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Pope Francis: Ecosystem degradation ‘a clear outcome of economic dysfunction’

The pope issued a message marking the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Read more

Pope Francis kisses the flag of Lebanon at his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020.

Which Christian leaders are coming to the Vatican’s day of prayer for Lebanon?

The pope has invited leaders of Lebanon’s main Christian communities to the Vatican on July 1. Read more

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Pope Francis and President Biden may meet on June 15, sources say

According to sources from the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, the first meeting between Pope Francis and President Joe Biden might take... Read more

Pope Francis greets endurance athlete Michael Haddad at the general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021.

Pope Francis to paralyzed climate activist: ‘Pray for me at the North Pole’

Michael Haddad was told he would never walk again after a jet ski accident. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: Never forget that Jesus is praying for you before the Father

At his general audience, the pope said: “We must always keep this in mind: Jesus prays for me.” Read more

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience.

Pope Francis releases video message on the beauty of marriage

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage. Read more

Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

Pope Francis wrote in the apostolic constitution introducing the changes that those who have committed a crime “need both mercy... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the crowned image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, in the Vatican Gardens, May 31, 2021.

Pope Francis turns to Mary, Undoer of Knots, at end of rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Thirty shrines worldwide took turns leading the month-long prayer event. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021.

Pope Francis: Basketball is a sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

He made the remark during an audience with members of the Italian Basketball Federation. Read more

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai during a previous private audience at the Vatican, on Feb. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis invites Lebanese Christian leaders to Vatican to pray for peace

Lebanon has faced a financial and political crisis for months, as political leaders have failed to form a government to... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Sunday Angelus on May 30, 2021.

Pope Francis: The Holy Trinity invites us to grow in unity as Christians

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is... Read more

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Arthur Roche as successor to Cardinal Sarah

The English archbishop has worked in the Vatican’s divine worship congregation since 2012. Read more

Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021.

Pope Francis offers advice for when prayers seem to go unanswered

“To answer this question, we need to meditate calmly on the Gospels,” the pope said at his general audience. Read more

Pope Francis delivers Laudato si' video message May 24, 2021

Pope Francis launches 7-year Laudato si’ action plan

The Laudato si’ Action Platform will focus on seven sectors: families, parishes, schools, hospitals, businesses, organizations, and religious orders. Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Pope Francis moves pre-seminary at center of abuse trial out of Vatican City

The pre-seminary is a residence for about a dozen boys who serve at papal Masses. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for 5-year-old survivor and 14 people killed in cable car accident

A cable car ascending the Mottarone mountain fell about 65 feet to the ground. Read more

Pope Francis greets people at the Paul VI Audience Hall after a screening of the documentary “Francesco”, May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis meets homeless people and refugees after film screening

The pope met with a group of around 100 people after a screening of the 2020 film “Francesco.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Italian bishops' conference meeting in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis encourages Italian bishops as the conference begins ‘synodal journey’

The pope gave unscripted remarks as he opened the Italian bishops’ spring assembly on May 24, speaking to a conference... Read more

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Pope Francis prays that the Dominicans' jubilee year will ‘usher in a new springtime of the Gospel’

Pope Francis praised the Dominican charisms of preaching and missionary discipleship in a letter marking the 800th anniversary of the... Read more

A 16th-century painting of St. Ignatius in armor.

A cannonball that changed the world: Pope Francis marks 500 years since St. Ignatius’ conversion

The first Jesuit pope sent a video message marking the start of an Ignatian Year. Read more