Feb 20, 2014 - 05:06 pm .- At a Vatican workshop addressing aging and disability, Pope Francis reminded participants that every human being is always dependent on others: a reality that should encourage empathy and inclusion.
Feb 20, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- Pope Francis set aside his schedule Wednesday to meet briefly with 19 inmates from prisons in Pisa and the island of Pianosa, greeting each one individually and blessing them.
Feb 20, 2014 - 11:24 am .- Pope Francis met briefly this morning with cardinals who had gathered for a meeting to reflect on the theme of the family, urging them to consider carefully both the Church’s theology and pastoral practice.
Feb 20, 2014 - 05:39 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Christian discipleship, emphasizing the need for Christians to follow Jesus with their entire lives, not just intellectually.
Feb 19, 2014 - 04:57 am .- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
Feb 18, 2014 - 02:01 pm .- Pope Francis has renewed his Argentinean passport, according to Argentina's Ministry of the Interior and Transportation, and his new documents will be sent to St. Martha's Residence at the Vatican.
Feb 18, 2014 - 11:36 am .- Pope Francis on Feb. 18 stressed that the Word of God “opens the horizon” and saves Christians from the temptation that “closes us in.”
Feb 17, 2014 - 11:48 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis emphasized that God is not a “sorcerer” who does what we want, but rather has a plan that we should wait for with patience even when we face challenges.
Feb 17, 2014 - 08:46 am .- Meeting for the third time since its institution, the Council of Eight has reconvened in Rome to address the economic affairs of the Holy See, and will continue their discussions over the next three days.
Feb 16, 2014 - 06:21 am .- Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus message emphasized the importance of avoiding all forms of slander in living a Christian life.
Feb 14, 2014 - 11:00 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis addressed the identity of a Christian, saying that the faithful must “go out” and “walk” as disciples that are astute and who announce the Gospel with joy.
Feb 13, 2014 - 11:40 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis encouraged all present to pursue God rather than their own passions, noting how the Old Testament figure Solomon “lost his faith” to idolatry despite being wise.
Feb 13, 2014 - 05:16 am .- In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis highlighted the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together to in building a just society.
Feb 12, 2014 - 06:55 am .- Andrea Gagliarducci has co-authored a new book recalling the period of Lent between Benedict XVI’s resignation and Pope Francis’ election, stating that there is strong coherence between the two pontiffs.
Feb 11, 2014 - 03:16 am .- On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.
Feb 10, 2014 - 02:37 pm .- Speaking to the Polish bishops last week, Pope Francis encouraged a stronger understanding of marriage, accompanied by a merciful attitude toward those in difficult family situations.
Feb 8, 2014 - 11:23 am .- Today the Pope met with over 1,500 Sri Lankan pilgrims, assuring them of his prayers for continued peace in the conflict-ridden nation and expressing his hope for a future visit.
Feb 8, 2014 - 11:04 am .- The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests.
Feb 7, 2014 - 11:28 am .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis spoke about the witness of John the Baptist from the Gospel, highlighting how the saint lived and died with humility and urging all to follow in his example.
Feb 6, 2014 - 01:49 pm .- On Feb. 6, Pope Francis’ autographed Harley Davidson motorcycle and leather jacket were auctioned in France, bringing in more than $350,000 for a local charity in Rome.