VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the "unacceptable episodes of violence" in Jerusalem, episodes that "do not spare even places of worship," after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.
VATICAN CITY — In what the Vatican bank described as recognition that it has established serious measures to prevent money laundering, it announced the Italian government has promised to return 23 million euros (US$29 million) that had been blocked for more than three years.
VATICAN CITY — The family based on marriage between a man and a woman is the "single most humanizing institution in history" and the test of any society's future, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain told an interreligious conference at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY — Migrants are among the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world, and a church committed to defending strong families must be particularly engaged in assisting migrant couples and their children, a U.S. bishop told a Vatican conference.
VATICAN CITY — Faith always has been transmitted best through example, but with young people constantly bombarded by images of all kinds, living models of a commitment to truth and love are more important than ever, Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY — Meeting with thousands of accountants from around the world, Pope Francis pleaded with them to remember that behind every piece of paper that crosses their desks there are real human beings.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced a "false compassion" that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to "go against the current" and assert "conscientious objection" to such practices, which he called sins "against God the creator."
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia.
VATICAN CITY — Christians who believe they have their eyes fixed firmly on the Lord can, without meaning to, create an "ecclesiastical micro-climate" where the poor and others in need cannot enter, Pope Francis said.
LIMERICK, Ireland — A recently reassigned Vatican official has urged Pope Francis to take the issues of Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage "off the table" for next year's Synod of Bishops.
VATICAN CITY — While weak humans may want spectacular signs of God at work, Pope Francis said, most often God's kingdom is growing in quiet, hidden ways, for example in a family that struggles financially, but is rich in love and cares for one another. Thursday, November 13, 2014
PALO, Philippines -- One year after one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded crashed across the central Philippines, church leaders in some of the worst-hit parts looked to Pope Francis' brief January visit to Leyte Island with hope, and slight trepidation. Thursday, November 13, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Gathering at "a time of severe tension and conflict," particularly in the Middle East, 24 Catholic and Muslim leaders and scholars urged dialogue to promote greater respect and understanding and condemned all acts of violence committed in the name of religion. Thursday, November 13, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The secrecy of a confession is maintained so seriously and completely by the Catholic Church that a priest would be excommunicated for revealing the contents of a confession when ordered to testify by a court or even after the penitent dies, Vatican officials said. Thursday, November 13, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The archbishop who distributes charity on behalf of Pope Francis has announced that the public restrooms in St. Peter's Square will include showers where the homeless can wash. Thursday, November 13, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom. Wednesday, November 12, 2014
VATICAN CITY — As world leaders prepare to meet in Australia to continue looking at ways to improve the global economy, Pope Francis asked them "not to forget that many lives are at stake" behind their discussions and decisions. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has established a special body within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to speed up the process of hearing and ruling on appeals filed by priests laicized or otherwise disciplined in sexual abuse or other serious cases. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church needs priests who show their people that being Christian is a lifelong journey toward holiness, a journey that proceeds by serving God and serving their brothers and sisters, Pope Francis said. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
BALTIMORE — Four of the daily homilies of Pope Francis over the 19 months of his pontificate in particular help explain the direction he has taken in ecumenism and interreligious efforts, said a priest who has served as a Vatican spokesman during events including the recent extraordinary Synod of Bishops. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church's central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February. Monday, November 10, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said the sudden end to the division of Europe was prepared by the prayers and sacrifice of many people, including St. John Paul. Monday, November 10, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican's highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post for a chivalric religious order. Monday, November 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis is clearly "a pope of surprises," German Cardinal Walter Kasper said in an address in Washington Nov. 6, and those who would try to understand the pontiff, he added, should remember his Argentine roots and how they influence his theology and his world view. Monday, November 10, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Religious orders and communities must combat "the terrorism of gossip," which is even worse than an occasional physical confrontation, said Pope Francis, a former Jesuit provincial in Argentina. Friday, November 7, 2014
VATICAN CITY — People who go to church on Sundays, but spend the rest of the week cultivating their attachment to money, power and pride are "pagan Christians," Pope Francis said. Friday, November 7, 2014
VATICAN CITY — One of the most important things Catholic leaders in Malawi can do to build the nation and strengthen the church is to focus on the families of their faithful, Pope Francis said. Thursday, November 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from "the end of the earth," will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. Thursday, November 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — God isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty, being inconvenienced or even scorned because he will do whatever it takes to save everyone from sin, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Thursday, November 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said the church's marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. Thursday, November 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — While all bishops offer to resign at age 75, those who are not cardinals and are working in the Roman Curia -- including as presidents of pontifical councils -- automatically end their service on their 75th birthdays, said a new document from Pope Francis. Wednesday, November 5, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin's cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco. Wednesday, November 5, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The world's bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said. Wednesday, November 5, 2014
DUBLIN — Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin decried comments from clerics and others who said Pope Francis caused confusion in his calls for an open discussion on how the church should reach out to those who are marginalized, hurt and wounded in their lives during the recent Synod of Bishops on the family. Wednesday, November 5, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Dr. Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and permanent deacon for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., said he left his wife and five kids in August and traveled to Liberia because "I thought I could make a difference." Wednesday, November 5, 2014
VATICAN CITY — A month after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other nonmarital relationships, Pope Francis will open an interreligious conference dedicated to traditional marriage. Tuesday, November 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The feasts of All Saints and All Souls call Catholics to contemplate their ultimate destiny, hope in the eternal happiness of their beloved dead and remember the thousands of innocent people dying each day because of human evil and selfishness. Monday, November 3, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a "setback" or "loss" for Pope Francis -- even a "rebuke" to him. Monday, November 3, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the Synod of Bishops on the family was more than a series of discussions on divorce and gay unions and that the impact of poverty on families, especially in Asia, was a major concern of participants. Friday, October 31, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — Peace in the Middle East "can only be sought through negotiated settlements and not through unilateral choices imposed with the use of force," said Archbishop Berardito Auza, the Vatican's U.N. nuncio. Friday, October 31, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Although divided by ancient disputes and new developments, Christians in Europe still have an obligation to work together to help confused men and women find the answers to their spiritual thirst and their search for life's ultimate meaning, Pope Francis said. Thursday, October 30, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis pleaded for the international community to take stronger, coordinated steps to "annihilate" the Ebola virus and help the millions of people impacted by the disease. Wednesday, October 29, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged an international gathering of grassroots social activists to struggle against the "structural causes" of poverty and inequality, with a "revolutionary" program drawn from the Gospels. Wednesday, October 29, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy. Wednesday, October 29, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Exorcists, assigned to that ministry by their bishops, demonstrate the love and care of the church for "those who suffer because of the work of the devil," Pope Francis said in a message to the International Association of Exorcists. Tuesday, October 28, 2014
ROME — Looking ahead to the October 2015 world Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell said the task for Catholics "over the next 12 months" is to explain "the necessity of conversion, the nature of the Mass," and "the purity of heart the Scriptures require of us to receive holy Communion." Tuesday, October 28, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- The family is under attack now more than ever because of today's culture of division that wants to break from and be free of all everlasting bonds and forms of solidarity, Pope Francis said. Tuesday, October 28, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict is a perfect example of how intellectual knowledge and scientific curiosity do not lead a person further from God, but can strengthen their love for God and for his human creatures, Pope Francis said. Tuesday, October 28, 2014
WASHINGTON — On his first visit to Washington shrine dedicated to the man he worked under for nearly 10 years, the former secretary to St. Pope John Paul said he was "deeply impressed" by the tribute and could feel the late pontiff's presence within the building. Friday, October 24, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. Thursday, October 23, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as "lethal to faith." He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church's size but to share the joy of knowing Christ. Thursday, October 23, 2014
VATICAN CITY — All wars begin in the human heart -- a heart that is jealous and bitter and tears apart communities through misunderstandings and marginalization, Pope Francis said. Wednesday, October 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family came to a "real consensus" after two weeks of animated debate, and that its final report will serve as a solid basis for the world synod on the family in 2015. Wednesday, October 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Although prayers and meetings with Orthodox leaders dominate the schedule of Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 trip to Turkey, he also will meet government leaders and visit Istanbul's Blue Mosque. Tuesday, October 21, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — Millions of the world's children today are victims of armed conflict, pornography and sexual trafficking, and still more "are denied the most fundamental right to life," says the Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations. Tuesday, October 21, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — On its last day of business, the Synod of Bishops on the family approved and released a three-page message expressing solidarity with Christian families around the world. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said the October 2015 world Synod of Bishops on the family should return to the practice of previous synods in publishing participants' interventions, for the benefit of their discussions and the information of the outside world. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the "great helmsman" of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a "humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church." Monday, October 20, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A Liberian bishop unable to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family has urged his fellow bishops to use their influence to help West African families in their enormous suffering caused by Ebola. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing "terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions" in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Despite its many positive advancements, globalization also has brought about greater indifference, exploitation and suffering, said the leaders of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Monday, October 20, 2014
VATICAN CITY— Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, one of the Catholic Church's best known cardinal-theologians, said the Catholic Church must hold together truth and mercy, even if it is criticized for its attempt. Thursday, October 16, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said he hoped the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the family would improve on the assembly's midterm report in celebrating exemplary families, encouraging missionary outreach and emphasizing that the church's pastoral efforts must be grounded in Scripture and Catholic teaching. Thursday, October 16, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Do not forget to praise God for all he has done and how he is there to guide people, lowering himself like a loving father who bends down to help his child learn to walk, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Thursday, October 16, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- On the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said he wished the whole church would follow her example and be in a "holy hurry" to bring the Gospel and God's love to the world. Thursday, October 16, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops. Thursday, October 16, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to "the merciful face of God" and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said. Wednesday, October 15, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views. Wednesday, October 15, 2014
MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January.
VATICAN CITY — By tapping into its Eastern theological and spiritual traditions, the Catholic Church could find an appropriate way to minister to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics and others in situations the church considers irregular, the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said.
VATICAN CITY — Missionaries do enormous good for the world and the church by bringing God's love to the far corners of the earth and by keeping the church healthy and fruitful, Pope Francis said. Monday, October 13, 2014
VATICAN CITY — In strikingly conciliatory language on situations contrary to Catholic teaching, an official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family emphasized calls for greater acceptance and appreciation of divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and homosexuals.
UNITED NATIONS — Significant progress has been made to reduce global poverty, child mortality and maternal deaths in keeping with the U.N.-coordinated Millennium Development Goals but "more remains to be done," said the apostolic nuncio to the United Nations.
VATICAN CITY -- In official reports of the closed-door talks at the Synod of Bishops on the family, an emerging theme has been the call for a new kind of language more appropriate for pastoral care today. Friday, October 10, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Gathered with Pope Francis, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family issued a message of solidarity, support and prayers for all families suffering the impact of war and violence, especially in Iraq and Syria. Friday, October 10, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- The church needs to find better ways to show how the Gospel message is a way of life meant to bring great joy to couples and families, and is not a burdensome set of rules aimed at exclusion, one member of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family said. Thursday, October 9, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- When a Catholic and a Muslim marry, each brings a strong commitment to family life and their union can be a seedbed for teaching respect for other religions, but fundamentalist currents often create serious challenges for the Catholic spouse, said members of the Synod of Bishops. Thursday, October 9, 2014
VATICAN CITY — A married couple from Brazil told Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops that the church should stop giving "contradictory advice" on birth control and help Catholics obey church teaching against contraception.
GENEVA -- Migrant families whose members are often separated pose unique challenges as globalization sweeps the world and deserve special consideration so that family unity remains a priority, a Vatican official told a United Nations meeting. Thursday, October 9, 2014
VATICAN CITY — When Catholics see couples who are patient, kind, never jealous or rude, they "behold the beauty and simplicity and strength of married love," but the church also must learn to help and to heal those whose dreams for lifelong love have been shattered, said Scottish Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.
VATICAN — In their discussions of sexual and medical ethics, participants at the Synod of Bishops on the family are giving emphasis to the concept of "graduality," as a way of thinking about morality that allows for human imperfection without compromising ideals.
VATICAN CITY — Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.
VATICAN CITY — A married couple told Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops on the family that Catholic parishes should welcome same-sex couples, following the example of parents who invite their son and his male partner to their home for Christmas.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened the first working session of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops Oct. 6, urging participants to speak fearlessly and listen humbly during two weeks of discussion of the "pastoral challenges of the family."
VATICAN CITY — The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, not because of divorce but because poverty pushes couples to separate in search of jobs abroad, said Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. Monday, October 6, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Greek root of the word "synod" means "to walk together," which is exactly what bishops and other members of the Synod of Bishops are called to do as they seek to apply the Gospel and church teaching to the challenges facing family life today, said the gathering's general secretary.
VATICAN CITY — Opening the two-week Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis warned participants against the temptations of hypocrisy, pride and greed, urging them instead to serve the church with "freedom, creativity and hard work."
VATICAN CITY — Hours before opening a Synod of Bishops whose members have already started a public debate over Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality, Pope Francis prayed the bishops would express themselves and listen to each other openly, trusting in God to reconcile their differences.
MENOMONIE, Wis. — Alice and Jeff Heinzen are serving as auditors for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, and are scheduled to make a presentation before the general assembly.
MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine security analyst said the country should take "very, very seriously" the threat of Islamic State fighters on Pope Francis' life, especially during his visit here in January.
VATICAN CITY — The author of a controversial proposal to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion says he believes Pope Francis backs the measure but would not apply it without support from bishops at two upcoming synods on the family.
VATICAN CITY — The "freedom of expression" that characterized preparations for the Synod of Bishops on the family — especially in responses to a Vatican questionnaire — "will also characterize the synod assembly, which certainly will take place in a climate of respect for every position, mutual charity and an authentic sense of constructiveness," said the head of the synod.
VATICAN CITY — Meeting Catholics from Pope Paul VI's home diocese, Brescia, Pope Francis said his predecessor's witness "nourishes within us the flame of love for Christ, love for the church and the drive to proclaim the Gospel to the people of today with mercy, patience, courage and joy."
VATICAN CITY — The highest ranking U.S. bishop at the Vatican says this month's Synod of Bishops on the family should mark the end of a high-level debate over whether to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened a three-day summit on the violence and persecution underway in the Middle East, saying arms trafficking is the cause of many problems in the region. Thursday, October 2, 2014
BOLOGNA, Italy — While the rest of Italy commemorates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 4, the city of Bologna does its own thing, celebrating the feast of St. Petronius, a bishop during the Roman Empire's decline.
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N.'s framework provides the "only viable way" of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism "which knows no borders," the Vatican's secretary of state told the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 29.
VATICAN CITY — Avoid the melodrama and self-pity over minor problems in life, Pope Francis said. Instead, use life's inevitable difficulties to pray for strength and pray for those who are suffering real tragedy, he said in a morning homily Sept. 30.
VATICAN CITY — The biggest threat facing the Vatican isn't a bomb or bullet from the outside, but the insidious work of mischief-makers within, who plant discord and resentment, Pope Francis told the Vatican's security force.
VATICAN CITY — As the family gets special focus in two upcoming synods and an international gathering in Philadelphia next year, Pope Francis is highlighting the beauty and value of the family in his message for World Communications Day.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned against the abandonment and neglect of the elderly, calling it a "hidden euthanasia" rooted in today's "poisonous" culture of disposal and an economic system of greed.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops.
VATICAN CITY — With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican formally criticized a U.N. committee's "grave misunderstanding" of state sovereignty and reiterated its concerns over "controversial new expressions" that threaten the unborn and religious freedom. Friday, September 26, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- A new papal commission is looking at how Vatican media outlets can better communicate the church's message "of healing, of love, of hope, and of generosity of spirit," says the panel's leader. Friday, September 26, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- After a Vatican investigation, Pope Francis removed a Paraguayan bishop from his post as head of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este because of "serious pastoral reasons." Thursday, September 25, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- As fleeting as soap bubbles, showy as peacocks and shallow as an over-primped star, conceited Christians are building their lives on lies and their faith on shifting sands, Pope Francis says. Thursday, September 25, 2014
UNITED NATIONS -- A sense of "shared responsibility to protect our planet and the human family" must influence how nations react to the reality of climate change, the Vatican's secretary of state told the United Nations. Thursday, September 25, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for the "globalization of charity" through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. Tuesday, September 23, 2014
TIRANA, Albania — Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania. Monday, September 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- Two weeks before the start of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican announced the formation of a special commission to reform the process of granting marriage annulments. Monday, September 22, 2014
TIRANA, Albania -- In a world "where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited," Albania is an "aspiring example" to everyone that peaceful coexistence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country Sept. 21. Monday, September 22, 2014
WASHINGTON — Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal day of prayer Sept. 28 for the upcoming synod on the family. Monday, September 22, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise. Monday, September 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Bring the Gospel to those who need it most: the poor, the frazzled and the lost, who wander the world without any guidance or protection, Pope Francis told pastoral workers. Monday, September 22, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Thursday, September 18, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals has begun creating the first draft of a new apostolic constitution that would implement a major reform of the Vatican bureaucracy. Thursday, September 18, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of four men and women, including Marie-Elisabeth Turgeon, the Canadian founder of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Thursday, September 18, 2014
VATICAN CITY — In a book coming out just before October's extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell rules out proposed changes to church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Thursday, September 18, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015 will serve as a forum for debating issues on the agenda for the world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican the following month, say the two archbishops responsible for planning the Philadelphia event. Wednesday, September 17, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life. Monday, September 15, 2014
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is planning to visit Turkey "in the last days of November," but said the length of his trip and his agenda in the country have yet to be determined. Friday, September 12, 2014
VATICAN CITY — In light of "countless requests from every part of the world," Pope Francis has approved putting Sts. John Paul and John XXIII on the church's universal calendar of feast days. Friday, September 12, 2014
ROME — Just a few steps away from Rome's traffic jams, blaring sirens and sticky heat, the city's Non-Catholic Cemetery is a garden of breezes and greenery, of crickets, birdsong, roses and pomegranate trees. Friday, September 12, 2014
DUBLIN — The 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis was "the highlight of my life," said Cardinal Sean Brady, the day the pope accepted his resignation as archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland. Monday, September 8, 2014
VATICAN CITY — When a mother has a birthday, children send their greetings and love, so make sure to do the same thing on the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Pope Francis said. Monday, September 8, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today. Thursday, September 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Hidden beneath Albania's long legacy of interreligious harmony and peace lie the turmoil and bloodshed of an ancient vigilante code that affects thousands of families, many of them Catholic. Thursday, September 4, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Walking to a cemetery on All Saints' Day, watching television past 10 p.m., even slaughtering a kid goat on Easter were once so highly suspect in Albania, they would trigger neighborhood spies to tip off communist authorities. Wednesday, September 3, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' choice of Albania as the destination of his first international trip in Europe reflects his trademark pastoral approach: Head to the peripheries, bring healing to the suffering. Wednesday, September 3, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Taking up a suggestion from Pope Francis, Argentine Diego Maradona and other soccer stars past and present played an "Interreligious Match for Peace" and tolerance Sept. 1, drawing some 20,000 spectators to Rome's Olympic Stadium. Tuesday, September 2, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Among the various World War I-related anniversaries of this centennial year, the election of Pope Benedict XV, 100 years ago Sept. 3, is apt to be one of the less widely observed. Tuesday, September 2, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The priest leading the Gaza Strip's only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory. Tuesday, September 2, 2014
VATICAN CITY — Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said. Wednesday, August 27, 2014
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican denies covering up for a former papal ambassador accused of sexually abusing boys, suggesting he might have to stand trial on the charges in the Dominican Republic. Tuesday, August 26, 2014