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Pope Francis waves to the crowds of young people gathered in Meazza-San Siro Stadium during his day trip to Milan, Italy on March 25, 2017.

In Milan, Pope makes youth promise to never be a bully

In last meeting during his day trip to Milan, Pope Francis issued a harsh criticism of bullying in schools, asking... Read more

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California bishops: Legalizing marijuana hurts kids, the poor

When it comes to legalizing marijuana in California, the risks to children, teens and the poor are just too great,... Read more

Pope Francis says religious harmony in Azerbaijan must continue

In a meeting with political leaders Sunday, Pope Francis praised the peaceful relationship among Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox, and Jews in... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to the airport of Baku in Azerbaijan Oct. 2, 2016.

In Azerbaijan, Pope says faith, service weave Christian life together

Pope Francis celebrated Mass immediately after landing in Azerbaijan Sunday, telling faithful gathered in the small church that faith and... Read more

Pope Francis greets disabled people outside the Assistance Center of St. Camillius in Georgia Oct. 1, 2016.

Disabled youth perform special dance for Pope Francis in Georgia

Pope Francis was treated to a special presentation Saturday when young people, including several disabled youth in wheelchairs, performed traditional... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square for the Italian Sporting Center's celebration of sports on June 7, 2014.

Pope Francis dedicates Olympic month to praying for sports

While Pope Francis has often spoken about sports as a means of fellowship and fraternity, the message has a special... Read more

What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet... Read more

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet... Read more

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When police need backup, St. Michael sends priests

When Catholic police officer Sharif Said goes out on his beat patrolling the suburbs of Milwaukee, he brings his faith... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

In a revamped marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates New Years Eve Vespers in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 31, 2014.

Pope Francis: conversion isn't just an appearance – it's a matter of the heart

In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis said that merely obeying the rules isn’t enough to make us holy, but... Read more

In prayer.

What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

More than 10 years ago, Steve Gershom found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience June 24, 2015.

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and... Read more

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass inside Manila's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Jan. 16, 2015.

Pope slams culture of waste, says it’s 'a mortal sin' to discard elderly

In his general audience Pope Francis condemned modern society for silently disposing of the elderly, saying that a civilization which... Read more

Pope Francis meets with students in Paul VI audience hall on May 31, 2014.

'Surrounded by children' – Pope Francis’ take on a thriving society

In his general audience address Pope Francis said that children are gift to parents and society, and that there is... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his general audience on Nov. 26, 2014.

The Church isn’t static – she’s a pilgrim on a journey, Pope says

Pope Francis in his weekly general audience said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, in St. Peter's Square, March 24, 2013.

Cardinal Sarah appointment paves the way for new Curia

Cardinal Robert Sarah has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Oct. 29, 2014 General Audience.

The Church's mystery: it's both visible and spiritual, Pope says

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke of the visible actions carried out by the Church, explaining that they... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Christian hope is no mere optimism – it’s a light for the world

In his Wednesday general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian hope, saying that it consists in... Read more