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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...

Pope Francis celebrated a Mass attended by 250,000 people in Sibari, in Italy’s Calabria region, June 21. In his homily, the pope said “mafiosi” are not in communion with God and are excommunicated. The Calabria region is home of the ‘Ndrangheta crime organization, known for drug trafficking.
June 25, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Christians are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the Church, Pope Francis said.

At his general audience June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of talks about the Church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such...

Pope Francis arrived to celebrate Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 19
June 20, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Real religious liberty includes the freedom to live according to the values taught by one's faith, Pope Francis said.

"Religious freedom is not just a matter of thought or private devotion," the pope said June 20. "It is the freedom to live -- both...

Pope Francis kissed a sleeping baby as he arrived to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 18.
June 18, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Beginning a series of audience talks about the Church, its identity and mission, Pope Francis said it would be "a bit like a son talking about his mother, his own family," because the Church is the mother of Christ's disciples and is called to be united...

June 09, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil.

"More than once we have been on the...

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...

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