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Pope Francis waved to people Sept. 8 upon entering Catama field in Villavicencio, Colombia. The pope beatified Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca and Father Pedro Maria Ramirez.
September 15, 2017

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Pope Francis said he had no magic words or special recipes for Colombians seeking peace, but rather he wanted to listen to them, learn from them and travel a bit of the road with them.

He had a small accident on the road Sept. 10 in Cartagena...

Pope Francis touched near his eye as he talked with Father Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household, during his general audience Sept. 13 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s face was bruised from hitting the popemobile when it stopped suddenly during his trip in Colombia.
September 14, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's long and arduous path toward reconciliation and a lasting peace after nearly half a century of war is a sign of hope for all Christians, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to pilgrims Sept. 13 at his weekly general...

Pope Francis gestured as he listened to a question from a journalist aboard his flight from Cartagena, Colombia, to Rome Sept. 10. In the interview, Pope Francis spoke about President Trump's recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed some 800,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country, working or going to school.
September 11, 2017

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBIA-- Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said.

Flying from Colombia back to Rome late Sept. 10, Pope Francis was...

Pope Francis accepted flowers from a girl as he arrives to visit the Shrine of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 10.
September 11, 2017

CARTAGENA, Colombia -- At the Church of St. Peter Claver, a saint venerated throughout the Americas as a champion of human rights, Pope Francis offered special prayers for Venezuela and its people suffering in the midst of a huge political and economic crisis.

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Pope Francis boarded the plane in Italy for his trip to Colombia Sept. 6. Pope Francis arrived Sept. 6 for a five-day pastoral visit focused on reconciliation and peace.
September 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Colombia's transition to a just and lasting peace requires a commitment on behalf of all the nation's people to taking the first step toward reconciliation, Pope Francis said in a video message.

"'Let's take the first step' is the motto of this trip...

North Koreans watched a news report of an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on a big screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug. 30.
September 08, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The day before North Korea detonated what it said was a hydrogen bomb, Pope Francis urged religious leaders from South Korea to dedicate their words and actions to building peace and harmony.

"We are called to be heralds of peace, proclaiming and...

Pope Francis led an audience with members of the Shalom Catholic Community Sept. 4 at the Vatican. Speaking to young people of the community, Pope Francis warned of the sadness caused by narcissism.
September 07, 2017

VATICAN CITY — Today's narcissistic culture leads to sad souls who worry more about keeping up appearances than caring for others, Pope Francis said.

Speaking to young people of the Shalom community, Pope Francis warned them of the sadness caused by narcissism,...

Pope Francis gave a blessing at an audience with participants in Italy’s National Liturgical Week in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 24.
August 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

"After this magisterium, after this long journey, we can affirm with...

Pope Francis greeted pilgrims as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 30 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope continued a series of talks on Christian hope, encouraging people to ignore “disappointed and unhappy people … those who cynically plead not to cultivate hope in life.”
August 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY — God wants people to live with hope and joy — not bitterness — and to dream with Him of a better world, Pope Francis said.

"Please, make sure we do not pay attention to disappointed and unhappy people; let us not listen to those who cynically plead...

Pope Francis greeted children as he arrived for his weekly audience Aug. 23 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. In his catechesis talk, the pope explained that Christian hope is based on “faith that God always creates new things” in history, in the cosmos and in everyday life.
August 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY — While the world reels from terrorism, natural disasters and division, God weeps with those who suffer and offers the hope of a future full of joy and consolation, Pope Francis said.

Recalling the victims of a terror attack in Barcelona Aug. 17, a...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his weekly audience Aug. 9 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Continuing his series of audience talks about Christian hope, the pope reflected on Jesus’ “scandalous gesture” of forgiving the sinful woman.
August 10, 2017

VATICAN CITY — God didn't choose perfect people to form His Church, but rather sinners who have experienced His love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

The Gospel of Luke's account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how His actions went against the general...

Pope Francis embraced a child Aug. 2 at his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The audience was Pope Francis’ first after a month long hiatus in July.
August 04, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The ancient practice of orienting church buildings East to West — with the entrance facing West and the altar toward the East — was symbolic of the connection that exists between light and hope, Pope Francis said.

"What does it mean to be a...

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...

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