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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,...

Pope Francis ordained 11 priests at a Mass April 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Nine were ordained for the Diocese of Rome and two for the Rogationist religious order.
April 21, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Christians must look to their own sins and failings and not fall into the temptation of hypocrisy that causes them to believe they are better than others, Pope Francis said.

"The relationship of salvation" with God cannot move forward if people...

April 18, 2016

MYTILENE, Greece -- Although their speeches were punctuated with policy appeals, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders focused their visit to the island of Lesbos on the faces, stories and drawings of refugees.

Pope Francis, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew...

April 18, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope said he agreed immediately because it was "an inspiration of the Holy Spirit."

In the end, he said, 12 Syrians -- members...

Refugees walked to board Pope Francis' plane to Rome at the international airport in Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 16, 2016. The pope brought 12 refugees to Italy aboard his flight.
April 18, 2016

MYTILENE, Greece -- Pope Francis' five-hour visit to Greece ended with him offering safe passage to Italy to 12 Syrian Muslims, half under the age of 18.

The Vatican had kept secret the pope's plan to invite the members of three Syrian families to fly back to Rome...

Pope Francis kissed a baby at his general audience April 13 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his general catechesis, the pope said Jesus’ mission is “to search for each one of us, to heal our wounds and call us to follow Him with love.”
April 14, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Without a repentant heart, Christians can risk living out their faith superficially and fail to live out God's desire for "mercy, not sacrifice," Pope Francis said.

Instead, Jesus' love for sinners shows that the Church isn't "a community of perfect...

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico since 2007, has been appointed the new apostolic nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Pierre is pictured celebrating a Mass for the families of missing students near Chilpancingo, Mexico, in 2014
April 12, 2016

WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.

He succeeds Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who has held the post since 2011. Archbishop Vigano turned 75...

Pope Francis greeted Lizzy Myers of Mansfield, Ohio, at his general audience April 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Myers, who has a disease that is gradually rendering her blind and deaf, met the pope as part of her “visual bucket list.”
April 07, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Jesus brought humanity God's merciful, saving love, not hatred and animosity, Pope Francis said.

"Jesus makes visible a love open to everyone — nobody excluded — open to everyone without bounds," he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's...

Pope Francis blessed a woman while meeting the disabled at his general audience March 23 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
March 24, 2016

VATICAN CITY — God's love is limitless and Holy Week services offer Catholics a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

The Easter Triduum is a memorial to a love story "that gives us the certainty that we will never be abandoned in life's...

People gathered at Place de la Bourse March 22 to pay tribute to the victims of the bomb attacks in Brussels. Three nearly simultaneous attacks that day claimed the lives of dozens and injured more than 200.
March 23, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Assuring his prayers for the victims and families of the terrorist attack in Brussels, Pope Francis condemned the "cruel abominations" and prayed for the conversion of those who adhere to violent fundamentalism.

"To all, I ask that you persevere in...

Pope Francis, along with senior members of the Roman Curia, listened as Servite Father Ermes Ronchi, an Italian theologian, delivered his meditation March 7 at a weeklong Lenten retreat in Ariccia, Italy.
March 10, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Exercise a little courage and go to confession, turn away from selfishness and sin and back to God in the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis urged people at a Lenten penance service.

"When our desire to be healed becomes more courageous, it leads to prayer...

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...

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