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Pope Francis speaks at the general audience Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis: Synodality brought pagans to 'reject idolatry'

Oct 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the first Christian evangelization of the pagans opened up “a very lively controversy” as the... Read more

Pope Francis at his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter's Square June 26, 2019.

Pope Francis: There is no room for selfishness in Christian life

Jun 26, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that there is no room for selfishness in the Christian life, pointing to the example of... Read more

In Michelangelo's Pietà, the Virgin Mary holds her Son as she did at his birth.

St. Stephen’s Day connects Christ’s birth to his salvific mission, Pope Francis says

Dec 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, falls the day after Christmas —  timing that contains an important... Read more

Tombs line the walls of the Catacomb of Pricilla beneath Rome, Nov. 20, 2012.

Google maps launch virtual tour of Roman catacombs

Nov 21, 2013

By Elise Harris

The internet's largest search engine has created a digital map of two large catacombs in Rome, hoping to expose users... Read more

Church celebrates feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 27, 2010

On Tuesday, June 29, the Church celebrates the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul. As early as the year... Read more