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 blesses sacred oils during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on April 17, 2014.

Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects

Apr 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly... Read more

Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in persons Luis CdeBaca.

Pope is bringing human trafficking into public eye, ambassador says

Apr 16, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis is contributing to the fight against human trafficking by making the matter a frequent point of public discourse,... Read more

Pope Francis took part in a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Pope Francis: kiss the crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus

Apr 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a... Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

Apr 15, 2014

Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Pope expresses solidarity, comfort for fire victims in Chile

Apr 14, 2014

Pope Francis voiced his spiritual closeness to all those affected by the fire in Valparaíso, Chile, that so far has... Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops of Italy May 23, 2013.

Medical care must consider whole person, Pope urges surgeons

Apr 12, 2014

In his audience with surgeons who treat cancer patients, Pope Francis encouraged the physicians to view the person as an... Read more

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

Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014

Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Pope Francis warns against the dictatorship of narrow thought

Apr 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned faithful against idealizing one’s own way of thinking and encouraged them to be... Read more

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

Pope mourns 'brutal killing' of priest, urges end to violence

Apr 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Sunday Mass July 7, 2013.

Pope Francis to make two pastoral visits over summer

Apr 8, 2014

This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian... Read more

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

Francis documentary to be shown at John Paul II Film Festival

Apr 8, 2014

The documentary “Francis: The Pope of the New World” will be shown on the big screen for the first time... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Apr 8, 2014

It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at... Read more

Official logo for Pope Francis' Apostolic Voyage to South Korea in August, 2014

Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Nov. 13 2013

Those who truly seek goodness will be led to God, Pope affirms

Apr 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his March 31 interview with Belgian communications students, Pope Francis gave a message to both believers and non-believers, stating... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013.

Transcript: Pope Francis' March 31 interview with Belgian youth

Apr 7, 2014

Pope Francis recently gave an interview at the Vatican to some youth from Flanders (Belgium), accompanied by the Bishop of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Jesus can heal deadened hearts, says Pope

Apr 6, 2014

Pope Francis delivered a Sunday evening homily at a parish in the south of Rome, preaching about the importance of... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Pope distributes free copies of Gospels

Apr 6, 2014

Pope Francis handed out free pocket-sized copies of the gospels to crowds filling St. Peter’s square for the Sunday Angelus,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Work on others’ behalf, Pope tells politicians

Apr 5, 2014

Pope Francis met with a group of Italian mayors and other political leaders Saturday morning, encouraging them to live among... Read more

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Pope Francis prays for kidnapped priests, nun

Apr 5, 2014

Pope Francis is remembering in his prayers two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister who were kidnapped in Cameroon... Read more

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Care for poor rooted in Gospel, not communism, Pope affirms

Apr 4, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that... Read more