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May 13, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Vatican and Palestinian representatives have finalized the text of a formal agreement recognizing freedom of religion in the "State of Palestine" and outlining the rights and obligations of the Catholic Church, its agencies and its personnel in the...

May 13, 2015

Who is the most influential person in the world?

Pope Francis, of course.

For the the third year in a row, Pope Francis' @Pontifex is the most influential Twitter account, according to "Twiplomacy" -- the study of...

Members of the Harlem Globetrotters watched as Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience May 6 in St. Peter’s Square. The Globetrotters later presented Pope Francis with a custom jersey with the name “Pope Francis” and the number 90, according to Vatican Radio.
May 06, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- A Christian marriage is more than a big ceremony in a church with nice flowers, everyone wearing fancy clothes and taking lots of pictures.

Marriage is an act of faith between a man and woman who are fragile and limited, but courageous enough to...

An image of Blessed Junipero Serra, right, was located near the altar as Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. It was the first papal visit to the U.S. seminary since 1980. At the end of Mass, Pope Francis called the visit to the seminary “a beautiful and meaningful introduction to my apostolic visit to the United States of America.”
May 06, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel,...

Pope Francis ordained one of 19 priests April 26 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. In his homily, the pope told the new priests to make sure their homilies were not boring.
April 29, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Two millennia after the "Gospel of the family" defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the "radical equality" of spouses in Christian marriage must bear "new fruit" in society, including "the right to equal pay for equal work," said...

People carried a victim after an earthquake hit Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25. More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu.
April 29, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Inclement weather and logistical pressures were delaying aid to hundreds of thousands of Nepalese earthquake victims.

"The logistical problems are enormous and sadly, relief is being delayed," Father Pius Perumana, director of Caritas Nepal,...

April 22, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- God's plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said.

A culture that does not value "the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and...

April 22, 2015

LIMA, Peru -- Berta Caceres remembers the day when she and other Lenca indigenous leaders were allowed to return to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, after a court had banned her from the area because she was leading a protest against a hydroelectric dam.

"We...

April 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- With so many women and men being killed because of their faith in Christ, the church today is a Church of martyrs, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

And, in a message to the head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, he also urged the world's...

Pope Francis greeted a family April 15 before his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
April 15, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Eradicating male and female identities does nothing to solve the problem of unfair or disrespectful treatment based on people's gender, Pope Francis said.

"Getting rid of the difference is the problem, not the solution," he said at his general...

Pope Francis embraced Catholicos Karekin II of Etchmiadzin, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, during an April 12 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
April 13, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized -- not hidden or denied -- for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.

However, Turkey's top government...

Pope Francis raised the Book of the Gospels April 4 at the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
April 08, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Children are never a "mistake" and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience April 8 in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter's Square, the pope continued his...

Pope Francis greeted a child as he arrived for his general audience April 1 in St. Peter’s Square.
April 01, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- For a "good Easter," Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.

At his general...

March 26, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis shows people that only by walking the Way of the Cross can they discover the "Way of the Light" -- the glory of God resurrected and the salvation of mankind, said the Jesuit editor of a new book.

To help people reflect more deeply on...

Rain fell as Pope Francis arrived to lead his general audience March 25 in St. Peter’s Square.
March 25, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- No matter how weary, wounded or sinful a family has become, the Church will help family members heal, convert and reconcile with the Lord, Pope Francis said.

The pope called on everyone to pray each day for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the...

Pope Francis kissed a child as he arrived to lead his general audience March 18 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
March 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Children are a blessing for humanity and for the Church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.

Unfortunately, he said, too often children are society's "great rejected ones, because they aren't even allowed to be...

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