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Pope Francis celebrated Mass for Rome’s Congolese community in St. Peter's Basilica on July 3, 2022.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Congolese rite: ‘Peace begins with us’

Jul 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope began his homily with the word, “esengo,” which means “joy” in Lingala, the Bantu-based creole spoken in parts... Read more

Pope Francis pictured on April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis says he wants to travel to Oceania and Africa

Oct 22, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

He confirmed that he would visit Greece and Cyprus in December. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 1, 2019.

Advent advice from Pope Francis: Choose prayer and charity over consumerism 

Dec 1, 2019

By Courtney Mares

This Advent, choose prayer and charity over consumerism, Pope Francis said Sunday in his first Mass of the liturgical year.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

May 4, 2015

Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Sep 14, 2014

In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

US bishops promote rule banning Congo militia funding

May 6, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. bishops have reiterated their support for a federal regulation that would block American investments from supporting militias in... Read more