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A firefighter scales a long ladder to the top of a nearly 40-foot-high column to pay tribute at dawn to the Blessed Virgin with a wreath of flowers on Dec. 8, 2023.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis honors Virgin Mary on solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed in front of a statue of the Immaculate Conception near Rome’s Spanish Steps, which sits atop a... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gives his Angelus address for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis announces Catholic Church’s first World Day of Children

Dec 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The event was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Alessandro, who proposed the idea to the pope to have an... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry preaches at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam, India, on Palm Sunday 2021.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of head of Syro-Malabar Church, Cardinal Alencherry

Dec 7, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, based in... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of Italy's National Association of St. Paul on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023.

Pope Francis reads speeches unassisted for the first time in nearly two weeks

Dec 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope seemed to show improvement Thursday by reading out his speeches during his various meetings on Dec. 7.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis’ cardinal advisers hear from 2 female professors on women’s role in the Church

Dec 7, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope’s Council of Cardinals has been discussing the role of women in the Church since February 2022. Read more

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke during the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, June 29, 2019.

Here are 5 things to know about Cardinal Burke

Dec 6, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

As details of the prelate’s housing situation in Vatican City continue to develop, here are some important things to know... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience on Nov. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis signs interfaith climate statement as part of COP28 summit in Dubai

Dec 4, 2023

By Daniel Payne

“Our faith instills in us a sacred duty to cherish not only our human family but also the fragile ecosystem... Read more

Military personnel stand guard at the entrance of a gymnasium while police investigators (background) look for evidence after a bomb attack at Mindanao State University in Marawi in the southern Philippines on Dec. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for victims of bombing of Catholic Mass in the Philippines

Dec 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Dec. 3 blast in a university gymnasium. Read more

Papal aide Monsignor Paolo Braida reads Pope Francis' prepared remarks for the Sunday Angelus on Dec. 3, 2023, from the chapel at the papal residence at Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis on first Sunday of Advent: ‘I’m improving, but my voice still doesn’t work’

Dec 3, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis, for the second consecutive Sunday, was assisted by an aide in praying the Angelus, as he continues to... Read more

Baby Indi Gregory was baptized on Sept. 22, 2023. Despite not being religious, Dean Gregory, her father, expressed that his time in court fighting for his daughter’s life felt like he had been “dragged to hell.” The experience moved him to decide to have his daughter baptized.

Pope Francis sends condolences to family of Indi Gregory at British baby’s funeral

Dec 1, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The pope “sends condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to her parents, Dean and Claire, and to all... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin will represent Pope Francis at climate conference

Dec 1, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023.

Pope Francis says he has ‘very acute infectious bronchitis’

Nov 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and poses for photos at the end of his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023.

Vatican: Pope’s health ‘stable’; treatment continues as lung inflammation remains

Nov 29, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican on Wednesday said Pope Francis’ health was stable as the Holy Father continues to receive treatment for ongoing... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: Technological focus on efficiency dehumanizes today’s society

Nov 29, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis says he is ‘still not well,’ has aide read general audience speech

Nov 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis, who turns 87 in December, spoke softly into a microphone as he explained that he was “still not... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Spanish bishops at the Vatican on Nov. 28, 2023.

The pope didn’t summon Spain’s bishops to ‘chew them out,’ Cardinal Omella says

Nov 28, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis met with Spanish bishops at the Vatican today to inform them of the conclusions of the apostolic visit... Read more

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu.

Vatican cancels Pope Francis’ trip to climate conference in Dubai, citing ongoing illness

Nov 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican indicated the Holy Father will still attempt to participate in the conference in some fashion. Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke at EWTN's studio in Rome during the canonization of St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII.

Pope Francis reportedly takes Vatican apartment, salary from Cardinal Burke

Nov 28, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The pope reportedly said that Cardinal Raymond Burke was a source of “disunity” in the Church. Read more

Pope Francis and Javier Milei.

Pope Francis sends rosary to president-elect Milei of Argentina

Nov 27, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The Office of the President-Elect of Argentina confirmed on X that the country’s new president, Javier Milei, received a rosary... Read more

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023.

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a timeline of his medical issues in recent years

Nov 27, 2023

By CNA Staff

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years. Read more