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 greets the faithful at St. Stanislaus parish in Rome on May 4, 2014.

Pope: Jesus journeys with us in the Eucharist

May 4, 2014

In his Sunday homily delivered at a Polish parish in Rome, Pope Francis meditated on the presence of Jesus Christ... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation with young people Dec. 1, 2013.

Open parish doors to evangelize, urges Pope

May 3, 2014

In a meeting with nearly 7,000 members of the Italian lay movement Catholic Action, Pope Francis spoke of the need... Read more

Pope Francis in Paul VI Hall during an audience on March 16, 2013.

Pope offers encouragement to new Council for the Economy

May 2, 2014

Pope Francis gave words of encouragement to the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy, stressing concern for the poor and... Read more

Pope Francis prays at General Audience Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

May 2, 2014

In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being... Read more

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

Holy Spirit's gift of understanding enlightens minds, Pope says

Apr 30, 2014

Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them... Read more

Pope Francis prays during his general audience on September 25, 2013

Pope urges Christian communities to be ones of peace

Apr 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Returning to his usual daily Mass schedule, Pope Francis reflected today that our contemporary faith communities ought to reflect that... Read more

The images of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II hanging from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 25, 2014

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII officially declared saints

Apr 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a packed St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis officially declared former pontiffs John... Read more

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

Pope emphasizes 'indissolubility of Christian matrimony'

Apr 25, 2014

Pope Francis on April 25 stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral... Read more

Archibishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia speaks at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Nov. 16, 2013.

Archbishop Chaput: Pope Francis brings fresh exhilaration to the Church

Apr 25, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia reflected that Pope Francis in the first year of his papacy has shown “a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope thanks Poland, Bergamo for gift of two great saints

Apr 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

In messages to both residents of Poland and Bergamo, Pope Francis conveyed his gratitude for Bl. John Paul II and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the sacrament of confirmation with young people Dec. 1, 2013.

Do not be 'afraid of joy,' Pope encourages

Apr 24, 2014

Pope Francis rebuked Christians who are “afraid of joy” and “mournful,” encouraging them to remember that Jesus Christ accompanies them.  Read more

Father Federico Lombardi.

Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

Apr 24, 2014

Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive... Read more

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

Resurrection pours 'fresh hope' on the world, Pope reflects

Apr 23, 2014

During his general audience Wednesday Pope Francis emphasized the certainty of Christ's presence in the world today, noting how his... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013.

Pope Francis gives Easter eggs to children with cancer

Apr 22, 2014

Pope Francis sent 150 Easter eggs to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital as an Easter gift to children hospitalized with... Read more

Philippine stamp commemorating April 27, 2014 canonization of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII.

Philippines issue new stamps of Blessed John Paul II, John XXIII

Apr 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following the presentation of a new stamp of Pope Francis, Philippine postmaster Maria De la Cruz revealed that they will... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2013 before his Papal Inauguration Mass.

Spread 'joyous wonder' of Easter, Pope tells Christians

Apr 21, 2014

Pope Francis on Monday exhorted the Christian faithful to spread the joy of Easter to others.  Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Easter morning mass in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2014.

'Love has triumphed over hatred,' says Pope on Easter

Apr 20, 2014

In his Easter “urbi et orbi” Easter message “to the city and the world,” Pope Francis focused on the victory... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily during the Easter Vigil at St. Peter's Basilica on April 19, 2014.

Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Apr 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the... Read more

Papal Preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa after giving the homily during Good Friday's Passion liturgy on April 18, 2014

Papal preacher slams 'curse' of money-driven corruption

Apr 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit... Read more

Pope Francis greets the elderly and disabled persons following his Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Don Gnocchi facility

Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

Apr 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed... Read more