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Pope Francis at Mass July 7, 2013.

Does Francis like being Pope? A behind-the-scenes chat in the Philippines

Jan 29, 2015

During his pastoral visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, Pope Francis held an unscheduled meeting at the Apostolic Nunciature in... Read more

Second Philippines Conference on New Evangelization, held Jan. 15-17 in Manila.

A step forward for evangelization in the Philippines

Jan 21, 2015

A three-day conference on evangelization took place in Manila during Pope Francis' Philippines visit, exploring the relationship between the beatitudes... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with journalists aboard the plane from Manila to Rome, Jan. 19, 2015.

Full text of Pope's in-flight interview from Manila to Rome

Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 19 flight from Manila to Rome concluding his Asian pilgrimage, Pope Francis discussed what... Read more

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle embrace at the close of Mass Jan. 16 in Manila.

After Francis: what the 'Pope of Surprises' means for Philippines bishops

Jan 18, 2015

Pope Francis’ departure from the Philippines prompted gratitude from leading bishops who encouraged Filipinos to reflect on the Pope’s message... Read more

Pope Francis and Philippines President Benigno Aquino during the papal departure ceremony Jan. 19.

The Philippines' farewell to visiting pontiff: "Pope Francis, we love you!"

Jan 18, 2015

The Pope departed the Philippines Monday morning from Villamor Air Base at a farewell ceremony where over 400 abandoned children... Read more

Miao Jing of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist association arrives at Santo Tomas University in Manila, Jan. 18, 2015.

One Buddhist nun's thoughts on Pope Francis

Jan 18, 2015

A Buddhist nun who experienced Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines voiced her gratitude to the pontiff for his efforts... Read more

Typhoon Yolanda survivor Elena Garado (second from left) at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, in Palo, Philippines, Jan. 17, 2015.

Philippines typhoon survivor: 'There's a reason for everything'

Jan 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

Elena Garado thought she was dead after being trapped under a table for four hours when Typhoon Yolanda hit her... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

Jan 18, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has... Read more

 Fr. Justin of the Brothers of Saint John in Cebu waits for the arrival of Pope Francis to the Philippines on Jan. 15, 2015.

A providential boost for the Philippine church's Year for Poor

Jan 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

A priest currently stationed in the Philippine diocese of Cebu said that not only is Pope Francis' visit an opportunity... Read more

Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.

History made! Philippine crowd for Pope Francis hits 6-7 million

Jan 18, 2015

The Vatican's spokesman said that papal history was made Sunday during Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines where an estimated... Read more

 Harold Ducusin at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

Catholic and non-Catholic alike; young people swarm for Pope

Jan 18, 2015

By Mary Farrow, Alan Holdren

Harold Ducusin, like many of his peers, traveled several hours to join tens of thousands of other young Filipinos to... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Sunday Mass at Rizal Park in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

Protect the family – Pope's parting message to the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015

In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s... Read more

Pope Francis addresses a youth rally in Manila Jan. 18.

Pope Francis: Those who give must also learn to receive

Jan 18, 2015

Everyone who helps the poor should consider whether they know how to ask for help in areas where they themselves... Read more

Pope Francis at Santo Tomas University in Manila Jan. 18.

Pope's prescription for our info-saturated world: being surprised by love

Jan 17, 2015

Tens of thousands of Filipino youth gathered in Manila with Pope Francis on Sunday and heard his recommendation that a... Read more

Kristel Padasas.

Pope Francis prays for woman killed at Philippines Mass

Jan 17, 2015

Pope Francis led a youth rally in prayer for Kristel Padasas, a young woman who died in a freak accident... Read more

Pope Francis hugs a former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar at a youth rally in Manila Jan. 18

What Pope Francis learned from homeless girl: 'Cry with the suffering!'

Jan 17, 2015

Pope Francis praised Filipino former homeless girl Glyzelle Palomar for asking why God allows children to suffer, saying her tearful... Read more

Pope Francis laughs during his Jan. 16 homily at Manila's Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Here's why Pope Francis goes off script

Jan 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

In a press briefing with journalists in the Philippines, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi ventured to explain the reason why... Read more

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

Pope Francis to Philippines cardinal: 'this visit is really for me'

Jan 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

On his return flight from the Philippine city of Tacloban to Manila, where he met with and shared in the... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks at a press conference Feb. 11, 2013.

Prayers asked for woman killed in freak accident at papal Mass

Jan 17, 2015

A local woman was killed at an airport near Tacloban, Philippines where Pope Francis had just celebrated Mass for thousands... Read more

Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015.

A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

Jan 17, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former... Read more