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Pope Francis visited the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square after leading an evening prayer service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 31.
January 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- The new year will be brighter only if everyone steps outside their safe havens, gets involved and works together to solve local problems with generosity and love, Pope Francis said.

As 2013 comes to a close, let everyone ask God for forgiveness and...

January 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Celebrating the first Christmas since his election, Pope Francis preached the goodness and tenderness of God, and prayed that men and women around the world would allow God's grace to transform them into peacemakers.

"Let us allow our hearts to be...

Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem carried a figurine of the Christ Child as he celebrated Christmas Mass at St. Catherine Church in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 25.
January 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY -- Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem told reporters he expected to host Pope Francis on a visit to the Holy Land in May.

Listing "upcoming events for next year," Patriarch Twal began with "the pope's visit to the Holy Land planned for next...

Pope Francis replaced his zucchetto after a young boy removed it during an audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Dec. 14. The audience was held for families who have been receiving care at the St. Martha Dispensary, a maternal and pediatric clinic located at the Vatican.
December 18, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Christmas is an occasion of joy but also a lesson in humility, when the faithful are called to imitate the example of God-made-man.

The pope made his remarks Dec. 18, during his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square.

December 17, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis issued a decree declaring one of his favorite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber, a saint.

The decree is what the Vatican terms an "equivalent canonization," in which the pope inserts the name of the new saint in the universal calendar of...

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in St. Peter's Square.
December 11, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed that Catholics throughout the Americas would open their arms to the poor, to immigrants, to the unborn and to the aged just as Mary opens her arms to all.

Anticipating the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the...

December 11, 2013

It's quite an honor that Pope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.

With his wide appeal and the great amount of attention to his pontificate so far, said Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, it should come as no surprise that he...

The cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year issue, featuring Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Time Inc., handout via Reuters)
December 11, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine's Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, said the Vatican spokesman.

"It's a positive sign that one of the most...

December 06, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, a member...

Pope Francis administered the sacrament of confirmation to a young man during Mass at the Parish of San Cirillo Alessandrino in Rome Dec. 1. The pope confirmed several young men.
December 04, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- With his resurrection, Jesus opened the doors for all those who believe in him to be risen and united with him in heaven, Pope Francis said.

The anticipation of eternal life "is the source and reason of our hope, a hope that, if cultivated and...

December 04, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to pray for five Orthodox nuns who were kidnapped in Syria and for all people who have been abducted during the conflict there.

"Let's keep praying and working together for peace," he said in an appeal at...

December 04, 2013

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will help launch a global campaign of prayer and action against world hunger.

Organized by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based federation of Catholic charities, the global "wave of prayer" will begin at noon Dec. 10 on the South...

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...

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