Don't fall for idolatry when difficulties arise, Pope says

VATICAN – Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.

Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules between slave and master, Pope says at Angelus

VATICAN – Doing God's will means first of all believing in Jesus and allowing love for him to translate into love for one's neighbors, Pope Francis said.

A "courageous creativity" is needed, Pope Francis tells young Jesuits

VATICAN – The courage, prayer and creativity that should characterize every Jesuit's ministry must be especially present when ministering to young people who are unemployed and feel hopeless, Pope Francis said.

Idolatry is slavery, deprives people of life, Pope says

VATICAN – Idolatry is a human inclination that spares neither believers nor atheists and deprives people of life and love in exchange for slavery to unfulfilled dreams, Pope Francis said.

Path to holiness isn't for the lazy, Pope says to young altar servers

VATICAN  – Christ's commandment to love God and neighbor is a path trodden by those who have the desire to become saints, Pope Francis told thousands of altar servers from around the world.

"Never throw away leftovers", help the hungry, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis asked people to generously serve those most in need and to never waste food.

Pope will declare teen a saint during youth synod

VATICAN – Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

The Church's office of camerlengo now vacant

VATICAN – With the July 5 death of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the office of camerlengo is now vacant. A sensitive position, above all in the period between the death of a pope and the election of his successor, the Church awaits Pope Francis’ nomination of a new camerlengo.

Learn from the past before looking to future, Pope tells youth

VATICAN – The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis nominates presidents-delegate for upcoming Synod

VATICAN CITY – As his delegates to preside over sessions of the Synod of Bishops in October, Pope Francis has chosen four cardinals from countries where young people are facing special challenges.