Pope Francis: New Vatican finance laws are working

VATICAN CITY -- The decade-long process of updating the laws of Vatican City State is part of the Vatican's support for international commitments to protect people and safeguard vulnerable groups, who are "frequently the victims of new, odious forms of illegality," Pope Francis said.

    God's Word on Sunday: Survival depends on loving our neighbour

    Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 23 (Year A) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48

    God called the people of Israel to be holy, just as God is. In Old Testament language, however, “holy” meant “set apart” or “completely different.” 

      Pope Francis shares frustration with reaction to Amazon document

      VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with -- like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon.

        Don't try to 'clericalize' women in Amazon church, Pope Francis says

        VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis released his document on the Amazon region on the 15th anniversary of the assassination in Brazil of U.S. Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang, a missionary who defended the poor and the environment.

          Pope Francis: No 'quick fix' to priest shortage in Amazon

          VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue.

            Pope Francis releases apostolic exhortation on Amazon synod

            VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said he dreams of an Amazon region where the rights of the poor and indigenous are respected, local cultures are preserved, nature is protected, and the Catholic Church is present and active with "Amazonian features."

              Pope Francis praises Knights for aid to Middle East Christians

              VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the Knights of Columbus for their charitable efforts and thanked them especially for helping Christians in the Middle East.

                God's Word on Sunday: We can’t blame God for our choices

                Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 16 (Year A) Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37

                Freedom is a two-edged sword, for with freedom comes responsibility. 

                  'Educational compact' between families, world is broken, Pope Francis says

                  VATICAN CITY -- Shirking responsibilities in educating future generations has led to a collapse in cooperation among families, schools and social, cultural and religious institutions, Pope Francis said.

                    Our Lady of Loreto answers a prayer

                    It took a flight of faith, but after jumping through all the necessary hoops, the statue of Our Lady of Loreto finally made it to Toronto.

                      Pope Francis defrocks Argentine founder of religious institute

                      VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis expelled from the priesthood the founder of Miles Christi, a religious institute based in Argentina, after he was found guilty of sexual and physical abuse.