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 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

Pope Francis bows his head in prayer during a Wednesday general audience Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope sends message of condolence after earthquake rocks Chile

Apr 3, 2014

Pope Francis sent a letter to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, after the country was hit by an 8.2... Read more

The Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho.

Pope entrusts Rwandan reconciliation to Our Lady of Kibeho

Apr 3, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Meeting with the Rwandan bishops for their ad limina visit Thursday, Pope Francis urged them to be be agents of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience April 2, 2014.

Pope: Real prayer is courageous, frank dialogue with God

Apr 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the prayer of Moses to God in the first reading, saying that... Read more

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta.

Atlanta archbishop apologizes for $2.2 million residence

Apr 3, 2014

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has apologized for constructing a new $2.2 million residence, saying the plan was well-intended, but... Read more

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

Pope urges faithful not to lose apostolic zeal to spiritual sloth

Apr 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis lamented the many Christians who close the door to God’s grace out of... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J. speaks with CNA in Rome, March 25, 2014.

Protection of minors a priority for Pope, commission member says

Mar 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

A German priest and psychologist recently appointed to the new Vatican commission for the protection of minors has stated that... Read more

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

Be open to the light of Christ, encourages Pope

Mar 30, 2014

During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis urged the faithful to open themselves to the light of Christ and not... Read more

Pope Francis greets attendees at an audience for the deaf and blind March 29.

Witness to Christ, Pope urges blind and deaf

Mar 29, 2014

Pope Francis held an audience with the blind and deaf on Saturday, encouraging them to become witnesses of Christ and... Read more

Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama speak during a private audience at athe Vatican, March 27, 2014.

Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church

Mar 27, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and... Read more

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