FAITH/STORIES

Pope Francis expressed his "spiritual closeness" and "solidarity" with those affected by a pair of powerful earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria Feb. 6.

At the end of six days in African countries bloodied by war and conflict, Pope Francis said that "the biggest plague" afflicting the world today is the weapons trade.

In a country where most people are Christian and all are suffering from decades of violence and atrocities, Pope Francis told the Congolese to lay down their weapons and their rancor.

January 31, 2023

Pope Francis preaches peace, cooperation, resilience to a Congo 'gasping for breath'

The people of Congo are more precious than any of the gems or minerals found in the earth beneath their feet, yet they have been slaughtered by warmongers and exploited by prospectors, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis clarifies remarks about homosexuality and sin

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Pope Francis reaffirmed that homosexuality is not a crime, and that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin, in a written response to a request for clarification about his remarks during a recent interview with the Associated Press.

Pope Francis, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders ask for prayers before trip

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Before beginning their ecumenical pilgrimage of peace to South Sudan, Pope Francis and the leaders of the Anglican Communion and the Presbyterian Church of Scotland asked Christians around the globe to accompany them with prayers.

Mass media needs more kindness, truth spoken with charity, Pope Francis says

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The media and the field of communications need to exercise more kindness and share the truth with charity, Pope Francis said.

Long homilies are 'a disaster,' keep it under 10 minutes, Pope Francis says

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Lengthy, abstract homilies are "a disaster," so preaching should be limited to 10 minutes, Pope Francis said.

Vatican funding for charitable works totals $10.7 million in 2022

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It was a sunny day in Rome Jan. 13 when a truck was fully loaded with supplies. Thermal clothing, power generators and food were put inside with the help of a papal official: Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, Pope Francis’ almoner.

January 18, 2023

To be pastoral, look to the Good Shepherd, Pope Francis says

Christians must develop a pastoral heart to care for those who have not heard the Gospel or who have left the fold, Pope Francis said.

January 11, 2023

Evangelization is the 'oxygen' of Christian life, Pope Francis says

Sharing the faith is the "oxygen" that "invigorates and purifies" Christian life, Pope Francis said.

Vatican prosecutor opens investigation into Orlandi disappearance

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The disappearance 40 years ago of Emanuela Orlandi has haunted her family, fueled conspiracy theories and provided grist for a recent Netflix series.

Pope Francis baptizes babies, urges parents to teach them to pray

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Telling parents and godparents to teach their little ones to pray from the time they are small, Pope Francis baptized 13 babies in the Sistine Chapel as their older brothers and sisters looked on -- or got away and ran around.