Letters left at John Paul's tomb show pilgrims see him as friend

VATICAN CITY - Every day, countless visitors to the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica leave letters and notes addressed to him.

    Holy Fathers: Is being pope a shortcut to sainthood?

    VATICAN CITY - "They call me Holy Father and that is what I must be," the future St. John XXIII wrote in his diary.

      Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, Pope Francis says

      VATICAN CITY - In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to serve others with love, Pope Francis said.

        Pope to remember abused, violated in Station of the Cross

        VATICAN CITY - The often silent plight of sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence, prisoners, the abandoned elderly, the unemployed and immigrants facing hostility will be given a powerful voice during the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum.

          Laval, Marie de l'Incarnation decreed saints

          VATICAN CITY - Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis declared three new saints for the Americas, pioneers of the Catholic Church in Canada and Brazil.

            Sainthood rites for John Paul II, John XXIII to be beamed around the world

            VATICAN CITY - While millions of pilgrims are expected to attend the Catholic Church’s first-ever double canonization at the end of April, the Vatican is preparing its most ambitious TV and social media campaign for the millions who don’t make it to Rome.

              Pope asks Curia to find ways to implement 'Joy of Gospel' in its work

              VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis called together the heads of all Vatican offices to discuss how they could integrate into their work the teaching of his apostolic exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").

                Pope Francis urges Salesians to continue caring for world's youth, vocations

                VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis encouraged the Salesians in their work with young people, saying that religious vocations are the fruit of good pastoral youth ministry.

                  Pope Francis confirms heads of Vatican curial agencies

                  VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis confirmed the head of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and named among its new members Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Australian Cardinal George Pell, and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis.

                    Jerusalem patriarch says Pope Francis' May trip to focus on Christian unity

                    JERUSALEM - When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land in May, he will follow the pattern he set last year in Brazil by meeting with the leaders of the three nations he will visit as well as with the less fortunate.

                      Pope Francis, Obama meet privately at Vatican for 50 minutes

                      VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting.