Pope Francis

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

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Pope Francis, his coat of arms and motto. CNA file photo.

Pope keeps motto of mercy from Buenos Aires

Pope Francis decided this morning that he would keep both the motto and coat of arms that he used during... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer... Read more

Pope Francis gives his first Angelus from his window at St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis cracks two jokes in first Angelus, winning more hearts

The new Pope's spontaneity was revealed again today after he cracked two jokes during his very first Angelus prayer in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the cardinals in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on March 15, 2013.

Weigel thinks Pope Francis embodies Church's future

Catholic author and scholar George Weigel believes that Pope Francis embodies the type of Catholicism that is needed for the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Wikileaks shows US Vatican embassy profiled Pope Francis in 2005

Leaked U.S. State Department cables published by Wikileaks show that the U.S. Vatican Embassy saw the future Pope Francis as... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to 5,000 journalists at Paul VI Hall.

Pope to journalists: 'I love you so much and I thank you for everything'

Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work.  Read more

(L-R) Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Shimon Peres, President of Israel.

Pope Francis hailed by international leaders

International leaders greeted the election of Pope Francis with joy, noting his commitment to defending Catholic values and caring for... Read more

YouTube video celebrates Pope Francis

A YouTube video produced by the grassroots political organization Catholic Vote is celebrating the election of Pope Francis to “give... Read more


Nobel prize winner says Pope not connected to Argentine dictatorship

In response to accusations against Pope Francis, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights defender said the new Pontiff... Read more


Pope tells Argentinians to help poor instead of coming to Rome

Pope Francis told the Apostolic Nuncio to Argentina to ask his countrymen not to travel to Italy for the ceremony... Read more

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks with CNA in Rome on March 15, 2013.

Pope Francis could renew Catholicism in Americas, says Knights' chief

Just as Pope John Paul II influenced many in Poland, the rise of an Argentinian to the papacy is set... Read more

Andrew Vece has been Porter at the home of the Jesuits since January 2008.

Jesuit doorman surprised by Pope's phone call

He thought it was a joke. The young doorman at the Jesuit motherhouse in Rome never expected to receive a... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the College of Cardinals in the Clementine Hall on March 15, 2013.

Pope tells cardinals: discover new ways to evangelize

Pope Francis urged the College of Cardinals to courageously persevere in finding new ways to evangelize.  Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Pope media frenzy shows Church's relevance, author notes

The unprecedented level of media devoted to the election of Pope Francis is a clear indicator of the importance of... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., has been elected Pope Francis.

Jesuits, Franciscans joyfully embrace new Pope

The Society of Jesus and Franciscans reacted with gratitude to the election of Pope Francis, who is both the first... Read more

Ambassador Jim Nicholson.

Former Vatican diplomat sees wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope's election

Despite “seeming anomalies” in the election of Pope Francis, a former ambassador to the Vatican said that seeing the event... Read more

(L-R) Kim Daniels, Prof. Robert George, and Maureen Ferguson

Pope Francis seen as humble man who can unite, rebuild Church

American Catholic scholars and commentators praised Pope Francis as a spiritual leader for our times, with the ability to unify... Read more

Rally for the Pope in Denver, Colorado.

Youthful Denver rally cheers on Pope Francis

After the election of Pope Francis, a crowd of enthusiastic young Catholics gathered in Denver Wednesday afternoon to show their... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013.

Without Christ crucified, Church a 'pitiful' organization, Pope says

The day after he was elected, Pope Francis emphasized that every believer – including bishops, cardinals and Popes – must... Read more


Argentine president, bishops congratulate Pope Francis

Within hours of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires being elected as Pope Francis, political and religious leaders from... Read more