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.

Pope Francis blesses statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Mary promised the French saint Catherine Laboure in November 1830 that everyone who wore one of the miraculous medals "will receive great graces."

Pope Francis, retired Pope Benedict questioned for McCarrick report

In an unusual move, both popes subjected themselves to questioning by Vatican investigators charged with compiling a report on how church decisions were made regarding the career and ultimate expulsion of Theodore McCarrick.

Fighting abuse: What Pope Francis has done during his pontificate

In more than seven years as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has issued numerous new laws and guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up by church officials, as well as abuse of power by those in authority.

Pope Francis names Archbishop Pizzaballa as Latin patriarch of Jerusalem

During a private ceremony Oct. 28, Pope Francis bestowed the pallium on Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who encouraged the faithful not to be discouraged by current challenges.

Main character of film on Pope Francis, director says, is humanity

A new film on the pope shows that through his example even in a divided world, there are good things that bring people together. The pope affirmed in an interview that gay people "are children of God."

Pope Francis names three auxiliary bishops for Chicago Archdiocese

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the U.S., announced the appointments of two archdiocesan priests and a Franciscan friar on Sept. 11.

Pope Francis will sign new encyclical in Assisi Oct. 3

The letter on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God will be signed on the eve of St. Francis' feast day.

Pope Francis to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

When he addresses the U.N. Sept. 15, the pope will call for using the crisis as an way to rethink economic, political and environmental policies for the benefit of humanity and the earth.

Pope Francis approves foundation promoting Pope John Paul I

The John Paul I Vatican Foundation will preserve and promote the writings, thinking, example and study of "the smiling pope," who died after only 33 days as pontiff in 1978.