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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."

Holding a news...

Pope Francis used incense at a Mass in Ecatepec, Mexico.
February 21, 2016

ECATEPEC, Mexico — Pope Francis began his travels to Mexico's "peripheries" by visiting an overcrowded, sprawling settlement known internationally as a hunting ground for girls to force into prostitution and for boys to enlist in the drug trade.

Ecatepec, on the...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and Pope Francis met at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. The pope was traveling to Mexico for a six-day pastoral visit.
February 21, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM HAVANA — Though their differences are recognizable and real, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow emphasized their obligation as Christians and as bishops to encourage collaboration among Christians and charity for all...

A panther decorated the altar as Pope Francis celebrates Mass with the indigenous community from Chiapas in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Feb. 15.
February 21, 2016

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Paying homage to the culture and ancient wisdom of Mexico's indigenous peoples, Pope Francis urged them to hold on to hope and condemned those who exploit their people and their land."Some have considered your values, culture and...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, left, and Pope Francis met at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. The pope was traveling to Mexico for a six-day pastoral visit.
February 12, 2016

HAVANA -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

"Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers,"...

Pope Francis tried on a sombrero while meeting journalists aboard his flight to Havana Feb. 12. Traveling to Mexico for a six-day visit, the pope is stopping briefly in Cuba to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the Havana airport.
February 12, 2016

MEXICO CITY -- With anticipation growing in the streets of Mexico City for Pope Francis' visit, a group of local pilgrims found time to thank their "mother" and prayed that it would give their country a spiritual awakening.

Final preparations were underway at the...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill read a prayer at the Christmas service Jan. 7 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill Feb. 12 in Cuba, en route to Mexico.
February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — The planned meeting Feb. 12 in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof will lie in the content of the joint statement the...

Pope Francis, right, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston celebrated Mass with Capuchin friars Feb. 9 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
February 11, 2016

VATICAN CITY — A jubilee year that does not open people's wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis spoke about the description of a jubilee year...

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill reads a prayer during the Christmas service Jan. 7 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill Feb. 12 in Cuba, en route to Mexico
February 05, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- After almost three decades of tense Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations, Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow Feb. 12 in Cuba on the pope's way to Mexico.

It will be the first-ever meeting of a pope and Moscow patriarch, Jesuit Father...

Pope Francis posed with U.N. troops from Argentina Feb. 3 at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.
February 03, 2016

VATICAN CITY — God doesn't want to condemn anyone; He wants to save every person in the entire world, Pope Francis said.

"The problem is letting Him enter one's heart" to transform one's life, the pope said Feb. 3 in his weekly general audience in St. Peter's...

Pope Francis greeted people at an audience for pilgrimage workers Jan. 21 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
January 27, 2016

VATICAN CITY -- Let the Year of Mercy be the time to end all family feuds, to forgive each other and let bygones be bygones, Pope Francis said.

"I think about so many brothers and sisters who are estranged from their families; they don't speak to each other," he...

Pope Francis shared a light moment with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Jan. 26 at a private meeting at the Vatican.
January 26, 2016

VATICAN CITY — Meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican, Pope Francis told him he had high hopes for peace.

And while Pope Francis usually asks those he meets for their prayers, the Shiite cleric pre-empted the pope's request and said, "I ask...

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...

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