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October 12, 2017

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death...

Pope Francis gestured as he left his general audience Oct. 11 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Continuing his series of audience talks on Christian hope, the pope reflected on a reading from the Gospel of St. Luke, in which the disciples are asked to be like faithful and vigilant servants.
October 12, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is an unstoppable train careening out of control, Pope Francis said.

Throughout history, every day is seen as a gift from God and "every morning is a blank...

Pope Francis gestured as he talked Oct. 1 on a pastoral visit in Cesena, Italy. In his message for World Communications Day in May 2018, the pope will highlight the importance of truth.
October 06, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day.

The message will call for studying the causes and consequences of baseless information...

Pope Francis greeted a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus Oct. 2 at an audience with representatives of the congregation at the Vatican. The congregation ministers to circus and carnival workers and communities of poor people.
October 05, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection, not just with one's words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through "their way of welcoming, smiling and loving"...

Pope Francis greeted immigrants and representatives of Caritas Internationalis at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Sept. 27. Caritas Internationalis was kicking off its “Share the Journey” campaign in support of immigrants.
September 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said.

"Those who come to our land and we who go toward...

Pope Francis kissed a baby at his general audience Sept. 20 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope gave some tips, especially to young people, on how to have hope.
September 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Young people should love, believe and follow their dreams, never despairing because Jesus is always with them, Pope Francis said.

When life hits hard, they should try to get up again, letting others help them, and if they are bored, they should...

September 15, 2017

MEDELLIN, Colombia — In changes to the Code of Canon Law regarding translations of the Mass and other liturgical texts, Pope Francis highlighted respect for the responsibility of national and regional bishops' conferences.

The changes, released by the Vatican Sept...

Pope Francis waved to people Sept. 8 upon entering Catama field in Villavicencio, Colombia. The pope beatified Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Maria Ramirez.
September 15, 2017

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Pope Francis said he had no magic words or special recipes for Colombians seeking peace, but rather he wanted to listen to them, learn from them and travel a bit of the road with them.

He had a small accident on the road Sept. 10 in Cartagena...

Pope Francis touched near his eye as he talked with Father Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household, during his general audience Sept. 13 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s face was bruised from hitting the popemobile when it stopped suddenly during his trip in Colombia.
September 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's long and arduous path toward reconciliation and a lasting peace after nearly half a century of war is a sign of hope for all Christians, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to pilgrims Sept. 13 at his weekly general...

Pope Francis gestured as he listened to a question from a journalist aboard his flight from Cartagena, Colombia, to Rome Sept. 10. In the interview, Pope Francis spoke about President Trump's recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.
September 11, 2017

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA-- Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said.

Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was...

Pope Francis accepted flowers from a girl as he arrives to visit the Shrine of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 10.
September 11, 2017

CARTAGENA, Colombia -- At the Church of St. Peter Claver, a saint venerated throughout the Americas as a champion of human rights, Pope Francis offered special prayers for Venezuela and its people suffering in the midst of a huge political and economic crisis.

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Pope Francis boarded the plane in Italy for his trip to Colombia Sept. 6. Pope Francis arrived Sept. 6 for a five-day pastoral visit focused on reconciliation and peace.
September 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's transition to a just and lasting peace requires a commitment on behalf of all the nation's people to taking the first step toward reconciliation, Pope Francis said in a video message.

"'Let's take the first step' is the motto of this trip...

North Koreans watched a news report of an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on a big screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug. 30.
September 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The day before North Korea detonated what it said was a hydrogen bomb, Pope Francis urged religious leaders from South Korea to dedicate their words and actions to building peace and harmony.

"We are called to be heralds of peace, proclaiming and...

Pope Francis led an audience with members of the Shalom Catholic Community Sept. 4 at the Vatican. Speaking to young people of the community, Pope Francis warned of the sadness caused by narcissism.
September 07, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Today's narcissistic culture leads to sad souls who worry more about keeping up appearances than caring for others, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism,...

Pope Francis gave a blessing at an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 24.
August 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

"After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with...

Pope Francis greeted pilgrims as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, encouraging people to ignore “disappointed and unhappy people … those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life.”
August 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY — God wants people to live with hope and joy — not bitterness — and to dream with Him of a better world, Pope Francis said.

"Please, make sure we do not pay attention to disappointed and unhappy people; let us not listen to those who cynically plead...

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