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Pope Francis’ visit to Colombia in September will include a visit to where St. Peter Claver, seen here in a stained glass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Ill., ministered to slaves arriving in the New World. Canonized in 1888, St. Peter Claver is the patron saint of human rights in Colombia.
July 28, 2017

LIMA, Peru — When Pope Francis visits Colombia in September, he will take his message of mercy and reconciliation to Cartagena, a city that still bears scars of its painful history as a slave port. And he will walk the streets where another Jesuit, St. Peter Claver, put...

Pope Francis waved as he led the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
July 27, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land to "moderation and dialogue" as tensions continued around a key site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both faiths.

After reciting the Angelus July 23, the pope asked pilgrims in St. Peter's...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 28. The pope has continued his tradition of reducing his schedule in the summer, and isn’t holding general audiences in the month of July.
July 20, 2017

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — His Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by His message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

Jesus doesn't draw people to Him by conquering them, but by giving Himself, like...

July 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has approved the fourth pathway to possible sainthood — giving one's life in a heroic act of loving service to others.

In a new apostolic letter, the pope approved new norms allowing for candidates to be considered for sainthood because...

July 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — World leaders attending the Group of 20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, must reflect on the repercussions their decisions may have on the entire global community and not just their own countries, Pope Francis stated.

While it's reasonable that the G-20...

Pope Francis used incense at Mass marking the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 29. At the conclusion of the Mass, new archbishops from around the world received their pallium, a woolen stole, from the pope.
July 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The international community must not remain resigned to the plight of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, which is often caused by indifference and selfishness, Pope Francis stated.

In a message to the U.N. Food and Agriculture...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.
June 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but...

A mother and her children ate a meal at a camp for internally displaced people on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic Cathedral April 24 in Wau, South Sudan. Drought and armed conflict have pushed tens of thousands of Wau-area residents out of their homes, away from their farms and unable to adequately feed themselves.
June 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY — With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to a half-million dollars to help two Church-run hospitals, a teacher training center and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and...

Pope Francis received a letter from a girl as he arrived for his general audience June 21 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
June 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.

Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness...

Homeless Filipinos rested in late April on a street in Manila. The World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.”
June 16, 2017

VATICAN CITY — People shouldn't sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

"God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected...

In his general audience June 14 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on the certainty of hope that comes from feeling loved as children of God.
June 15, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said.

In world today, people — especially children and youths — often feel that unless "we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will...

Pope Francis waved as he arrived for his general audience June 7 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
June 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The mystery of God's relationship with humankind is revolutionary in that Christians can look to Him without fear as children to a loving father, Pope Francis said.

In teaching the Lord's prayer, Jesus invites all Christians "to have the courage of...

Pope Francis celebrated Mass May 27 on a pastoral visit in Genoa, Italy. The pope visited with workers at a steel mill in the city and ate lunch with 120 refugees, migrants and homeless people.
June 01, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said.

As Christians prepared to celebrate Pentecost June 4, Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power...

The new cardinals, clockwise from top left: Cardinal-designate Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Cardinal-designate Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Cardinal-designate Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain and Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, El Salvador
May 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador.

Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an...

Pope Francis greeted President Donald Trump at a private audience at the Vatican May 24. According to a statement from the Vatican, the two discussed several things, including “an exchange of views” on international affairs and on “the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue, with particular reference to the situation in the Middle East and the protection of Christian communities.”
May 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."

The atmosphere at the beginning was formal...

Pope Francis greeted a child as he arrived for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 24.
May 25, 2017

VATICAN CITY — If it seems hard to find God in this world, it's because He chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said.

"God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging His...

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