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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.
June 23, 2017

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...

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
June 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness...

Homeless Filipinos rested in late April on a street in Manila. The World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.”
June 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY — People shouldn't sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

"God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected...

In his general audience June 14 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on the certainty of hope that comes from feeling loved as children of God.
June 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said.

In world today, people — especially children and youths — often feel that unless "we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will...

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for his general audience June 7 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
June 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The mystery of God's relationship with humankind is revolutionary in that Christians can look to Him without fear as children to a loving father, Pope Francis said.

In teaching the Lord's prayer, Jesus invites all Christians "to have the courage of...

Pope Francis celebrated Mass May 27 on a pastoral visit in Genoa, Italy. The pope visited with workers at a steel mill in the city and ate lunch with 120 refugees, migrants and homeless people.
June 01, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said.

As Christians prepared to celebrate Pentecost June 4, Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power...

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
May 26, 2017

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.

Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an...

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.”
May 26, 2017

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...

Pope Francis greeted a child as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 24.
May 25, 2017

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...

Pope Francis greeted a group of nuns as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 17 at the Vatican.
May 18, 2017

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...

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.
May 11, 2017

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...

May 05, 2017

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...

Nancy Lorence, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City, marched in the People’s Climate March April 29 in Washington.
May 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — Carrying banners and signs with quotes from Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," hundreds of Catholics joined the People's Climate March to call for moral and prayerful action to protect creation.

On a sweltering day that reinforced the message...

Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II attended an ecumenical prayer service at St. Peter’s Church in Cairo April 28. The church was the site of a December 2016 bombing. At a later meeting, the two signed a joint declaration to end a disagreement between the two churches over the sacrament of baptism.
May 04, 2017

AMMAN, Jordan — Pope Francis' historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo has left a profound mark on Egyptians, Catholic leaders said, as they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

"The pope's visit was a big blessing to the Egyptians, both...

Pope Francis, accompanied by Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, and other Orthodox representatives, lit a candle April 28 outside the Church of St. Peter in Cairo. The pope lit the candle in remembrance of victims of a December 2016 bombing inside the church.
May 04, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Just as it had been for centuries, Egypt can be a sign of hope for those who long for peace, Pope Francis said.

In his weekly general audience May 3, the pope reflected on his recent visit to Egypt and said that because of its religious and cultural...

Pope Francis embraces Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo April 28. The pope was making a two-day visit to Egypt.
April 28, 2017

CAIRO — Calling his visit to Egypt a journey of "unity and fraternity," Pope Francis launched a powerful call to the nation's religious leaders to expose violence masquerading as holy and condemn religiously inspired hatred as an idolatrous caricature of God.

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