Pope Francis, in Congo, calls for an 'amnesty of the heart' to build peace

In a country where most people are Christian and all are suffering from decades of violence and atrocities, Pope Francis told the Congolese to lay down their weapons and their rancor.

Pope Francis clarifies remarks about homosexuality and sin

Pope Francis reaffirmed that homosexuality is not a crime, and that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin, in a written response to a request for clarification about his remarks during a recent interview with the Associated Press.

Pope Francis, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders ask for prayers before trip

Before beginning their ecumenical pilgrimage of peace to South Sudan, Pope Francis and the leaders of the Anglican Communion and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland asked Christians around the globe to accompany them with prayers.

Mass media needs more kindness, truth spoken with charity, Pope Francis says

The media and the field of communications need to exercise more kindness and share the truth with charity, Pope Francis said.

Long homilies are 'a disaster,' keep it under 10 minutes, Pope Francis says

Lengthy, abstract homilies are "a disaster," so preaching should be limited to 10 minutes, Pope Francis said.

Vatican funding for charitable works totals $10.7 million in 2022

It was a sunny day in Rome Jan. 13 when a truck was fully loaded with supplies. Thermal clothing, power generators and food were put inside with the help of a papal official: Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, Pope Francis’ almoner.

Vatican prosecutor opens investigation into Orlandi disappearance

The disappearance 40 years ago of Emanuela Orlandi has haunted her family, fueled conspiracy theories and provided grist for a recent Netflix series.

Pope Francis baptizes babies, urges parents to teach them to pray

Telling parents and godparents to teach their little ones to pray from the time they are small, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel as their older brothers and sisters looked on -- or got away and ran around.

On New Year's, Pope Francis calls for taking the risk of changing the world

The best way to usher in a truly "new" year is to stop waiting for things to get better on their own, and instead recognize what is essential and reach out now to help others, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis pays tribute to the late Pope Benedict, highlighting his gentleness

Keeping his appointment to celebrate vespers as 2022 was ending, Pope Francis also paid tribute to his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who died early Dec. 31.

Vatican agency pays tribute to 18 missionaries killed in 2022

Most of the 18 Catholic missionaries murdered in 2022 were not carrying out high-risk missions when they were assassinated but were simply "immersed and submerged in the ordinariness of their lives and their apostolic work," said the editor of Fides, the Vatican's missionary news service.