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Young men took a selfie with Pope Francis as he left his general audience Jan. 20 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis to reflecting on the week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
January 20, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians are called to work together in order to be a visible sign that God's mercy excludes no one, Pope Francis said Jan. 20 at his general audience.

The pope reflected on the theme of the annual week of Prayer...

Pope Francis visited the main synagogue in Rome Jan. 17 and said that the Church “recognizes the irrevocability of the Old Covenant and the constant and faithful love of God for Israel.”
January 20, 2016

ROME -- While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said.

Interrupted repeatedly with applause at Rome's main synagogue Jan. 17...

January 20, 2016

ROME -- As part of his personal observance of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis made an unannounced, "private" visit to a retirement home and to a group home for people in a persistent vegetative state, the Vatican said.

The visits to the 33 residents of the Bruno...

Pope Francis blessed a disabled man Jan. 13 at his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. In his first general audience of the new year, the pope began a series of talks on mercy, reflecting on its description in the Bible.
January 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- God's mercy is constant and limitless; He is faithful in His mercy for His children, even when they are unfaithful, Pope Francis said. The greatness and power of God unfolds in His "love for us, who are so small, so incapable," the pontiff said at his...

January 13, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Cold indifference to migrants, the poor, the hungry and the persecuted must be overcome through the warmth of mercy, which can transform people into artisans of peace, Pope Francis said.

In a lengthy speech Jan. 11 to diplomats accredited to the...

January 06, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will deliver his monthly prayer intentions on video over social media as part of a Jesuit-run global prayer network. The video messages, featuring the pope asking for prayers and action on various challenges facing the world today, began Jan...

January 06, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- God's ability to forgive "knows no limits" as His mercy frees people from bitterness and despair, Pope Francis said.

"The Church's forgiveness must be every bit as broad as that offered by Jesus on the cross and by Mary at His feet. There is no...

Pope Francis kissed a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrated Mass on the feast of the Epiphany Jan. 6 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. Go out and seek the signs God is offering everyone today that will lead to Christ, Pope Francis said at the Mass.
January 06, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Go out and seek the signs God is offering everyone today that will lead to Christ, Pope Francis said.

The thirst for God is present in everyone, and it's the Church's task to help those with "a restless heart" by pointing them to the true light of...

Pope Francis spoke during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia Dec. 21 in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. Pope Francis used this year-end moment with cardinals and top officials to offer “fraternal correction,” spiritual direction and his clear expectation of their role as servants, not masters, of the Church.
December 23, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- If Pope Francis sees the Church as a field hospital after battle, then his annual Christmas address to the Roman Curia often looks like the triage tent, with him holding the charts.

Instead of a typical gathering to exchange just thanks and best...

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization. Blessed Teresa is pictured in a 1995 photo.
December 18, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, thus paving the way for her canonization.

Pope Francis signed the decree for Blessed Teresa's cause and advanced three other sainthood causes Dec. 17,...

December 17, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will visit some of the most marginalized communities in Mexico and seek to bring hope to a country deeply suffering from crime, corruption and inequality when he visits in February.

The Vatican announced Dec. 12 details about the pope'...

Human rights activists held placards at a rally in early October against the death penalty in Peshawar, Pakistan.
December 16, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for abolishing the death penalty worldwide, lifting the burden of debt on poor nations, global aid policies that respect life and revamped laws that welcome and integrate migrants.

He urged individuals, communities and nations...

A group of U.S. pastors with Catholic Extension talked across the border fence near El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Dec. 12, with a priest and parishioner from a Juarez parish.
December 16, 2015

CHICAGO -- With the poverty on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis' visit to the region in February will be an important opportunity for the Catholic Church "to emphasize the mercy of God that is at the core of the Christian faith."

That's how...

Pope Francis accepted a birthday cake from television reporter Valentina Alazraki of Televisa at his general audience Dec. 16 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope’s birthday was Dec. 17.
December 16, 2015

VATICAN CITY — Pilgrims must beware of people who seek to use the Jubilee Year to profit off of them since salvation is a gift that cannot be bought, Pope Francis said.

"Be careful! Beware of someone who is sly or sneaky who tells you that you need to pay....

Pope Francis presented a rose at an icon of Mary and the child Jesus as he began his general audience Dec. 9 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
December 09, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church needs the extraordinary Holy Year to become an effective witness of God's divine mercy, Pope Francis said.

"The jubilee is a favorable time for all of us, so that in contemplating divine mercy, which surpasses every human...

Pope Francis walked through the Holy Door after opening it to begin the Holy Year of Mercy at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29
December 02, 2015

VATICAN CITY -- Missionary spirit is manifested by preaching love, humanity and faith through one's witness and not through proselytism, Pope Francis said. Faith in Jesus Christ is shared first through "witness then with words," the pope said Dec. 2 at his weekly general...

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