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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, "...

Pope Francis left his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 2. He concluded a series of talks about the sacraments with a discussion of the sacrament of marriage.
April 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Through the sacrament of matrimony, couples are called to be living icons of God's love in the world, Pope Francis said, and when they fight -- and all couples do -- they don't have "to call the United Nations," but find simple words and gestures to say...

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led evening prayer at St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis before a dinner to kick off the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal. The theme of this year’s appeal is “Build My Church.” To learn more about the appeal and watch a video from Archbishop Carlson, see www.archstl.org/aca.
April 02, 2014

This is my final Lenten reflection on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"). I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of this amazingly rich document, so if you have not already done so, I encourage you to read it...

Pope Francis walked with children during a meeting with Malta’s President George Abela, left, during a private audience at the Vatican March 21.
March 26, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- The world's bishops, priests and deacons need people's prayers and encouragement to continually deepen their relationship with Jesus and serve their community with love, Pope Francis said.

A minister of God who does not nourish his love for Christ...

Pope Francis walked with U.S. President Barack Obama during a private audience at the Vatican March 27.
March 26, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics....

March 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Priests in the Diocese of Rome, led by Pope Francis and organized by a Vatican office, will mark "24 hours for the Lord," offering eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of penance in St. Peter's Basilica and three historic churches in the center of Rome...

Pope Francis addressed parishioners during a visit to the parish of Santa Maria dell’Orazione on the outskirts of Rome March 16.
March 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- On the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of the universal Church and Jesus' earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children's side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them.

"I ask that you have the grace to...

March 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -- While any increase in church attendance prompted by the pope's appeal isn't quite yet measurable, a new survey shows Pope Francis has made an impact on Catholic giving in the year since his papacy began.

Results of the survey, released March 13 by...

March 12, 2014

With the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis March 13, media outlets and reporters are trying to figure out what impact he has had on interest in the Catholic Church and whether it will last.

It's probably too early to get a sound measure as to the...

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