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Pope closes synod with apology to young people who felt ignored by the Church

VATICAN – Speaking on behalf of all adult Catholics, Pope Francis formally closed the Synod of Bishops by asking young people for forgiveness.
  • October 29, 2018

Holiness comes from practicing the faith, not pious talk, Pope says

VATICAN – Following the Francigena Way, an ancient pilgrims' path, a group of about 300 synod participants and young people from Rome parishes headed to St. Peter's Basilica to pray at the apostle's tomb.
  • October 25, 2018

Beware of hypocrisy, which leavens selfishness, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Hypocrisy is the leaven that causes men and women to be self-centered and indifferent to the world around them, Pope Francis said.
  • October 19, 2018

Saints risk all to follow Jesus with love, Pope says at canonization Mass

VATICAN – Carrying Pope Paul VI's pastoral staff and wearing the blood-stained belt of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, Pope Francis formally recognized them, and five others, as saints of the Catholic Church.
  • October 14, 2018

Devil uses friendliness to destroy, encouraging people to be lukewarm, Pope says

VATICAN – The devil is more dangerous when he is polite and friendly, persuading people to be "lukewarm" and worldly, than when he shows his true face and blatantly pushes people to sin, Pope Francis said.
  • October 12, 2018

Reach out to cohabitating couples, support newlyweds, Pope urges

ROME – The Catholic Church must reach out to couples living together without being married, Pope Francis told those involved in family ministry in the Diocese of Rome.

  • September 28, 2018

Some cry 'scandal' to cover their own faults, Pope says at Mass

VATICAN – While God's holy church is made up of sinners, it also has its share of hypocrites who love to cry "scandal" to point out the failings of others and make themselves appear pure, Pope Francis said at morning Mass.
  • September 20, 2018

Satan is attacking bishops by revealing their sins, Pope says

VATICAN – Bishops must remember, particularly when under attack, that their role is to pray, be humble in knowing God chose them and remain close to the people, Pope Francis said in his morning homily.
  • September 11, 2018

Being a Christian demands that we accuse ourselves, not others, Pope says

VATICAN – Christian conversion does not entail accusing others, but is shamefully recognizing and sincerely repenting one's own sins, Pope Francis said.
  • September 6, 2018

Everyday is a fight against worldly mentality, pride, gossip, Pope says

VATICAN – Christians must engage in spiritual combat every day against a worldly spirit that leads down a path of arrogance and petty gossip, Pope Francis said.
  • September 4, 2018