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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...

Pope Francis venerated the altar at Mass with hundreds of priests who are missionaries of mercy April 10 in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope has continued the mandate of the missionaries of mercy.
April 12, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Parents who prefer not to baptize their children in the hopes that they will "understand and ask for baptism" as adults lack faith that the Holy Spirit will act in their child's life, Pope Francis said.

While some believe that there is no need to "...

In 'Gaudete et Exsultate,' Pope Francis wrote that the path to holiness is made up of small steps in prayer, sacrifice and service to others. The document, whose English title is 'Rejoice and Be Glad,' focuses on the call to holiness each of us experiences.
April 09, 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...

Pope Francis gestures during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 4.
April 05, 2018

VATICAN CITY — The final words at Mass — "Go in peace" — are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God's blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Through the Eucharist, Jesus "enters in our...

March 29, 2018

ROME — A new book-length interview with Pope Francis, titled "God is Young," represents a kind of "how-to" guide for creating a "revolution of tenderness" in which young people and the elderly — both "thrown away" by society — band together to help change the world....

Pope Francis blessed the faithful with holy water during Palm Sunday Mass March 25 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following His example of outreach to the poor and suffering.
March 29, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Though they may go to church and say they are people of faith, the corrupt and "mafioso" have absolutely nothing Christian about them, Pope Francis said.

"They call themselves Christian, but they carry death in their souls and bring death to others...

Pope Francis posed for a selfie at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome March 19. The meeting was in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment this October at the Vatican.
March 22, 2018

ROME — The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people to preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told about 300 young adults.

"We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to...

Pope Francis’ zucchetto was blown away by a gust of wind at his general audience March 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Despite the wind, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring, likening spring flowers rooted in the soil to Christians who are rooted in Jesus.
March 22, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

"Does a tree or plant that is diseased bloom well? No!...

Pope Francis spontaneously greeted student musicians from St. Louis University High School at his general audience March 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. From left to right, the SLUH students are: Sam Pottinger, senior; Emmanuel Parker, senior; Bobby Rizzo, freshman; Ezana Ephrem, senior. The pope listened to the band play “Oh Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Some SLUH students were in Rome for spring break a part of the school’s bicentennial celebration.
March 15, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Forgiving another who has caused pain or offense isn't easy, Pope Francis said.

"It is a grace that we have to ask for," because the peace offered by Christ cannot take root in a heart that is incapable of living in fraternity with others and...

March 08, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope just a few days after telling the College of Cardinals that the Catholic Church faced a clear choice between being a Church that "goes out" or a Church focused on its internal affairs.

After the...

Pope Francis blessed a child at an audience with Italian nurses March 3 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
March 08, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Mass isn't a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.

Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who...

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