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Pope Francis venerating the cross on Good Friday, 2015.

How to get holy during Holy Week

As Catholics around the world are buying Easter candy and dyeing boiled eggs, two priests have offered suggestions for getting... Read more

Texas bishops call for prayers to heal community after bombings

The bishops of central Texas have encouraged prayers for healing in a community reeling from a string of bombings over... Read more

Cardinal Keith O'Brien.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, disgraced Scottish prelate, dies at 80

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, who stepped down as Archbishop of Edinburgh in 2013 after admitting to inappropriate sexual conduct throughout... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass outside the Sanctuary of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo March 17, 2018.

Prayer is about being with God, not stress relief, Francis says

On Saturday Pope Francis asked Catholics if they try to pray as Jesus did – out of love for God... Read more

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

Pope Francis: Fresh violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta is 'inhumane'

After a week of heavy bombardment near Damascus left hundreds of civilians dead, Pope Francis has made an appeal for... Read more

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

Pope Francis regularly meets with abuse victims on Fridays

In a conversation with Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis said he regularly meets with victims of... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis voices sorrow for 'devastating' Florida school attack

On Thursday, Pope Francis assured his spiritual closeness to all those affected by a deadly shooting at a Florida high... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany Jan. 6, 2018.

Mass-goers have a right to a well-prepared homily, Pope says

On Wednesday Pope Francis again offered some reflections and tips for the Liturgy of the Word, saying faithful who attend... Read more

Pope Francis on Jan. 6, 2018.

Pray for each other, Pope Francis tells Stigmatine Fathers

In an off-the-cuff speech Saturday, Pope Francis told members of the Stigmatine Fathers that in community life, fraternity is a... Read more

Pope Francis and a cross during the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum in Rome, Italy on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis voices condolences over deadly Taiwan quake

After a massive earthquake and a string of aftershocks in Taiwan killed at least seven and injured hundreds more, Pope... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience Oct. 11, 2017.

This Lent, revive your enthusiasm for the faith, Pope says

In his message for the upcoming Lenten season, Pope Francis urged people to renew their enthusiasm for the faith, using... Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Nov. 23, 2017.

Pope announces day of prayer, fasting for Congo and South Sudan

On Sunday Pope Francis announced that the first Friday of Lent would be a day of prayer and fasting for... Read more

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

In February prayer video, Pope urges global leaders to resist corruption

Pope Francis in his latest prayer video places a spotlight on the problem of corruption, saying that it is the... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the Rohingya Muslim community in Dhaka, Bangladesh Dec. 1, 2017.

Pope's latest prayer video highlights religious persecution in Asia

Pope Francis has kicked off the new year by shedding light on the plight of persecuted religious minorities in Asia,... Read more

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

Pope Francis prays for victims of tragic bus accident in Peru

On Thursday Pope Francis offered his prayer for the 48 people who died in a massive bus accident in Pasamayo... Read more

How to pray the Rosary more deeply

It is interesting that in her appearances at Lourdes, Fatima and other locations, the Mother of God repeatedly recommends praying... Read more

Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a... Read more

Pope Francis visits the elderly in Rieti, Italy on Oct. 4, 2016.

Pope Francis is praying for grandparents this December

In his prayer video for the month of December, Pope Francis prays for grandparents and the elderly, urging people to... Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Nov. 23, 2017.

Pope prays for peace, victims of war in Congo and South Sudan

With plans to visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this year thwarted by ongoing conflict, Pope... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians to be observed this Sunday

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced Sunday, Nov. 26 as a Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.    Read more