Pope Francis 'saddened' by Turkish court ruling to turn Hagia Sophia into mosque

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he was saddened after a Turkish court ruled to revert the iconic Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque.

  • July 13, 2020

Pope Francis backs U.N. resolution calling for global cease-fire

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the United Nations' adoption of a global cease-fire resolution amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world.

  • July 6, 2020

Pope Francis: No true love without the cross

VATICAN CITY -- True love is not defined by preserving one's personal interests but by willingness to sacrifice oneself for the good of others, Pope Francis said.

  • June 29, 2020

Pope Francis: God listens to everybody -- sinner, saint, victim, killer

VATICAN CITY -- Everyone lives a life that is often inconsistent or a "contradiction" because people can be both a sinner and a saint, a victim and a tormentor, Pope Francis said.

  • June 24, 2020

In times of trial, never surrender to despair, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Christians have no need to fear in moments of trial and adversity because God's grace is more powerful than evil, Pope Francis said.

  • June 22, 2020

Pope Francis: Christians called to intercede for, not condemn, others

VATICAN CITY -- True believers do not condemn people for their sins or shortcomings but intercede on their behalf with God through prayer, Pope Francis said.

  • June 17, 2020

Eucharist heals, gives strength to serve others, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- The Eucharist heals people of their wounds, emptiness and sadness, and gives them the strength to share Christ's loving mercy with others, Pope Francis said.

  • June 15, 2020

Pope Francis: Prayer is a 'fight' with God

VATICAN CITY -- True prayer is a "fight" with God in which those who think they are strong are humbled and faced with the reality of their own mortal condition, Pope Francis said.

  • June 10, 2020

Pope Francis prays for those still hit by COVID-19, urges caution elsewhere

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed for people living in countries where COVID-19 is still causing a huge number of deaths, and he cautioned people in Italy to continue to be careful and follow health precautions.

  • June 8, 2020

Pope Francis: Trusting in God does not mean never arguing with him

VATICAN CITY -- In the story of the patriarch Abraham -- honored by Jews, Christians and Muslims -- faith becomes a direct relationship with God that is marked by constant prayer, which sometimes takes the form of "debating" with God, Pope Francis said.

  • June 3, 2020