on Friday, saying Catholics and Muslims alike are... Read more

Pope Francis arriving in Bahrain, Nov. 3, 2022

Pope Francis becomes first pope to visit Bahrain

Nov 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis landed in the Kingdom of Bahrain Thursday, becoming the first pope to visit the Muslim island nation located... Read more

Pope Francis greeting pilgrims at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022

Pope Francis to visit relatives in northern Italy

Oct 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will pay a private visit to his relatives in northern Italy next month. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to meet Muslim leaders, small Christian community in Bahrain

Oct 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the first-ever papal visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis will close a forum on dialogue, meet with... Read more

Pope Francis boards his flight to Geneva June 21, 2018.

Pope Francis to visit Kingdom of Bahrain in November

Sep 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis will travel to the Kingdom of Bahrain, a Muslim island nation in the... Read more

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, special envoy of the King of Bahrain, meets Pope Francis.

Why Pope Francis wants to visit this Islamic monarchy

Sep 21, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Three intertwined stories set the stage for a possible papal trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain in November this year. Read more

Discussing on the flight from Kazakhstan to Italy on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, the moral degradation of the West, particularly in relation to the advance of legal euthanasia, Pope Francis said the region has taken the wrong path, and that killing should be left “to the animals.”

Pope Francis: ‘The West has taken the wrong paths’

Sep 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

On the flight from Kazakhstan to Italy on Thursday, Pope Francis discussed the moral degradation of the West, particularly in... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022.

Interreligious dialogue an urgent need, Pope Francis says at close of Kazakhstan congress

Sep 15, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his final remarks in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Pope Francis said interreligious dialogue is an urgently needed path to peace. Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the opening and plenary session of the Seventh Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the Palace of Independence in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 14, 2022

‘Every human being is sacred,’ Pope Francis tells religious leaders in Kazakhstan

Sep 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

It is the task of religions to remind society of the sacredness of all human life, Pope Francis told leaders... Read more

Pope Francis speaks from the stage of the Qazaq Concert Hall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept 13. 2022. Also onstage is Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Pope Francis arrives in Kazakhstan, urges peace in ‘senseless and tragic war’ in Ukraine

Sep 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

In a speech to Kazakh civil authorities and diplomats in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 13, the pope said he wanted to... Read more

Archbishop Tomasz Peta

Pope Francis in Kazakhstan: Archbishop explains the pastoral and political impact of visit

Sep 13, 2022

By Justyna Galant

The archbishop of Kazakhstan’s only Catholic archdiocese said the visit of Pope Francis is of unique significance to the country’s... Read more