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Pope Francis prayed at the tomb of St. Peter inside St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Nov. 2, All Souls’ Day.
November 06, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Saying, "don't worry, we aren't taking up a collection," Pope Francis asked people at his weekly general audience to perform an act of charity by praying for a seriously ill 18-month-old girl named Noemi.

Being part of the Church means sharing "...

Pope Francis touched the head of a child as he addressed pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 26. He addressed an estimated 100,000 people taking part in a Year of Faith celebration of family life.
October 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Trials and doubts are part of everyone's faith journey, "even mine," Pope Francis said, but Christians know they can get through the hard times with help from God, other Christians and those in heaven.

"Who hasn't experienced insecurities, losses...

Two priests prostrated themselves during their episcopal ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 24. Pope Francis ordained French Bishop Jean-Marie Speich, the new apostolic nuncio to Ghana, and Italian Bishop Giampiero Gloder, president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, the Vatican school for diplomats.
October 30, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Being named a bishop isn't an honor, but a call to special service, Pope Francis said.

Ordaining new bishops for the first time in his pontificate, Pope Francis told them the "responsibility of a bishop is to serve rather than to dominate."


October 23, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- No matter how some media may want to spin it, Pope Francis won't fit into the political categories of left or right, and he will challenge everyone with the truth of the Gospel, said the Vatican's media adviser.

"Pope Francis is not a politically...

Pope Francis tried on a zucchetto given by Providence College student Joseph Day at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. The pope tried on the zucchetto, which had a hot pink sticky note stuck inside, then gave it back to Day.
October 23, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Seeing Mary as a model of faith teaches Christians that total dedication to Jesus does not take them away from real life because faith is lived through the chores and cares of everyday existence, Pope Francis said.

Mary lived her faith "in the...

Pope Francis made the sign of the cross as he prayed in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 12.
October 16, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- The Church can describe itself as "apostolic" only if it shares the Gospel with the world, remaining faithful to the teaching of the apostles and living out Gospel values, Pope Francis said.

"A Church closed in on itself and its past, a Church...

October 09, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Professing that the Church is "catholic" means accepting its teachings, accepting the gifts it offers to help one grow in holiness and accepting the fact that it is composed of different people with different gifts and opinions, Pope Francis said.

October 02, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Who are the holy men and women Pope Francis looks up to? He revealed many of them in two recently published interviews.

Here, in no exact order, are the saints Pope Francis has a particular fondness for or credits with playing an important role in...

October 02, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on Church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Vatican downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near...

Pope Francis spoke on perils of overemphasizing Church teaching in a lengthy interview.
October 02, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasizing Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics; the reasons for his deliberate and consultative...

October 02, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- In his strongest public words to date on the subject of abortion, Pope Francis affirmed the sacredness of unborn human life and linked its defense to the pursuit of social justice.

"In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred...

October 02, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for greater international cooperation to improve conditions for the world's rising numbers of migrants and called on the media to combat prejudices that make immigrants unwelcome in their new countries.

The pope's words came in...

October 02, 2013

Pope Francis recently was interviewed for an article published in America magazine. Some people seemed surprised by his words.

While his frankness about the Church attracts attention, he has on many occasions said similar things, mentioning the need for a loving...

October 02, 2013


While the fight to preserve life is often centered on abortion and capital punishment, the future Pope Francis also warned against a more subtle form of disregard for human dignity: what he called "covert euthanasia."

"In this...

October 02, 2013


When the 76-year-old Pope Francis went to World Youth Day this summer, he had grandparents, or at least society's elders, on his mind, and he honored them in a special way July 26, the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne and...

St. Augustine
August 28, 2013

ROME -- St. Augustine famously said that people's hearts are restless until they rest in God, but too many people, Pope Francis said, have allowed their hearts to be "anesthetized" and no longer search for God and for love.

Celebrating the saint's feast day Aug....

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