Sep 25, 2014 - 09:18 pm .- Among the powerful moments on Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip to Albania was the Holy Father’s encounter with an 85 year-old Franciscan Stigmatine nun, who recalled witnessing to the faith in the midst of the Communist regime.
Sep 25, 2014 - 05:12 pm .- With tears in his eyes, Pope Francis gave a warm embrace to Father Ernest Troshani Simoni, 84, one of the last survivors of the terrible Communist persecution in Albania.
Sep 25, 2014 - 11:11 am .- In a colorful Thursday homily, Pope Francis highlighted the sin of vanity, saying that Christians must reject it by peeling away one layer at a time.
Sep 25, 2014 - 10:25 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday removed Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano from governance of the Diocese of of Cuidad del Este, in eastern Paraguay, following an apostolic visitation of the diocese which took place in July.
Sep 24, 2014 - 08:14 am .- Pope Francis made an appeal for prayer and aid for the victims of the Ebola outbreak which has been sweeping through several West African countries.
Sep 24, 2014 - 02:30 am .- Announced Tuesday, Pope Francis' appointments to the International Theological Commission include a greater number of women than before, and come from more diverse locales, vocations, and charisms.
Sep 23, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion and prejudice,” Pope Francis has said.
Sep 23, 2014 - 11:26 am .- Nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen,” a group of five Argentinean fathers traveled on bicycle from Buenos Aires to the Vatican to deliver letters from 70,000 students to the Holy Father.
Sep 23, 2014 - 04:26 am .- Pope Francis resumed daily Mass Tuesday after his papal visit to Albania, telling those present that living the Christian life is simple: listen to God's word and put it into practice.
Sep 22, 2014 - 11:42 am .- Pope Francis on the return flight from Albania praised the country for its youth and its “higher culture” that is “capable of building brotherhood” among Christians and Muslims.
Sep 22, 2014 - 07:44 am .- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled.
Sep 22, 2014 - 07:30 am .- In thanksgiving to the Blessed Mother for the success of his short but eventful trip to Albania, Pope Francis paid a visit on Monday morning to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
Sep 21, 2014 - 08:11 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said.
Sep 21, 2014 - 03:31 pm .- God’s consolation for Albania’s martyrs and other persecuted Christians is a reminder for us all of the intimate consolation that God offers amid suffering, Pope Francis said at a Sunday vespers service.
Sep 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm .- Pope Francis visited an Albanian center for abandoned children on Sunday, emphasizing in his remarks that Christian charity can help bring oneself and others closer to God.
Sep 21, 2014 - 09:21 am .- The “conviction that truth has its own power of attraction,” said Pope Francis, negates the need for those secure in their faith to impose their beliefs on others.
Sep 21, 2014 - 06:58 am .- In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit.
Sep 21, 2014 - 05:02 am .- After celebrating Mass at Mother Teresa square during his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis led the crowds in the angelus prayer, urging the country's young people to live a life fully engaged with Christ.
Sep 21, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Pope Francis opened his trip to Albania praising the “coexistence” between members of different faiths in the country, while condemning those who “consider themselves to be the 'armour' of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression.”
Sep 21, 2014 - 03:45 am .- During Mass at Mother Teresa square as part of his one-day trip to Albania, Pope Francis recalled the country's vicious history of anti-religious persecution, saying it is now ready for the Gospel to flourish.