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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Fr. Federico Lombardi explains the March 13, 2013 election of Pope Francis, the choice of his name, and his first actions.

Pope Francis' personality begins to change routines

At the first press briefing of Pope Francis' pontificate, a more detailed picture of the new Church’s leader and some... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks at the North American College on March 13, 2013.

Pope Francis to cardinals: 'I hope God forgives you'

The newly elected Pope Francis joked with cardinals over dinner telling them he hopes God forgives them for having chosen... Read more


Pope spends half hour asking Mary for protection

Pope Francis made a private visit to Saint Mary Major Basilica this morning and prayed for half an hour at... Read more

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Jesuit charism is to serve the Church, priest notes

A Jesuit priest expressed delight at the election of Pope Francis, who is a member of the Society of Jesus,... Read more

Knights of Columbus voice gratitude for Pope Francis

Prayers and best wishes are being sent from the Knights of Columbus to Pope Francis upon his election today, March... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Jose Gomez.

American bishops overjoyed at election of Pope Francis

Bishops across America voiced joy and gratitude over Pope Francis accepting his election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of... Read more

White House, North Facade, Washington DC.

US political leaders welcome Pope Francis with joy

American politicians offered prayers and congratulations upon hearing the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergolio, SJ, had been elected as the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

New Pope lived simple life in Argentina

Pope Francis lives very simply, brings a pastoral approach to his ministry, and is a man of prayer, according to... Read more

Vatican press officer, Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Pope Francis to have busy schedule in coming days

The Vatican has announced Pope Francis' schedule for the coming days, which will begin with Mass on Thursday, March 14... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the... Read more

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Archbishops Aquila, Chaput welcome Pope Francis

American archbishops Samuel J. Aquila and Charles J. Chaput voiced gratitude to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, for accepting... Read more

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has become the next Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis.  Read more

White smoke from Vatican chimney, new Pope to be announced

White smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney on March 13 indicated that the College of Cardinals had chosen a... Read more