Pope Francis

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.

April 11, 2013

World Misses God, But It Can See Your Joy, Pope Tells Audience

Pope Francis reminds Catholics that God “treats us as his beloved children; he understands us, forgives us, embraces us and loves us, even when we go astray.”

April 11, 2013

The Church and the (Secular) State

April 10, 2013

Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

April 8, 2013

Pope: Find the Courage to Accept God’s Boundless Mercy

The bishop of Rome officially took possession of St. John Lateran April 7.

April 8, 2013

Pope Appoints Top Franciscan to Religious Life Department

Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo appointed secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

April 5, 2013

Pope Francis Confirms Strong Stance Against Clerical Abuse

The Holy Father said that victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.

April 5, 2013

Story of Pope’s Desire to Visit Sicily Emerges

Pope Francis, like John Paul II, invites guests to attend Mass in his private chapel and then invites them for breakfast.

April 4, 2013

Pope Francis and English as a Second (or Third) Language

Possessed of less linguistic fluency than John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the Holy Father is carrying out his papal public duties almost exclusively in Italian.

April 4, 2013

Pope’s Hug Embraced Everyone With Disabilities, Dad Says

Paul Gondreau said his son’s purpose is to love and to teach others how to love.

April 4, 2013

Pope Francis to Visit Rome’s Basilicas Before Pentecost

The Holy Father will canonize three saints, two of whom are Hispanics.

April 3, 2013

Pope Francis Prays at John Paul II’s Tomb

On the eighth anniversary of the Holy Father’s death, Pope Francis prays at the tombs of his predecessors who are buried in St. Peter’s Basilica.

April 2, 2013

John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects

Msgr. Slawomir said the two popes are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer.

April 2, 2013

Pope Francis Prays at Blessed John Paul II's Tomb

Holy Father also stopped to pray at the tombs of Blessed John XXIII and St. Pius X.

April 2, 2013

Pope Stressed Christ-Centered Evangelization at Pre-Conclave Meetings

Then-Cardinal Bergoglio’s address during the general congregation meetings was made public with the Holy Father’s approval.

April 1, 2013

Easter at the Vatican, 2013

May the risen Christ guide you on the path of justice, love and peace, Pope Francis tells the faithful in his first message ‘urbi et orbi.’

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