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Vatican: Pope washing women inmates' feet a 'beautiful' gesture

In response to controversy, the Vatican's spokesman has praised Pope Francis' “simple” act of love for including two women among... Read more

Pope Francis during the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 30, 2013.

Welcome Jesus as a friend, Pope encourages at Easter Vigil

Pope Francis called on Christians to let the risen Jesus enter their lives and to welcome him with trust as... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the March 29, 2013 Passion of the Lord liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica.

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is... Read more

Some the Lebanese young people who helped write the Stations of the Cross meditations that will be used on March 29, 2013.

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a juvenile detainee at Casal del Marmo on March 28, 2013.

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly... Read more


Pope advances sainthood causes for persecuted Catholics

Pope Francis has approved moving ahead with 16 causes for sainthood, which include multiple 20th-century martyrs, the foundress of a... Read more

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

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they... Read more


Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates' feet

Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Pope calls for end to Central African Republic violence

Pope Francis appealed for an “immediate halt to violence and looting” in the Central African Republic after a coup toppled... Read more


Vatican TV documentary reveals Pope Francis' first words

The Vatican Television Center will release the documentary “Francesco” next week, providing an intimate look at the historic events that... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more

Pope Francis meets Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on March 18, 2013.

Argentine press claims Pope Francis will visit country in December

Two of Argentina's leading newspapers reported today that Pope Francis will visit the country this year during the first half... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday on March 24, 2013.

Pope plans to live in Vatican workers' residence

Pope Francis said this morning he will stay at Saint Martha’s residence instead of moving to the Apostolic Palace, according... Read more


Pope sends Passover greeting, asks for prayers

In keeping with tradition, Pope Francis sent a message to the Jewish community in Rome, wishing them a good Passover... Read more


Priest says Pope's election bearing spiritual fruit in Argentina

Father Marcelo Pettinaroli, pastor of Our Lady of Carmen in Buenos Aires, said the election of Pope Francis has brought... Read more


Two books by Pope Francis due to be published in Italian

Two books written by Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires will be presented to the Italian press... Read more


Pope plans full Easter schedule with a twist

Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. CNA file photo.

Pope's election changed headlines but decisions loom

“The election of Pope Francis marked a change in the newspapers headlines regarding the Church,” according to Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri,... Read more