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Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod

Pope Francis

October 19, 2014 - ( radio) - At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey. Find the Translation of Pope's address>

Pope at Santa Marta: Heaven in our hands

Pope Francis

October 18, 2014 - ( Radio) - The Holy Spirit is the "seal" of light with which God has placed Heaven in Christians’ hands. Often, however, Christians avoid this light in preference of a life spent in the shadows, or worse still, in a false light, that sparkles with hypocrisy. Hear the entire homily> 

Bishops' Committee Provides Guidance on Girl Scouts

April 11, 2014 - (Catholic News Service) - USCCB logo

The U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, has responded to the apprehensions and questions of parents, pastors and other church leadership about the Girl Scouts of the USA by releasing a Q & A resource produced as a result of dialogue between the bishop's Committee and the Girl Scouts. According to Catholic News Service, the guide was not produced to either endorse or oppose involvement by Catholics in the Girl Scouts, but to provide additional information in key areas of concern to help Catholic leaders make informed decisions regarding their involvement with the Girl Scout organization. Access the guide and read more about the USCCB and GSUSA dialogue here. 

Pope Francis: A Year in Review

March 13, 2014 - (Our Sunday Visitor) – Watch the OSV slideshow highlighting the Pope's first year highlights Watch the Pope's Year in Review >

First Year as Pope: Top 10 list to understand Pope Francis' pontificate

Pope Francis

March 11, 2014 - (Rome Reports) – It's been a year now cince Pope Francis was elected.  In these past 12 months, no one has been left indifferent.  From the unusual circumstances under which he was elected, to the so called "Francis" effect that's made its way across the globe. Watch the Top 10 list >

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II


March 7, 2014 - Vatican City (Catholic News Agency) – In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.

“In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint,” the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 7. Read more on the interview with Benedict XVI >

Vatican confirms papal visit to South Korea

March 10, 2014 - Vatican City (Catholic News Agency) – In a statement released earlier this morning, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed Pope Francis’ apostolic trip to the Republic of Korea, which is slated to occur in August of this year.

“Welcoming the invitation from the President of the Republic and the Korean bishops,” Fr. Lombardi announced in his March 10 statement, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Voyage to the Republic of Korea from 14 to 18 August 2014, on the occasion of the Sixth Asian Youth Day, to be held in the diocese of Daejeon.” Read more about the upcoming papal trip >

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Alleged Miracle Passes Major Vatican Test

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

March 7, 2014 - Peoria, IL (National Catholic Register) – Archbishop Fulton Sheen, the beloved American Catholic televangelist, took a major step closer to beatification and sainthood, as a team of Vatican experts verified that science cannot explain the reviving and complete healing of a stillborn baby that is credited to his intercession.

“Today is a significant step in the cause for the beatification and canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a son of the Heartland, who went on to change the world,” Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., announced in a statement. Read more on Archbishop Fulton Sheen Micracle >

Pope Francis to New Cardinals: This is a Church, not a Royal Court

Pope Francis

Feb. 24, 2014 - Vatican City (National Catholic Register) – Pope Francis used his homily at a Mass for new cardinals to hold up a vision of holiness for the 19 new recipients of the red biretta, exhorting them to be docile to the Holy Spirit, to love their enemies and to answer the call to conversion.

During the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, he also stressed that each member of the College of Cardinals enters the Church of Rome rather than a royal court. Read more on the Pope's statement to the new Cardinals >

Pope Francis: Be courageous, go to confession

Pope Francis

Feb. 19, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

"Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,” urged the Pope on Feb. 19.  Read more on the Pope's Call to be courageous >

Pope Francis launches tweet to pray for Benedict XVI

Pope Francis on Twitter

Feb. 11, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – On the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s announcement of his decision to resign from the Petrine ministry, Pope Francis has sent a tweet, asking the world to join him in prayer for the retired pontiff.

“Today I invite you to pray together with me for His Holiness Benedict XVI, a man of great courage and humility,” the Pope’s Feb. 11 tweet read.  Read more on Pope Francis' Tweet >

Pope Francis: Losing the sense of God's kingdom, is losing the sense of sin

Pope Francis

Jan. 31, 2014 - Vatican City (Vatican Radio) – “The greatest sin today is that people have lost the sense of sin" and therefore "the meaning of the kingdom of God" and in its place a "supernatural anthropological vision" has emerged according to which "I can do anything." This was the lesson that Pope Francis drew in his homily at Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta from the biblical episode in which King David falls in love with Bathsheba and sends her husband, general Uriah, to fight in the front line and thus to certain death. It is in fact a murder.

The Pope nited that "David is faced with a great sin, but he does not see it as a sin.  He doesn't even think of asking for forgiveness.  Instead all he thinks about is: 'How can I resolve this?'".  Find more on Pope comments on Losing the sense of Sin >

That Attack on the Pope's Doves

Peace Dove being attacked

Jan. 27, 2014 - Vatican City (Fr. Dwight Longenecker / Patheos) – I was in St Peter’s Square yesterday for the Angelus and witnessed the children releasing doves from the window of the Apostolic Palace with Pope Francis.

Everyone gasped as a crow and a seagull swooped in to attack the pope’s doves. The Guardian has the story here.  Was this an omen? Here is one interpretation: The black crow reminded me of the raven in Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem The Raven. The raven is a symbol of darkness, death and sin.  Read more on Father Laonenecker's reflection on the attacon on the peace doves >

God always chooses the 'little ones,' Pope Francis reflects

Pope Francis

Jan. 21, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – In his daily Mass, Pope Francis noted how God seeks to have a personal relationship with each of us, emphasizing that he favors those who are humble and small because he is able to dialogue with them.

“There is a relationship between God and us little ones: God, when he must choose people, even his own people, he always chooses the little ones,” the Pope said during his Jan. 21 homily. Read more on the 'little ones' >

Pope: Christians have not been chosen for 'small things'

Pope Francis

Jan. 15, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call of God, stating that this is often faced with obstacles and requires “going against the tide.”

“We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for small things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals!” the pontiff remarked in his Jan. 17 message to youth. Read more about how we are not chosen for 'small things' >

Pope Francis: our faith is 'not an ornament'

Pope Francis

Jan. 15, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – During his general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Sacrament of Baptism, emphasizing that we are called to use the grace we receive in order to become “missionary disciples.”

“We are one community, and living together our faith is not an ornament, but rather is something essential for the Christian life ... for testimony and for evangelization,” the Pope explained in his Jan. 15 general audience. Read more about the Pope's comments >

Georg Ratzinger celebrates his 90 birthday in the Vatican with Benedict XVI

Jan. 15, 2014 - Vatican City (Rome Reports) – January 15th marks Msgr. Georg Ratzinger 90th birthday. He's celebrating it at the Vatican along with his younger brother, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Thecelebration will be private and will include a classical music concert. Georg is the last living relative of Benedict XVI, and his closest friend.  Read more and watch the video about Georg's 90th Birthday >

Pope writes to new cardinals: It's not a promotion, but a call to service

Jan. 13, 2014 - Vatican City (Rome Reports) – On the same day he announced their names, Pope Francis wrote to the 19 prelateshe chose to become members of the College of Cardinals. In the letter, the Pope said becoming a cardinal is not a "promotion,” but rather an expansion of their vision in service to God. He asked that if they celebrate, to do it with "austerity and poverty,” as well as joy.

The Consistory to welcome the 19 new cardinals will take place on February 22. They come from 12 countries, but the majority are from the Third World. Even so, there are many surprises among the list. Read more and watch a viedo the Pope's letter to the new Cardinals >

Pope: Too many Christians have watered-down hope, lukewarm faith in God

Jan. 10, 2014 - Vatican City (CNS) – There are too many "defeated Christians" in the church who do not fully believe in the faith handed down to them by way of tradition and who do not completely trust in God, Pope Francis said.

If Christians don't believe and live the faith as a victorious mover of mountains, then "there is only defeat, and the prince of the world conquers the world," the pope said in his homily Jan. 10 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Read more about the Pope's message >

Pope Francis: Christian love is not a 'soap opera'

Pope Francis

Jan. 9, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – In his daily Mass today, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian love, explaining that it is not a form of selfish romanticism, but rather something “concrete” that requires sacrifice.

“The love John speaks of is not the love of soap operas! No, it is something else. Christian love has a particular quality: concreteness,” the Pope emphasized in his Jan. 9 homily, referring to the words of the Apostle John in the first reading. Read more about the Pope's comments >

Vatican spokesman: media manipulated Pope's family comments

Pope Francis kissing Baby

Jan. 7, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA/CNS) – The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments.

On Jan. 3, the Italian Jesuit periodical La Civilta Cattolica published a 14-page account of Pope Francis' Nov. 29 conversation with a group of superiors general from religious orders. Learn more about the Pope's comments >

Pope Francis announces pilgramage to Holy Land

Jan. 5, 2014 - Vatican City (CNA) – Pope Francis has announced that he will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming May to mark a key moment in Catholic and Orthodox Christian relations.

“In this atmosphere of joy, typical of this Christmas time, I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 (of) next May, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage in the Holy Land,” he said after the Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square.  Read more about the Pope's upcoming pilgramage>

Retired Pope Benedict visits Pope Francis for lunch

Dec. 27, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS) – Three days after Pope Francis paid his predecessor a visit on Christmas Eve, retired Pope Benedict joined the pope for lunch at the Vatican guesthouse. The two shared the meal Dec. 27 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis lives.

According to a report by Vatican Radio, the pope and the retired pope were joined by their personal secretaries and by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's secretary for relations with states, and U.S. Msgr. Peter B. Wells, assessor in the Vatican Secretariat of State.  Read more about the Popes Lunch Meeting >

Pope Francis' Christmas Message

Pope Francis

Dec. 26, 2013 - Vatican City (NCR) –In his first Christmas urbi et orbi message, Pope Francis has issued impassioned pleas for peace in the Middle East and war-torn countries in Africa while also remembering children who are victims of war, the elderly, battered women, the sick, trafficked persons and refugees.

Addressing a crowd of pilgrims from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope said that true peace is not a “balance of opposing forces,” nor a “lovely façade which conceals conflicts and divisions.” Rather, he said, peace calls for “daily commitment starting from God’s gift, from the grace which he has given us in Jesus Christ.”
 Read more about Pope Francis' Christmas Message >

Pope, at audience, says Christmas offers lesson in humility

Pope Francis kissing Baby

Dec. 18, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS) – Pope Francis said Christmas is an occasion of joy but also a lesson in humility, when the faithful are called to imitate the example of God-made-man.

The pope made his remarks Dec. 18, during his weekly public audience in St. Peter's Square. Read more about Pope Francis statement on humility >

Pope's Twitter account @Pontifex has more than 10 million followers one year after launch

Pope Francis on Twitter

Dec. 12, 2013 - Vatican City (Rome Reports) – Communication and the Church go hand in hand. First and foremost, there's the Bible, which is the most sold publication in history.

In 1931 the Church took it a step further with Vatican Radio. It was launched by Pope Pius XI, to transmit the Pope's words to the world. Now it's aired in more than 40 languages in 61 countries. Read more about Pope Francis' Twitter account and watch the video >

Pope: Final Judgment brings comfort, despite fears

Pope Francis

Dec. 11, 2013 - Vatican City (Catholic News Agency) – In his general audience Pope Francis reflected that the reality of the Final Judgment allows us to trust in God even if we are afraid, emphasizing also that our judgment begins each day through the way we live.

“Dear brothers and sisters, reflecting on the final judgment – despite that it instinctively raises a certain fear in us – gives elements of comfort and trust,” the Pope said in his Dec. 11 Wednesday audience. Learn more about how the final judgment brings comfort >

Pope Francis tops Facebook's list of most-talked-about topics

Pope Francis

Dec. 10, 2013 - Rome (Religion News Service) – It's official, but no big surprise; Pope Francis is now the Most-talked-about person on Facebook, according to information released Tuesday (Dec. 10) by the social media giant.

Pope Francis took the top spot, followed closely by Royal Baby George. Read more about the Most-Talked-About topic on Facebook >

Pope Francis, The People's Pope

Pope Francis on the cover of Time MagazineHe took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church healing.  THe first non-European pope in 1,200 yeas is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century (Time Magazine Photo)

Aug. 30, 2013 - Vatican City (NCR) – On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the garbage-strewn Mariano Acosta. There is a church, the Immaculate Virgin, toward the end of the ­pasaje—Spanish for passage—where, on one occasion, the local priest and a number of frightened residents took refuge deep in the sanctuary when rival drug gangs opened fire. 

Beyond the church, Pasaje C branches into the rest of the parish: more rutted mud and cracked concrete form Pasajes A to K. Brick chips from the hasty construction of squatter housing coagulate along what ought to be sidewalks. The word asesino—­murderer—is scrawled in spray-paint on the sooty wall of a burned-out house, which was torched just days before in retaliation for yet another shooting. Learn more about Time Magazine's Person of the Year >

Sensus fidelium doesn't mean 'majority opinion', Francis says

Pope Francis

Dec. 9, 2013 - Vatican City (Catholic Herald) –The Church must pay attention to the sensus fidelium, or “sense of the faithful”, when exercising its teaching authority, but never confuse that sense with popular opinion on matters of faith, Pope Francis has said.

The Pope made his comments in an address to members of the International Theological Commission, a Vatican advisory body. Read more about Sensus fidelium >

Pope Francis: Advent is a journey towards horizon of hope

Advent wreath

Dec. 1, 2013 - Vatican City (EWTN News/CNA) –The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas.

“For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square. Learn more about what the Pope says about Advent >

Pope issues first Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaidium

The Joy of the Gospel - Evangelii Gaudium

Nov. 26, 2013 - Vatican (Vatican Radio) – Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation on Tuesday, Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel. The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”.

The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church. Learn more about the Pope's Apostolic Exortation >

Pittsburgh and Erie Dioceses Win Injunction in Key HHS Case

Diocese of Pittsburgh and Erie

Nov. 25, 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA (National Register/Joan Frawley Desmond) – A federal court handed the Pennsylvania dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie an important legal victory on Nov. 21, when U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that their legal challenge to the Health and Human Services mandate was likely to succeed on the merits, and granted their petition for a temporary injunction.

In testimony before the court, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh and Bishop Lawrence Persico of Erie argued that the contraception mandate violated the free exercise of Catholic non-profits guaranteed under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Learn more about the Injunction Win >

Memoir recalls bishop setting aside own grief to write Kennedy eulogy

Archbishop Philip M. Hannan in 1985Archbishop Philip M. Hannan is pictured in 1985 during his 20th anniversary as archbishop of New Orleans. (CNS/ Frank H. Methe III, Clarion Herald)

Nov. 22, 2013 - Washington (CNS/Mark Zimmermann) – Auxiliary Bishop Philip Hannan of Washington was a close friend and confidant of President John F. Kennedy, but he had kept that friendship secret.

Then he was called upon to deliver the eulogy at the funeral Mass for the country's first Catholic president, killed by an assassin in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963. Learn more about the Bishop's eulogy for President Kennedy >

Faith sustains Filipinos after Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 21, 2013 - Philippines (OSV / Michelle Martin) – Even before Typhoon Haiyan made its first landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 8, the prayers started going up to heaven. Prayers came from the Philippines, of course, but also from Filipinos in the United States and around the world.

Many came from Chicago, where James Villar spoke to his parents by cell phone early that day. His father, Ray Villar, called to see how things were going in the city where he and his wife, Lila, raised their children. After retiring, they started spending half of their time in the Philippines, helping to build a church and run Bible classes in a farming hamlet near Sapian, in the province of Capiz. 

“It was Thursday morning when I was dropping my kids off at school,” James Villar said. “He wanted to know how I was doing. I was asking him about the storm, if they were going someplace safe.” Learn more about the Catholic connection from the Philippines >

Archbishop highlights education to strengthen marriage


Nov. 15, 2013 - Baltimore (CNA/EWTN News) – The U.S. bishops’ chairman on defense of marriage issues encouraged continued efforts to strengthen the institution of marriage, which is rooted in biology and is crucial for the health of society.

“(S)trengthening a marriage culture serves the common good of our country,” said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Read more on the USCCB Conference >

Baptism is a 'bath of regeneration,' says Pope

Pope Francis

Nov. 13, 2013 - Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) – During his general audience, Pope Francis devoted his reflections to the sacrament of Baptism, stating that it opens the door to a journey of faith, and helps to sustain us along the way.

“This sacrament constitutes a true immersion in the death of Christ to rise with him in a new life. It is a bath of regeneration by water and the Spirit and that illuminates us with the grace of Christ,” the Pope expressed in his Nov. 13 address. Read more on the Pope's Reflection >

Newly elected USCCB president says he is rooted in simple values

Archbishop Kurtz

Nov. 12, 2013 - Baltimore (CNS) – The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been a bishop for nearly 14 years, but it's as priest, family member and social worker that he describes himself.

By way of introduction to American Catholics, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., talked about his upbringing in the coal regions of northeastern Pennsylvania, of spending most of his priesthood as a social worker, and of caring for his older brother, George, who had Down syndrome, for 12 years after their mother died. George Kurtz died in 2002. Read more About the new USCCB President >

Pope Francis most popular name online, survey says

Pope Francis on Twitter

Nov. 13, 2013 - Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) – A new global survey has revealed that Pope Francis has topped the list of names most mentioned on the internet so far this year, with his twitter account also receiving a high ranking on a list of most mentioned words.

“It’s official: Pope Francis is the most talked about person on the planet,” CNN’s “Belief Blog” co-editor Daniel Burke wrote in a Nov. 12 post. Read more about the Pope Francis being online >

USCCB returns to tradition with election of new president, vice president

Nov. 12, 2013 - Baltimore (NCR / Joshua McElwee) – Returning to a tradition they broke three years ago, the U.S. bishops elected Tuesday morning as their new president the sitting vice president of the bishops' conference, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.

The bishops elected Kurtz on the first ballot Tuesday by a 53 percent majority: 125 votes of the 236 cast. Read more the USCCB's new President >

Transformed in Love: Preparing engaged couples for marriage in the Church

Nov. 7, 2013 - ( –With wedding bells come big white gowns, tuxedos, and usually a big celebration. But as any golden couple will attest to, marriage is a journey filled with highs and lows. That's whymarriage preparation programs are key.  

“They learn more about their faith and they find themselves deepened.”  Precisely to prepare engaged couples for marriage in the Church, the Archdiocese of Boston launched a unique program titled 'Transformed in Love.' It prepares couples for marriage through faith, the Sacraments, practical skills, and testimonies. Watch the video on the engagement program developed in Boston >

Charity is the 'greatest richness' of Church, says Pope

Pope Francis

Nov. 6, 2013 - Vatican City (CNA) –During his general audience today, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of participating in the Church’s spiritual goods in order to grow closer to God as a community in charity.

“Charity is the greatest richness of the Church. Living Communion in charity means not looking for one’s own interest, but rather to be capable of sharing the joys and sufferings of brethren; to be capable of carrying one another’s burdens,” the Pope explained in his Nov. 6 General Audience. Read more about the Pope's comments on Charity >

Pope Francis on death: We don't know when, but we'll meet God

Bishop Rhoades and Pope Benedict with the Late Bishop D'Arcy

Nov. 4, 2013 - Vatican City ( – Every November the Pope celebrates a special Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica in memory of the cardinals and bishops that passed away during the year.  Nine cardinals died in 2013, five of them after the election of Pope Francis.

During his homily, the Pope talked about God's mercy.  He explained that Jeusu takes both good and evil in his hands. Watch the video on the special Mass with the Pope >

Bishop Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese will be celebrating a Memorial Mass for the Deceased Clergy. It will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne on Wednesday, November 6, 12:05 p.m. 

Pope Francis explains what we can learn from the Communion of Saints

Communion of Saints

Oct. 30, 2013 - Vatican City ( – During Wednesday's General Audience, and ahead of the celebration of All Saints' Day, Pope Francis described the communion of saints as the spiritual fraternity between the saints.

But he added this unity extends to Catholics today, which are all united to the Body of Christ. As a result of this communion, the Pope said, Catholics should support each other spiritually. Watch the video of Pope Francis >

Pope: Pray as a Family! Keep the faith by sharing it

Oct. 28, 2013 - ( –Over 100,000 people from different parts of the world, came out to St. Peter's Square to take part in the 'Day for the Family.' As Pope Francis got ready to celebrate Mass, he took a quick glance at his watch to make sure he was on schedule.  Watch the Video with Pope Francis on Prayer >

Attachment to money is a sickness, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis says that attachment to Money is a sickness

Oct. 21, 2013 - Vatican City (CNA) –During his daily mass homily Pope Francis warned those in attendance against the idolatry present in greedy hearts, stressing that the Lord gives us our gifts for the betterment of the world.

“This greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you,” the Pope told those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse Oct. 21. Read more on the Pope's reflection on money >

Pope Says Mass translations promote unity, understanding of faith


Oct. 21, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS) – English translations of Latin liturgical texts have promoted unity in the faith and helped millions of Catholics better understand the sacraments they share, Pope Francis said.

"The fruits of your labors have not only helped to form the prayer of countless Catholics, but have also contributed to the understanding of the faith, the exercise of the common priesthood and the renewal of the church's missionary outreach," the pope said during a meeting Oct. 18 with representatives of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Read furth on the unity of the Translations >

Pope entrusts world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis entrusts the word to the Virgin Mary Oct. 13

Oct. 13, 2013 - Vatican City (CNA) – Pope Francis on Sunday entrusted the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her maternal care before the image of Our Lady of Fatima, asking Mary’s help to “revive and grow faith.”

“Our Lady of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence, we join our voice to that of all the generations that have called you blessed,” Pope Francis said at the close of Mass in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 13. “We celebrate in you the great work of God, who never tires of bending down with mercy to mankind, afflicted by evil and wounded by sin, to heal and to save it." Learn more about the Pope entrusting the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary >

Pope Francis: "Listen to what God is telling you"

Pope Francis Blessing at Mass

Oct. 7, 2013 - Vatican (Vatican Radio) –“Open up your heart and listen to what God is saying to you. Allow your life to “written” by God”. Just as the Good Samaritan did when he stopped to help the stranger, we must all listen to God’s voice and sometimes put our own projects on hold to do his will.

Speaking to those present for morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis pointed out that it can happen that Christians, Catholics, priests. Bishops and even the Pope sometimes turn away from God! Read more about Listening to what God is telling you >

Holy, Holy, holy: Pope talks about his favorite saints

Oct. 2, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS/Carol Glatz) – Who are the holy men and women Pope Francis looks up to? He revealed many of them in two recently published interviews.

While a top-eight list does emerge from the interviews, the pope rejected one interviewer's attempts at giving them a ranking.

"Rankings are for sports or things like that. I could tell you the name of the best soccer players in Argentina. But the saints ..." he told Eugenio Scalfari in an interview published by an Italian daily, La Repubblica, Oct. 1.  Find the list of Pope Francis' favorite saints >

Benedict could attend canonizations, Vatican spokesman says

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI

Oct. 1, 2013 - Rome, Italy (CNA) –The director of the Holy See’s Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.

During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out that the former Pontiff could be present at the canonizations.  Read more about the Popes and Canonization Date >

Pope establishes advisory panel as permanent Council of Cardinals

Sept. 30, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS/Francis X. Rocca) – Pope Francis made his international advisory panel on church governance a permanent council of cardinals, thereby emphasizing the importance and open-endedness of its work among his pontificate's various efforts at reform.

The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 30, a day before Pope Francis was scheduled to meet for the first time with the panel, which has been informally dubbed the "Group of Eight" or "G-8".  Read more about the Council of Cardinals >

Pope to Canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27

Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII

Sept. 30, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS/Today's Catholic) – Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27.

The pope made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an “ordinary public consistory,” a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two sainthood candidates.  Read more about the Canonization >

Pope Francis Grants an Interview and Shakes Up the Church

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Sept. 20, 2013 - Rome ( – In a meeting with Catholic gynaecologists this morning Pope Francis strongly condemned abortion as a manifestation of a "throwaway culture."

"Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world," the pope said.  Read more about the pope's Pro-Life comments >

Pope condemns abortion is strongest pro-life comments to date, day after controversial interview

Pope Francis kisses a baby in saint peter's square before a general audience

Sept. 20, 2013 - Washington (NCR) – On Sept. 19, a 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis appered in Jesuit publications across the globe, provoking a furor that propelled Church leaders onto U.S. television talk shows to help explain what their new shepherd had in mind.

"I'm listening to him. He's asking for a fresh strategy," Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Sept. 20 on NBC's Today show, when asked to responf to the papal critique of Catholics preoccupied with "small-minded rules" and fixated too exclusively on hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex "marriage."  Learn more about Cardinal Dolan's Interview >

Pope Francis Gives Major Interview to the Jesuits

Sept. 19, 2013 - Vatican City (NCR) – Pope Francis has given a very revealing and characteristically frank interview with Father Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit editor of La Civilta Cattolica.

The interview, originally given in Italian, was simultaneously published in 15 other Jesuit publications today, and it can be read here in America magazine Read more about the pope's major interview >

Pope: Calling folks is no big deal, media reports just tip of iceberg

Sept. 16, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS) – Picking up the telephone and calling people out of the blue is no big deal for Pope Francis, according to a Vatican official.  Msgr. Dario Vigano, director of the Vatican Television Center, said the pope told him that the many calls the journalists have brought to light are just the tip of the iceberg: "Good thing they don't know about all the ones I have made!" the pope reportedly said. 
 Read more about the popes phone calls >

Papal peace vigil draws positive response

Sept. 8, 2013 - Vatican City (CNA) – Pope Francis' four-hour Saturday prayer vigil is part of a "major peace initative" that is receiving a favorable reaction across religious lines, a leading Vatican communication figure has said. 

"Pope Francis wants to keep this issue alive to make sure everything possible could be done to put an end to the violence, and not to increase it," Greg Burke, senior communications adviser to the Holy See's Secretariat of State, said Sept. 7. Read more about the Syrian peace vigil >

Pope Francis and Jordan's King Urge Dialogue to End Syria Civil War

Pope Francis welcomes Jordan's King Abdullah II on the occasion of their private audience at the vaticanPope Francis welcomes Jordan's King Abdullah II on the occasion of their privare audience at the Vatican, Aug. 29.  (AP Photo)

Aug. 30, 2013 - Vatican City (NCR) – Pope Francis met with King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan on Thursday morning, giving special attention to the brutal conflict in Syria at a time when Western nations are considering military action.

The Aug. 29 meeting reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and negotiation between all groups in Syrian society, reports L'Osservatore Romano. Learn more about the Pope meeting with Jordan's King >

Canonization date for John Paul II, John XXIII to be known in September

Pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square hold up handkerchiefs featuring Blessed John Paul II the day after his beatification in 2011Pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square hold up handkerchiefs featuring Blessed John Paul II the day after his beatification in 2011.  (CNS/Paul Haring)

Aug. 20, 2013 - Vatican City (CNS) – Pope Francis will host a meeting of cardinals Sept. 30 to formally approve the canonization of Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII; the date for the canonization will be announced at that time, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.

The cardinal told Vatican Radio Aug. 20 that only Pope Francis knows for sure the date he will proclaim the two popes saints, although he already implied that it is likely to be in 2014. Learn more about the canonization date for John Paul II >


Pope thanks Argentine painter for self-portraits

Aug. 21, 2013 ( -  Just minutes after his election as Supreme Pontiff, the entire wold wanted the image of Jorge Mario Bergooglio as Pope Francis.  The historic moment also inspired Argentine painter Mercedes Fariña with the idea to paint the new Pope.  Learn more about Argentine painter Mario Bergooglio >

We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says in Twitter

Aug. 19, 2013 – Vatican City (CAN/EWTN News) – Pope Francis told his millions of followers on Twitter today that it is impossible for Christians to have a partial or lackluster commitment to the faith.

“We cannot be Christians part-time,” he said Aug. 19 on the social networking site, where his popularity is growing fast.  “If Christ is at the  center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.” Read more about the Pope and Twitter >

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