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A sick child greets Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 3.
August 04, 2016

VATICAN CITY — In a world traumatized by war, young people gathered for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, gave strong signs of hope and brotherhood, Pope Francis said.

World Youth Day was a "prophetic sign for Poland and Europe" and took on a "global dimension"...

Kenrick-Glennon seminarians enjoy a mister during a visit to the main square in Krakow. Pictured, from left, are Cole Bestgen, Jacob Brock, Ryan Quarnstrom, Andrew Auer and Joe Detwiler.
August 04, 2016

The sight of 1.6 million people, on their knees in silent prayer, overwhelmed Nick Lee.

Pope Francis led the evening candlelight prayer vigil and eucharistic adoration July 30 at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Poland .

"As Pope Francis was at adoration,...

July 21, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.

The "blessed memory of St. John Paul II, who instituted the World Youth Days and was the...

Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they take part in military training June 19 in Daraa, Syria. The world community needs to get serious about ending the conflict in Syria and call out those who claim to support peace while making money off of arms sales, Pope Francis said.
July 14, 2016

VATICAN CITY — The world community needs to get serious about ending the conflict in Syria and call out those who claim to support peace while making money off of arms sales, Pope Francis stated.

"While the people suffer, incredible quantities of money are being...

Pope Francis laughs as he greets a woman during an audience with people from Lyon, France, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 6. The audience was with 200 people living in difficult or precarious situations.
July 07, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Pray for those responsible for extreme poverty, for the rich who feast unaware of people in need at their door, and for priests who ignore those who are hurting, Pope Francis told people living a precarious existence.

Say a prayer for these people,...

June 30, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In his first public address in almost a year, retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sincere gratefulness to Pope Francis, saying that his goodness "from the first moment of your election, in every moment of my life here, touches me deeply."...

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, arriveed in procession for a Mass in Vartanants Square in Gyumri, Armenia, on June 25.
June 27, 2016

GYUMRI, Armenia -- Acts of love and kindness must be a Christian's "calling card," the characteristic that identifies them more than anything, Pope Francis told Catholics in northern Armenia.

Traveling June 25 to Gyumri, a city with a significant Catholic...

Pope Francis speaks during the opening of the Diocese of Rome's annual pastoral conference at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome June 16.
June 23, 2016

ROME — Because most people today don't understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.

Raising a point he has raised before, and one also raised by now...

Pope Francis walks with refugees as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 22. The pope invited more than a dozen refugees to sit near him on stage during his catechesis.
June 23, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Flanked by refugees, Pope Francis appealed to Christians to care for and welcome those whom society often excludes.

"Today I'm accompanied by these young men. Many people think they would have been better off if they had stayed in their homelands,...

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 15.
June 16, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Indifference and hostility can blind Christians from recognizing Jesus in those most in need, Pope Francis said.

"This indifference and hostility can turn into aggression" toward people often marginalized by society, the pope said June 15 at his...

Pope Francis posed with migrants at his general audience June 8 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 8. The pope dedicated his catechesis talk to the first of Jesus’ miracles, the wedding feast at Cana.
June 09, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine expresses His invitation to share in the joy of the new covenant and reminds people to do as He commands, Pope Francis said.

The miracle also shows how He transformed the law of Moses — represented by...

Pope Francis greeted a boy at his general audience May 25 at the Vatican.
May 26, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Prayer is not a magic wand that fulfills your desires, but it is what helps you keep the faith when you don't understand God's will, Pope Francis said.

Prayer is meant to be "our daily bread, our powerful weapon and the staff for our journey," he...

Pope Francis passed a crucifix at his general audience May 11 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 11. The pope’s catechesis focused on the Gospel parable of the prodigal son.
May 12, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Salvation has nothing to do with the tidy business of bartering — earning God's love in return for good behavior, Pope Francis said.

"If you do well you get a reward; if you do poorly you get punished. This is not the logic of Jesus," whose ability...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience May 4 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
May 05, 2016

VATICAN CITY— There is no such thing as a soul that is lost forever, only people who are waiting to be found, Pope Francis said.

God is not part of humanity's "throwaway culture" and doesn't shut out the sinner and those most in need, the pope said May 4 at his...

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
April 28, 2016

VATICAN CITY — To ignore the suffering of another person is to ignore God, Pope Francis said.

And going to church doesn't automatically make someone love their neighbor, the pope said April 27 as he reflected on the Gospel parable of the good Samaritan at his...

Syrian refugee Nour played with her son Riad, 2, at a language and culture school run by the Sant'Egidio Community in Rome April 18. Nour and her husband and their son were among 12 Syrian refugees Pope Francis brought back with him from a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.
April 21, 2016

ROME -- After less than 48 hours in Rome, "dream" is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to Italy with him from a refugee camp in Greece.

By April 18, the couples -- who asked to be identified by only their first names,...

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