Latest Pope Francis News

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders denounce anti-gay laws

Feb. 06, 2023 05:21 AM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis was backed by the ceremonial head of the Anglican Communion and top Presbyterian minister in calling for gays to be welcomed by their churches as he again decried laws that criminalize homosexuality as unjust. The three Christian leaders...

Pope makes final bid for peace, forgiveness in South Sudan

Feb. 06, 2023 02:46 AM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis made a final appeal for peace in South Sudan on Sunday as he celebrated Mass before tens of thousands of people to close out an unusual mission by Christian religious leaders to nudge forward the country’s recovery from civil war. On the last...

Pope accuses critics of exploiting Pope Benedict XVI's death

Feb. 05, 2023 14:18 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis accused some of his critics Sunday of taking advantage of retired Pope Benedict XVI’s death to score ideological points in the latest salvo in the partisan divide of the Catholic Church. During an airborne news conference returning from...

Pope planning India, Mongolia trips after Lisbon, Marseille

Feb. 05, 2023 12:09 PM EST

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday he is planning to visit India next year and is studying a possible trip to Mongolia later in 2023 in what would be a first for a pope. Francis outlined his upcoming travel schedule during his flight back to Rome from South...

Pope says South Sudan's future depends on treatment of women

Feb. 04, 2023 12:38 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that South Sudan’s future depends on how it treats its women, as he highlighted their horrific plight in a country where sexual violence is rampant, child brides are common and the maternal mortality rate is the highest in the world. ...

Pope in South Sudan warns leaders as peace process stalls

Feb. 03, 2023 13:52 PM EST

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis, on a novel ecumenical peace mission to the world’s youngest country, warned South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday that history will judge them harshly if they continue to drag their feet implementing a 2018 peace accord. Accompanying...

Pope Francis has landed in South Sudan, opening the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage

Feb. 03, 2023 08:26 AM EST
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis has landed in South Sudan, opening the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage.

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

Feb. 02, 2023 12:02 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis led Congo’s young people in a rousing denunciation of political corruption on Thursday, turning an otherwise scripted meeting with church catechists into a rally that shook the capital’s sports stadium. Francis was repeatedly interrupted as...

Mourners call Australian Cardinal Pell victim of injustice

Feb. 02, 2023 06:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Mourners at the Sydney funeral for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse, remembered him Thursday as a victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt. Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters yelled...

Pope consoles Congolese victims: 'Your pain is my pain'

Feb. 01, 2023 21:01 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Congo’s people to forgive those who committed “inhuman violence” against them, celebrating a Mass for 1 million people and then hearing firsthand of the atrocities some of them have endured: a teenage girl “raped like an animal” for...