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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 greets Argentina President Javier Milei in St. Peter’s Basilica on Feb. 11, 2024, at the canonization of Mama Antula, the first female saint from Argentina.

What did Milei and Pope Francis say to each other at the canonization of Mama Antula?

Feb 12, 2024

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Pope Francis and the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, spoke briefly at the Vatican on Sunday, Feb. 11, ahead of... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Argentina President Javier Milei in a private audience on Feb. 12, 2024, at the Vatican.

Meeting between Pope Francis and Argentine president signals possible turn in relationship

Feb 12, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis met with Argentine President Javier Milei in a highly anticipated private audience on Monday morning. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis on Our Lady of Lourdes feast: The Church is close to all who are sick or frail

Feb 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address, the pope asked people to reflect on what they have done to help the sick and... Read more

Pope Francis at the canonization of María Antonia of St. Joseph — known affectionately in the pope’s home country as “Mama Antula” -- on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis canonizes Argentina’s first female saint

Feb 11, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis praised the Argentine saint as “a model of apostolic fervor and boldness” for traveling “thousands of miles on... Read more

Archbishop Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Buenos Aires archbishop highlights courage of Mama Antula, the ‘mother’ of Argentina

On Sunday, Feb. 11, Pope Francis will raise to the altars the woman who will become Argentina’s first female saint,... Read more

Pope Francis addressed members of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2024, to discuss the importance of liturgical reform as a core feature of the broader “renewal of the Church.”

Pope Francis: ‘Without liturgical reform there is no reform of the Church’ 

Feb 8, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope recalled Vatican II’s objective of renewing the Church’s “fundamental dimensions” such as “spiritual, pastoral, ecumenical, and missionary” work.  Read more

Pope Francis at the Church of St. Anselm on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Pope Francis to preside at Ash Wednesday Mass and traditional procession in Rome

Pope Francis will preside at the Mass and the traditional Ash Wednesday procession on Feb. 14 on Aventine Hill in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Sorrow is an ‘ailment of the soul'

Feb 7, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy Father warned that sorrow is “a constant affliction that prevents man from feeling joy at his own existence.” Read more

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90 Catholic priests, scholars ask Church leaders to oppose same-sex blessings

Feb 6, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The signatories claim that the declaration Fiducia Supplicans contradicts “both Scripture and the universal and uninterrupted Tradition of the Church.” Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Council of Cardinals on Feb. 5, 2024, at the Vatican.

Female Anglican bishop participates in meeting with pope’s Council of Cardinals

The pope’s Council of Cardinals concluded a meeting at the Vatican this morning with Pope Francis reflecting on “the role... Read more

A woman was seen paying tribute to victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks at a cemetery in Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

Feb 5, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The Archdiocese of Colombo has plans to submit a petition to the Vatican to declare those killed in the Easter... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus address at St. Peter's on Feb. 4, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘God is always close to us’ 

Feb 4, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope observed today that Jesus, “after teaching in the synagogue, comes out so that the word he preached can... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at a Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2, 2024, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Pope Francis urges consecrated men and women to cultivate ‘an intense interior life’

Feb 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy Father presided over Mass on Feb. 2 for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St.... Read more

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten message: ‘Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom’ 

Feb 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads... Read more

A priest administers anointing of the sick.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February

Feb 1, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February is for the terminally ill.  Read more

The Mass of episcopal consecration for Bishop Peter Wu Yishun was celebrated in the Church of Chengguan in the district of Jianyang in the city of Nanping and celebrated by Joseph Li Shan, the archbishop of Beijing, president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), and vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Holy See appoints third Chinese bishop in less than a week, signaling shift toward Beijing 

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Father Peter Wu Yishun was named the bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Shaowu (Minbei) in the third appointment of... Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

President of Taiwan joins Pope Francis in call for regulating AI

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen sent a letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday joining the pontiff in calling for greater... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a message at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

Pope Francis: Wrath is a vice that is ‘pervasive,’ ‘dark’

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis dedicated his Jan. 31 general audience to the subject of wrath, characterizing it as a vice that is... Read more

Argentine President Javier Milei and Pope Francis.

Argentine President Javier Milei, Pope Francis to meet

Jan 29, 2024

By Julieta Villar

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the context of the canonization of Mama Antula, the first Argentine female... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Pope Francis: Small ideological groups oppose same-sex blessings; Africa a ‘special case’

Jan 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small... Read more