Jun 18, 2016 - 06:06 pm .- In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.
Jun 18, 2016 - 06:10 am .- Recognizing the needs of others is a sign of genuine conversion, which only happens when the heart is ready to be changed by Jesus, Pope Francis said Saturday.
Jun 18, 2016 - 06:04 am .- The Church should always value the transformative power of faith-filled laity who are willing to serve the Gospel, Pope Francis said Friday.
Jun 17, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.
Jun 17, 2016 - 12:00 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis visited two communities of priests in Rome as part of his “Mercy Friday” initiative to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.
Jun 17, 2016 - 08:29 am .- Since 2015, when the refugee crisis reached a fever pitch in Europe, five Syrian families fleeing civil war have found refuge in Italy with the help of the Vatican. As of Thursday, nine more people have been added to that list.
Jun 16, 2016 - 02:56 pm .- Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.
Jun 16, 2016 - 10:14 am .- Pope Francis told a group of nearly 6,000 traveling performers that while their work is demanding and at times unstable, it gives them the ability to bring light to what is an often dark world.
Jun 16, 2016 - 03:46 am .- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.
Jun 15, 2016 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that we must listen to the cries of the poor and needy, resisting the temptation to close our hearts because we are “bothered” by their constant pleas for help.
Jun 14, 2016 - 11:38 am .- The first graduates of an international diploma course on safeguarding minors received a special greeting from Pope Francis, who encouraged the students and faculty to be courageous in their work against sexual abuse.
Jun 13, 2016 - 05:50 am .- In a world where information is brought instantly to our fingertips, society is becoming increasingly anesthetized to the suffering brought about by poverty, Pope Francis told the United Nations' World Food Programme.
Jun 12, 2016 - 12:37 pm .- Pope Francis has offered his prayers and compassion for those affected by Saturday night's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
Jun 12, 2016 - 06:59 am .- On Sunday, Pope Francis denounced the increasingly prevalent mentality which claims that sick and disabled persons cannot be happy, and should be kept out of sight of society. In reality, he said, true happiness is achieved by our capacity to love.
Jun 11, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The pontificate of Pope Francis has a diplomatic style of its own, and many of his diplomats share a common source: a college and a home for disadvantaged but talented young people on scholarship called the Istitutio Villa Nazareth.
Jun 11, 2016 - 11:56 am .- No single person is more valuable than another, especially when it comes to those with disabilities, Pope Francis said on Saturday,, insisting that these people have a unique richness, and that discriminating against them is “one of the ugliest things” we can do.
Jun 10, 2016 - 02:13 pm .- Physician-assisted suicide is part of a “throwaway culture” that offers a “false compassion” and treats a human person as a problem, Pope Francis told medical leaders on Thursday.
Jun 10, 2016 - 09:57 am .- Faithful to the wish of Pope Francis, a new decree has bumped the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a feast, putting her on par with the apostles.
Jun 10, 2016 - 06:12 am .- On Saturday, June 4, right around lunch time, Chilean priest Father Francisco Rencoret Mujica received an unexpected call.
Jun 10, 2016 - 12:37 am .- After raising funds for humanitarian relief in Ukraine through a special collection in Europe, Pope Francis has established a committee to decipher the most urgent needs and get help to where it's most needed.