Pope Francis prayed for Ischia flood victims in Italy at the traditional Angelus on Sunday to the audience at St. Peter’s Square. The torrential rain caused the landslide and killed seven people including an infant and two children. Five people are still missing.
At the conclusion of the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the victims of the Java earthquake which left 271 killed, 40 still missing, and injured nearly 2043 people as of Wednesday.
Pope Francis appointed Dr. Pier Francesco Pinelli as a temporary Administrator to relaunch Caritas Internationalis in a decree issued on Tuesday to revise the current Caritas’ procedures and norms and to prepare for the elections at the next General Assembly.
Pope Francis visited his cousin-sister and relatives at his family’s place of origin in Asti, in the northern part of Italy, on November 19 and had special lunch for his cousin Carla Rebezzana's 90th birthday.
Pope Francis appointed the first lay secretary, Gleison De Paula Souza, for the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life on November 17. 38-year-old Souza is a high school teacher of religion and a father of two daughters.
In a Telegram message on Tuesday, Pope Francis "sends condolences to the families and friends of those who have died, assuring the injured and those who mourn their loved ones of his spiritual closeness."
Pope Francis reiterated his concern over the war in Ukraine three times during the weekly General Audience, calling for disarmament and appealing for dialogue. He also highlighted the many forgotten wars wreaking death and destruction across the globe.
At the meeting with the young people at Sacred Heart School in Awali, Bahrain, on Saturday, the Pope encouraged them to never lose the courage to dream big, and to live life to the full! Adopt the culture of care and spread it. Become champions of fraternity. Face life’s challenges by letting yourselves be guided by God’s faithful creativity and by good counselors.
As Pope Francis prepares to visit Bahrain on 3-6 November, Bishop Paul Hinder stated that the visit serves to maintain and deepen the interfaith dialogue with Muslims and give encouragement to Catholics who live in this special situation.
Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for November, inviting everyone to pray for the millions of children who are suffering around the world, especially for those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war.
Pope Francis expresses his sorrow for the over 150 people killed at a Halloween street party in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, as the country’s Catholic Bishops call for a thorough investigation into the causes.
As Pope Francis prepares to depart for Bahrain on 3-6 November, the Director of the Holy See Press Office offers an overview of the Pope’s 39th Apostolic Journey abroad, which aims to strengthen interreligious dialogue and encourage local Catholics.
In the wake of an attack on a Catholic mission hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which civilians and a nun were killed, Pope Francis condemns a surge in violence and prays for all those affected.
As war plagues the world, Pope Francis and religious leaders make an adamant appeal for a universal ceasefire, as part of the Community of Sant’Egidio's prayer for peace to mark the closing of its 36th 'Spirit of Assisi' event at Rome's Colosseum.
Addressing the Pontifical Theological Institute “John Paul II” for Marriage and the Family Sciences, Pope Francis highlights the need for the Church as well as the State “to listen and support families” in these turbulent times, reminding that the family is the very fabric of society, while warning against ideological approaches.