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 speaks at a Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, on Feb. 2, 2024, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Pope Francis urges consecrated men and women to cultivate ‘an intense interior life’

Feb 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy Father presided over Mass on Feb. 2 for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in St.... Read more

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Pope Francis’ 2024 Lenten message: ‘Lent is a season of conversion, a time of freedom’ 

Feb 1, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis has centered his Lenten message for 2024 on the Book of Exodus, choosing “Through the Desert God Leads... Read more

A priest administers anointing of the sick.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February

Feb 1, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February is for the terminally ill.  Read more

The Mass of episcopal consecration for Bishop Peter Wu Yishun was celebrated in the Church of Chengguan in the district of Jianyang in the city of Nanping and celebrated by Joseph Li Shan, the archbishop of Beijing, president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), and vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

Holy See appoints third Chinese bishop in less than a week, signaling shift toward Beijing 

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Father Peter Wu Yishun was named the bishop of the Apostolic Prefecture of Shaowu (Minbei) in the third appointment of... Read more

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the presidential office in Taipei on Dec. 27, 2022.

President of Taiwan joins Pope Francis in call for regulating AI

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen sent a letter to Pope Francis on Wednesday joining the pontiff in calling for greater... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a message at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

Pope Francis: Wrath is a vice that is ‘pervasive,’ ‘dark’

Jan 31, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis dedicated his Jan. 31 general audience to the subject of wrath, characterizing it as a vice that is... Read more

Argentine President Javier Milei and Pope Francis.

Argentine President Javier Milei, Pope Francis to meet

Jan 29, 2024

By Julieta Villar

The meeting is scheduled to take place in the context of the canonization of Mama Antula, the first Argentine female... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024.

Pope Francis: Small ideological groups oppose same-sex blessings; Africa a ‘special case’

Jan 29, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

Pope Francis suggested that the opposition to the Vatican’s approval of nonliturgical blessings for same-sex couples mostly comes from “small... Read more

The Vatican announced the erection of the Weifang diocese on Jan. 29, 2024, the day of the consecration of the diocese’s first bishop, Bishop Anthony Sun Venjun.

Pope Francis creates ‘new’ diocese in China, accepting borders drawn by Beijing

Jan 29, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See Press Office said Pope Francis established the diocese on April 20, 2023, “in the desire to promote... Read more

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

Pope Francis: ‘The devil always takes away your freedom’

Jan 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged people to learn how to “say ‘no’ to the temptations of evil before they creep into the... Read more

The scene outside a Catholic church in Istanbul, Turkey, where a reported armed attack took place on Jan. 28, 2024.

One person killed in shooting at Catholic church in Istanbul, manhunt underway

Jan 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Bishop Massimiliano Palinuro, the apostolic vicar of Istanbul, told EWTN News on Jan. 28 that a parishioner was killed “during... Read more

Mary Rose and Ryan Verret.

Pope Francis names U.S. Catholic marriage advocates as advisers to Vatican family dicastery

Jan 26, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Father named Ryan and Mary Rose Verret of the marriage ministry Witness to Love as consultants to the... Read more

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical second vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25, 2024.

Christian unity must be rooted in prayer, pope says at ecumenical vespers

Jan 25, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Marking the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis hosted an ecumenical vespers at Rome’s Basilica... Read more

Canadian sister Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, founder of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.

Canadian religious sister Mother Marie-Léonie Paradis cleared for canonization

Jan 25, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis signed a decree on Jan. 24 allowing for the canonization of Canadian sister Blessed Marie-Léonie Paradis, founder of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Avarice is a ‘sickness of the heart, not of the wallet’

Jan 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the preoccupation with the accumulation of material goods reflects a greater “pathological... Read more

Young people greet Pope Francis as he arrives at the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis recalls ‘the primary reason’ for the new edition of YouCat

Jan 23, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The full text was published yesterday by the Italian newspaper La Stampa and is titled “The Password for Joy.” Read more

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua expels three priests; exiled bishop meets with Pope Francis

Jan 22, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Researcher Martha Patricia Molina reported that the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega expelled from Nicaragua three priests from the same... Read more

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

Cardinal explains how African rejection of Fiducia Supplicans was handled

Jan 22, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo recently recounted how the rejection of the blessing of homosexual couples was handled in Africa and at... Read more

Pope Francis receives an ecumenical delegation from Finland on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, on the second day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Finland: a laboratory of ecumenism and Christian unity 

Jan 22, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Finland is a traditionally Lutheran country, but in many ways it retains unique links with the Catholic tradition that has... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the journalists who cover the Vatican in the Apostolic Palace on Jan. 22, 2024.

Pope Francis thanks Vatican journalists for reporting on scandals in the Church

Jan 22, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Journalists accredited to the Holy See Press Office met the pope in a private audience at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace... Read more