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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.

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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,...

Pope Francis has created a new buzz about the Church with his common-man style and humble pastoral approach.
April 25, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- As leader of the universal Church, a pope must direct his ministry in both of the ways traditionally described by the Latin terms "ad intra" and "ad extra": inwardly to the Church itself, and outwardly to the rest of the world.

Pope Francis has...

Pope Francis carried a candle as he arrived to celebrate the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 19.
April 23, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Too often people are fixated on material things, money, power or status -- none of which can give life and joy, Pope Francis said.

Christians need to examine their lives with the question the angel asked the women who went to the tomb to anoint the...

Pope Francis carried woven palm fronds as he arrived in procession to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 13.
April 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Jesus' resurrection "isn't the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn't the happy ending of a film," but is the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation, Pope Francis said.

In the middle of...

April 11, 2014

VATICAN CITY — "I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests — large in number, but not in proportion to the total — have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.

"The...

April 10, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Meeting four victims of human trafficking, dozens of religious sisters and senior police chiefs from 20 countries, Pope Francis praised their coordinated efforts to fight against a "crime against humanity."

"Human trafficking is an open wound on...

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth talked with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican April 3. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, made a one-day visit to meet with the pope and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
April 09, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- People can choose either to tackle life's challenges with the loving and wise heart of God or be driven by their own passions and interests, Pope Francis said.

All people, whether they know it or not, have access to the gift of the Holy Spirit, "...

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