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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...

July 29, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- If Blessed John Paul II had an actor's mastery of the dramatic gesture and Pope Benedict XVI engaged the faithful most effectively through his learned and lucid writing, Pope Francis showed the world on his first international trip that his forte...

July 29, 2013

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL (CNS) -- From his personal prayer life and spirituality to the role of women in the church and the pastoral care of the divorced, Pope Francis responded to several questions about church teaching and ministry July 28 when he met...

July 29, 2013

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM BRAZIL (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he was responding to the clear wishes of the College of Cardinals when he set up commissions to study the Vatican bank, Vatican financial and administrative procedures and the reform of the Roman Curia.

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Pilgrims greeted Pope Francis as he arrived in Rio de Janeiro July 22 for World Youth Day, the international Catholic youth gathering.
July 23, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hundreds of thousands of cheering people welcomed Pope Francis to Brazil July 22 as he madethe first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America.

The papal plane touched down at Rio's international airport at 3:43 p...

July 22, 2013

It's the end of our first dull day in Rio and the general feeling amongst our group is about the same – a combination of excitement and exhaustion. After our 11 hour overnight flight we hit the ground running- checked into our hotel and went to see the sights and sounds...

July 22, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) -- Pope Francis arrived in Brazil July 22, making the first international trip of his pontificate to his native region of Latin America.

The papal flight touched down at Rio's Galateo-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 3:43 p.m....

Pope Francis carried a bag as he boarded a plane at Fiumicino airport in Rome July 22. He was making his first trip abroad as pope to join more than 300,000 young people in Brazil for World Youth Day.
July 22, 2013

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO BRAZIL (CNS) -- With economic hard times as an excuse not to hire young people, the world risks tossing them aside and endangers its own future, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to reporters aboard the papal flight to Rio de Janeiro July 22,...

Pope Francis released his first first encyclical "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), on July 5.
July 05, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding...

Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II, left, and has asked cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, right.
July 05, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis signed a decree clearing the way for the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and has decided also to ask the world's cardinals to vote on the canonization of Blessed John XXIII, even in the absence of a miracle.

After Pope Francis met...

July 05, 2013

VATICAN CITY — Presenting Pope Francis' new encyclical and acknowledging how much of it was prepared by retired Pope Benedict XVI, top Vatican officials hailed it as a unique expression of the development of papal teaching and unity in faith.

"It is a fortunate...

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