Gossip destroys Holy Spirit's gift of peace, Pope says

VATICAN – Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Pope's June prayer intention focuses a more inclusive social media

VATICAN – In his prayer video for June, Pope Francis asked that digital communications and social media platforms would be a place of inclusion and encounter, rather than isolation and “alienation.”

No sin can erase 'spiritual seal' of baptism, Pope says

VATICAN – The baptismal font is a tomb in which a person dies to sin, and it is a womb through which a person is born to new life in Christ, Pope Francis said.

Either you are with God or with Satan, Pope says

VATICAN – Baptism requires rejecting Satan and professing one's full faith in God, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Christ nourishes our life on the vine

Fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29 (Year B) Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Pope, Council of Cardinals discuss new document on Roman Curia

VATICAN – Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals have reviewed a complete draft of the apostolic constitution that would govern the Roman Curia, the Vatican spokesman said.

Be fruitful and multiply: Threatened trees planted in Vatican Gardens

VATICAN – The Vatican Gardens has branched out and added a small orchard to its hillsides, becoming a safe haven for a number of endangered native Italian fruit and nut tree species.

Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, Pope says

VATICAN – Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

Respect life of severely ill patients like Alfie Evans, Pope says

VATICAN – Highlighting the plight of a seriously ill toddler in Great Britain and a severely brain-damaged man in France, Pope Francis called for greater respect for every patient's life and dignity.

Pope urges Catholics to be moved by the joy of the Resurrection

ROME – On Sunday Pope Francis visited a Roman parish, telling Mass-goers to allow themselves to be moved by the immense joy of the resurrection, which overcomes sin and renews believers, allowing them to have a youthful heart.

Pope issues holiness challenge, expands 'pro-life' meaning

Pope Francis has once again expanded the Catholic definition of being pro-life.