Pope Francis

April 24, 2013

Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 24, 2013

Pope Urges Christians to Remember Final Judgment

The Holy Father dedicated his Wednesday audience address to a phrase from the Nicene Creed, continuing a Year of Faith series started by Benedict XVI.

April 23, 2013

Pope Responds to Bishops’ Kidnapping With ‘Intense Prayer’

Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo, Syria.

April 22, 2013

Being Christian Means Risking Following Jesus, Pope Teaches

Pope asks for prayers for the Church, that it ‘will continue to grow, unite, to walk in the fear of God and with the security of the Holy Spirit.’

April 22, 2013

Pope Francis Ordains 10 Priests, Tells Them: Minister With Constant Joy

The Holy Father reminded the men, ‘You are pastors, not functionaries.’

April 19, 2013

Without Evangelization Church Becomes Babysitter, Pope Cautions

Pope Francis said that believers must be ‘faithful to the Spirit, to proclaim Jesus with our lives, through our witness and our words.’

April 19, 2013

Pope’s Curia Reform Council Reflects Church’s Universality

Pope Francis has chosen eight cardinals from a variety of backgrounds to reform the Curia.

April 18, 2013

Extracts of New Book on Pope Francis

April 17, 2013

Jesus’ Ascension Means We Are Never Alone, Pope Says

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

April 17, 2013

Pope Francis Assures Iran, Pakistan Quake Victims of Prayers

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the border of Iran and Pakistan on April 16.

April 16, 2013

Pope Urges Bostonians to Combat Evil With Good

Pope Francis is ‘deeply grieved by news of the loss of life and grave injuries’ caused by the act of violence perpetrated last evening in Boston.

April 16, 2013

Pope Appoints Select Panel to Address Concerns Regarding the Curia

It didn’t take long for the Holy Father to respond to calls to address the need for Vatican reform.

April 16, 2013

Pope Francis to Meet With Saudi Ambassador

The representative of a country that harshly forbids Christian worship is expected to discuss improving Catholic-Muslim relations.

April 15, 2013

Pope Francis: Where Calumny is, There is the Devil

April 15, 2013

Sacrifice Integral Part of Christian Life, Pope Says

The Acts of the Apostles provides the blueprint, the Holy Father tells Massgoers April 14 at St. Paul Outside the Walls.

April 15, 2013

Pope Francis Points to Bible's 'Inexhaustible Riches'

The Pope voiced his desire that the Year of Faith 'may help to make the light of sacred Scripture shine within the hearts of the faithful.'

April 13, 2013

Pope Creates Consultative Committee on Reforming the Curia

April 12, 2013

Early Returns on Pope Francis’ Pontificate

NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s still too early to gauge what the Holy Father plans in some key areas, but after an impressive start, a clearer picture is coming into focus.

April 12, 2013

Pope Thanks Foundation for Fighting Material, Spiritual Poverty

A Philadelphia-based charity presents Pope Francis with an $8.6-million donation, which he will be able to use during the coming year for his charitable activities.

April 11, 2013

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Laity

COMMENTARY: The Holy Father has identified ecclesiastical narcissism as the fundamental illness the Church needs to address.

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