VATICAN CITY — Harsh criticisms meted out by Pope Francis on free-market capitalism have sparked backlash from some fiscal conservatives and have led some people to call him "anti-capitalist" or even Marxist.
VATICAN CITY — In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic's approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit.
VATICAN CITY — The Holy See and Palestine have signed a historic agreement that supports a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict in the Holy Land, based on the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine.
VATICAN CITY — It took place in silence and lasted only a few minutes, but Pope Francis' time of prayer and contemplation before the Shroud of Turin was marked with gestures of reverence and tenderness.
VATICAN CITY— The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home." Thursday, June 18, 2015
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and members of the council of the Synod of Bishops met May 25-26 to review input from around the world for October's synod on the family and made their final suggestions for the synod's working document.
VATICAN CITY — Parents must not exclude themselves from their children's lives and, despite what some "experts" may say, they must take an active role in their children's education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 20.
VATICAN CITY — Bishops must have "ecclesial sensitivity," being bold in denouncing cultural trends that offend human dignity, but also trusting their lay faithful to fulfill their vocations in the world, Pope Francis said. Monday, May 18, 2015
Coaches need to show integrity, fairness, patience, joy and kindness, especially toward those who are struggling, Pope Francis said. Resources and time must be invested in educating coaches and trainers so that they can be "authentic witnesses of life and lived faith." Thursday, May 14, 2015
VATICAN CITY — Wake up and take action; Pope Francis makes this call in "The Joy of the Gospel," but it seems people "are still sleeping, caught up in a million secondary things," said Archbishop Victor Fernandez.
VATICAN CITY — Although he already has said he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington in September, Pope Francis formally approved a sentence by members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes recommending the move.
VATICAN CITY — The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
VATICAN CITY — Trials and tribulations are part of life for Christians, like anyone else, but believers draw strength and hope from entrusting themselves and their problems to the Lord, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.
VATICAN CITY — Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy" is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation "to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness," Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY — The dignity of human life, family, marriage and sexuality are "urgent" issues that "cannot be silenced or ignored for fear" of threatening ecumenical achievements, said Pope Francis during an audience with Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, Sweden.
ROME — Before celebrating Mass in a parish in Ostia, Rome's seaside community, Pope Francis stopped to see two Little Sisters of Jesus who live in a trailer at an amusement park, sharing their lives and faith with the carnival workers.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee — which includes Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe — to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican's many communications structures.
VATICAN CITY — Promoting sustainable development and mitigating climate change will take more than just global policies and agreements, it will also take a strong, unified stance from the world's religions, the secretary-general of the United Nations said at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY — Buddhists and Christians must "cooperate together to end the social plague" of modern slavery, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
VATICAN CITY — Military tanks, oil derricks and cancer cells are among the contemporary depictions of the afflictions prefigured by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in a fine-art edition of the Book of Revelation given to Pope Francis.
VATICAN CITY — To avoid living like pagans, Christians must guard against the temptation of "slipping toward worldliness and power" and of seeking Jesus only to fulfill their material interests, said Pope Francis.
VATICAN CITY — The poor, migrants in search of a better life and the unemployed want what all human beings want: life, dignity and a chance to earn a decent living, Pope Francis said in several speeches urging compassion and assistance by both governments and individuals.
VATICAN CITY — The canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra will give the United States its first Hispanic saint, which should help more Americans realize that the country was settled by both Hispanics and Anglos, said the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
VATICAN CITY — After a quick flight over Italy and the Adriatic Sea, Pope Francis will make an 11-hour visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina June 6, taking time to meet with the nation's leaders and bishops, and also spending time with young people.
VATICAN CITY — A new set of "beatitudes" and priorities for novice directors recognizes the personal, professional and spiritual challenges involved in formation and seeks to offer encouragement in a general climate of decreased vocations to religious life.
VATICAN CITY — The few Christians remaining in war-torn Yemen gather for liturgies and prayer meetings in the basement of a villa in the city of Sanaa where they remain "invisible" in order to stay safe, Bishop Paul Hinder told Vatican Radio April 13.
VATICAN CITY — The question of accountability for bishops and religious superiors who fail to follow through on protecting minors from abuse was "put on the table" during the latest meeting between Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals, said the Vatican spokesman.
VATICAN CITY — Educating children is the best way to help displaced Iraqi Christians recover from the traumatic experience of being chased from their homes by Islamic State militants, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, after an April 11-12 visit to Irbil.
VATICAN CITY — Following a vocation to the priesthood or religious life is to live an experience of "exodus" -- to joyfully leave behind all that enslaves and journey to a Promised Land of love, service and mission, Pope Francis said.