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Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021.

Pope Francis warns priests and seminarians against worldly temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021.

At Angelus, Pope Francis prays for Indonesian Catholics injured in Palm Sunday bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ 2021 Palm Sunday homily

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily, delivered March 28 at St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Lift your eyes to the cross in Holy Week

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday. Read more

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

Book marks 1st anniversary of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing as pandemic swept world

The Vatican Dicastery for Communication has released a book marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ extraordinary “Urbi et Orbi”... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Tribunal of Vatican City State in the Apostolic Palace’s Hall of Blessings March 27, 2021

Pope Francis to Vatican tribunal: be guided by ‘founding principles of ecclesial life’

Pope Francis has said that the Vatican’s quest for transparency should be inspired by “the founding principles of ecclesial life”... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 17, 2021

Yes, Pope Francis was involved in the CDF’s document on same-sex blessings

Following a Vatican clarification that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions, some media outlets have speculated about Pope Francis’ involvement... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week 2021 at the Vatican unveiled

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year. Read more

Dante portrait by Domenico di Michelino.

Pope Francis: The Incarnation is the ‘heart and inspiration’ of Dante’s Divine Comedy

In a letter marking the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, Pope Francis has said that the mystery of Christ’s Incarnation... Read more

Juan Carlos Cruz attends the red carpet of the movie Francesco during the 15th Rome Film Festival on October 21, 2020 in Rome, Italy.

Pope Francis appoints Juan Carlos Cruz to pontifical commission for protecting minors

Pope Francis has appointed Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse, to the Pontifical Commission for the... Read more

Cardinals gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for a consistory, Nov. 4, 2012.

Pope Francis trims cardinals’ salaries by 10% to save money

Pope Francis has issued a letter cutting the salaries of some Vatican employees as a way to contain costs after... Read more

The flag of Bangladesh. Credit: Royal Graphics/Shutterstock.

Pope Francis sends message to Bangladesh for 50th anniversary of independence

Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Bangladesh as they mark the 50th anniversary of the... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Jesus entrusted Mary to us as a Mother, ‘not as co-redeemer’

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis said that Jesus entrusted the Virgin Mary to us as a Mother, “not... Read more

A detail from a stained-glass window depicting St. Alphonsus Liguori in Carlow Cathedral, Ireland.

Pope Francis: Doctor of the Church St. Alphonsus Liguori is ‘model of missionary outreach’

Pope Francis has marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Alphonsus Liguori as a Doctor of the Church... Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of Rome's Pontifical Filipino College March 22, 2021.

Pope Francis to Pontifical Filipino College students: welcome God’s opportunities

Pope Francis has encouraged students at Rome’s Pontifical Filipino College to welcome “the opportunities that the Lord gives you to... Read more

The Knock Shrine. Public domain.

Pope Francis: Our Lady of Knock brings a message of hope

Pope Francis said that Our Lady of Knock exemplifies the importance of prayer and hope as he officially designated Knock... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/

Amoris laetitia year: Pope Francis says Church must defend the family

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in... Read more

Pope Francis prays St. Joseph will help young adults find their vocations

Pope Francis has said that St. Joseph is a model for all vocations and he prays the saint will help... Read more

A lifesize statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis created by Matteo and Daniela Perathoner

Pope Francis blesses Carlo Acutis statue for orphanage in Egypt

Pope Francis has blessed a statue of Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified, which will be sent to... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Belgian Pontifical College in Rome March 18, 2021

Pope Francis invites priests to learn from St. Joseph’s fatherhood

Pope Francis has invited Catholic priests to rediscover St. Joseph and learn from his fatherhood during the year dedicated to... Read more