Pope Francis Latest News

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

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Pope Francis meeting with Roberto Benigni, Dec. 7, 2022.

PHOTOS: ‘Life is Beautiful’ actor Roberto Benigni meets the pope

Dec 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis enthusiastically greeted Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni at the Vatican on Wednesday morning. Read more

The Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 21, 2022.

Pope’s cardinal advisers discuss Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Dec 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See press office said Dec. 7 that the pope met with his council of advisers for a two-day... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience, Dec. 7, 2022

Pope Francis: Freedom is found in offering to God what is hardest to give up

Dec 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis spoke Wednesday about how freeing it can be to let go of the things that we are most... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022

Pope Francis decrees better control of Vatican funds and foundations

Dec 6, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Pope Francis issued a decree on Tuesday aimed at improving the financial accountability of funds, foundations, and other legal entities... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021.

Pope Francis: It’s never too late to begin again

Dec 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Let us not let this Advent go by like days on the calendar, because this is a moment of grace,”... Read more

Pope Francis spent time in silent prayer in front of a nativity scene handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis blesses Nativity scene made by craftsmen in Guatemala

Dec 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis blessed a Nativity scene on Saturday that was handmade by artisan craftsmen in Guatemala. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the International Day of Disabled Persons at the Vatican on Dec. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Church has a duty to welcome people with disabilities

Dec 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“There is no inclusion if it only remains a slogan, a formula to be used in politically correct speeches,” Pope... Read more

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Pope Francis’ watch auctioned off and proceeds set a world record

Dec 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The LaViolette Scholarship Foundation auctioned off a Swatch Once Again watch Nov. 30 that Francis had worn for much of... Read more

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022

Pope Francis: The effects of the war in Ukraine are being felt all over the world

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with... Read more

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk records a video message in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 8, 2022.

Ukrainian archbishop appeals for release of Catholic priests captured by Russian troops

Dec 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Two Catholic priests captured by Russian troops are “being tortured without mercy,” the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church... Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December

Dec 1, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for volunteer not-for-profit organizations. Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall.

Pope Francis praises ‘fruitful’ theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Speaking at the 2022 Ratzinger Prize award ceremony, Francis said: “We all feel his spiritual presence and his accompaniment in... 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 meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis: Restoration of Christian unity is ‘an urgent priority in today’s world’

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.” Read more

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022

Pope Francis’ spiritual life tip: A daily examination of conscience helps to avoid repeating mistakes

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life. Read more

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013.

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was ‘leader’ in responding to sexual abuse

Nov 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to... Read more

Pope Francis meets a group of women at the end of his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall in the Vatican on March 2, 2022.

Pope Francis explains to America Magazine why women cannot be ordained priests

Nov 28, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Pope Francis unequivocally stated that women cannot be ordained as priests but emphasized the important role they have to play... Read more

Pilgrims from China greets Pope Francis during his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2019, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis says dialogue ‘slow,’ but only way forward with China

Nov 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a new interview with America Magazine, the pope said the Vatican-China deal has had failures and successes, but he... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the United States bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis: ‘Jesus did not create bishops’ conferences’

Nov 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis spoke about the role of bishops, racism, polarization, sexual abuse, the Vatican-China deal, and whether he has any... Read more

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

‘Violence kills the future’: Pope Francis condemns Israeli-Palestinian conflict after 2 boys die

Nov 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I hope that the Israeli and Palestinian authorities will more readily take to heart the search for dialogue...” Pope Francis... Read more