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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

Blue light of a police car.

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


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

Our Lady of Fatima.

Three ways to obtain an indulgence for the 100-year Fatima anniversary

Dec 1, 2016

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant... Read more

A priest walks through St. Peter's Square.

Society needs priests 'enamored' with the Gospel, Pope Francis says

Dec 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis focused on the need to be... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Nov. 30, 2016, general audience in the Paul VI Hall.

We have to pray for both the living and the dead, Pope Francis says

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his last set of catechesis on mercy, Pope Francis focused on the works of praying for the living and... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis offers prayer, condolences after Colombia plane crash

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

After a plane crash in Colombia claimed the lives of 71 people, including the majority of Brazil’s up and coming... Read more

Nigerian Catholics reflect on mercy: God never fails to forgive

Nov 29, 2016

As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect... Read more

Firefighter helmet.

Firefighter chaplain responds to tragedy at Peruvian mall

Nov 21, 2016

When a deadly fire broke out at a mall in Lima, Peru last week, fire fighters responded to put out... Read more

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

Nov 4, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 4, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Oct 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Oct 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

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