Pope Francis on Wednesday morning made a surprise phone call to the Bishop of Pemba, in Mozambique.
After Pope Francis backed a push to “free” the figure of the Virgin Mary from mob devotion, a Vatican official has denounced the mafia manipulation of religion to enslave people.
In the latest battle in his war against the mafia, Pope Francis is cracking down on dons’ devotion to Mary.
The Pope continues to make his heartfelt appeal for generosity and solidarity for communities and countries hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic by personally leading the way through concrete acts of closeness and affection.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has conveyed Pope Francis’ warmest greetings to Bishop Francesco Lambasi of Rimini, Italy, on the occasion of the opening of the Meeting for Friendship between Peoples.
Mónica Astorga Cremona, the superior of the convent of the Discalced Carmelites of Neuquén, in Argentina, revealed that Pope Francis responded to an email of hers in which she told him about the recent inauguration of the housing complex for trans women.
Pope Francis did not remain silent or unseen while the world was overtaken by a silent and unseen virus. He immediately made his voice heard through various ways and allowed the entire world to see their shepherd at prayer.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has conveyed Pope Francis’ “warm greetings” to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus on the occasion of the Knights’ 138th Supreme Convention which took place last week.
Prayers and little gestures silently sow the seed of God’s love in the field of the world, making all things new, Pope Francis said.
In a gesture of solidarity with the people of Lebanon, Pope Francis has donated 250,000 euros as an initial help to assist the Church there in these moments of difficulty and suffering.
Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Japan on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima which took place during the Second World War.
Pope Francis has expressed his condolences at the death of John Hume, a leading Northern Ireland politician regarded as one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process.
The Pope Video for August was just made public, revealing the prayer intention that the Holy Father is entrusting to the entire Catholic Church through the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (which includes the Eucharistic Youth Movement- EYM).
Pope Francis has encouraged participants in an annual youth festival at Medjugorje to discover the true adventure of life in the encounter with Jesus.
July’s The Pope Video has just been released, sharing the prayer intention that the Holy Father entrusts to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (includes the Eucharistic Youth Movement – EYM) every month.
In a message June 30 to the US 2020 Catholic Media Conference, Pope Francis urged Church communicators to help people understand “the importance of working for justice, social concord and respect for our common home”.
In a video message sent Wednesday to the Apostleship of the Sea, Pope Francis recognised the difficulties facing seafarers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Time devoted to prayer can never become an alibi for neglecting our neighbour in need”, Pope Francis has clamoured in his message, presented today, for the Fourth World Day of the Poor November 15.
2020 marks the eighth centenary of the death of the Franciscan Protomartyrs and the entry into the Friars Minor of the Augustinian Canon Fernando of Lisbon, taking the name of Antonio.
While the pandemic continues to be present in many parts of the world, the Pope hasn’t forgotten about those who are passing through all kinds of difficulties, as he shows in the new The Pope Video for June.
In a message for World Mission Day – to be celebrated on October 18 – Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to be “ever more open to the need of our brothers and sisters for dignity and freedom, as well as our responsibility to care for all creation” particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Pope Francis has rallied the Church to “active, supportive, patient and courageous resistance” to post-coronavirus “skepticism and fatalism”.
On the 25th anniversary today of Ut Unim Sint (“That they may be one”), Pope John Paul II’s watershed document on ecumenism, Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s “irrevocable” commitment to the cause of Christian unity in a letter to the Vatican pointman on relations with other Christian communities, Cardinal Kurt Koch.
Five years on from its publication, Pope Francis has ‘updated’ his encyclical Laudato si’ on care for our Common Home, issuing a series of tweets this week to explain the heart of the Church’s vision of integral ecology.
The Pope has invited the world “to open eyes, ears and hands ever wider to those who suffer from hunger, injustice and violence”, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pope Francis granted his first audience in months Wednesday to a small group of young athletes who would have participated Thursday in an international meeting called “We Run Together – Simul Currebant”.
“Self-absorption”, “control anxiety”, “elitism”, “isolation from the people”, “abstraction”, “functionalism”… Like Jesus with the money changers in the Temple, Pope Francis has taken a whip to these and other “pathologies” in the Church.
In a message today for International Nurses Day, Pope Francis has told governments to invest more in universal health care to right “deficiencies” in provision exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pope Francis on Sunday, during the Regina Caeli, highlighted that this May 3 marks the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Pope Francis has deplored the “unacceptable conditions of exploitation” in which immigrant farm workers are forced to survive, and has pushed at the same time for their legal regularisation.