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Pope Francis addresses pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023.

Pope Francis: The Gospel is universal

Nov 22, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

During his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis highlighted the universal nature of the Church’s mission to... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the World Day of the Poor Nov. 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘Light candles of hope in the midst of darkness’

Nov 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The poor were special guests at Pope Francis’ Mass for the sixth World Day of the Poor. Read more

Pope Francis at the end of the Angelus address Jan. 26, 2020.

Pope Francis: 'The beatitudes always bring joy'

Jan 29, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The beatitudes should be a defining feature of a Christian’s identity because they reveal the way that Jesus lived his... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Iquique, Chile Jan. 18, 2018.

Pope Francis in Chile: Don’t water down the joy of faith

Jan 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

At Mass in Iquique Thursday morning, Pope Francis drew attention to the care Mary shows at the Wedding at Cana,... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

When we seek Christ, we gain much more than we lose, Francis says

Jul 30, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday, Pope Francis said that when we seek out Christ, sacrificing everything in the process, in the end we... Read more

Bishop James D. Conley in Rome, Italy, May 4, 2012.

Bishop counters dismissals of Pope's economic warnings

Dec 3, 2013

Critics of Pope Francis' warnings about capitalism are reducing him to a “cartoonish socialist” to diminish the seriousness of his... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 5, 2013.

Pope's exhortation praised as a guide to Christian outreach

Nov 27, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

Pope Francis' new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the... Read more

Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013.

Pope backs male priesthood, urges 'feminine genius' in Church

Nov 26, 2013

Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic teaching on male priesthood in his first apostolic exhortation, while calling for a broader application of... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on October 2, 2013.

Begin 'new chapter' of joyful evangelization, Pope exhorts

Nov 26, 2013

In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged the Christian faithful to begin “a new... Read more