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 waves to pilgrims gather in Paul VI Audience Hall for his Wednesday general audience on March 27, 2024.

Amid Holy Week, Pope Francis points to ‘beautiful testimony’ of fathers who lost daughters

Mar 27, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Holy Father called attention to two men present at his general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Wednesday,... Read more

The Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum, April 15, 2022.

Pope Francis to write meditations for Good Friday Way of the Cross for the first time

Mar 26, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The reflection will be based on the theme “In Prayer with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.” Read more

St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy.

Pope Francis to offer Mass in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The 87-year-old pope will travel by helicopter from Vatican City to Venice in under two hours and will land on... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, 2024.

Pope Francis gives thanks to young Nigerian priests and nuns who answered God’s call

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In a meeting with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, the pope said that he was grateful for all... Read more

Pope Francis addresses approximately 7,000 children from around the world in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 6, 2023, at an event sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education dedicated to the theme “Let us learn from boys and girls.”

Pope Francis to young people: ‘Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!’

Mar 25, 2024

By Courtney Mares

“Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!” Pope Francis wrote in a letter to young people signed... Read more

Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 24, 2024.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Moscow terrorist attack at Palm Sunday Mass

Mar 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the “vile terrorist attack” in Moscow at the end of his Palm... Read more

Pope Francis at Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 24, 2024.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Jesus entered Jerusalem as a humble king

Mar 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis chose not to read the homily prepared for Palm Sunday Mass at the last minute without explanation. Read more

Pope Francis greets staff and families of RAI, Italy’s national public broadcasting company, March 23, 2024.

Pope Francis implores public broadcasters to serve the common good and combat ‘fake news’

Mar 23, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope spoke of “the devious plans of those who seek to influence public opinion in an ideological manner, lying... Read more

Pope Francis on March 21, 2024, laicized Bishop Emeritus of Bruges, Belgium, Roger Vangheluwe (center), years after the former prelate admitted to repeatedly sexually abusing his nephew when the latter was a minor.

Pope Francis laicizes Belgian ex-bishop and abuser Roger Vangheluwe

Mar 22, 2024

By AC Wimmer

The apostolic nunciature to Belgium said in a statement on Thursday that “serious new elements” had come to light regarding... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Salus Populi Romani icon in the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Dec. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis changes statutes of papal basilica, emphasizing work of canons 

Mar 21, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The new regulations place emphasis on spiritual work and pastoral care and appointing a coadjutor archpriest of the West’s oldest... Read more

In 2023, over half a million migrants headed toward the United States crossed the Darien Gap, the inhospitable jungle region between Colombia and Panama.

Pope Francis addresses migrant crisis in Darien Gap: ‘Every refugee challenges us’

Mar 20, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“As Christians, every refugee and migrant who leaves his or her homeland challenges us,” Pope Francis wrote. Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on March 20, 2024.

Pope Francis highlights importance of prudence, calls for end to war

Mar 20, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“War is always a defeat. You can’t go on in war. We must make all efforts to negotiate, to negotiate,... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the faithful at his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations stresses fraternity, hope

Mar 19, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The theme for the this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations is “Called to Sow Seeds ofHope and to... Read more

Pope Francis on March 19, 2024, appointed Bishop Gerard Battersby to lead the Diocese of La Crosse in western Wisconsin.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop to lead Wisconsin diocese

Mar 19, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby to lead the Diocese of La Crosse in western Wisconsin. Read more

The flag of Vatican City.

Pope Francis laicizes Toledo priest after life sentence for sexual abuse of minors

Mar 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis has laicized an Ohio priest, Michael Zacharias, who was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by a... Read more

Stephen Colbert and Pope Francis.

Stephen Colbert co-narrates Pope Francis’ new audiobook memoir

Mar 18, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert is a co-narrator of Pope Francis’ new book, titled “Life: My Story Through History,”... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2024.

Pope Francis: God’s glory does not correspond to human success

Mar 17, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that God’s glory and our true happiness are not found in success, fame, or popularity but... Read more

Sviatoslav Shevchuk is major archbishop of Kyiv–Galicia and primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church talks war, the pope, and same-sex blessings 

Mar 16, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

In an exclusive interview with EWTN News, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk spoke of the continued need for humanitarian aid in... Read more

A Colombian psychologist bishop and a retired colonel from the Illinois State Police are the new secretaries of the Pontifical Commission for the Guardianship of Minors.

Pope Francis names U.S. police professional, Colombian bishop to minor protection commission

Mar 15, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis on Friday made two appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences,” sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, held at the Vatican from March 14–15, 2024.

Pope Francis: Indigenous ‘ancestral wisdom’ a vital tool in fight against climate change

Mar 15, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis addressed his remarks to participants of the conference “Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and the Sciences” at the Vatican on... Read more