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Pope Francis held a bronze reliquary containing the relics of St. Peter the Apostle on the altar during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 24. The bone fragments, which were discovered during excavations of the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica in the 1940s, are kept in the pope’s private chapel but had never been displayed in public.
November 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- The thought of death and losing a loved one is scary when there is no faith in Jesus guiding people to an everlasting life, Pope Francis said.

"If we live united with Jesus, are faithful to him, we will be able to face with hope and serenity even...

November 27, 2013

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is seeking input from several focus groups within the local Church on topics related to marriage and family life in anticipation of next year's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family.

Although preparations for the synod, which...

November 26, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church is not going to change its position on the inadmissibility of women priests, Pope Francis said, but it does have to stop linking all decision making to ordination and allow women to have a voice in deliberations.

In his...

November 20, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- The goal of the Year of Faith, which concludes Nov. 24, has been to educate Catholics about basic Church teachings, strengthen their faith and inspire them to share it with others. If it has succeeded, as organizers say it has, the credit ultimately lies...

Pope Francis held up a box of “spiritual medicine” after praying the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 17. The pope said the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are “a spiritual aid for our soul and for spreading love, forgiveness and brotherhood to everyone.”
November 20, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he goes to confession every two weeks, knowing that God never tires of forgiving those who repent, but also knowing that having a priest say "I absolve you" reinforces belief in God's mercy.

Using the literal Italian translation...

Pope Francis held up a box of "spiritual medicine" after praying the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 17. The box contained a rosary, a Divine Mercy holy card and a medicinal-style instruction sheet. The pope said the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are "a spiritual aid for our soul and for spreading love, forgiveness and brotherhood to everyone."
November 18, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis admitted he wasn't a pharmacist, but he didn't hesitate being the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together: the rosary.

"I want to recommend some medicine for all of you," the pope said Nov. 17 at the...

Pope Francis greeted a disabled person during a meeting with UNITALSI, an Italian Catholic association for the transportation of sick people to Lourdes and other Marian shrines, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 9.
November 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- With baptism, Christians are cleansed of sin, but the sacrament doesn't wash away human weakness nor the obligation to ask forgiveness when they make mistakes, Pope Francis said.

Baptism is "God's powerful intervention in our lives to save us. This...

Residents walked on a road littered with debris Nov. 10 after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban, Philippines. The typhoon, one of the strongest storms in history, is believed to have killed tens of thousands, but aid workers were still trying to reach remote areas.
November 11, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis led prayers for people hit by a deadly typhoon in the Philippines and surrounding region, and asked that concrete aid be sent soon.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis will hold a special collection this weekend at the request of Archbishop...

November 06, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Although preparations for the 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will include an assessment of Catholics' attitudes toward relevant Church teachings, the synod's work will be based on Catholic doctrine and not on current public opinion,...

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."

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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.

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