‘Profound evil’ of abuse must be eradicated, Pope Francis tells symposium

The pope opened a three-day international meeting online with religious leaders, scholars, experts and survivors to prevent and heal from child sexual abuse.

Retired pope talks about his resignation, Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq

The frail, 93-year-old retired Pope Benedict XVI, in an interview with an Italian newspaper put to rest conspiracy theories about his 2013 resignation, saying "my conscience is clear."

Pope Francis says he will remain in Rome until death

In a candid interview about his health, the Pope said he believes he will die in Rome, either in office or retired, and will not be buried in his native Argentina.

Pope Francis’ Lenten message: A time to renew faith, hope, love

"Every moment of our lives is a time for believing, hoping and loving," the pope writes. "The call to experience Lent as a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods, helps us to revive the faith that comes from the living Christ."

Celebrating 100th anniversary with Pope Francis

Reflecting with the pope on the mission of Catholic News Service to serve the church was a rare and privileged opportunity, writes Greg Erlandson, who pledges to continue honoring the trust of readers.

Naming posts for synod, Pope Francis gives a woman a vote

Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart will not be the first woman undersecretary of a major Vatican office, but she will be the first woman with a right to vote at a meeting of the Synod of Bishops, the pope announced Feb. 6.

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq still on; Vatican releases schedule

Pope Francis said his upcoming trip to Iraq, March 5-8, would be an important sign of his concern for the region's Christians and an important opportunity to build fraternity through interreligious dialogue.

In new year, share the blessing of your time, Pope Francis writes

Despite suffering from a bout of sciatica that left him unable to preside over Mass Jan. 1, the pope sent a homily consecrating the new year to Mary. He prayed that she would "teach us to find time for God and for others."

Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq in March

Barring any obstacles caused by the global pandemic, the pope is set to begin international travel again in 2021 for the first time since November 2019. He would be the first pope to visit Iraq and its 400,000 remaining Christians.

Pope Francis congratulates Biden on winning presidential election

The pope called President-elect Joe Biden early Nov. 12 in Wilmington, where he is working with the presidential transition team. Biden will be the nation's second Catholic president.