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 greets people after celebrating Mass at St. Anne's parish on March 17, 2013.

Story of Pope's desire to visit Sicily emerges

Apr 4, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Some might call it fate, but through a series of providential connections, Bishop Michele Pennisi discovered that Pope Francis wants... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a boy prior to his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Pope's hug embraced everyone with disabilities, dad says

Apr 4, 2013

The father of a boy with special needs, whose iconic hug from Pope Francis has captured the world's attention, says... Read more

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Pope Francis asks for 'gift of tears' to see Risen Christ

Apr 3, 2013

During his brief homily at an April 2 Mass at the chapel of St. Marta’s Residence, Pope Francis encouraged the... Read more

ope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis to visit Rome's basilicas before Pentecost

Apr 3, 2013

Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as... Read more

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

Women communicate God's look of love, Pope says

Apr 3, 2013

During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s... Read more

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Pope Francis prays at John Paul II's tomb on anniversary

Apr 3, 2013

Pope Francis spent a “long time” kneeling in silent prayer before the tomb of Blessed John Paul II on April... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at Rome's Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Teens in LA prison thank Pope for example of love

Apr 2, 2013

After hearing about Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass where he washed the feet of juvenile detainees, imprisoned youth in Los... Read more

Pope Francis leads his first Regina Coeli prayer on April 1, 2013.

Easter sacraments can revive relationships, Pope teaches

Apr 1, 2013

The Pope told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli that the grace from the sacraments... Read more

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Vatican: Pope washing women inmates' feet a 'beautiful' gesture

Mar 30, 2013

In response to controversy, the Vatican's spokesman has praised Pope Francis' “simple” act of love for including two women among... Read more

Pope Francis during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 30, 2013.

Welcome Jesus as a friend, Pope encourages at Easter Vigil

Mar 30, 2013

Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the March 29, 2013 Passion of the Lord liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica.

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Mar 29, 2013

On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is... Read more

Some the Lebanese young people who helped write the Stations of the Cross meditations that will be used on March 29, 2013.

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Mar 29, 2013

A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a juvenile detainee at Casal del Marmo on March 28, 2013.

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly... Read more

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Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Mar 28, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

Mar 28, 2013

The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they... Read more

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Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates' feet

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled... Read more

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Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis' first words

Mar 27, 2013

The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith... Read more