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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...

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."

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