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Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he arrived to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Aug. 27.
August 27, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.

"Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each...

August 21, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their...

Pope Francis, still wearing a yellow pin commemorating the victims of last April’s ferry disaster, walked down the aisle to answer questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18.
August 20, 2014

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM SEOUL, South Korea -- Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes against the militants and said...

Pope Francis posed for a selfie while eating lunch with youth at the major seminary in Daejeon, South Korea, Aug. 15. About 6,000 young people said they felt inspired after Pope Francis said he would stay beyond the allotted time so he could answer young people’s questions. To wild cheers, the pope asked the young people whether they were ready to be God’s witnesses. “Are you ready to say yes? Are you ready?” he asked. The crowd screamed, “Yes!”
August 20, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea -- Pope Francis told Korean Catholics that the reunification of their divided peninsula as well as the harmony of South Korean society depend on the practice of Gospel virtues, especially charity and forgiveness.

God's promise to restore unity...

Pope Francis, still wearing a yellow pin commemorating the victims of last April's ferry disaster, walked down the aisle to answer questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Rome Aug. 18.
August 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis asked people to join him in prayer Aug. 19 after he learned that two of his little great nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina and his nephew was in critical condition.

The dead were identified as the wife and...

Pope Francis used incense as he celebrates the closing Mass of the sixth Asian Youth Day at Haemi Castle in Haemi, South Korea, Aug. 17.
August 17, 2014

SEOSAN, South Korea -- Pope Francis told young Asian Catholic leaders to witness to Christ in everything they do.

During his homily on the muddy grounds of Haemi Fortress, Pope Francis urged more than 40,000 people -- including young Catholic leaders from 22 Asian...

August 16, 2014

DANGJIN, South Korea — About 6,000 young people from 30 Asian countries had Pope Francis all to themselves for several hours Aug. 15.

The youths said they felt inspired after Pope Francis went off script to answer questions from pre-selected participants, watched...

August 16, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance.

The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the...

Pope Francis greeted people as he arrives in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 14. The pope will beatify Korean martyrs and participate in the sixth Asian Youth Day during his five-day visit to South Korea.
August 14, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea -- Starting his first visit to Asia, Pope Francis urged South Korean political and civic leaders to seek peace on their divided peninsula and strengthen their nation's commitment to democracy and social justice.

"Peace is not simply the absence...

August 06, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Aug. 6, the pope said he was so serious about the need for...

Pope Francis waved at a Mass at the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy July 26. He spoke about resisting the mafia's evil ways and protecting the environment.
July 30, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis' secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva" July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing...

Pope Francis waved as he leads his July 13 Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that Pope Francis will travel to Philadelphia in September, 2015 to attend the world meeting of families.
July 25, 2014

Updated 11:38 a.m. with statement from Archdiocese of Philadelphia stating that they have not received official confirmation from the Vatican and that confirmation is not expected until six months before the visit.

FARGO, N.D. -- Philadelphia Archbishop...

Pope Francis waved as he led his July 13 Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope called for an end to the flare-up of hostility between Palestinians and Israelis, urging leaders to listen to the call of the people who want peace.
July 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged a group of economists and financiers to help reverse the current "throwaway" culture and put people at the center -- not the fringes -- of monetary strategies and policies.

Children, the elderly and young adults are all being...

Pope Francis spoke to people during a luncheon at the Caritas soup kitchen in Campobasso, Italy, July 5. The pope was visiting the Italian region of Molis
July 09, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Job creation, respect for the environment and the second chances God grants to every sinner were recurring themes as Pope Francis visited the southern Italian region of Molise July 5.

"We cannot resign ourselves to losing a whole generation of...

July 07, 2014

Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained."

"There is no place in the Church's ministry for those who...

June 27, 2014

Updated 1:21 p.m.

VATICAN CITY -- The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a "widespread cultural, social and...

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