Present in the Eucharist, Jesus transforms those who receive him, Pope says

VATICAN – Despite the chill and gusts of wind in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis welcomed the beginning of spring with an impromptu lesson about gardening and how to grow into being better Christians.

The crucifix is for contemplation, not decoration, says Pope

VATICAN – On Sunday Pope Francis said that the crucifix is not just something decorative to hang on the wall or wear, it is an important sign of our beliefs – and should be truly looked at and prayed before as the source of our salvation.

Vatican office altered photo of Benedict's letter on Francis's theology

VATICAN – A Vatican office has acknowledged blurring portions of a letter written by Benedict XVI regarding Pope Francis' philosophical and theological formation, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Vatican invites youth to participate in pre-synod meeting via Facebook

VATICAN – As the pre-synod gathering on youth approaches, Vatican organizers are inviting young people around the globe to join in the discussion through Facebook groups in six different languages.

Pope Francis: How many people go beyond the mindless recitation of the Lord's Prayer?

VATICAN – Forgiving those who have caused pain or offense is not easy, Pope Francis said.

Salvation of souls the primary purpose of pastoral care, Doctrine of Faith prefect says

VATICAN – Promoting and defending Catholic teaching is itself a pastoral practice, said Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis' theology contradicts "foolish prejudice" against him, Pope Emeritus says

VATICAN – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' election, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended the continuity of the church's teaching under his successor and dismissed those who criticize the Pope's theological foundations.

Confessors should seek to bring penitents closer to Jesus, Pope says

By truly listening to the penitent during confession, "we listen to Jesus himself, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put ourselves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word" in order to know what God wants to be done, he said.

Mary Marrocco: Lent is an opportunity to go beyond the noise

What’s the best way to wake a sleeper? Throw cold water? Tickle the feet or play loud music?

Pope asks that young people write meditations for Way of the Cross

VATICAN – In light of this year's Synod of Bishops on young people, Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations be written by a group of students.

Miracles approved: Pope Paul VI, Romero to be declared saints

VATICAN – Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero.