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Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his General Audience in Saint Peter's Square on Sept. 25, 2013

Pope Francis: Christians are 'called to a party'

Nov 5, 2013

During his daily Mass Pope Francis said that at the essence of Christianity is an invitation to the Lord’s feast,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square on September 25, 2013 during his General Audience

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the 'martyrdom' of her heart

Oct 23, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his weekly general audience, the Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting today on the importance of Mary... Read more

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

Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Oct 22, 2013

By Elise Harris

In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing... Read more

Kenneth F. Hackett, United States Ambassador to the Holy See

New US ambassador to Vatican takes the helm in Rome

Oct 21, 2013

By Elise Harris

The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this... Read more

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

Do not reduce the faith to 'moralistic' ideology, Pope warns

Oct 17, 2013

By Elise Harris

During his daily Mass homily Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of following one's own personal, “moralistic” ideology, stressing the... Read more

Blessed John Paul II

John Paul II, John XXIII to be canonized Divine Mercy Sunday

Sep 30, 2013

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has announced that former Popes John Paul II and John XXIII are slated to be canonized this coming... Read more

Pope Francis leads Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter's Basilica on June 2, 2013.

Pope Francis carries forward papal commitment to peace

Sep 7, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In calling for a day of fasting and prayer for peace on Sept. 7, Pope Francis is following a long... Read more

Pope app tops iTunes charts

Mar 26, 2013

A Vatican-sponsored news application for smart phones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of the charts... Read more


Pope says world religious leaders united by truth, beauty

Mar 20, 2013

Pope Francis told world religious leaders that the desire to search for truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps them... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Pope Francis will shake up more than Vatican schedules

Mar 18, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

All the Vatican officials will continue in their positions “until otherwise provided” while Pope Francis takes time for “reflection, prayer... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first Urbi et Orbi blessing.

Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

Mar 13, 2013

Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals “went to the end of the... Read more

The third vote results in black smoke on the morning of March 13, 2013.

Healthier cardinals means earlier smoke signals

Mar 13, 2013

The smoke signals that indicate whether or not a new Pope has been chosen might be earlier than in the... Read more

The cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel for the papal conclave to elect a new pope on the morning of March 12, 2013.

Three cardinals entered conclave with strong candidacies

Mar 13, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Last night black smoke poured out of the Sistine Chapel smoke stack, leaving no doubt that a single cardinal was... Read more

Black Smoke pours out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel as seen from St. Peter's Square.

No Pope after third round of voting

Mar 13, 2013

At 11:38 a.m. local time on March 13, black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel’s chimney, indicating that the cardinals... Read more


Businessmen join in spiritual bouquet for cardinal electors

Mar 12, 2013

The Catholic Business Journal is encouraging its readers, radio audience and online subscribers to join in a spiritual bouquet to... Read more

Black smoke comes from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel to indicate no new Pope was elected, March 12, 2013.

Black smoke, no Pope yet

Mar 12, 2013

Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42 p.m. local time on March 12, signaling... Read more

Father Federico Lombardi responds to questions from the press on March 6, 2013.

New Pope will have adoration before his presentation

Mar 11, 2013

In a change to past papal elections, the new Pope will have the chance to adore Jesus in the Eucharist... Read more

Cardinals greet each other after the consistory Nov. 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Day before conclave, no clear favorite stands out

Mar 11, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

“It’s not journalists that vote in the conclave. It’s cardinals,” Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera said on Sunday, after celebrating... Read more


Main reason for conclave date revealed

Mar 9, 2013

An overwhelming majority of the College of Cardinals agreed on holding the conclave March 12 because the Sistine Chapel and... Read more

Catholics worldwide mobilize support for new Pope

Mar 9, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

When the white smoke rises from the Sistine Chapel to signal the next Pope’s election, Catholics in some cities can... Read more