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

U.S. bishops ask for prayer for pope’s quick recovery

Mar 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Following news of Pope Francis’ hospitalization on Wednesday, U.S. bishops asked for prayer for the pontiff’s quick recovery. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on March 8, 2023.

Update: Pope Francis rested well, continuing treatment in hospital, Vatican says

Mar 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Pope Francis rested well overnight. The clinical picture is progressively improving and he is continuing his planned treatment,” Matteo Bruni... Read more

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 greets pilgrims before his general audience Feb. 26, 2020.

Vatican: Pope Francis has ‘strong cold’

Feb 23, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The message said that due to a “strong cold,” the pope did not read his speeches aloud at two morning... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the media on Feb. 5, 2023, during his return flight to Rome from his visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference: God accompanies people with same-sex attraction

Feb 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope also answered questions about tensions within the Church and spoke about his desire to go to India next... Read more

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

Pope Francis says intestinal problems have ‘returned’ but insists, ‘I’m in good health’

Jan 25, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

The 86-year-old pontiff discussed his health and possible retirement in a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press published Jan. 25. Read more

Pope Francis on Nov. 30, 2022, during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in The Vatican.

Pope Francis: Resignation already signed ‘in case of medical impediment’

Dec 17, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

In a recent interview, Pope Francis said he has signed his resignation in case his health prevents him from continuing... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 28, 2022

Head doctor for Madrid soccer team calls Pope Francis a ‘very stubborn patient’

Nov 23, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has recruited the head doctor of a Madrid soccer team among a team of specialists to help treat... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowd in a wheelchair at his general audience, Aug. 3, 2022.

Pope Francis appoints nurse as his ‘personal health care assistant’

Aug 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis has appointed a “personal health care assistant.” Read more

Pope Francis on July 12, 2022, said the knee pain he experienced for several months “scared me, in the sense of ‘think a little about what your future is going to be like now.’”

Pope Francis rules out living in the Vatican or Argentina if he resigns

Jul 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

In an interview with Univisión and Televisa broadcast July 12, the pope said that “for the moment,” he hasn’t considered... Read more

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'For the moment, no. Really!' – Pope Francis dismisses resignation rumors, says health is improving

Jul 4, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said he has no plans to resign soon and that his knee injury is healing. Read more

Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pope Francis ‘greatly disappointed’ over missing trip to Africa this week

Jul 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope... Read more

A photograph taken on June 28, 2022 shows charred goods in a grocery store of the destroyed Amstor mall in Kremenchuk, one day after it was hit by a Russian missile strike according to Ukrainian authorities.

Pope Francis condemns ‘barbaric attack’ on Ukraine mall

Jun 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Russian missile hit a shopping mall June 27, killing at least 18, Ukrainian authorities said. Read more

Pope Francis walks with a cane at the beginning of a meeting with Brazilian bishops on June 27, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘I have been able to walk for three days’

Jun 28, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The 85-year-old pope has used a wheelchair for many of his public audiences for nearly two months. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, June 15, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘When you are old, you are no longer in control of your body’

Jun 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope noted that he needed to walk with a cane. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of Corpus Christi in Ostia June 3, 2018.

Pope Francis won’t preside at Corpus Christi Mass and procession due to knee pain

Jun 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The 85-year-old pope has made public appearances in a wheelchair since May 5. Read more

The logo for Pope Francis’ July 2-5 visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Expressing 'great sorrow,' Pope Francis apologizes for postponed Africa trip

Jun 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope apologized Sunday for having to call off his July visit to Congo and South Sudan due to his... Read more

Pope Francis is pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Pope Francis’ July trip to Africa postponed for health reasons

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was due to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis sat at the front of the congregation in St. Peter's Basilica on the Solemnity of Pentecost on June 5, 2022.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis explained how to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice

Jun 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica. Read more