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October 02, 2013


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


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...

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.

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,...

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