Pope Francis in Mongolia

Latest news about Pope Francis' trip to Mongolia. During his apostolic journey to Mongolia from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2023, Pope Francis is making history as the first pope to visit the country and its small Catholic community.

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Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023.

What countries did Pope Francis visit in 2023 and what did he say?

Dec 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Despite advanced age and health challenges, the pope visited six countries on three continents in 2023. Read more

Pope Francis spoke about his recent trip to Mongolia during the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis: Don’t overlook goodness because of scandal

Sep 6, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“People, we too like scandal... But you don’t see the forest that is growing every day,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Pope Francis responds to questions from the press aboard the return flight to Rome from Mongolia.

What Pope Francis had to say about the Synod on Synodality in the in-flight press conference

Sep 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“In the synod, there is no place for ideology,” Pope Francis told journalists on the flight from Mongolia to Rome. Read more

Pope Francis gave a special message to Chinese Catholics at the end of his Mass in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis gives a glimpse into Vatican-China deal on appointment of Chinese bishops

Sep 4, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that there is a joint commission between the Chinese government and the Holy See on the appointment... Read more

Missionaries of Charity came to greet Pope Francis during his trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Sept. 1-4.

Pope Francis at Mongolia charity: ‘Only love can overcome selfishness’

Pope Francis blessed a new charity called the “House of Mercy” on his last day in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Read more

Cardinal Giorgio Marengo was one of the first to welcome Pope Francis to Mongolia on Sept. 1, 2023. Marengo is an Italian cardinal who has served as a missionary in Mongolia for nearly 20 years. He is the current apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and the world’s youngest cardinal.

Live Updates: Pope Francis trip to Mongolia 2023

Sep 3, 2023

By CNA Staff

Live updates following Pope Francis’ trip to Mongolia from Aug. 31–Sept. 4. Read more

Catholics hold Chinese flags at Pope Francis' Mass in Mongolia's Steppe Arena in Ulaanbaatar on Sept. 4, 2023.

Catholics from mainland China and across Asia in Mongolia for Mass with Pope Francis

Sep 3, 2023

By Courtney Mares, Rachel Thomas

While papal Masses on the pope’s other trips can draw hundreds of thousands of people, the Mass in Ulaanbaatar only... Read more

Khamba Nomun Khan, the head of the Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, accompanied Pope Francis as he made his entrance at the interreligious dialogue event at the Hun Theater in Mongolia on Sept. 3, 2023.

Pope Francis quotes Buddha at interreligious event in Mongolia

Sep 2, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that interreligious dialogue is “not antithetical to proclamation” but helps religious traditions to understand one another. Read more

Pope Francis meets with local priests and religious of Mongolia, which includes only 25 priests (19 religious and six diocesan), 33 women religious, and one bishop — Cardinal Giorgio Marengo — in Ulaanbaatar’s Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on Sept. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis tells Mongolia’s tiny Catholic community that ‘God loves littleness’

Sep 2, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

“Brothers and sisters, do not be concerned about small numbers, limited success, or apparent irrelevance,” Pope Francis assured missionaries in... Read more

Pope Francis stands beside Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh in Sukhbaatar Square in front of the State Palace in Ulaanbaatar on Sept. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘Mongolia is a symbol of religious freedom’

Sep 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis called Mongolia a “symbol of religious freedom” in his first speech in the Asian country sandwiched between China... Read more

Pope Francis on board the plane that took him from Rome to Mongolia, Aug. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis to publish apostolic letter on St. Thérèse of Lisieux Oct. 15

Sep 1, 2023

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

During a general audience on June 7, Pope Francis announced that he was writing an apostolic letter on the patron... Read more

Schoolchildren eagerly wait for the pope’s arrival outside of the apostolic prefecture on Sept. 1, 2023, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where Pope Francis will be staying for the duration of his four-day visit to the country.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis’ first day in Mongolia

Sep 1, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis received an enthusiastic welcome to Mongolia on Friday morning after a nearly 10-hour flight on the papal plane. Read more

Upon his arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport on Sept. 1, 2023, Pope Francis was welcomed with a bowl of Aaruul, dried curds which are a traditional food of Mongolian nomadic peoples.

Pope Francis becomes first pope in history to set foot in Mongolia

Aug 31, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope told journalists aboard the papal plane that to visit Mongolia is to encounter “a small people, but a... Read more

Pope Francis greets airline workers as he boards the papal plane for his four-day trip to Mongolia on Aug. 31, 2023.

Pope sends telegram to China as plane flies over Chinese airspace

Aug 31, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

Pope Francis will become the first pope in the history of the Catholic Church to visit Mongolia. Read more

Father Andrew Tin Nguyen, parish priest of Mary Help of Christians in Darkhan, Mongolia, with Tsetsegee, who found a statue of the Blessed Mother in a landfill, which will be blessed by Pope Francis during his trip to Mongolia from Aug. 31–Sept. 4, 2023.

How Blessed Mary found her way to Mongolia

Aug 31, 2023

By Alexey Gotovskiy

Upon arriving in Mongolia, Pope Francis will bless the Statue of Our Lady, known as “Heavenly Mother.” Read more

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj walks past Republican Guards as he arrives before his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace on Nov. 19, 2015, in Paris.

Mongolia’s former president lauds country’s promotion of religious freedom

Aug 30, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Mongolia is a nation where religious freedom and respect for human life are “fundamental” values, the country’s former president says. Read more

Pope Francis gives the weekly Angelus address on Aug. 27, 2023.

Pope Francis asks for prayers as he travels to Mongolia, ‘the heart of Asia’

Aug 28, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will travel approximately 5,600 miles to Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. Read more


5 things to know about Mongolia as Pope Francis prepares for his trip

Aug 28, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The pope will travel to Mongolia Aug. 31–Sept. 4 to visit one of the smallest Christian communities in the world. Read more

This picture taken on Jan. 16, 2022, shows a man watching smoke hanging over houses on a polluted day in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

Pope Francis to visit one of the world’s most polluted capitals this week

Aug 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis is likely to make “care for our common home” a key theme of his Mongolian trip this week... Read more

Mongolia is a democratic country sandwiched between the authoritarian powers of Russia and China.

What Pope Francis’ trip to Mongolia could mean for Vatican relations with Russia and China

Aug 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope’s upcoming trip could have geopolitical implications beyond the country’s small population of Catholics. Read more