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Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

The Francis effect takes hold at a notorious Bolivian prison

Pope Francis’ July 10 visit to a prison in Bolivia was just one of several dozen events over the course... Read more

Pope Francis touches the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, 2014.

Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the Quito airport in Ecuador during his South America trip on July 5, 2015.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

In the course of his 64 minute in-flight press conference while en route to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions ranging... Read more

Pope Francis arriving in St. Peter's Square for the Wednesday general audience on June 17, 2015.

Pope Francis off-the-cuff to young people: Don't waste your lives

Pope Francis tossed aside his prepared remarks in a talk to thousands of Paraguay's young people – urging the crowd... Read more

The papal altar at Asuncion’s Ñu Guazú park in Paraguay, July 12, 2015.

Spectacular Paraguay altar destined to be broken down, recycled

The more than 60,000 corncobs, 20,000 squashes and 150,000 coconuts that adorn the altarpiece in Asuncion’s Ñu Guazú park where... Read more

Screenshot: Pope Francis delivers his homily at Ñu Guazú field in Paraguay

Want to preach the Gospel effectively? Be welcoming, Pope says

In the final homily of his trip to South America Pope Francis said that a key aspect of Christian spirituality... Read more

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Wednesday General Audience on May 27, 2015.

Pope to Paraguay’s poor: faith without solidarity is dead

On his final day in South America Pope Francis visited the poorest neighborhood in Paraguay’s capitol, encouraging residents to practice... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his homily during Vespers with Paraguay clergy and religious.

Pope prays with Paraguay clergy, urges conformity to Christ

Pope Francis reflected on the nature of Christian vocation on Saturday during a meeting with Paraguay’s clergy, religious and seminarians. ... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on May 20, 2015.

Francis lauds strength of Paraguay women amid nation's bloody history

Arriving in Paraguay on Friday, Pope Francis recognized the particular contribution of women in the nation’s warn-torn past.      Read more

Burger King turned into sacristy for Pope's outdoor Mass in Bolivia

The organizers for Pope Francis' visit to Bolivia made use of a local Burger King as a sacristy for the... Read more

Pope in Latin America apologizes for sins against native peoples

Following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis on Thursday asked forgiveness for crimes against the indigenous... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

Pope Francis: Humanity's future is in the hands of the poor

In an address to international NGOs on Thursday, Pope Francis said the poor and marginalized have an irreplaceable role to... Read more

Pope Francis blesses the crowds gathered at the Quito Cathedral in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

'Remember your roots': Pope goes off-the-cuff to priests, religious

In his last encounter during his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis on Wednesday warned priests and religious against career ambitions... Read more

Flags of Pope Francis wave at the Papal Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador on July 7, 2015.

Ecuador is 'a Church on the move'

Everyone at the Vatican is praying for the fruits of the Pope’s apostolic visit to Latin America, but there is... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Guayaquil in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

The man who put Laudato Si into practice in Ecuador – 40 years ago

Among the members of civil society Pope Francis met with in Quito was an Italian who helped build a banking... Read more

Screenshot of Pope Francis at the San Francisco church in Quito, Ecuador on July 7, 2015.

Pope to policy makers in Ecuador: Love society as your family

In an address at the San Francisco church in Quito, Ecuador Pope Francis told political and social policy makers of... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for thousands gathered at Guayaquil in Ecuador on July 6, 2015.

God to Cain, Pope to educators: 'Where is your brother?'

Pope Francis on Tuesday challenged Ecuador’s educators to form their students to engage in modern-day issues with innovation and in... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 3, 2014.

Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

“Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would... Read more