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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

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Pope Francis meets with 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the diocese of Lyon in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis tells poor they are 'the treasures of the Church'

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures of the Church,”... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the parents of Beau Jordan Solomon July 6, 2016.

Pope Francis meets with parents of American student killed in Rome

Jul 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

After the tragic death of Beau Solomon in Rome late last week, Pope Francis met with the young student’s parents,... Read more

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Pope to world leaders: if you want to help Syrians, stop funding the war

Jul 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for a new campaign promoting peace in Syria, Pope Francis called out world leaders who speak of... Read more

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

Bangladesh attack an offense against God, humanity, Pope Francis says

Jul 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has again voiced his sorrow for another “barbarous” terrorist attack, offering his prayers for the families and victims... Read more

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

Pope Francis mourns victims of 'heinous' attack on Istanbul airport

Jun 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

During his Wednesday Angelus address Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of Tuesday’s deadly attack on an Istanbul airport, asking... Read more

With 7 dead after teachers' union clash, Mexican bishop calls for prayer

Jun 22, 2016

Archbishop José Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, México, called for intensifying prayer for peace after clashes between authorities and a... Read more

A woman prays at the Orlando prayer vigil at St. James Cathedral, June 13.

Prayer vigil after Orlando shooting offers unity, hope to mourners

Jun 15, 2016

Members of various religious communities came together Monday evening at a vigil to pray for the victims of the Orlando... Read more

A participant at the LA Mass kicking off a novena for the elderly and terminally ill. Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Dima Otvertchenko.

LA archdiocese prays novena as assisted suicide law looms

Jun 7, 2016

California’s assisted suicide bill will go into effect on June 9, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is fighting back... Read more

Pope Francis greets an elderly woman at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 3, 2015.

Francis pleas for solidarity with elderly, marginalized in latest prayer video

Jun 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis, June is a month dedicated to praying for a demographic he frequently brings up in his speeches... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 25, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pray without ceasing – not just when you want to, Pope says

May 25, 2016

By Elise Harris

For Pope Francis, prayer is neither a “magic wand” used to get what we want nor something casual we do... Read more

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis offers prayers following EgyptAir plane crash

May 20, 2016

Pope Francis has voiced his prayers and condolences to all those affected by the apparent crash of an EgyptAir plane... Read more

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A bizarre ruling in Colombia bans civic prayer...and hugs

May 20, 2016

In what's been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start... Read more

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

Pope Francis observes moment of silence for Belgium attack victims

Mar 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his general audience the day after terrorist attacks in Belgium claimed the lives of at least 30 people and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 16, 2016 general audience.

Pope Francis to world leaders: Open your doors to migrants

Mar 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis renewed his appeal on behalf of the tens of thousands struggling to enter other countries as... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on Nov. 29, 2014.

Pope Francis returns to Rome after a week of spiritual exercises

Mar 11, 2016

By Elise Harris

After spending a week outside Rome reflecting on key questions in the Gospel during their annual Lenten retreat, Pope Francis... Read more

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

Pope: murdered Missionaries of Charity are martyrs of indifference

Mar 6, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis lamented the world’s indifference to the recent killing of four Missionaries of Charity, calling them the... Read more

Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Satanist ploy fails in Phoenix as city council reinstates prayer

Mar 3, 2016

By Mary Farrow

After a heated debate last month, the decision to replace public prayer with a moment of silence at Phoenix City... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 25, 2015 general audience.

Pope Francis cancels appointments due to a slight fever

Feb 25, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Thursday Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ announced that after Pope Francis celebrated his usual morning Mass, he canceled... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Jan. 10, 2016.

Pope Francis: It's not us, but God who takes the first step

Jan 31, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Sunday Pope Francis said that it’s the weak and vulnerable who are most valuable in God’s eyes, and stressed... Read more