Dec 17, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- A chorus burst of 'Happy Birthday' and the smell of birthday cake filled the Vatican today as a crowd of young people from the Italian lay movement 'Azione Cattolica' gathered to festively wish Pope Francis a happy birthday as he turned 79 years old.
Dec 16, 2015 - 10:05 am .- The Church is the “living sign” of God's love and mercy in the world, Pope Francis said during his Wednesday general audience. He reflected on the universality of communion as demonstrated by the global scale of the Jubilee of Mercy.
Dec 15, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- On Friday Pope Francis clarified a few points in his streamlined marriage annulment process. He reiterated that not only do the new rules trump everything that came before them, they also restore power to the Vatican’s main marriage court in order to prevent unnecessary procedural delays.
Dec 15, 2015 - 04:17 am .- Pope Francis’ message for 2016’s World Day of Peace is packed with bold pastoral and practical advice for both the Church as well as international leaders.
Dec 13, 2015 - 06:48 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis commended world leaders for reaching an agreement in the recently-concluded Paris climate talks, urging the international community promptly put it into action.
Dec 13, 2015 - 04:02 am .- On his return flight from Africa, as Pope Francis fielded the customary questions from the press, he challenged a journalist on a question about condom use in the fight to prevent HIV.
Dec 12, 2015 - 11:55 am .- Pope Francis officially announced the date he would venerate the shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico during his homily for the Marian feast at the Vatican.
Dec 11, 2015 - 03:40 pm .- Attention to the poor was one of the greatest of the bishops' contributions during the Second Vatican Council – and is a legacy Pope Francis carries forward with impressive force, according to some.
Dec 10, 2015 - 05:31 am .- The Vatican announced today that due to Pope Francis’ busy schedule during the Jubilee of Mercy, he has decided to postpone his May 7, 2016, visit to the diocese of Milan until the following year.
Dec 9, 2015 - 11:18 am .- The day after opening the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated his general audience remarks to answering the question of why he called for a jubilee on the subject, saying the primary reason is simply because it’s needed.
Dec 9, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Is it simply having pity for someone or bending the rules? As the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy kicks off, Catholic theologians weigh in on mercy, and its surprising connection to justice.
Dec 8, 2015 - 01:40 pm .- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s.
Dec 8, 2015 - 04:50 am .- Pope Francis has officially commenced the Jubilee of Mercy, calling those who pass through the newly-opened Holy Door to rediscover God’s mercy and experience the mystery of his love.
Dec 8, 2015 - 03:02 am .- A two-day Vatican workshop over the weekend explored the unique challenges faced by women as they balance work with family life, and what true equality for women looks like in the workplace.
Dec 5, 2015 - 08:13 am .- The Vatican has announced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will take part in the official inauguration of the Jubilee of Mercy with the opening of the Holy Door on Dec. 8.
Dec 3, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- A Marian chapel built into a car – called an “Autocappella” – received a blessing from Pope Francis yesterday just before the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
Dec 2, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Four alleged terrorist sympathizers who made internet threats against Pope Francis have been arrested. While Italian authorities described them as “highly dangerous,” they said they did not appear to be involved in any specific plot.
Dec 2, 2015 - 02:09 pm .- Pope Francis has granted an interview to the official website for the Jubilee of Mercy, in which he expresses his intention that the year be an occasion to encounter God's tenderness in a world rife with cruelty and atrocities.
Dec 2, 2015 - 07:16 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key role that missionaries play on the continent, and asked youth to consider it as an option for their future.
Nov 30, 2015 - 02:17 pm .- In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists from across the world. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa.