• head Nov 17, 2019

    Pope Decries That ‘Greed of a Few' Worsens Poverty of Others

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy. Celebrating a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide, he lamented the lack of concern about...

  • King Oct 13, 2019

    Pope Canonizes John Henry Newman, 19th-Century Theologian

    With Prince Charles looking on, Pope Francis on Sunday canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Francis quoted from one of Newman’s most famous hymns, “Lead, Kindly Lights,” as he presided over Mass on Sunday before an estimated 50,000 people in a sun-drenched St....

  • Massachusetts Sep 29, 2019

    Pope Decries World's Indifference to Migrants and Refugees

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried “the culture of comfort” that leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis. The pope who has made caring for migrants a hallmark of his papacy spoke during a Mass for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. “We cannot be indifferent to the tragedy of old and new forms...

  • Pope Francis Sep 1, 2019

    Pope Gets Stuck in Vatican Elevator, Firefighters Rescue Him

    Thousands of people who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the traditional Sunday on-the-dot-of-noon appearance by Pope Francis were watching for the window of the Apostolic Palace to be thrown open so they could listen to the pope’s remarks and receive his blessing. But after seven minutes, people were looking at each other quizzically: no pope? Then Francis popped...

  • Donald Trump Jan 4, 2019

    Trump Talks Up Many Walls as He Fights to Fund His Own

    Everywhere President Donald Trump looks, he sees a wall. As he lobbies for money for his long-promised border wall, Trump keeps talking up other barricades. He’s pointing to walls in Israel, at the Vatican, even one that doesn’t exist at former President Barack Obama’s house — though fact checkers have pushed back on the accuracy of some of his claims....

  • Italy Jul 22, 2018

    Pope Appeals for End of Migrant Shipwrecks, Prays for Dead

    Pope Francis has lamented the latest migrant deaths in shipwrecks of smugglers’ boats and entreated nations to act swiftly to prevent more tragedies. Francis in his traditional Sunday appearance to faithful in St. Peter’s Square expressed sorrow over recent deaths in the Mediterranean Sea and assured victims’ loved ones of his prayers.

  • social media Apr 28, 2018

    Sick British Toddler at Center of Legal Battle Dies

    Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler whose parents won support from Pope Francis during a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday. He was 23 months old. Kate James and Tom Evans made the announcement on social media, saying they were “heartbroken.” The death of Alfie, who had a rare degenerative brain condition that left him in a...

  • Europe Apr 9, 2018

    Pope Francis Seeks ‘Saints Next Door' Not Doctrinaire Perfectionists

    Pope Francis is calling for ordinary Catholics to live holy lives in whatever they do, stressing that the “saints next door” are more pleasing to God than religious elites who insist on perfect adherence to rules and doctrine. In a new document released Monday, Francis said defending the poor and migrants is “equally sacred” to defending the unborn — a...

  • Italy Dec 17, 2017

    Pope Francis Blows out Birthday Candle on Extra-Long Pizza

    Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children. Francis, who turned 81 on Sunday, then told the children, who use a Vatican health service, to “eat all four meters (13 feet)” saying it will make them grow. Later, thousands of children in St. Peter’s Square shouted birthday wishes...

  • Miami Nov 25, 2017

    Miami Rabbi and Pope Francis Share Special Bond

    It would be hard to find a member of the clergy who doesn’t believe in the importance of interfaith relations. After all, who disagrees with Christians, Jews, and Muslims finding common ground and ways to understand and appreciate each other?

  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2017

    Pope Launches Awareness Campaign About Migrants' Plight

    Pope Francis on Wednesday launched a two-year activism and awareness-raising campaign about the plight of migrants to counteract mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S., Europe and beyond. The campaign encourages people to actually meet with migrants and listen to their stories, rather than treat them as statistics clouded by negative stereotypes. Francis, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, launched...

  • spokesman Jul 25, 2017

    Vatican Turns Off Historic Fountains Amid Italy Drought

    The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter’s Square, because of Italy’s drought. Vatican Radio on Monday said the decision is linked with Pope Francis’ teachings on the environment. The pope has decried wasteful practices and praised clean drinking water as vital for both people and the environment.

  • United Nations Jun 18, 2017

    Pope: Learning From Refugees' Hopes and Pain Dissolves Fear

    Pope Francis is calling for the faithful to not only welcome refugees, but to personally learn from their stories as a way to curb fears and “distorted” ideologies about them. Francis made the appeal Sunday as he marked the U.N.’s World Day of Refugees, which will be celebrated on Tuesday. Speaking from his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, Francis prayed...

  • Massachusetts Apr 17, 2017

    Pope Francis Decries ‘Vile' Attack on Syrians in Easter Address

    On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria....
    Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square and later in his formal “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis...

  • Francis Apr 9, 2017

    Pope on Palm Sunday Decries Suffering From War, Terrorism

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried a deadly attack on a Coptic church in Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations, just weeks before his planned visit to Cairo. The pontiff expressed his “deep condolences” to the Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II, calling him “my brother,” to the Coptic church and “all of the dear Egyptian nation,” and said he was praying for the...

  • Europe Mar 22, 2017

    Pope Francis: Migrant Crisis ‘Biggest Tragedy' Since WWII

    Pope Francis has described Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since World War II. Francis urged tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Wednesday during his weekly public audience “not to forget” the problem but instead welcome and help refugees. He also encouraged efforts to integrate them in society. He said integration should keep in mind “the...

  • Secretary of State Sep 11, 2015

    Pope Francis Urges Assistance for Nepal Quake Victims

    Pope Francis has led prayers in St. Peter’s Square for the dead and displaced from the massive earthquake in Nepal and surrounding areas. Francis called for assistance for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing. He said he was praying for the victims, the injured and “all those who are suffering from this calamity,” and asked that they have the...

  • Christmas Feb 9, 2015

    Vatican Prepares to Open Showers, Barber Shop For Homeless

    The Vatican has finished renovations on public restrooms just off St. Peter’s Square that will include three showers and a free barber shop for the city’s neediest, according to a Vatican announcement Friday.

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