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 17, 2013

Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

The center’s mission is a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

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 13, 2013

Pope Creates Consultative Committee on Reforming the Curia

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

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 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 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 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

Recognize Risen Christ in Those Suffering Autism, Vatican Says

The Vatican released a message on World Autism Awareness Day to express solidarity with those suffering from the disorder and their families.

March 28, 2013

Pope to Priests: Anointing Others Will Strengthen Your Heart

During the Holy Thursday chrism Mass, the sacred oils for baptism, confirmation and the anointing of the sick were blessed.

March 26, 2013

Two Books by Pope Francis Due to Be Published in Italian

English-language book by Pope Francis is due to be published in May.

March 22, 2013

Spiritual Poverty Threatens World Peace, Pope States

Pope Francis emphasized that building real brotherhood requires the contributions of faith.

March 19, 2013

Pope Francis Will Attend World Youth Day, Officials Confirm

World Youth Day 2013 will take place July 23-28 in Rio de Janeiro.

March 16, 2013

Francis, Our Shepherd


March 15, 2013

Former Vatican Diplomat Sees Wisdom of Holy Spirit in Pope’s Election

Former ambassador said Pope Francis was well regarded among his brother cardinals.

March 15, 2013

Orphans No More!

COMMENTARY: This remarkable succession of popes in modern history is a cause for hope.

March 13, 2013

New Pope Lived Simple Life in Argentina

Pope Francis brings a pastoral approach to his ministry and is a man of prayer.

March 13, 2013

Archbishops Aquila, Chaput Welcome Pope Francis

The American archbishops ask Catholics around the world to pray for our new Holy Father.

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