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Pope Francis venerated an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he celebrated Mass Dec. 12 marking her feast day in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
December 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary's closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said.

Like St. Juan Diego, who felt like he was of no importance at being...

December 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Italian and English translations of the "Our Father" can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis said.

The Italian bishops' television channel, TV2000, has been broadcasting a series of...

Pope Francis prayed at a prayer service held in front of a statue of Mary near the Spanish Steps in Rome Dec. 8. The brief prayer service was a celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
December 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, Pope Francis said.

"How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one...

Pope Francis ordained one of 16 new priests at Mass in Suhrawardy Udyan park in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 1.
December 08, 2017

ROME — To foster vocations, the Church must trust young people who, "despite belonging to the 'selfie' generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found," Pope Francis stated.

"This is where we,...

Pope Francis greeted a young Rohingya refugee from Myanmar at a Dec. 1 interreligious and ecumenical meeting for peace in the garden of the archbishop’s residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
December 08, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence, as seen in the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya, Pope Francis said.

"Today, the presence of God is also called 'Rohingya,'" the...

Pope Francis waved during his Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 3. Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of His presence in other people and in the beauty of the world, Pope Francis said.
December 07, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Young people in Myanmar and Bangladesh are a source of hope for a peaceful future in their countries after years of war and suffering, Pope Francis said.

As is customary, at his general audience Dec. 6, the first after his Nov. 27-Dec. 2 trip to...

Pope Francis answered questions from journalists aboard his flight from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Rome Dec. 2
December 04, 2017

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BANGLADESH -- Well aware he was disappointing some people by not using the word "Rohingya" publicly in Myanmar, Pope Francis said his chief concern had been to get a point across, and he did."If I would have used the word, the door would have...

December 01, 2017

VATICAN CITY — A diocesan bishop is the sole judge in the streamlined process for handling marriage annulments, Pope Francis said.

The simplified process "is not an option that the diocesan bishop can choose, but rather an obligation that derives from his...

A Rohingya family sat outside their tent Nov. 20 at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar. Myanmar considers the group undocumented Muslims from Rakhine state and has not granted them standing as a recognized ethnic group in the country.
December 01, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The themes chosen by the local bishops for Pope Francis' visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh -- "Love and peace" and "Harmony and peace" -- sounded naive or just too "nicey-nice" to some people.

But when love, peace and harmony are missing, the...

Pope Francis touched the head of a young woman as he met Rohingya refugees from Myanmar during an interreligious and ecumenical meeting for peace in the garden of the archbishop's residence in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 1.
December 01, 2017

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God, yet so often people desecrate that image with violence, as seen in the treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya minority, Pope Francis said.

"Today, the presence of God is also called '...

Pope Francis gave a reflection at a prayer service for peace in South Sudan and Congo Nov. 23 in St. Peter’s Basilica.
November 30, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Exploiting a fear of migrants and refugees for political gain increases the possibility of violence and discrimination and does nothing to build a culture of peace, Pope Francis stated in his message for World Peace Day 2018.

"Those who, for what...

Pope Francis greeted children as he arrived at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 27. After the welcome at the airport, the pope met with the leaders of the nation's military on what was described as a "courtesy visit." The pope is making a six-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh
November 27, 2017

YANGON, Myanmar -- Greeted by two dozen children wearing traditional attire and by the nation's bishops, Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar Nov. 27 for a four-day visit.

The arrival ceremony at the Yangon airport was brief and led by an envoy of the president,...

Pope Francis led grace before eating lunch with the poor in the Paul VI hall after celebrating Mass marking the first World Day of the Poor Nov. 19 at the Vatican. About 1,500 poor people joined the pope for the meal.
November 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY — People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said.

"What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes," the pope said in the homily Nov. 19...

Pope Francis autographed a Lamborghini presented by representatives of the Italian automaker Nov. 15 at the Vatican. The car, which was also blessed by the pope, will be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity.
November 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said...

A priest took pictures with a tablet as Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in 2013. The pope, at his Nov. 8 general audience, encouraged people to stop taking photos with their phones and tablets and instead encounter the Lord.
November 09, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis described the Mass as a a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, in which congregants need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass.

"When the celebrant...

Pope Francis spoke to astronauts aboard the International Space Station Oct. 26. On the call, Pope Francis asked five questions about how their unique perspective from the frontier of the universe has changed or enriched them and what lessons they could share with people back on Earth. Saying society today is very individualistic, but what is needed is collaboration, the pope asked them how the ISS is an example of that collaboration.
November 02, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.

Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "...

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