Hospitality is an important ecumenical virtue, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Showing hospitality makes a person a better human being and a better Christian and is an important part of promoting Christian unity, Pope Francis said.

  • January 22, 2020

Pope Francis hopes Berlin summit will lead to peace in Libya

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he hoped that an international summit in Berlin would be the first step toward peace in war-torn Libya.

  • January 20, 2020

Baptism is first step to humility, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- In asking to be baptized, Jesus exemplifies the Christian calling to follow along the path of humility and meekness rather than strutting about and being a showoff, Pope Francis said.

  • January 13, 2020

Life's trials are training ground for Christian compassion, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- Christians survive trials and tribulations with the help of their faith in Christ and pay it forward by being compassionate toward others who suffer, Pope Francis said.

  • January 8, 2020

Faith is the worship of God, not oneself, Pope Francis says on Epiphany

VATICAN CITY -- Worshipping the Lord as the Three Kings did involves making a journey "from the greatest form of bondage: slavery to oneself," Pope Francis said on the feast of the Epiphany.

  • January 6, 2020

Pope Francis: 'A victory for women is a victory for humanity'

VATICAN CITY -- The world will not know peace unless there is an end to violence against women, the exploitation of their bodies and the denial of their dignity, Pope Francis said on the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

  • January 1, 2020

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