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 waves to the crowd at the May 22, 2013 general audience.

Pope gives American Maronites youthful bishop

Jul 10, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for one of only two Maronite Catholic territories in the United States, while... Read more


Pope offers 'deep sympathy' to Quebec train victims, families

Jul 10, 2013

Pope Francis said he is uniting himself in prayer with the victims of the unusual train explosion that killed at... Read more

Pope Francis holds a June 7, 2013 audience with student from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania.

Pope grants indulgences for World Youth Day

Jul 9, 2013

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World... Read more

Novices take part in the July 6-7 Year of Faith weekend in Rome.

Buy humble bicycles, Pope advises future priests, nuns

Jul 9, 2013

“I think that bicycles are necessary because there’s a lot of work to do and you have to move around... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience, May 22, 2013.

Pope Francis invites homeless to dine at Vatican

Jul 8, 2013

On July 1 Pope Francis invited a group of 200 homeless individuals to dinner at the Vatican, where they were served in... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday General Audience, April 3, 2013.

The self-righteous 'can cook in their own stew,' says Pope

Jul 7, 2013

In order to do the Lord’s work, Pope Francis said, we should remember our first encounter with Jesus, in which... Read more

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

Jesus calls us to be missionaries, Pope Francis reflects

Jul 7, 2013

In his July 7 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis reminded those gathered in St. Peter’s Square that all of the faithful... Read more

Pope Francis begins his popemobile tour of the May 15, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Christian life is not a 'collage' of activities, Pope says

Jul 6, 2013

In his July 6 homily, Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be open to the renewal of the Holy Spirit,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St Peters Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Light of faith will illuminate the world, encyclical teaches

Jul 6, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The theme of light is pivotal in the first Church encyclical written by “four hands.”  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for his installation on March 19, 2013.

In encyclical, Pope says 'light of faith' must transform lives

Jul 5, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

In his first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei,” or “The Light of Faith,” Pope Francis highlighted the need to let Christ’s love... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, in the VPO Feb. 5, 2013.

Vatican archbishop: encyclical offers insight into Francis' style

Jul 5, 2013

A Vatican archbishop believes that the first encyclical issued by Pope Francis provides an “introduction” to the Pontiff’s teaching and... Read more

Fr. Giuseppe Costa speaks to CNA in Rome.

New encyclical is a spiritual 'light,' says Vatican publisher

Jul 5, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At its title suggests, “Lumen Fidei,” – the first encyclical by Pope Francis, released July 5 – is truly a... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St Peters Square after Mass on April 28, 2013.

Release of Pope Francis' first encyclical stresses beauty of faith

Jul 5, 2013

The first encyclical of Pope Francis – which had been started by the former Pope, Benedict XVI – has been... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St Peters Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope: Christ gives us 'identity card' of freedom, salvation

Jul 4, 2013

During daily Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis explained that Christians are free because of Jesus, who gives them their identity... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Works of mercy caress, bind Christ's wounds, Pope teaches

Jul 3, 2013

On the feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pope Francis said that encountering Christ is done by reaching out to... Read more


Online video highlights Pope Francis' vocational path

Jul 2, 2013

A new animated video in 15 different languages is helping Catholics and non-Catholics learn more about Pope Francis in a... Read more


Pope will travel to Italian island to pray for immigrants

Jul 1, 2013

Pope Francis will travel to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on July 8 to pray for immigrants who died... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience, May 22, 2013.

Prayer is 'negotiating with the Lord,' says Pope

Jul 1, 2013

At his homily for daily Mass at Saint Martha House, Pope Francis called Abraham's bargaining with the Lord for the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Wednesday General Audience on May 8 2013.

Pope Francis' first encyclical to be released July 5

Jul 1, 2013

Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.  Read more

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

Jesus does not want 'remote-controlled' Christians, Pope says

Jun 30, 2013

During his Sunday Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis said that Jesus does not want Christians to succumb... Read more