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Pope Francis speaks at the general audience Sept. 25, 2019.

Pope Francis says slander is a 'diabolical cancer'

Sep 25, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that slander is a 'diabolical cancer' that seriously damages the Church.  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

Pope Francis and the cross at the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope: MidEast Christians reflect heroism of St. Stephen

Dec 26, 2016

Pope Francis has said the heroic martyrdom of St. Stephen is mirrored in the persecution of modern-day Christians, particularly in... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his first Sunday Angelus on March 17, 2013.

Saint's martyrdom strips Christmas of false 'saccharine-sweetness'

Dec 26, 2014

Pope Francis marked the feast day of Saint Stephen on Dec. 26, noting that the martyrdom of the early Church... Read more