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Pope Francis washes the feet of migrants and refugees during Holy Thursday Mass March 24, 2016.

Anyone could be forced to migrate, Pope says in latest prayer video

In his most recent prayer video, Pope Francis focuses on migrants, refugees and countries who assist them, stressing that it's... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for deceased cardinals and bishops in St. Peter's Basilica Nov. 4, 2016.

Pope honors deceased bishops, says death unites us more fully in Christ

Reflecting on the faithful work of the bishops and cardinals who have died in the past 12 months, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis 1 at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

As battle for Mosul rages, Pope appeals for an end to violence in Iraq

With the Iraqi Army currently embroiled in an effort to liberate Mosul and the Plains of Nineveh from the Islamic... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope offers prayer, support for a Haiti devastated by hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew killed more than 300 people and left thousands more homeless, Pope Francis has written a telegram assuring... Read more

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri.

Is this bishop right about the rosary conquering Boko Haram?

Amid the apparent decline of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, a Nigerian bishop who had a vision of Christ... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both... Read more

Pope Francis prays at the red zone in Amatrice during a private Oct. 4, 2016, visit to those affected by a massive earthquake in August.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Amatrice to pray for earthquake victims

On Tuesday Pope Francis made an unannounced private visit to the small Italian city of Amatrice to offer support  areas... Read more

Syrian children.

Syrian children to unite in prayer for an end to violence

Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the inaguration of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida in the Vatican Gardens Sept. 3, 2016.

Pope Francis makes surprise stop at Vatican unveiling of Our Lady of Aparecida

Ahead of his meeting with volunteers Saturday, Pope Francis decided to pop in for the inauguration of a new statue... Read more

Pope Francis leads pilgrims in praying for the victims of an earthquake in Italy during his Aug. 24, 2016, general audience.

Pope tosses audience speech, prays rosary for victims of Italy quake

Instead of giving the usual catechesis during his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis decided to postpone the speech, leading pilgrims... Read more

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

Pope prays for victims of 'bloody' attack at a wedding in Turkey

After an explosion in southern Turkey lit up a wedding ceremony, killing 50 people and wounding nearly 100 more, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis voices solidarity, closeness to victims of Portugal fires

On Tuesday, Pope Francis voiced his sorrow for the damage done by wildfires raging on the Portuguese island of Madeira,... Read more

Geostationary imagery of Tropical Storm Javier.

Pope offers message of prayer amid violent storms in Mexico

After Tropical Storm Javier and Hurricane Earl ravaged parts of Mexico over the weekend, Pope Francis offered his prayers and... Read more

Hands in prayer at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015.

From Philadelphia, prayers for a better country as DNC meets

As Democratic Party leaders met to choose a presidential nominee and party platform, Philadelphia’s Catholic basilica hosted an interreligious prayer... Read more

A young religious sister prays at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Pope shakes up cloisters with new norms focused on prayer, centralization

Amid modern challenges emerging from a culture which provides increasingly easier access to outside distractions, Pope Francis has issued new... Read more

Why pray after tragedy? This Sandy Hook mother has an answer

Some people have difficulty seeing the point of prayer in times of trouble. But for Magnificat magazine columnist Jennifer Hubbard,... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Doubts arise after alleged photo of Fr. Tom surfaces

After a photo supposedly showing Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen in March, emerged on social media, sources... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi speaks about Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on Feb.11, 2013

Vatican condemns Nice attack as 'homicidal madness'

After a truck plowed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 84, the Vatican has... Read more

A man leaves a note at a makeshift memorial honoring the five police officers killed in a July 7 shooting in Dallas, Texas.

Knights of Columbus launch novena for peace in response to US shootings

In the wake of violence across the nation this week, the Knights of Columbus have issued a campaign encouraging people... Read more

Pope Francis drinks from an Argentina cup at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 7, 2015.

Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new... Read more