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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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The crowd of around 70000 pilgrims at the June 5, 2013 general audience.

Pope stresses threats to human person on Environment Day

Jun 5, 2013

Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day.  Read more

Austin Tice. Courtesy of The Tice Family.

Parents of kidnapped journalist grateful for Pope's words

Jun 5, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The parents of kidnapped American journalist Austin Tice have appealed again for his release, voicing gratitude for Pope Francis' words... Read more

Noujad (far right) lost her husband to the violence in Syria, and her son is still missing.

Pope to Syrian Christians: you have 'great task' of remaining

Jun 5, 2013

Pope Francis vigorously appealed for peace in Syria and told the Christians there that they have “the great task” of... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during the May 27, 2013 Mass in Saint Martha's House.

Pope: Christian speech is genuine, not self-serving

Jun 4, 2013

Instead of sugar-coated words and flattery, when Christians speak they should offer the truth with love, without seeking to serve... Read more

Pope Francis prays in front of Blessed John XXIII's tomb on June 3, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Obey God to build peace, Pope tells John XXIII devotees

Jun 4, 2013

Imitate Blessed John XXIII by growing in obedience to God and self-mastery to achieve peace, Pope Francis urged as he... Read more

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

Pope prays that Christians avoid 'road of corruption'

Jun 3, 2013

Pope Francis on Monday warned about corrupt Christians who think they are “strong” and “independent of God,” emphasizing that Catholics... Read more

Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013.

Pope closes Mary's month reflecting on her spiritual attitude

May 31, 2013

After a Rosary in St. Peter’s Square to mark the end of May, Pope Francis asked people to “listen, decide,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on May 22, 2013 for his weekly general audience.

Praising God frees us from sorrow, Pope proclaims

May 31, 2013

Christians often act like they are “going to a funeral procession rather than to praise God,” Pope Francis declared, urging... Read more


Pope made apartment choice to avoid isolation

May 30, 2013

Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into... Read more


Man prayed over by Pope says he suffered from demons

May 30, 2013

A 43-year-old Mexican man whom Pope Francis prayed over in St. Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday said that he had... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the Blessed Sacrament on May 30, 2013 outside of St. John Lateran Basilica.

Spiritual generosity is form of solidarity, Pope states

May 30, 2013

Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned down upon by the world,” people need to practice... Read more

Pope Francis preaches April 17, 2013 in the chapel of St. Martha's residence.

Vatican explains availability of Pope's daily homilies

May 30, 2013

The Vatican is not publishing the full text of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Martha's chapel on May 29, 2013.

Dark moment reminded Pope to seek God's will above success

May 29, 2013

At his daily Mass in St. Martha’s residence this morning, Pope Francis warned about the dangers of a Church that... Read more

Pope Francis moves through the crowd at the April 3, 2013 general audience.

Pope: Jesus' plan for humanity requires Catholic Church

May 29, 2013

Pope Francis began a new series of reflections by saying that although some people want Jesus but not the Church,... Read more

US Catholics to join Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration

May 29, 2013

Many U.S. dioceses and individual parishes will join Pope Francis in simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration June 2 that is uniting Catholics... 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.

Examine what prevents intimacy with Christ, Pope says

May 28, 2013

The faithful need to examine their lives to find the “riches” that prevent them from “getting close to Jesus” like... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Pope: when Christians lack difficulties, 'something is wrong'

May 28, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Faithful Christians will always face difficulties, said Pope Francis on Tuesday, warning that a worldly, career-based approach to faith avoids... Read more


San Lorenzo soccer team honors Pope on Marian feast

May 28, 2013

The San Lorenzo de Almagro soccer team celebrated the feast of Mary Help of Christians on May 24 by unveiling... Read more

(L-R) Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Father Federico Lombardi speak to the press May 28, 2013 about the upcoming Year of Faith events.

Adoration with Pope energizing Catholics worldwide

May 28, 2013

The Catholic world will be united with Pope Francis on the Feast of Corpus Christi as he leads a “historic”... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope dubs parish 'sentinel' for Rome diocese

May 27, 2013

Saints Elizabeth and Zechariah was the first church in the Diocese of Rome that Pope Francis visited, and enthusiasm was... Read more