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 meets with the national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Pope points mission societies toward young churches

May 17, 2013

Pope Francis met this afternoon with the directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies and encouraged them to help “the young... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Bonaria. CNA file photo.

Pope's plan to visit Bonaria shrine thrills pastor

May 17, 2013

Father Giovannino Tolu said his heart began racing when he heard that Pope Francis will the visit the shrine he... Read more

Pope Francis during his general audience on May 15, 2013.

'Chasm' exists between Pope, liberation theology

May 16, 2013

Even though Pope Francis is deeply concerned for the poor and has been praised by liberation theologians, there is a... Read more

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

Pope: 'If we annoy people, blessed be the Lord'

May 16, 2013

The Pope told Christians it is better to be “annoying” and “a nuisance” than lukewarm in proclaiming Jesus Christ.  Read more

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

'Money has to serve, not rule!' Pope tells new ambassadors

May 16, 2013

Pope Francis told the new ambassadors to the Holy See from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana to use... Read more

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

Clergy must be shepherds, not wolves, says Pope

May 15, 2013

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that bishops and priests must take care to avoid temptations in order to be an... Read more


Pope highlights religious freedom on Edict of Milan anniversary

May 15, 2013

Pope Francis stressed the importance of religious freedom in a message for the 1,700th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Constantine... Read more

Archbishop Rino Fisichella speaks to the press at a May 15, 2013 media event on the Church movements weekend.

Church movements bringing 50,000 more than Vatican expected

May 15, 2013

The attendance response to a Pentecost weekend event for Church movements has exceeded the Vatican’s expectations by 50,000 people.  Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal O'Brien leaving Scotland for penance, prayer

May 15, 2013

Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien will be spending several months in penance and prayer outside of Scotland after meeting with Pope... Read more

Pope Francis makes his way through St. Peter's Square in the popemobile during the May 8, 2013 general audience.

Holy Spirit leads to truth amid relativism, Pope counsels

May 15, 2013

As he looked ahead to Pentecost, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding Christians to know Jesus,... Read more


Tango dancer dedicates performance at St. Peter's to Pope

May 14, 2013

A professional Argentine dancer, who recently travelled to Rome to see his fellow countryman, Pope Francis, hopes to one day... Read more


Pontificate of Pope Francis consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

May 14, 2013

At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal Jose Polycarp, the Patriarch of Lisbon, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to... Read more

Pope Francis sends a kiss to someone in the crowd at the May 8, 2013 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Satan 'always rips us off,' Pope warns

May 14, 2013

Christians who buy into Satan’s temptation to live selfishly get swindled, while those who live life as a “gift” to... Read more

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

Spirit prevents 'Nobel Prize for Holiness' thoughts, Pope says

May 13, 2013

The Holy Spirit helps Christians remember their personal history so they do not think they are “a winner of the... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square at the April 3, 2013 general audience.

Popemobile trip surprises March for Life participants

May 13, 2013

Pro-lifers who had just finished the third annual Italian March for Life on Sunday were surprised to see Pope Francis... Read more

Participants in the 2013 March for Life Italy prepare to begin their march at the Coliseum on May 12, 2013.

Italian pro-lifers hope Rome march has global reach

May 13, 2013

The main organizer of Italy’s March for Life hopes that its location in Rome means it has global influence by... Read more


Pope canonizes hundreds of Italian martyrs

May 12, 2013

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized hundreds of fifteenth century Italian martyrs who died rather than renounce their Christian faith.  Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the May 8 General Audience (

Stay focused on human life, Pope tells pro-life marchers

May 12, 2013

Pope Francis greeted the thousands of people who had gathered this morning in Rome to protest against abortion, praising efforts... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily during Mass on Friday morning, May 10, 2013 in the Casa Santa Marta chapel.

Pope: Sad Christian faces are like pickled peppers

May 10, 2013

Pope Francis underscored the importance of being joyful by contrasting sad Christian faces – which are more like “pickled peppers”... Read more

 Pope Francis meets with Pope Tawadros and his delegation on May 9, 2013 in Vatican City.

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

May 10, 2013

The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the... Read more