Pope Francis

These are the latest news about Pope Francis, the Vatican, and the Catholic Church, provided by the Vatican staff of Catholic News Agency.

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Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at her home in Rome, Feb. 20, 2021.

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism on Central Europe trip

Edith Bruck said: “Your words about anti-Semitism ... are more relevant than ever.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference.

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia

The pope spoke at the end of his four-day journey to Hungary and Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

On papal flight, Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion

The pope addressed the controversy during an in-flight press conference. Read more

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg.

Pope Francis declines resignation of German Catholic archbishop

Hamburg Archbishop Stefan Heße announced in March that he was offering his resignation. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin, Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis in Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering

The pope celebrated Mass at the national Catholic shrine in Šaštín. Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Jewish community in Rybné Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s Jewish community: ‘Your sufferings are our sufferings’

He recalled the community’s suffering during the Holocaust. Read more

Pope Francis addresses bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and catechists in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: We need ‘creativity of the Gospel,’ not ‘a defensive Catholicism’

He was speaking to clergy and lay people in Bratislava’s largest church. Read more

Pope Francis meets with authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis urges Slovakia to follow the Beatitudes to build a just society

He addressed political authorities on his first full day in the country. Read more

Pope Francis addresses an ecumenical meeting at the apostolic nunciature in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis implores Slovakia’s Christians to pursue ‘freedom’ in Christ over comfort

After he arrived in Slovakia on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the country’s Christian leaders to prefer God to comfort and... Read more

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

Pope Francis at International Eucharistic Congress: ‘Let’s make time for Adoration’

Pope Francis is the first pope to attend an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000. Read more

Pope Francis greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis arrives in Hungary and meets Viktor Orban

The pope is making his first international trip since undergoing surgery. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at this Angelus address on Aug. 22, 2021

Pope to interfaith summit: If we want peace on Earth, “we cannot lose sight of Heaven”

“I would like to reiterate that if we want to preserve fraternity on Earth, ‘we cannot lose sight of Heaven.’” Read more

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021

Pope Francis: A family that remains open to life builds history

“Dear friends, the family is alive if it finds itself united in prayer," the pope said in a message ahead... Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal reassures Jewish leaders over Pope Francis’ comments on Torah

Rabbis expressed concern at the pope’s general audience on the Mosaic Law. Read more

Pope Francis greets children in the San Damaso Courtyard during the puppet Little Amal’s visit to the Vatican, Sept. 10, 2021.

Pope Francis welcomes giant puppet to Vatican

The 11-foot-tall puppet symbolizes unaccompanied refugee children. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to listen to the voice of the voiceless

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress. Read more