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Pope Francis embraced a girl as he arrived to lead his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 4.
June 04, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Being pious is not squeezing one's eyes shut to the world and putting on a sweet little angel face, Pope Francis said.

Piety is opening up one's heart to God and one's arms to embrace everyone as brothers and sisters, he said June 4 at his weekly...

May 28, 2014

The recent film "Jerusalem" that played at the St. Louis Science Center eloquently made the point that the city was a sacred place long before it had synagogues, churches and mosques.

The film followed three teenage girls, each a member of the three major world...

Pope Francis walked with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher May 25, the 50th anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.
May 28, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called on the world's Christians to pray with him for peace in the Middle East, help convince governments to come to the aid of refugees and pray for Christian unity.

While peace is a gift from God, it also is built out of the day-to-...

May 28, 2014



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are living in a world which is growing ever "smaller" and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be...

May 27, 2014

JERUSALEM -- Pope Francis dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side.

"He never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage...

May 27, 2014

BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray together at the Vatican for peace between their nations.

The pope made the announcement May 25, after praying the "Regina Coeli" at the end...

Pope Francis stopped in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25
May 27, 2014

BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Pope Francis told young Palestinian refugees to look to the future and to always work and strive for the things they wanted.

"Remember that violence cannot be defeated by violence; violence can only be defeated with peace -- with peace,...

Pope Francis prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26. The pope stood for more than a minute and a half with his right hand against the wall, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a written message inside a crack between two blocks.
May 27, 2014

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM TEL AVIV -- Pope Francis will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June, he told reporters May 26.

During a wide-ranging inflight news conference on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, the pope also confirmed...

A young man touched Popoe Francis during the pontiff's weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 14
May 21, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Polluting or destroying the environment is like telling God one does not like what He created and proclaimed to be good, Pope Francis said.

The Bible says that after every stage of creation, God was pleased with what He had made, the pope said May...

Pope Francis laid his hands on a newly ordained priest during Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican May 11. The pope ordained 13 men to the priesthood during the Mass.
May 14, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- God is always by our side, never giving us more than we can handle, Pope Francis said.

The countless women and men who stand tall through enormous difficulties, pain and especially persecution, are armed with the divine gift of fortitude that gives...

May 14, 2014

BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, Jordan -- When Pope Francis visits the site on the Jordan River where St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus, he will meet with people suffering, spiritually as well as physically.

"It will be a humanitarian meeting," said Father Rifat...

Pope Francis greeted people outside after Mass for the Polish community at Stanislaus Parish in Rome May 4.
May 08, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Never forget to pray, even while commuting, taking a walk or when waiting in line, Pope Francis said.

And don't just stick to prayers memorized from childhood, but include heartfelt requests and pleas for help, advice and guidance, he said.


Joseph Kenny
May 07, 2014

Pope Francis' message of love and respect for others has been welcomed throughout the world.

Now he is giving us a practical application -- in the sports world.

An avid soccer fan, Pope Francis had an audience May 2 with the top two Italian major league...

May 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he cried when he recently saw images of Christians allegedly killed by crucifixion.

"Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God," he said May 2 during the homily at the early morning Mass in the chapel...

Pope Francis drove through St. Peter’s Square after celebrating Mass, during which he proclaimed two new saints for the Church. Pilgrims from St. Louis were present for the historic Mass of canonization for two popes, St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII on April 27.
April 30, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Human smarts aren't enough to truly understand God's word and how He is working in people's lives, Pope Francis said.

Christians need the help of the Holy Spirit to "go beneath the surface of reality and peer into the depths of God's thinking and...

April 25, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran walked onto the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, telling the crowds in Latin: "I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!" not many people recognized the name of then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires,...

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