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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Czech Cardinal Dominik Duka speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 10, 2021.

Vatican responds to Cardinal Duka’s dubia on divorced and remarried Catholics

Oct 2, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Originally submitted by the archbishop emeritus of Prague on July 13, the DDF’s response had been issued to the Czech... Read more

The Christian community in Qaraqosh, in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was devastated last week after a fire broke out at a Syriac Catholic wedding celebration.

Pope Francis sends telegram to Iraqi Christian community after tragic wedding fire

Oct 2, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

An Iraqi Christian community in Qaraqosh, northern Iraq, was devastated by a massive fire at a crowded wedding reception that... Read more

Left to right: German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, Mexican Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, American Cardinal Raymond Burke, and Chinese Cardinal Zen Ze-Kiun.

The 5 cardinals behind the latest dubia issued to Pope Francis

Oct 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The prelates, who also issued a “Notification to Christ’s Faithful,” hail from the diverse ecclesiastical landscapes of Europe, Asia, Africa,... Read more

Cardinal-elect Víctor Manuel Fernández was appointed by Pope Francis on July 1, 2023, to become the next prefect for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Vatican releases Pope Francis’ responses to pre-synod dubia, criticizes cardinals

Oct 2, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The pope’s responses, originally issued July 11, responded to requests for doctrinal clarification on the development of doctrine, same-sex unions,... Read more

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Read Pope Francis’ response to the dubia presented to him by 5 cardinals

Oct 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Five cardinals have sent a set of questions known as “dubia” to Pope Francis to express their concerns and seek... Read more

Five children representing five continents speak with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Oct. 1, 2023. The pope will hold a meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis to hold meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6

Oct 1, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.”  Read more

The Sept. 30, 2023, prayer service, called “Together,” which was organized by the ecumenical community Taizé, included eight minutes of silence for personal prayer.

Pope Francis calls silence ‘essential’ at prayer vigil for Synod on Synodality

Sep 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Before thousands of young people and Christian leaders from around the world, Francis emphasized the importance of silent prayer. Read more

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals for the Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023. The men, whose ages range from 49 to 96, come from 15 different countries and five continents.

We asked the new cardinals: How should the Church evangelize the world today?

Sep 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

From digital communication to hope to listening to the Gospel, here is what 12 of the cardinals told CNA they... Read more

Pope Francis created 21 new cardinals from across the world at a Saturday morning consistory in St. Peter’s Square, Sept. 30, 2023.

Pope Francis creates 21 new cardinals, expanding body’s geographic diversity

Sep 30, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The pope shared a guiding image for the College of Cardinals: that of “a symphony orchestra, representing the harmony and... Read more

The extraordinary consistory of cardinals meets at the Vatican's Synod Hall, Aug. 29, 2022.

What is a consistory? Your questions answered

Sep 29, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s consistory. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille, France, to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops.

Pope Francis denounces ‘body-shaming,’ admits to bullying overweight friend as a child

Sep 29, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Pope Francis said his father made him go to the bullied child’s home to apologize. Read more

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Pope calls for an end to global food waste

Sep 29, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Food waste, the pope said, “shows an arrogant disregard for everything that, in social and human terms, lies behind food... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, Ohio gives the homily during Mass with members of the USCCB Region VI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Dec. 10, 2019, during their ad Limina Apostolorum visit.

Pope Francis names Steubenville bishop as auxiliary bishop of Detroit

Sep 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, 60, is originally from Detroit and will assist 74-year-old Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in the administration of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens on May 31, 2021, against the backdrop of an image of Our Lady, Undoer (or Untier) of Knots.

How Pope Francis spread devotion to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Sep 28, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

This popular devotion traces its origins to Germany, in 1612, when a priest ministered to a couple in a difficult... Read more

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023.

Europe needs hope, Pope Francis says

Sep 27, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“How can we welcome others if we ourselves do not first have a horizon open to the future?” the pope... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Latin American university rectors on Sept. 21, 2023, at the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ next environmental document to be called ‘Laudate Deum’

Sep 26, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis’ new document on the environment will be, he said, “a look at what has happened and say what... Read more

The Church of St. Mary of the Isle, located in Douglas on the Isle of Man in the British Isles.

Pope makes church first co-cathedral in history of British Isles

Sep 26, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

St. Mary of the Isle on the Isle of Man has become the first co-cathedral in the British Isles to... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Angelus address on Sept. 24, 2023.

Pope Francis: It’s never ‘too late’ to receive God’s love

Sep 24, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke one day after he gave a strong condemnation of euthanasia on his return flight from Marseille, France. Read more

Pope Francis speaks during a press conference aboard the papal plane from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23, 2023, at the conclusion of a two-day visit to the southern French port city to take part in the Mediterranean Encounter, a meeting of young people and bishops.

‘You don’t play with life’: Pope Francis condemns euthanasia, abortion on papal plane

Sep 23, 2023

By CNA Staff

“Neither at the beginning nor at the end. It is not played with!” Pope Francis said on a flight from... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the closing session of the Mediterranean Encounter in Marseille, France, on Sept. 23, 2023.

Pope Francis: Migrant crisis requires wisdom, not ‘alarmist propaganda’

Sep 23, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

“Those who risk their lives at sea do not invade, they look for welcome,” the Holy Father insisted. Read more