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Pope Francis with a group of disabled children, led by Unitalsi Lazio in Santa Martha on May 29, 2015.

No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

May 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the 'Dry the Eyes' prayer vigil in St. Peter's Basilica, May 5, 2016.

No one is alone in their suffering, Pope Francis affirms at prayer vigil

May 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

During a prayer vigil on Thursday for all those in need of consolation, Pope Francis stressed that though we cry... Read more

The bull of indiction for the Jubilee of 1575, issued by Gregory XIII.

Celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy by discovering historical Jubilee Years

May 5, 2016

To observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to connect it with past Jubilee Years, the pilgrimage office of the... Read more

Pope Francis hands rosaries to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his general audience May 4, 2016.

Jesus' closeness to sinners isn’t a scandal – it's an example, Pope says

May 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Shepherd is a key example of God’s mercy, because it... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the military, armed forces and firefighters during his Jubilee general audience April 30, 2016.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 27, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says

Apr 27, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

Apr 24, 2016

While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square during the General Audience on April 20, 2016. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope urges teens to practice works of mercy

Apr 23, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has challenged young people to commit to practicing the corporal works of mercy in order to recognize the... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his April 20, 2016 general audience.

Know the difference between sin and sinner, Pope Francis says

Apr 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis stressed the importance of knowing how to distinguish between sin and sinner, adding that God’s mercy... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 6, 2016.

Pope Francis says Christ's love is open to all – that's why we go to Confession

Apr 6, 2016

God’s mercy is for everyone, and Jesus Christ is proof, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.  Read more

Volunteers distribute food to Ukrainians displaced from their homes by the violence.

Francis announces special collection for victims of Ukraine conflict

Apr 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic churches in Europe April... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday April 4, 2016.

Mercy is an open book – and it's our task to write it, Pope says

Apr 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Divine Mercy Sunday Pope Francis said the “Gospel of Mercy” begun by Jesus and the apostles is still unfinished,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his jubilee general audience March 12, 2016.

Love is the hidden service we do for others, Pope Francis says

Mar 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis said that love is more than just saying nice words and doing things – it means... Read more

Passes received at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

For South Africa's bishops, the Year of Mercy is a time to heal racial division

Mar 11, 2016

Repentance, spiritual healing, and hard conversations are necessary to respond to racism and racial divisions, the bishops of South Africa... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Dec. 16, 2015.

How Pope Francis changed the life of a California teen inmate

Mar 5, 2016

When a juvenile inmate in a California prison wrote to Pope Francis, he did not expect a response.   Read more

Pope Francis prays with staff and patients at  the Fr. Mario Picchi Italian Center for Solidarity in Marino, Feb. 26, 2016.

Pope Francis spends his Friday with people in drug, alcohol recovery

Feb 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Continuing his knack for surprises, Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a rehabilitation center for those addicted to drugs... Read more

Pope Francis with a group of disabled children, led by Unitalsi Lazio in Santa Martha on May 29, 2015.

God's love is the 'beating heart' of the Church, Pope Francis says

Feb 26, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating... Read more

Pope Francis gives a rosary to a disabled child during his general audience Feb. 24, 2016.

Pope: wealth and power are good, but only when used to serve

Feb 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis cautioned that unless wealth and power are put at the service of society, especially the poor,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience Jan. 13, 2016.

Make a daily commitment to spreading God’s mercy, Pope Francis says

Feb 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis held his second Saturday general audience of the Jubilee, encouraging pilgrims to make a daily commitment... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of Padre Pio prayer groups in St. Peter's Square Feb. 6, 2016.

Padre Pio was a true 'servant of mercy,' Pope Francis says

Feb 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis said that St. Padre Pio is a key example of someone who has given their entire... Read more