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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Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. CNA file photo.

Pope backs reform of US sisters' leadership conference

Apr 15, 2013

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his homily at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall on April 15, 2013.

Sacrifice necessary for Christian life, Pope teaches

Apr 14, 2013

Pope Francis delved deeper into the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, highlighting proclamation, witness and worship as essential... Read more


Pope personally thanks State department for overtime

Apr 12, 2013

The last month of papal transition meant that the employees of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State worked long hours, so... Read more

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

Pope thanks foundation for fighting material, spiritual poverty

Apr 11, 2013

Pope Francis told members of The Papal Foundation that their contributions are helping combat “the many forms of material and... Read more

Pope Francis makes his way through St. Peter's Square during his April 3, 2013 general audience.

World misses God but it can see your joy, Pope tells audience

Apr 10, 2013

Pope Francis urged Catholics to serve humanity by showing “the joy of being children of God” to the world, since... Read more


Pope salutes his favorite soccer team

Apr 10, 2013

Diverse groups from around the world were present at this morning’s general audience, but one – the Pope’s favorite soccer... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez meets with Pope Francis in St. Martha's House.

Pope celebrates Mass with America's highest-ranking Latino bishop

Apr 10, 2013

The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of... Read more


Pope to visit Rome center for undocumented refugees

Apr 9, 2013

A priest in Rome says Pope Francis personally called him to say he will visit the Astalli Center, a local... Read more

Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday General Audience, April 3, 2013.

Pope Francis finds high favor among Americans

Apr 8, 2013

A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that a majority of Americans, including Catholics, have a largely... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday March 24, 2013.

Rio archbishop invites Pope to visit poor neighborhood

Apr 8, 2013

The archbishop of Rio de Janeiro proposed an agenda for Pope Francis' visit to Brazil this summer for World Youth... Read more

Bishop-designate John T. Folda.

Next Fargo bishop hopes to copy Pope's service

Apr 8, 2013

Monsignor John T. Folda, who has been appointed Bishop of Fargo by Pope Francis, says he hopes to follow the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on March 13, 2013, the night of his election.

Pope considering Secretariat of State overhaul

Apr 8, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A top official who works at the Secretariat of State says Pope Francis is thinking about streamlining his department by... Read more

Bishop Michael O. Jackels of Wichita was named the new Archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa (File Photo/CNA).

Pope appoints Bishop Jackels to lead Dubuque archdiocese

Apr 8, 2013

Bishop Michael O. Jackels received an early birthday present of sorts when Pope Francis named him April 8 to lead... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful from the loggia of St. John Lateran Basilica on April 7, 2013.

Pope calls for courage to accept God's mercy

Apr 7, 2013

Pope Francis took possession of his cathedral as Bishop of Rome and spoke about how God’s mercy and patience should... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Regina Caeli on April 1, 2013.

Pope: we are part of those who believe without seeing

Apr 7, 2013

On the Feast of Divine Mercy, Pope Francis emphasized that when Jesus said “blessed are those who do not see... Read more

Pope appoints top Franciscan to Vatican's religious life department

Apr 6, 2013

Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia this morning, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo,... Read more

Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro speaks April 5, 2013 at the presentation of the digital version of La Civilta Cattolica.

Pope's actions have clear Ignatian roots, Jesuit notes at digital debut

Apr 5, 2013

At the launch of its first digital publication, the director of a prominent Jesuit Catholic magazine said the Pope’s actions... Read more

Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. CNA file photo.

Pope Francis confirms strong stance against clerical abuse

Apr 5, 2013

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests.  Read more


Pope reflects on wonder as invitation to know God

Apr 4, 2013

Awe and wonder at an encounter with Christ are the first steps in deepening a spiritual life that leads to... Read more


Pope prays for flood victims, urges aid for survivors

Apr 4, 2013

The Pope is praying for the 54 people who have died in flooding that hit two cities in Argentina and... Read more