Pope Francis

POPE’S MESSAGE | Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 28. The pope has continued his tradition of reducing his schedule in the summer, and isn’t holding general audiences in the month of July.

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — His Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by His message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

Jesus doesn't draw people to Him by conquering them, but by giving Himself, like a sower, spreading "with patience and generosity His word, which isn't a cage or a trap, but a seed that can bear fruit" if people welcome it, the pope said before praying the Angelus July 16.

Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved the fourth pathway to possible sainthood — giving one's life in a heroic act of loving service to others.

In a new apostolic letter, the pope approved new norms allowing for candidates to be considered for sainthood because of the heroic way they freely risked their lives and died prematurely because of "an extreme act of charity."

Economic solutions need broader vision, pope tells G-20 leaders

VATICAN CITY — World leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community and not just their own countries, Pope Francis stated.

While it's reasonable that the G-20 is limited to a "small number of countries that represent 90 percent of the production of wealth and services worldwide," a multilateral approach in solving economic problems must be made "for the benefit of all," the pope wrote.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Hunger caused by ‘indifference of many, selfishness of a few’

Pope Francis used incense at Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 29. At the conclusion of the Mass, new archbishops from around the world received their pallium, a woolen stole, from the pope.

VATICAN CITY — The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis stated.

In a message to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization conference July 3, the pope wrote wars, terrorism and forced displacements aren't "inevitable but rather the consequence of concrete decisions" that have led to the lack of food and adequate nutrition to the helpless.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 at his weekly general audience.

Pope makes major donation to struggling South Sudan

A mother and her children ate a meal at a camp for internally displaced people on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic Cathedral April 24 in Wau, South Sudan. Drought and armed conflict have pushed tens of thousands of Wau-area residents out of their homes, away from their farms and unable to adequately feed themselves.

VATICAN CITY — With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two Church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support.

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