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Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 22, 2016.

Pope Francis: to love your enemies, prayer is a game-changer

Feb 19, 2017

The path to holiness and sainthood, Pope Francis said, requires imitating Christ by loving our enemies and praying for those... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014.

This is the one thing Pope Francis says you can brag about

Feb 15, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As children we are taught that bragging is bad, especially when we do it to people who have less than... Read more

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Pope lauds 'courageous' witness of abuse victim who forgave

Feb 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the... Read more

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square, April 2, 2016.

This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican 'corruption'

Feb 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope makes renewed plea on behalf of persecuted Rohingya minority

Feb 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis made an urgent appeal for prayer on behalf for all suffering due to slavery and exploitation,... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square June 17, 2015.

Pope: Be more than a mannequin when it comes to helping refugees

Feb 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his newest prayer video Pope Francis focused on the poor and refugees, saying we shouldn’t be like immobile mannequin’s... Read more

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After school shooting in Mexico, archbishop offers prayers

Jan 24, 2017

Following a school shooting in Monterrey, Mexico last week, the local archbishop offered his prayers and support.  Read more

Washington National Cathedral.

Cardinal Wuerl prays for unity at Inaugural Prayer Service

Jan 23, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious leaders gathered in prayer for the country and the Trump administration on Saturday, continuing a decades-old tradition of national... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Mafia crime is 'radically opposed' to the Gospel, Pope says

Jan 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

Frequently an outspoken critic against organized crime, Pope Francis again came out with harsh words for those involved in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, June 1, 2016.

Pope Francis: prayer is an act of hope that leads us to God

Jan 18, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis said hope in salvation is what leads us to turn to the Lord in prayer, trusting... Read more

A prayer vigil in Dallas for the injured and killed policemen in a July 8 attack in Dallas.

Race relations are a Church responsibility, bishops say in call to action

Jan 5, 2017

The Catholic Church can be a force for healing race relations, said the U.S. bishops’ task force on racism and... Read more

Pope Francis overlooking the crowd in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday morning on April 5, 2015.

There are no words for the loss of a child, but there is still hope, Pope says

Jan 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

While no words or gestures will ever be enough to comfort the pain experienced by those who have lost a... Read more

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

Pope shakes up monthly prayers, adds new 'urgent' intention

Jan 4, 2017

By Elise Harris

After launching the first video series on his monthly prayer intentions last year, Pope Francis has decided to make some... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Vespers and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 31, 2015.

At close of 2016, Pope says selfishness should be a thing of the past

Dec 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

During a prayer service for the close of 2016, Pope Francis said the arrival of a new year should serve... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

Pope Francis pleads for end to 'homicidal madness' of terrorism

Dec 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

What are being called two major acts of terrorism in just the past 24 hours have prompted Pope Francis to... Read more

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Bishops mourn victims of deadly truck detour on Berlin Christmas market

Dec 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

After 12 people were killed when a truck rammed into crowds at a Berlin Christmas market, the German bishops have... Read more

In call to Coptic Patriarch, Pope says they are united by blood of martyrdom

Dec 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

The day after an explosion at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral in Cairo killed 25 people, mostly women and children, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience May 28, 2014.

In a world torn by conflict, nonviolence is a Christian requirement, Pope says

Dec 12, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to the many conflicts splintering different parts of the world, Pope Francis said the Christian response must... Read more

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Pope dedicates December to praying for end to child soldiers

Dec 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his latest prayer video, which highlights his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis focused on putting... Read more