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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...

A rescue worker carried an injured girl amid destroyed buildings Feb. 21 in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria.
March 01, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Calling the war in Syria "inhumane," Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid and the evacuation of the injured and infirm.

"My thoughts often turn to that beloved and martyred Syria where the war has...

Pope Francis blessed a man at his general audience Feb. 28 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
March 01, 2018

VATICAN CITY — God asks so little of people and yet, He gives so much in return, Pope Francis said.

"He asks for our goodwill in daily life, He asks us for an open heart, He asks us to be willing to be better," the pope said at his weekly general audience at the...

Blessed Paul VI is pictured in this undated portrait. On Feb. 15, Pope Francis told pastors in Rome that Paul VI would be canonized this year.
February 23, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Paul VI will be canonized this year.

The pope's announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session with the priests Feb. 15; the Vatican released the text of the exchange three...

Pope Francis heard confession at his annual Lenten meeting with the pastors of Rome parishes Feb. 15 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The meeting included prayer, confessions and a question-and-answer session with the pope.
February 23, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly isn't what God wants, Pope Francis said.

"Does my fasting end up helping others? If it doesn't, it's fake, it's contradictory and it leads to the path of a double...

Pope Francis imposed ashes on the head of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, at Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 14 at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome.
February 15, 2018

ROME — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

"Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you;...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd during his general audience Feb. 14 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
February 15, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Everyone who attends Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read and explained with "fervor," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Feb. 14.

The pope continued his...

Pope Francis talked to the congregation with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at a private meeting Feb. 5 at the Vatican. The talk included discussion on the status of Jerusalem and the need to achieve peace in the Middle East through dialogue and respect for human rights.
February 08, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the "good news" of the Gospel can take root in people's hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said.

But the faithful in the pews need to do their part, too, the pope said at his weekly...

February 02, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Catholic university programs in philosophy, theology and canon law — especially those designed for future priests — must be marked by fidelity to Church tradition, academic rigor and an awareness of the challenges to belief in the modern world, Pope...

Pope Francis and Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, released doves at the end of the pope’s meeting with the Ukrainian Catholic community Jan. 28 at the Basilica of Santa Sophia in Rome. The pope offered a reflection on the theme of a multiyear renewal effort in Ukrainian Catholic parishes around the world.
February 01, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Listening to the Scripture readings at Mass is hearing God speak directly to His people, offering spiritual sustenance and needed guidance for life's difficult journey, Pope Francis said.

For that reason, the prescribed texts should never be skipped...

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