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 appeared in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis: ‘Of all vices, pride is the great queen’

Mar 6, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“Those who give in to this vice are far from God, and the correction of this evil requires time and... Read more

The Holy See Press Office announced on March 5, 2024,  that Monsignor Shane L. Kirby has been named the Substitute Promoter of Justice of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Pope Francis appoints American priest to role in Vatican’s highest court

Mar 5, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Monsignor Shane L. Kirby has been named the substitute promoter of justice of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Read more

Speaking in his Angelus address on March 3, 2024, about the Israel-Hamas war, Pope Francis made an emotional plea for negotiations to reach a deal that both frees the hostages immediately and grants civilians access to humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis urges ‘an immediate cease-fire in Gaza’ that frees hostages, grants aid 

Mar 3, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Angelus address on March 3, the pope made an emotional plea for a deal that both frees the... Read more

Pope Francis engages with a youngster at the inauguration of the 95th Judicial Year of the Vatican City State on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Pope Francis opens Vatican’s Judicial Year, has aide read speech due to ‘bronchitis’

Mar 2, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope’s remarks to the Vatican magistrates highlighted the virtue of courage, which he observed was at the very center... Read more

Pope Francis poses with a woman and three children during a lunch in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for over 1,000 poor and economically disadvantaged people on Nov. 19, 2023.

Pope Francis to the world’s children: ‘If we really want to be happy, we need to pray’

Mar 2, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope asked children to pray the Lord’s Prayer “every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with... Read more

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

Archdiocese demands priests apologize for ‘scandalous’ words about Pope Francis

Mar 1, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Archdiocese of Toledo, Spain, has demanded that two priests apologize for comments they made “that harm the communion of... Read more

The superior general of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), Father Andrzej Komorowski, met with Pope Francis on Feb. 29, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis meets FSSP head, confirms right to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass 

Mar 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The private meeting between the pope and Father Andrzej Komorowski came at the invitation of Pope Francis and followed a... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the French-based academic organization Research and Anthropology of Vocations Institute on March 1, 2024, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: ‘Today the ugliest danger is gender ideology’

Mar 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“It is very important that there is this meeting, this meeting between men and women,” the pope told an assembly... Read more

In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual state of the nation address at the Gostiny Dvor conference center in central Moscow on Feb. 29, 2024.

Putin warns West of nuclear war risk over Ukraine troop deployment

Feb 29, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“[The West] must understand that we also have weapons that can hit targets on their territory,” Russian President Vladimir Putin... Read more

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 8, 2023.

Here is Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2024 at the Vatican

Feb 29, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The schedule includes five papal liturgies, Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, and other traditions to mark the most... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful from his wheelchair during his Feb. 28, 2024, general audience at the Vatican.

Pope Francis visits the hospital: his health issues through the years

Feb 28, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis has faced numerous health challenges in recent years and yet still has maintained a busy schedule of meetings,... Read more

Pope Francis meets at the Vatican with bishops from the Armenian Catholic Church o Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis urges Armenian Catholic bishops to ‘take up the cry for peace’

Feb 28, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Armenia and Azerbaijan are engaged in peace talks following Azerbaijan's violent takeover of the Nagorno-Karabakh region late last year. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does. Read more

Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis visits hospital for diagnostic tests after Wednesday audience

Feb 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

“Dear brothers and sisters, I still have a bit of a cold,” Pope Francis said in a soft-spoken voice on... Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square, Jan. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis cancels Monday audiences due to persisting ‘mild flu’ symptoms

Feb 26, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The Monday morning telegram sent out by the Vatican noted that while the pope’s “mild flu symptoms persist,” he did... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 25, 2024, during his weekly Angelus reflection. The pope canceled his audiences the day before due to mild flu conditions, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis, recovering from ‘mild flu,’ renews call for peace in Ukraine

Feb 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis appeared in good form during his Angelus address, marking the the Ukraine war’s second anniversary and reflecting on... Read more

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis cancels Saturday audiences due to a mild flu, Vatican says

Feb 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The cancellation comes after Pope Francis concluded a five-day Lenten retreat at his Vatican residence. Read more

Cardinal Protase Rugambwa at Santa Maria in Montesanto, Feb. 18

PHOTOS: Cardinal Rugambwa takes possession of Rome’s ‘Church of the Artists’

Feb 19, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The cardinal was joined by priests from the Diocese of Rome as well as by senior prelates. Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square during his Sunday Angelus on Feb. 18, 2024.

Pope Francis: Lent is a time to ‘encounter wild beasts and angels’

Feb 18, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis focused his Angelus address on the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Read more

Pope Francis at the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis launches study groups to analyze Synod on Synodality’s key issues

Feb 17, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyze key issues ahead of October’s Synod... Read more