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# pope francis

29th November 2023
Aide reads speech for unwell Pope Francis
The Pope was due to attend COP24 but cancelled due to his illness.
This week
26th November 2023 - 30th November 2023
Pope Francis cancels trip to Dubai for COP28 climate talks on doctors’ orders after getting flu
Pope Francis was expected to use the platform to castigate countries for a lack of action on climate change.
Pope Francis receiving antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, Vatican says
Francis will scale back his appointments, but does not have pneumonia or fever, officials said.
This month
November 2023
Pope dismisses conservative US bishop who was prominent critic
The Vatican did not explain the move, a rare sacking in the Catholic Church.
Transgender people can be baptised in the Catholic Church, Vatican says
The comments were made in a document responding to questions from a Brazilian bishop and approved by Pope Francis.
Last month
October 2023
‘I don’t give instructions to the Pope’: Higgins on his latest audience with Pope Francis
President Higgins revealed that he and Pope Francis sometimes speak in Spanish during their meetings.
President Higgins: Israel must not fall into same 'category' as Hamas by breaking international law
President Higgins added: ‘If you put yourself into the category of unmediated, unrestrained response, you’re taking great risks I believe yourself.’
President Higgins has private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican
President Higgins is near the conclusion of a five day visit to Rome which included a World Food Forum address and a meeting with the Italian president.
Hope, fear and change: Inside the Vatican's historic Synod as the first phase comes to an end
‘Often people have told me: “This Synod will not change anything.” Some with hope and some with fear.’
‘Medieval misogyny’: Women’s ordination group hopes something ‘tangible’ will come from Synod
Miriam Duignan of Women’s Ordination Worldwide says their mission goes beyond women being called to the priesthood.
Australian Bishop says it’s a ‘good thing’ Pope spoke out in support of same-sex blessings
On the eve of the Synod, Pope Francis signalled an openness to blessing same-sex couples.
President Higgins Rome visit to include Pope Francis meeting and World Food Forum address
Higgins begings a week-long series of events in the Italian capital today.
An historic Synod is taking place in the Vatican, but what is a 'Synod' and why is it important?
It’s been several years in the making, and some within the Catholic Church hope that it will usher in a new and more inclusive way of thinking.
Mary McAleese calls on Catholic Church to 'reform out-dated teachings' and ensure equality
‘We believe that the Catholic Church, which should be and could be an exemplar of equality and respect for human rights, is not,’ said McAleese.
Pope Francis signals openness to blessing same-sex unions in response to conservative cardinals
Five conservative cardinals had challenged Pope Francis to affirm Church teaching on gay people, women’s ordination, the authority of the pope and other issues.
This year
Pope Francis urges governments to do more to help migrants crossing the Mediterranean
The Pope is currently in France where he has met with bishops and young people.
Pope condemns ‘fanaticism of indifference’ facing migrants arriving in Europe
Francis has long lamented that the Mediterranean Sea has become “the world’s biggest cemetery”.
Debunked: Irish users among those fooled by AI image of Pope in front of huge crowds
Headlines were made by a previous fake Francis photo, AI-generated by a man on magic mushrooms who wanted “to see the Pope in a funny jacket”.
Pope Francis names 21 new cardinals, including prelates from Jerusalem and Hong Kong
The pontiff announced his selection during his weekly public appearance in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
Pope to miss Angelus prayers tomorrow while recovering from surgery
All papal audiences have been cancelled until 18 June to give the pontiff time to recover from a three-hour operation.
Pope Francis 'progressively improving and working from an armchair’ after abdominal operation
Francis is expected to remain at Gemelli hospital in Rome for several days.
Pope Francis' operation on hernia completed 'without complications'
His surgeon said Pope Francis is awake and already cracking jokes after the operation.
Pope returns to Vatican after hospital tests following bronchitis bout
The ANSA news agency said the pope went to Rome’s Gemelli hospital this morning for checks.
Women given right to vote at upcoming meeting of Catholic Bishops
For years, women within the Catholic Church have been fighting for the right to vote at the periodic meetings.
Pope Francis urges prayer for 'beloved Ukrainian people' in annual Easter message
The pontiff also called for a “resumption of dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians.
'I'm still alive': Pope Francis leaves hospital following treatment for bronchitis
The 86-year-old pontiff was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday with breathing difficulties.
Pope Francis to leave hospital after eating pizza with staff and responding well to antibiotics
Yesterday US president Joe Biden tweeted that the world “needs” Pope Francis.
Pope Francis had 'good night' in hospital after being admitted for respiratory infection
Francis was taken to hospital for tests yesterday afternoon after experiencing difficulty breathing in recent days.
Pope Francis extends 2019 sex abuse law to cover lay leaders
A letter, directly sent by the pontiff, also said that vulnerable adults could be victims of predator priests
Family pays tribute to Cork native Bishop David O'Connell as funeral takes place in LA
Bishop David O’Connell was fatally shot on 18 February in the bedroom of his Los Angeles home.
Pope Francis urges end to ethnic hatred at open-air mass in South Sudan
It was the pontiff’s first visit to the largely Christian country since it achieved independence from mainly Muslim Sudan in 2011.
Pope Francis slams 'brutal atrocities' of conflict during Congo visit
The pontiff also appealed to those who ‘plunder, scourge and destabilise’ the turbulent region to lay down their weapons.
Pope Francis denounces 'economic colonialism' in Africa on first day of tour
‘Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,’ the pope said.
Pope Francis: Those criminalising homosexuality are 'wrong'
The Pontiff has written a letter clarifying his earlier comments about homosexual acts being a sin.
Pope calls for bishops to welcome LGBTQ people into church
Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalise consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty.
Tens of thousands pay tribute to ex-pope Benedict at Vatican
Today is the first day of three days of lying-in-state at St Peter’s Basilica.
Pope leads New Year's services with homage to 'beloved' Benedict
Delivering his Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, the pope bowed his head in a moment of silence.
Last year
Vatican says health of retired pope Benedict XVI ‘worsening’
95-year-old Benedict became the first pontiff to resign in six centuries when he stepped down in 2013.
Pope Francis calls for an end to 'senseless' war in Ukraine in Christmas message
The pope made the address from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Pope removes entire leadership of Vatican-based Caritas charity
This comes after outside experts highlighted management and procedural “deficiencies”.