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Inside the VaticanMay 02, 2024
Pope Francis gives his blessing to a female detainee inside the courtyard of the Giudecca women's prison in Venice April 28, 2024. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)


Pope Francis made history by becoming the first pope to attend the iconic Venice Biennale cultural festival in its 128-year history. After a Vatican-sponsored exhibition at a women’s prison, he met with inmates and staff before presiding at Mass in St. Mark’s Square.

Looking ahead, host Colleen Dulle and veteran Vatican reporter Gerard O’Connell preview the pope’s forthcoming visits to Italian cities, including his expected appearance at the G7 summit in Puglia next month. Pope Francis will become the first pope to address the G7, sharing his concerns about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence and its profound ethical implications.

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