Honour martyrs and work for peace, Pope Francis says in Nagasaki

NAGASAKI, Japan -- While the world knows Nagasaki as the site of a U.S. atomic bomb blast, for the Catholic Church it is also the site of one of the fiercest campaigns of anti-Christian persecution.

  • November 24, 2019

Missionaries not "producers of proselytes" but humble beggars, Pope Francis says

BANGKOK -- Missionaries are not mercenaries, but beggars who recognize that some brothers and sisters are missing from the community and long to hear the good news of salvation, Pope Francis told the Catholics of Thailand.

  • November 21, 2019

Efforts to protect life include promoting disarmament, Pope Francis says

VATICAN CITY -- A commitment to defending and protecting human life requires a commitment to ending wars and to promoting nuclear disarmament, Pope Francis said.

  • November 18, 2019

Pope Francis denounces increasing violence against Jewish people

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis warned that violence against Jewish people, which reached a state of horror during World War II, is on the rise again.

  • November 13, 2019

Pope Francis: Christ wants to redeem everyone

ROME -- No one is so far from God that Christ cannot bring them back, Pope Francis told members of the Diocese of Rome's new pastoral teams responsible for outreach.

  • November 11, 2019

Wednesday Audience: Dialogue begins with empathy, not contempt

VATICAN CITY -- Christians who preach the Gospel must see people who do not know Christ as children of God and not as nonbelievers worthy of hostility and contempt, Pope Francis said.

  • November 6, 2019

Pope Francis: Refusing God's generosity is a sin

VATICAN CITY -- In life, Christians face the choice of either being open to encountering God's generosity or closed in on their own interests, Pope Francis said.

  • November 5, 2019

Pope Francis offers memorial Mass for prelates deceased over preceding year

VATICAN CITY -- Jesus invites everyone to always go to him, which, Pope Francis said, also means no longer making life revolve around oneself.

  • November 4, 2019

Pope Francis recalls all persecuted Christians at Mass in Catacombs

ROME -- In what he said was his first visit to the catacombs, Pope Francis celebrated Mass for the feast of All Souls with special words of remembrance for Catholics who still today must worship in secret.

  • November 4, 2019

Angelus: God gives grace to live holy lives

VATICAN CITY -- The saints were flesh-and-blood people whose lives included real struggles and joys, and whose holiness reminds all the baptized that they, too, are called to be saints, Pope Francis said.

  • November 1, 2019