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 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

Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah, FST, speaks to CNA after the May 8, 2013 general audience in Vatican City.

Sisters encouraged, grateful Pope met with them

May 9, 2013

Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah says that Pope Francis’ decision to meet with her and other superiors general on Wednesday left... Read more

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

Pope Francis marks Argentina's Our Lady of Lujan feast

May 8, 2013

Pope Francis commended Argentina to the protection of its patron saint Our Lady of Lujan, bringing white flowers to her... Read more

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

Pope to sisters: living with Jesus outside Church is absurd

May 8, 2013

By Alan Holdren

Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the Wednesday General Audience on May 8, 2013.

God's living water satisfies deepest desires, Pope reflects

May 8, 2013

The Holy Spirit is the “living water” that fulfills our lives because he tells us “we are loved by God,”... Read more

Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz leaves Paul VI Hall during the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

Vatican doctrine office confused by cardinal's LCWR comments

May 7, 2013

The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of... Read more


Good Christians don't whine about suffering, Pope says

May 7, 2013

Reflecting on how St. Paul endured pain for Christ, Pope Francis said that good Christians do not complain about their... Read more

Bishop John Michael Botean. Courtesy of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton.

Romanian Catholic bishop glad to serve Canadian faithful

May 7, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The bishop of the Eparchy of Saint George in Canton is thankful that the area now extends across both Canada... Read more

The Pontifical Swiss Guard's annual commemoration of fallen guards on May 6, 2013.

Absorb Church's Catholic identity, Pope tells new Swiss Guards

May 6, 2013

On the day that it will swear in 35 new members and commemorate the fallen, the Swiss Guard was told... Read more


Pope suggests daily Holy Spirit review

May 6, 2013

Pope Francis said people should ask themselves what the Holy Spirit did within them at the end of each day.  Read more

Bishop Mark J. Seitz. File photo courtesy of Diocese of Dallas.

Pope sends Dallas auxiliary bishop to El Paso

May 6, 2013

Pope Francis has appointed Spanish-speaking Bishop Mark J. Seitz to lead the El Paso diocese in western Texas, placing him... Read more


Pope remembers child abuse victims, offers prayers

May 5, 2013

At the end of Mass, Pope Francis noted that the Day of Child Victims of Violence is observed today and... Read more

Pope Francis at a Papal Mass to celebrate Confirmation on April 28, 2013.

Pope uses Latin American experience to guide confraternities

May 5, 2013

Drawing on the experience of the Latin American Church, Pope Francis called on groups dedicated to specific saints to grow... Read more

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

Pope: Mary helps us not be 'teenagers for life'

May 4, 2013

After praying the Rosary this evening, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in... Read more

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

Pope moves queen, Italian laywoman closer to sainthood

May 3, 2013

Pope Francis has approved miracles attributed to a Sicilian queen and a 20th-century Italian laywoman, placing them one step closer... Read more