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A 16th-century painting of St. Ignatius in armor.

A cannonball that changed the world: Pope Francis marks 500 years since St. Ignatius’ conversion

The first Jesuit pope sent a video message marking the start of an Ignatian Year. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Coeli address at the Vatican, May 23, 2021.

Pope Francis: Pray for China’s Christians

The pope made the appeal after his Regina Coeli address. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 23, 2021

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday 2021

The pope celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 23, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘Open your heart to the Holy Spirit’

The pope celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more

Pope Francis receives European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in a private audience, May 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets European Commission president at the Vatican

Ursula von der Leyen discussed migration, climate change, and the Middle East during her Vatican visit. Read more

Pope Francis to homeless advocates: Be witnesses of God’s mercy and goodness

The pope congratulated the Lazarus Association on 10 years of serving the homeless. Read more

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021.

Pope Francis calls for global prayer for peace in the Holy Land

The pope was addressing ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Scholas Ocurrentes in 2016.

Charity is fundamental to politics, Pope Francis tells youth

Charity is a necessary part of politics, Pope Francis told youth from around the world on Thursday. Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis: Blood of martyrs slain by ISIS ‘a seed that will bear rich fruit’

The pope praises the 21 Coptic martyrs killed on Feb. 15, 2015. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 19, 2021.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Praying is not easy’

The pope suggested ways to overcome common obstacles to prayer. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, on May 17, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Iran’s foreign minister, speaks to Turkish president about Palestinians

Iran's foreign minister said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions on Iran. Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow, S.J.

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow as new bishop of Hong Kong

Chow, 61, has served as the provincial of the Jesuits’ Chinese Province since 2018. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Children’s deaths in Israel-Gaza conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

The pope said that the violence risked “degenerating into a spiral of death and destruction.” Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Burmese Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica, May 16, 2021.

‘Do not lose hope’: Pope Francis offers Mass for Myanmar’s Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica

The pope urged Burmese Catholics not to fall into despair following a military coup on Feb. 1. Read more

Pope Francis meets with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis and John Kerry meet at the Vatican

U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy is in Europe ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Meter association in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis to anti-pedophilia group: ‘Your work is more necessary than ever’

The pope was speaking to members of the Italian Meter association. Read more

Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks charismatic Catholics and evangelicals for offering ‘sign of fraternity’

The pope sent a video message praising the work of the Italian Charismatic Consultation. Read more

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis urges scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

The pope welcomed members of the Scouts Unitaires de France to Rome on the group’s 50th anniversary. Read more