Pope Francis

Pope announces new cardinals from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos, Salvador

The new cardinals, clockwise from top left: Cardinal-designate Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Cardinal-designate Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain and Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

Pope Francis greeted President Donald Trump at a private audience at the Vatican May 24. According to a statement from the Vatican, the two discussed several things, including “an exchange of views” on international affairs and on “the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities.”

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."

The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis met the first lady, Melania Trump, and asked if she fed her husband "potica," a traditional cake in Slovenia, her homeland. There were smiles all around.

POPE’S MESSAGE | God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood

Pope Francis greeted a child as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 24.

VATICAN CITY — If it seems hard to find God in this world, it's because He chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said.

"God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging His people to victory, debasing them in the blood of His enemies," the pope said May 24 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The audience began just after Pope Francis had met U.S. President Donald Trump.

POPE’S MESSAGE | God dreams big, wants to transform world, defeat evil

Pope Francis greeted a group of nuns as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 17 at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — God is right by the side of each person on earth, seeing each individual's pain and wanting to bring hope and joy, Pope Francis said.

"He calls us by name and tells us, 'Rise up, stop weeping, because I have come to free you,'" the pope said May 17 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The pope continued his series of talks on Christian hope by looking at the Gospel of John's account of St. Mary Magdalene visiting Jesus' tomb.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Mary teaches people to hope in life’s darkest moments

Pope Francis ordained one of 10 new priests for the Diocese of Rome at an ordination Mass May 7 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Mary, like many mothers throughout the world, is an example of strength and courage in accepting new life and in sharing the suffering of their children, Pope Francis said.

Although she had no idea of what awaited her when she accepted to bear God's son, "Mary in that instant appears to us like one of the many mothers in our world, courageous to the extreme," the pope said May 10 at his weekly general audience.

Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The pope will lead a prayer vigil June 3, the eve of Pentecost, at Rome's Circus Maximus, an open field that was the site of an ancient Roman stadium used for chariot races. Participants will join the pope the next morning for Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Syndicate content