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Put the phone away and talk to each other, Pope Francis urges families

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed that people all over the world would end 2019 "in peace, peace in their hearts," and that families would mark New Year's by "communicating with one another."

  • December 30, 2019

Christmas says, 'You are loved,' Pope Francis says at Midnight Mass

VATICAN CITY -- Christmas night tells each person, no matter how poor or sinful, that they are utterly and totally loved by God, Pope Francis said as he celebrated Jesus' birth.

  • December 24, 2019

Pray before a Nativity Scene, Pope Francis suggests

VATICAN CITY -- Putting up a Nativity scene before Christmas is a reminder to stop and remember what Christmas is really about and to prepare one's heart like a manger for the coming of Christ, Pope Francis said.

  • December 18, 2019

Pope Francis blesses infant Jesus statues at Angelus audience

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis blessed hundreds of figurines of the baby Jesus -- ranging from tiny plastic figures to life-sized statues -- and encouraged children to make sure they have Nativity scenes at home.

  • December 16, 2019

Mary is loving mother, humble disciple, Pope Francis says on Guadalupe feast

VATICAN CITY -- Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Francis said she reminds Catholics of her true essence as a woman, a mother and a "mestiza" or person of mixed race.

  • December 12, 2019

World needs peacemakers, not empty words, Pope Francis says in message

VATICAN CITY -- The world does not need more empty words, it needs committed, active peacemakers who do not exclude or manipulate, but are open to respectful dialogue, Pope Francis said in his annual message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1.

  • December 12, 2019

Martyrdom comes from following Christ without compromise, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- There always will be martyrs among Christians in the world, Pope Francis said.

  • December 11, 2019

Let yourself be consoled by the Lord in confession, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Anyone who wants to experience the consolation and tenderness of God simply needs to go to confession, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

  • December 10, 2019

Immaculate Conception is feast of hope, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Mary, conceived without sin, is a "masterpiece" who reflects "the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving," Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

  • December 9, 2019

Pope Francis: Trust in Christ, not psychics, card readers

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis scolded people who consider themselves practicing Christians, but who turn to fortunetelling, psychic readings and tarot cards.

  • December 4, 2019