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 and U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in the Vatican, March 27, 2014.

Pope, Obama discuss relations between Church and State

Mar 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

During the March 27 meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama, the two exchanged cordial discussion regarding the state... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013.

Upcoming day of reconciliation announced by Pope

Mar 23, 2014

During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope appoints Canon Law expert to Council for Economy

Mar 22, 2014

Today Pope Francis nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new Prelate Secretary for the recently-created Council... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a rosary for a pilgrim in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope institutes commission for protecting minors

Mar 22, 2014

Today Pope Francis instituted the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, issuing the names of eight members tasked with... Read more

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Mar 18, 2014

Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the Bishops of Italy on May 23, 2013.

Concluding spiritual exercises, Pope calls for renewed focus on Christ

Mar 17, 2014

Returning to the Vatican after a week of Lenten spiritual exercises, Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be discouraged... Read more

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Pope's exercises highlight danger of worldly temptations

Mar 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

During Pope Francis’ spiritual exercises, Msgr. Angelo De Donatis focused his meditations on the Grace of God, warning against worldly... Read more

U.S. Capitol.

Speaker Boehner invites Pope Francis to address Congress

Mar 13, 2014

Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of... Read more

Pope Francis prays during his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Fr. Lombardi: Pope is spending anniversary in prayer

Mar 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

In light of the Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the pontiff is... Read more

Paul and Jakob Badde with Bl. John Paul II, Nov. 17, 1980. Courtesy of Paul Badde.

Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Mar 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will... Read more

Bishops laud Pope’s humility, care for poor on anniversary

Mar 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a statement released on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, US bishops praised the pontiff... Read more

Global youth garner thanks for Pope on first anniversary

Mar 11, 2014

A group of young people from around the world have launched a campaign called Grazie Francesco – Thank You Francis... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, arrives at the Vatican for pre-conclave meetings, March 5, 2013.

Before conclave, Bergoglio stressed need to focus on Christ

Mar 10, 2014

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has shared some of his memories of the meetings held in preparation for the 2013 conclave, recounting... Read more

The Pontifical Villa called Villa Barberini in Castel Gandolfo.

Papal gardens of Castel Gandolfo now open to public

Mar 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

Known as the Barberini Gardens, the historic area of Castel Gandalfo has been declared open to the general public by... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

In first year, Pope Francis has challenged 'all' to live Gospel

Mar 9, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Anticipating the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as the Bishop of Rome, Catholic leaders nationwide have reflect... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Pope encourages Rome's lay faithful to serve poor

Mar 9, 2014

In a message to participants at a conference on the mission of the laity in Rome, Pope Francis urged the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Thwart temptation with the word of God, Pope exhorts

Mar 9, 2014

In his Sunday Angelus message today, Pope Francis stressed the importance of resisting temptations by finding refuge in God’s word.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Wednesday audience on Oct. 2, 2013.

Religious urged by Pope Francis to avoid 'theoretical poverty'

Mar 8, 2014

Pope Francis on Saturday sent a message to participants in an international symposium on the religious life, encouraging them to... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica from the Via de la Conciliazione in December 2010.

Pope chooses global leadership for Vatican economic office

Mar 8, 2014

The Pope has announced the names of eight cardinals and seven lay experts from around the world chosen to serve... Read more

Pope Francis visits the community of Varginha July 25, 2013

Pope: we will be judged by our behavior towards others

Mar 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be “ashamed” to touch those... Read more