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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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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

VATICAN CITY

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

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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....

Pope Francis received a soccer ball as gift from Italy’s goalkeeper and captain, Gianluigi Buffon, during a private audience Aug. 13.
August 14, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- With admiration and big smiles all around, the lifelong soccer fan Pope Francis met the star players and coaches of the Argentine and Italian national soccer teams hoping to compete for the World Cup in 2014.

The teams were led to the Clementine...

A white baseball cap was thrown toward Pope Francis as he left in a jeep after visiting San Gerlando Parish in Lampedusa, Italy, July 8. Tossing, lobbing and throwing things to the pope or into the pope’s vehicles has been a growing phenomenon. This hat was caught by the pope’s personal secretary, Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, left.
August 07, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- When he's riding in the popemobile -- at the Vatican or, for example, in Rio de Janeiro -- Pope Francis uses his hands not just to bless people and hold the babies he's kissing. He uses them to catch things.

Tossing, lobbing and throwing things to...

Pope Francis addresses journalists on his flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome July 28. The pope spent 80 minutes answering questions from 21 journalists on the plane.
August 07, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- At a weekly public audience earlier this year, the pope underscored one of his characteristic themes: the countercultural implications of membership in the Church.

"Belief in God makes us bearers of values that often do not coincide with the...

Pope Francis listened to a question from a journalist on his flight heading back to Rome July 29. The pope answered questions from 21 journalists over a period of 80 minutes on his return from Brazil.
July 31, 2013

NEW YORK -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, a July 30 guest on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the pope's impromptu news conference on a papal flight the previous day, stressed that Pope Francis "would be the first to say, my job isn't to change church teaching; my job...

A woman kisses Pope Francis' hand as he arrives to celebrate a private Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome July 31.
July 31, 2013

ROME -- Celebrating the feast of St. Ignatius with more than 200 of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis prayed that he and all of them would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by...

July 31, 2013

While returning from World Youth Day, Pope Francis offered media on the papal flight an unusual opportunity: more than an hour of frank discussion with no prepared questions and no formulated responses. He covered topics including his experience in Rio de Janeiro, future...

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