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

Pope Francis: grace is more important than bureaucracy

May 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on attitudes necessary to evangelize, emphasizing the need to leave room for the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014

Pope Francis: gift of counsel illuminates the will of God

May 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel, explaining that through it... Read more

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Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6, 2013

The Christian life is a constant battle against evil, Pope reflects

Apr 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis centered his daily homily on the topic of temptation, observing that it has a specific structure, and encouraging... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims during his General Audience on September 25, 2013

Pope responds to Venezuelan peace talks invitation

Apr 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

Responding to an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a... Read more

Pope Francis took part in a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Apr 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity... Read more

Queen Elizabeth arrives to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis on April 3 2014

Pope, Queen enjoy casual tea during first meeting

Apr 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

Although short, the April 3 encounter between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican has been described as cordial... Read more

Pope Francis greets the crowds outside the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land visit released

Mar 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his homily during Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany on Jan. 6 2013

Pope: only the humble, marginalized 'obtain salvation'

Mar 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis dedicated his reflections to the virtue of humility, explaining that only the “outcasts” who... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Pope decries escalating violence in South Sudan

Mar 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to the archbishop of the South Sudanese capital Juba, Pope Francis urged the nation's citizens to... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013

Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

Mar 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

'I need the people of God to sustain me,' Pope says in interview

Mar 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a recent radio interview given to a station in a slum of Argentina, Pope Francis explained his frequent request... Read more

Pope Francis arrives by bus in Ariccia, Italy for a week of Lenten spiritual exercises on March 9, 2014.

Pope Francis on Lenten retreat with members of Curia

Mar 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

On Sunday afternoon Pope Francis left Rome with members of the Curia to spend their annual Lenten retreat in the... Read more

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

Walk with those who suffer failed marriages, Pope exhorts

Feb 28, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the beauty of marriage, emphasizing that when it fails, we should not... Read more

Pope Francis walks with Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square during his Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Polish bishop: Vatican visit shows no division with Church, Pope

Feb 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a recent interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik reflected his ad limina visit to Rome last week, explaining that in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday general audience on Jan. 8, 2014

Pope: Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

Feb 12, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on April 7, 2013

Pope affirms that Mass is more than a mere 'representation'

Feb 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Liturgy, highlighting how it is a real participation... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

Feb 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his message for the 29th WYD, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013

Do not justify sin by using other people, Pope warns

Feb 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the proper attitudes to have when we face difficult moments, stating that... Read more