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March 04, 2016

VATICAN CITY — By reflecting on the Passion of Christ, the author of the Way of the Cross meditations for Pope Francis' Good Friday service said he will focus on the suffering unfolding in the world today and how "the martyrs of the 21st century are undoubtedly the...

March 04, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Those who hope Pope Francis will give divorced and civilly remarried Catholics a blanket welcome back to Communion and those who fear he will open the doors to such a possibility are both likely to be disappointed by his decision.

Pope Francis told...

On Feb. 26, Pope Francis visited the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Rome near Castel Gandolfo, Italy. The pope encouraged the 55 patients to trust God’s mercy to keep them strong.
March 04, 2016

VATICAN CITY — In the second of his "Mercy Friday" gestures, Pope Francis spent two hours with a group of young adults at a Catholic-run residential drug rehabilitation center.

To the surprise of the 55 residents, Pope Francis showed up in his compact Ford Escort...

Students from the Austrian program of Franciscan University of Steubenville reacted as Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience March 2 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
March 03, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Speaking out against exploitation and unfair wages for workers, Pope Francis told benefactors to forget about donating money to the Church if their earnings came from mistreating others.

"Please, take your check back and burn it," he said to...

Pope Francis arrived to celebrate Mass Feb. 17 at the fairgrounds in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
February 26, 2016

One thing led to another at the papal Mass in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, across the border from the United States.

Jesuit Father Pepe Ruiz, who teaches theology and works in campus ministry at St. Louis University High School, returned to his hometown to concelebrate...

February 25, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Wealth and power are meant to serve the poor and the well-being of everyone, not to selfishly exploit others, Pope Francis said.

When power loses that sense of service, it "turns into arrogance and becomes control and subjugation," he said at his...

February 22, 2016

Pope Francis grabbed our attention when he visited the United States in September, and he's done it again with his visit to Mexico.

On Feb. 15 in Tuxlia Gutierrez, Mexico, Pope Francis said family life is not always easy and often is a struggle, but he pleaded for...

February 21, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO -- As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls to keep immigrants out of one's country is un-Christian.

Holding his customary in-flight news conference Feb. 17...

February 21, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO -- With physicians across Central and South American urging women to postpone pregnancy because of the Zika virus that causes birth defects, Pope Francis said using contraceptives could be a "lesser evil."

Holding a news...

Pope Francis used incense at a Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico.
February 21, 2016

ECATEPEC, Mexico — Pope Francis began his travels to Mexico's "peripheries" by visiting an overcrowded, sprawling settlement known internationally as a hunting ground for girls to force into prostitution and for boys to enlist in the drug trade.

Ecatepec, on the...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis met at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. The pope was traveling to Mexico for a six-day pastoral visit.
February 21, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM HAVANA — Though their differences are recognizable and real, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow emphasized their obligation as Christians and as bishops to encourage collaboration among Christians and charity for all...

A panther decorated the altar as Pope Francis celebrates Mass with the indigenous community from Chiapas in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Feb. 15.
February 21, 2016

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Paying homage to the culture and ancient wisdom of Mexico's indigenous peoples, Pope Francis urged them to hold on to hope and condemned those who exploit their people and their land."Some have considered your values, culture and...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, left, and Pope Francis met at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. The pope was traveling to Mexico for a six-day pastoral visit.
February 12, 2016

HAVANA -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

"Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers,"...

Pope Francis tried on a sombrero while meeting journalists aboard his flight to Havana Feb. 12. Traveling to Mexico for a six-day visit, the pope is stopping briefly in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the Havana airport.
February 12, 2016

MEXICO CITY -- With anticipation growing in the streets of Mexico City for Pope Francis' visit, a group of local pilgrims found time to thank their "mother" and prayed that it would give their country a spiritual awakening.

Final preparations were underway at the...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill read a prayer at the Christmas service Jan. 7 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill Feb. 12 in Cuba, en route to Mexico.
February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — The planned meeting Feb. 12 in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof will lie in the content of the joint statement the...

Pope Francis, right, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston celebrated Mass with Capuchin friars Feb. 9 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
February 11, 2016

VATICAN CITY — A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis spoke about the description of a jubilee year...

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