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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Father Federico Lombardi speaks at a March 5, 2013 Vatican press conference.

Pope's plans for encyclical, travel disclosed

Apr 26, 2013

Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year and so far is only planning one international trip in 2013,... Read more

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

Church must evangelize humbly, Pope Francis reflects

Apr 25, 2013

Christians are called to do the great work of evangelizing to the ends of the world in a spirit of... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Sanctity is central to Church outreach, Pope stresses

Apr 25, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

Church leadership and outreach must be rooted in the pursuit of holiness and always attentive to the dignity of each... Read more

Pope Francis gives his blessing at the Wednesday general audience on April 24, 2013.

Pope urges Christians to remember final judgment

Apr 24, 2013

Christians should not be frightened of the final judgment but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. John Lateran on March 29, 2013.

Jesus not found outside the Church, Pope preaches

Apr 23, 2013

Pope Francis said that people cannot be fully united to Jesus outside of the Church during a Mass to commemorate... Read more


Pope responds to bishops' kidnapping with 'intense prayer'

Apr 23, 2013

Pope Francis is responding to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria with “intense prayer” for their health and... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Newly translated book shows Pope, rabbi in dialogue

Apr 23, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa, Carl Bunderson

The first book by Pope Francis to be translated into English was co-authored by an Argentine rabbi and illustrates the... Read more

St. George's feast becomes Vatican holiday this year

Apr 22, 2013

St. George's feast day falling on April 23 means Vatican employees will have the day off to celebrate the saint... Read more


No room for self-promoters in God's kingdom, Pope says

Apr 22, 2013

Pope Francis warned that some people, even in the Church, are “social climbers” that try to promote themselves, instead of... Read more


Being Christian means risking following Jesus, Pope teaches

Apr 22, 2013

Lukewarm Christians try to build a church that conforms to their own common sense and see too much risk in... Read more

Pope Francis ordained ten men as priests in St. Peter's Basilica on April 21, 2013.

Minister with constant joy, Pope Francis counsels new priests

Apr 21, 2013

Pope Francis ordained 10 men as priests this morning, reminding them that they should carry out their ministry with “constant... Read more

Pope Francis presides over the Regina Caeli on April 21, 2013.

Ask Jesus what he wants and be brave, Pope tells youth

Apr 21, 2013

Just after ordaining 10 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis called on young Catholics to ask Jesus “what he wants... Read more

Pope Francis preaches April 19, 2013 to employees of the Vatican press and newspaper.

Pope: answering God with the heart protects against ideologies

Apr 19, 2013

Pope Francis spent his homily today reflecting on responding to God’s invitations with the heart and not just the intellect,... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory Nov 24 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope's Curia reform council reflects Church diversity

Apr 19, 2013

The eight cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him on church governance and reform of the Curia come from... Read more


Pope phones Argentine shoemaker for shoe repairs

Apr 18, 2013

Pope Francis, who has quickly become known for his austere style, will continue using his simple black shoes and has... Read more


Pope uses Twitter to mobilize prayers for Texas victims

Apr 18, 2013

Pope Francis tweeted a prayer request for the victims of a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.  Read more

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

Without evangelization Church becomes babysitter, Pope warns

Apr 18, 2013

If Catholics do not proclaim Jesus with their lives, then the Church becomes “not the mother, but the babysitter,” Pope... Read more

Patriarch Gregory III Laham at press conference in Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013

The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013.

Rejecting Holy Spirit's work in Vatican II is 'foolish,' Pope says

Apr 17, 2013

The work of the Holy Spirit at the Second Vatican Council is not yet finished, Pope Francis said, because many... Read more

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

Financial decisions key factor in Pope's reform drive

Apr 17, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

One month into his papacy, Pope Francis has made his first episcopal and administrative appointments and has met with heads... Read more