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 offers Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis: Like Our Lady of Guadalupe, mothers can be great evangelizers today

Aug 23, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his catechesis on evangelization on Aug. 23, the pope spoke about how the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Read more

Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert circa 1916.

Pope Francis praises Dorothy Day in preface to collection of her work

Aug 22, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The American Catholic, who is being considered for canonization, was the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement and the Catholic... Read more

Pope Francis talks with lawyers from the Council of Europe at the Vatican on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.

Pope Francis criticizes ‘misguided notion’ of the human person in speech to lawyers

Aug 22, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope addressed delegates of the Council of Europe member countries who signed the 2022 Vienna Declaration in Support of... Read more

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a private audience at the Vatican on Aug. 21, 2023.

Pope Francis meets U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley

Aug 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Neither the Vatican nor the U.S. Department of Defense provided information about the Aug. 21 audience in the Apostolic Palace. Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. Credit: www.ewtn.de.

German cardinal disappointed over staff’s attempts to access pornography 

Aug 21, 2023

By AC Wimmer

“I stand firmly with Pope Francis, who unequivocally condemns [pornography] and warns of its insidious dangers,” Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki... Read more

Pope Francis sits in front of an image of Blessed Giuseppe "Don Pino" Puglisi during a meeting with young people in the Archdiocese of Palermo, on the Italian island region Sicily, on Sept. 15, 2018.

‘All the way in love’: Pope Francis praises example of Mafia-slain priest

Aug 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis published a letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Giuseppe “Don Pino” Puglisi. Read more

The Ryken Center at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Two Worcester Catholic schools say they won’t implement bishop’s new gender policy

Aug 18, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Members of the religious orders affiliated with the schools said a policy is already in place that “respects the dignity... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the crowd assembled in St. Peter's Square on Aug. 15, 2023, for the recitation of the Angelus on the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis calls for a ‘spirit of service’ on feast of Mary’s assumption

Aug 15, 2023

By Daniel Payne

In his Aug. 15 Angelus reflection, the pope pointed to the Blessed Mother as a “woman of service” to her... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: Jesus conquers ‘death, sin, the devil’

Aug 13, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The powers of evil that frighten us, that we cannot master, immediately take on smaller proportions with Jesus,” the pope... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

Pope Francis condemns assassination of Ecuadorian presidential candidate

Aug 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The presidential candidate had been an outspoken critic of the violence caused by drug trafficking. Read more

Bishop-elect Brian Nunes will serve the San Gabriel pastoral region in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles following his episcopal ordination in September 2023.

Slain Bishop David O’Connell’s replacement named to serve Los Angeles Archdiocese

Aug 11, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop-elect Brian Nunes said he could never “replace” O’Connell but wants to do everything possible to bring Christ to the... Read more

An aerial image taken on Aug. 10, 2023, shows destroyed homes and buildings burned to the ground in Lahaina along the Pacific Ocean in the aftermath of wildfires in western Maui, Hawaii.

Pope Francis offers condolences after 55 die in Hawaii wildfires

Aug 11, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones, Courtney Mares

The pope sent a condolence telegram on Friday expressing his sadness and solidarity with all who are suffering due to... Read more

Pope Francis smiles at pilgrims during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 9, 2023.

Pope Francis: Mary ‘never keeps us waiting’

Aug 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said he likes to invoke the Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady ‘in haste’” because of... Read more

St. Josemaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei

Pope Francis changes canon law on Opus Dei and any future personal prelatures

Aug 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The updated canons now state that the statutes that govern a personal prelature can be “approved or issued by the... Read more

An estimated 200,000 people attended the pope's rosary in Fatima, Portugal, on Aug. 5, 2023.

10 of the most touching moments of World Youth Day 2023

Aug 7, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

There were so many beautiful moments during WYD in Lisbon. Here are some of the most memorable that may continue... Read more

Francisco Velarde, a 21-year-old Spaniard, was one of the young people who had the privilege of going to confession with Pope Francis on Friday, Aug. 4, at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Young man after confession with the pope: ‘I told him the sins that pain me the most’

The 21-year-old Spaniard told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, the details of what he considers “the confession of my... Read more


Pope Francis: ‘Spiritual worldliness’ one of greatest dangers facing priests, the Church

Aug 7, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Spiritual worldliness is one of the most dangerous temptations facing priests and the Church because it “reduces spirituality to appearance,”... Read more

Pope Francis addresses reporters on Aug. 6, 2023 aboard the papal flight on his return to Rome from his five-day trip to Portugal and World Youth Day.

Pope Francis explains why he skipped Fatima prayer for peace

During his in-flight press conference, the pope also spoke about his health, youth suicide, and access to the sacraments. Read more

Duha Sabah Abdullah, the mother of David Abdullah, who was killed when ISIS shelled the Catholic city of Qaraqosh in Aug 6, 2014, meeting Pope Francis in March, 2021 in Iraq.

Remembering the night the ‘city of Christians’ fell to ISIS in Iraq

Aug 6, 2023

By ACI MENA, Georgena Hababba

Aug. 6 marks the ninth anniversary of the fall of Qaraqosh, a city that was almost entirely Catholic and where... Read more

Pope Francis takes selfies with volunteers after closing Mass for WYD2023 in Lisbon, Aug 6, 2023.

After closing Mass, pope ends World Youth Day trip by meeting volunteers to say thanks

Aug 6, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

After celebrating Mass for WYD 2023 with an estimated 1.5 million pilgrims in Lisbon, the pope thanked the many volunteers... Read more