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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square after Mass on April 28, 2013

Letters to Pope read 'with the heart,' Vatican official says

Jan 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis receives a few thousand letters a week, which Correspondence Director Msgr. Giuliano Gallorini notes... Read more

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

Pope advances the causes of eight possible Saints

Jan 28, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a Monday meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the... Read more

Pope Francis lays his hands on Bishop Fernando Vergez during his episcopal ordination in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 15, 2013

Pope lauds 'bravery' of those anointed by God

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing... Read more

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

Pope, Hollande discuss positive role of religion in society

Jan 27, 2014

By Elise Harris

During Pope Francis’ meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, the two discussed an array of topics concerning human... Read more

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

'Poison' of jealousy destroys communities, stresses Pope

Jan 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis warned against the dangers of envy, explaining that it is a sin which fosters... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims at his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Media should foster culture of encounter, Pope Francis says

Jan 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his first message for World Communication Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter,... Read more

Lambs are wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014.

Blessing of lambs a 500 year old tradition, priest reveals

Jan 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Shortly before the blessing of the lambs yesterday in honor of the feast of St. Agnes, the parish priest of... Read more

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

Pope Francis: accept the surprises of God

Jan 20, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the theme of Christian freedom, observing that it comes from our docility... Read more

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

Pope Francis warns against a 'worldly uniformity'

Jan 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful not to fall into the temptation of worldliness which hardens our... Read more

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

Pope: Christians have not been chosen for 'small things'

Jan 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call... Read more

Nativity Scene for Christmas 2013 designed by Antonio Cantone in Saint Peters Square

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Jan 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013

Pope Francis: our faith is 'not an ornament'

Jan 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to... Read more

Rogerio Piva performs a juggling act for Pope Francis during his general audience on Jan. 8, 2013

It was a 'thrill' to perform for Pope, circus members say

Jan 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying that the exciting... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the episcopal ordination of Bishop Fernando Vergez on Nov. 15, 2013

Pope urges Egyptian Christians to 'Be strong, do not fear!'

Dec 9, 2013

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis concelebrated his daily Mass this morning with the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, offering prayers for peace, and... 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: Kingdom of God 'comes by wisdom'

Nov 14, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily, Pope Francis warned against the ‘spirit of curiosity’ which can lead us away from God, stating... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square during his General Audience on Nov. 13, 2013

Baptism is a 'bath of regeneration,' says Pope

Nov 13, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door... Read more

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

Pope warns against 'unclean bread' of corruption

Nov 8, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his daily Mass, Pope Francis cautioned those present to be aware the dangers of bribery, stating that those who... Read more

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Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

Nov 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

Earlier today it was disclosed that Pope Francis has decided on the themes of the next three World Youth Days,... Read more

Pope John Paul II Visits United Nations.

Vatican bureaucracy can leave Popes uninformed, JPII secretary reveals

Nov 7, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

At times, Blessed Pope John Paul II was not well informed by his associates, according to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013

Charity is the 'greatest richness' of Church, says Pope

Nov 6, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order... Read more