Pope Francis

Pope tells new archbishops that their ministry is to serve and pray

Two priests prostrated themselves during their episcopal ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 24. Pope Francis ordained French Bishop Jean-Marie Speich, the new apostolic nuncio to Ghana, and Italian Bishop Giampiero Gloder, president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican school for diplomats.

VATICAN CITY -- Being named a bishop isn't an honor, but a call to special service, Pope Francis said.

Ordaining new bishops for the first time in his pontificate, Pope Francis told them the "responsibility of a bishop is to serve rather than to dominate."

During an evening Mass Oct. 24 in St. Peter's Basilica, the pope laid hands on and ordained Archbishops Jean-Marie Speich, the new nuncio to Ghana, and Giampiero Gloder, the new president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which trains Vatican diplomats.

Vatican's media adviser offers 'Top 10' ways to understand Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY -- No matter how some media may want to spin it, Pope Francis won't fit into the political categories of left or right, and he will challenge everyone with the truth of the Gospel, said the Vatican's media adviser.

"Pope Francis is not a politically correct pope," rather, he is "a loyal son of the Church" who presents the hard truths with a heavy dose of mercy, said Greg Burke, senior communications adviser to the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Mary is model of faith, charity, union with Christ

Pope Francis tried on a zucchetto given by Providence College student Joseph Day at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. The pope tried on the zucchetto, which had a hot pink sticky note stuck inside, then gave it back to Day.

VATICAN CITY -- Seeing Mary as a model of faith teaches Christians that total dedication to Jesus does not take them away from real life because faith is lived through the chores and cares of everyday existence, Pope Francis said.

Mary lived her faith "in the simplicity of the thousand daily tasks and concerns every mother has, like preparing food, clothing, caring for the home," he said Oct. 23 at his weekly general audience.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Church is 'apostolic' when it shares Gospel with the world

Pope Francis made the sign of the cross as he prayed in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 12.

VATICAN CITY -- The Church can describe itself as "apostolic" only if it shares the Gospel with the world, remaining faithful to the teaching of the apostles and living out Gospel values, Pope Francis said.

"A Church closed in on itself and its past, a Church concerned only with its little rules, customs and attitudes is a Church that betrays its identity," the pope told more than 70,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square Oct. 16 for his weekly general audience.

Faith, harmony, universality make Church 'catholic,' pope says

VATICAN CITY -- Professing that the Church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said.

"Let's ask ourselves: Do we live in harmony in our communities? Or do we fight among ourselves?" the pope asked Oct. 9 as he focused his weekly general audience talk on the meaning of the creed's profession that the Church is "catholic."

Holy, holy, holy: Pope talks about his favorite saints

VATICAN CITY -- Who are the holy men and women Pope Francis looks up to? He revealed many of them in two recently published interviews.

Here, in no exact order, are the saints Pope Francis has a particular fondness for or credits with playing an important role in his religious formation. The names are taken from the La Repubblica interview; the Sept. 19 interview with the Jesuit journal, La Civilta Cattolica; and a 2010 book-length compilation of interviews with Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti, titled "Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio."

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