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Pope Francis embraced a woman as he met with disabled people during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 13.
June 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The worst enemies in a young person's life aren't the problems they may face, Pope Francis said.

The biggest dangers are being unwilling to adapt, mediocrity by settling for the status quo, and fear, he said at his general audience in St. Peter's...

Pope Francis talked with children who rode in the popemobile during his general audience June 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
June 07, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

People who receive and give the sign of peace "should be men and women of peace" and not ruin "the peace made by the Holy Spirit with...

A Taekwondo athlete from Korea released a dove after performing for Pope Francis during his general audience May 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
May 31, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis asked Catholics to recognize and be thankful for the undeserved gift of the Holy Spirit they received with the sacrament of confirmation.

"It is a gift to be cherished with care" and to follow with docility, "letting oneself be molded...

May 24, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others.

Announcing his choices...

Pope Francis administered the sacrament of confirmation to Paola Desideri while celebrating Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Rome May 6. The pope began a series of talks on the sacrament of confirmation at his general audience May 23.
May 24, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Everyone who has received the sacrament of confirmation has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, who guides them and gives them the strength to follow God's will, Pope Francis said.

"Every one of us has the Spirit within us. The Spirit is in our...

May 17, 2018

NEW YORK — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets...

Pope Francis baptized an infant Jan. 7 in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. At his general audience May 21, the pope said that all parents and godparents must teach the faith to children and “feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith.”
May 17, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

Parents and godparents must make sure they "feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith," the pope said May 16 at his...

'The Incarnation'
May 17, 2018

Christ's incarnation troubles some Christians. It almost always did.

Today, as in past centuries, some find it difficult to accept the Incarnation fully. They doubt, perhaps, that God really could or would become man.

Perhaps, too, they wonder why on earth...

Pope Francis blessed the faithful as he celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican May 8. In the homily, the pope cautioned people to stay away from the devil, likening him to an angry, rabid dog that is chained up.
May 10, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

"Just as our parents generated us to earthly life, the Church has regenerated us to eternal life through...

Pope Francis blessed a woman’s rosary as he arrived to pray the Rosary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome May 1.
May 04, 2018

ROME — Pope Francis visited Rome's popular Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love to pray the Rosary for peace, especially in Syria.

The pope invited pilgrims in St. Peter's Square April 29 to join his prayers May 1 at the shrine and "to prolong for the whole month of...

Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience May 2 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Continuing a series of talks on baptism, the pope said, “Rejecting sin, the temptations of evil, Satan — the source and cause of every sin — and faith in what the Church believes” are not temporary or provisional commitments asked only at baptism.
May 03, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

Only by saying "no" to the devil, his works and empty promises "am I able to say 'yes' to God, who calls me to conform myself to Him in thoughts and deeds,"...

Visitors look at the digital media offerings at the booth of technology giant Google at the Republica 17 digital conference May 8, 2017, in Berlin. In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said
May 01, 2018

VATICAN CITY -- In an age when technology is ever-evolving, Catholic news organizations must be willing to adapt to effectively proclaim the Gospel to all, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to directors and employees of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian...

Pope Francis greeted altar servers at his general audience April 25 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his talk, the pope said, “Baptism is not a magic spell but a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows those who receive it to fight against the spirit of evil.”
April 26, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The sacrament of baptism isn't a good luck charm but a gift from God that enables Christians to overcome evil, Pope Francis said.

Those who receive the sacrament are given the strength to overcome "the temptation to separate from God, from His will...

Pope Francis embraced Emanuele, a boy whose father died, as he visited St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Rome April 15. Emanuele hesitated to ask his question, but the pope encouraged him to speak privately to the pope, who then shared his question.
April 19, 2018

ROME — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children.

Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis' parish visits....

Pope Francis smiled as a papal security guard held up a baby during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 18. In his talk, the pope said that the name given at baptism takes the child out of anonymity and is the first step in the journey as a Christian.
April 19, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

"Without a name, we remain unknown, without rights and duties. God calls each one of us by...

Pope Francis greeted youths as he left an audience with young people from the northern Italian Diocese of Brescia in Paul VI hall at the Vatican April 7.
April 12, 2018

VATICAN CITY — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of...

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