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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 speaks at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023.

Pope Francis hospitalized with a respiratory infection, Vatican says

Mar 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis will be hospitalized for “some days” after being diagnosed with a respiratory infection, the Vatican said Wednesday. Read more

Pope Francis, seated in a wheelchair, greets a child during the pope's general audience at the Vatican on Jan. 25, 2023.

Vatican: Pope Francis at Rome hospital to undergo checkups

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has been undergoing some medical checkups at one of Rome’s most prominent hospitals since Wednesday afternoon. Read more

Pope Francis' General Audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘The true Christian is one who receives Jesus within’

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“You cannot be Christian only from the outside. No, Jesus must enter and this changes you...” Pope Francis said. Read more


Pope Francis mourns ‘senseless act of violence’ at Nashville Christian school

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis “joins the entire community in mourning the children and adults who died,” according to a Vatican message March... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, speaking at a press conference in the Vatican on Aug. 26, 2022.

Cardinal Hollerich: There’s ‘space to expand’ Church teaching on all-male priesthood

Mar 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Pope Francis does not want the ordination of women, and I am completely obedient to that. But people continue to... Read more

A group of Traditional Latin Mass supporters in Italy posted signs as part of a billboard campaign in a neighborhood near the Vatican on March 28, 2023.

‘For love of the pope’: Latin Mass supporters post billboards near Vatican

Mar 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

A group of Traditional Latin Mass supporters in Italy has sponsored a billboard campaign in a neighborhood near the Vatican. Read more

Pope Francis gives an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing from the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica March 27, 2020.

Pope Francis to bless satellite set to launch his words into space

Mar 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

While in orbit, the satellite will broadcast decipherable statements from Pope Francis on the theme of hope and peace in... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of the Minerva Dialogues — a meeting of scientists, engineers, business leaders, lawyers, philosophers, Catholic theologians, ethicists, and members of the Roman Curia to discuss digital technologies — at the Vatican on March 27, 2023.

Pope Francis: An ethical AI respects human dignity

Mar 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning could be beneficial to society if they respect... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus reflection from the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on March 26, 2023.

‘Rise again’: Jesus gives life when hope seems lost, Pope Francis says

Mar 26, 2023

By Clara Raimundo

In his March 26 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis spoke about Jesus’ compassion for Lazarus — and all those who suffer. Read more

Damage from a series of powerful storms and at least one tornado is seen on March 25, 2023 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. At least 26 people have reportedly been killed with dozens more injured following devastating storms across western Mississippi and Alabama on the night of March 24, 2023.

Pope Francis, Mississippi bishop offer prayers for victims of deadly tornado

Mar 26, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

The powerful twister on March 24 killed at least 26 people in Mississippi and Alabama. Read more

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of the Diocese of Osnabrück served as vice president of the German bishops' conference from 2017 to 2023.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of vice president of German bishops’ conference 

Mar 25, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode had previously refused to step down despite an abuse report finding he had mishandled cases in his... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in Vatican City's Paul VI Hall on Feb. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis extends ‘Vos estis’ decree to counter both lay and clerical abuse

Mar 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The decree promulgated March 25 extends the Church’s norms for handling of abuse to cover lay leaders of international associations.  Read more

Pope Francis reads the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica, March 25, 2022.

Pope Francis asked Catholics to renew Marian consecration every March 25. Here’s what that means

Mar 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

March 25 marks one year since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Read more

Father Carlo Crespi Croci (1891-1982) holding a crucifix from his ethnographic collection in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Pope Francis puts a priest, three religious women, and two laywomen on path for sainthood

Mar 23, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Each “Venerable” now needs a miracle attributed to his or her intercession to be approved by the Vatican in order... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal on May 12, 2017.

Pope Francis invites Catholics to renew consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25

Mar 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The solemnity of the Annunciation on Saturday marks one year since Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Blessed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023.

Pope Francis: Christian witness requires consistency between how one lives and what one proclaims

Mar 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

To effectively witness to the Gospel, Christians need to be consistent in what they believe, how they live, and what... Read more

"The Pope Answers" airs on Hulu on April 5, 2023.

Disney doc features Pope Francis’ talk with Gen Z on LGBTQ issues, abortion, and more

Mar 21, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Hulu will be airing “The Pope Answers,” an informal conversation between Francis and a small group of young people, on... Read more

Pope Francis at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary Sept. 12, 2021.

‘Christ is our future’: Vatican announces theme, schedule for Pope Francis’ Budapest trip

Mar 21, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will travel to Budapest, Hungary, in just over a month for an April 28–30 visit to the capital... Read more

The Vatican flag and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

The last diplomat from the Vatican leaves Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

The chargé d'affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicaragua, Monsignor Marcel Diouf, left the Central American country March 17. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on March 19, 2023.

Pope Francis: The differences of others are an occasion to love better

Mar 19, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“How do we welcome the difficulties and differences of others? How do we welcome the people who have many limitations... Read more