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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

Pope Francis aboard the papal flight to Kazakhstan, Sept. 13, 2022

Pope Francis on papal plane: ‘I’m always ready to go to China’

Sep 13, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told journalists on the papal plane Tuesday that he is ready for the first papal trip to China. Read more

Kazakh artist Dosbol Kasymov works on the icon “Mother of the Great Steppe” in advance of Pope Francis’ Sept. 13-15 trip to Kazakhstan.

Artist paints Kazakh Mary and Child for only Marian shrine in Kazakhstan

Sep 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Kazakh artist is creating possibly the first-ever painting of Mary and the Child Jesus as native Kazakhs; it will... Read more

Pope Francis and Xi Jinping

Could Pope Francis meet Xi Jinping in Kazakhstan next week?

Sep 6, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Kazakhstan on the same day Pope Francis will be in the Central... Read more

Indigenous drummers welcome Pope Francis to Lac Ste. Anne.

A look beyond the headlines: Pope Francis encounters Catholic life and history on his journey to Canada

Jul 28, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

This “penitential pilgrimage” is dedicated to a real path of reconciliation with the Native American populations, and at the same... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Vatican on May 29, 2017.

Pope Francis in Canada: A papal pilgrimage for healing and reconciliation

Jul 23, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The 37th Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis, which will take him to Canada from July 24-30, is a "penitential pilgrimage”... Read more

Pope Francis greets Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Kazakhstan’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, at the Vatican, May 30, 2022.

Kazakhstan looks forward to papal visit in September as it marks 30 years of diplomatic relations with Vatican

May 31, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope has decided to attend the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan. Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, 2019.

Pope Francis’ DR Congo and South Sudan itinerary unveiled

May 30, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Pope Francis will visit the African nations on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022.

Pope Francis’ Lebanon trip ‘delayed for health reasons’

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’ Read more

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury say South Sudan trip will be a ‘pilgrimage of peace’

May 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.” Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane to Iraq on March 5, 2021. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis plans to visit Kazakhstan in September

Apr 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope hopes to take part in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 26, 2022.

Report: Pope Francis plans 2-day visit to Malta in April

Jan 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The last pope to visit the country was Benedict XVI in 2010. Read more