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Pope Francis Calls for an End to Poverty in Brazil

Pope Francis said Saturday that the future demands a humanistic vision of the economy and a rehabilitation of politics in order to achieve "greater participation by the people, a shunning of elitism and an end to poverty." continue reading »

Huge Crowds Receive Pope on His First International Trip

A large crowd received Pope Francis on Monday downtown in this Brazilian metropolis as the pontiff began a week-long visit to take part in the annual World Youth Day event. continue reading »

Argentine Photographer Shares Exhibition of Pope Francis

The pictures of Jorge Bergoglio taken by an Argentine photographer over almost a decade, and which can currently be seen at a convent in Buenos Aires, captured the expressions of Pope Francis that today captivate the world. continue reading »

Pope Names Valdez Torres Bishop of Ensenada, Mexico

Pope Francis has named Rafael Valdez Torres, who has been serving as pastor and rector of the Shrine of Our Lord of the Miracles in San Juan Nuevo, to be the new bishop of Ensenada, Mexico, the Vatican press office said Tuesday. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives Colombian President – Urges Peace with FARC Guerillas

This morning, Pope Francis I received President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and urged for peace between the government and FARC guerillas. continue reading »

Pope Francis Canonizes his First Saints, Including 2 Latin Americans

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized his first saints, including Colombia's Laura Montoya and Mexico's Guadalupe Garcia Zavala. A total of 802 saints were canonized by Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, during his first canonization ceremony. continue reading »

Pope Francis Receives Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

Pope Francis received Friday Ecuador's President Rafael Correa and the two men discussed the situation in Latin America, respect for indigenous populations and the importance of a permanent dialogue between church and state. continue reading »

Lionel Messi Sends Signed Jersey to Pope Francis

Pope Francis was presented with a jersey signed by Argentine soccer star Leo Messi by a group of priests during Wednesday's public audience. continue reading »

U.S. Catholic Bishops Award $3.1 Million to Pastoral Work in Latin America

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America approved funding for 132 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, worth over $3.1 million, to aid pastoral work in that region. The funds also will allow young people to attend World Youth Day (WYD) in Brazil, July 23-28. continue reading »

Spanish P.M. is First European Head of Gov’t to be Received by Pope Francis

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will travel to Rome on April 15 to be received in the Vatican by Pope Francis, government officials told Efe. continue reading »

Pope Francis Calls for Peace at First Easter Mass

Pope Francis called on Easter Sunday for peace in a world "still divided by greed looking for easy gain, wounded by the selfishness which threatens human life and the family, selfishness that continues in human trafficking, the most extensive form of slavery in this twenty-first century." continue reading »

Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Teens at Juvenile Jail

Pope Francis I went to Rome's Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center on Thursday to share the Mass of the Lord's Supper with the inmates and during which he washed the feet of 12 teenagers housed there. continue reading »

Buenos Aires Celebrates Pope Francis With Giant Photograph

The municipal government of Buenos Aires on Thursday placed a gigantic photograph of Pope Francis on the facade of one of its buildings in homage to the man who was archbishop of Buenos Aires prior to his March 13 election as pontiff. continue reading »

Thousands Gather for Pope Francis’s First Public Audience

Pope Francis entered St. Peter's Square in the popemobile on Wednesday to hold the first public audience of his pontificate, which several thousand people from all over the world attended. continue reading »

Argentina Inaugurates “Papa Francisco” Avenue in City of La Plata

Argentina has named an avenue in the city of La Plata "Papa Francisco" to honor the Argentine native and first Latin American pope. Buenos Aires is also considering naming several streets after Pope Francisco I. continue reading »

Christ’s Guidance Can Help Overcome Evil in the World, Says Pope Francis

Pope Francis called in his first Palm Sunday Mass for an end to wars, economic conflicts that harm the weakest people in society, hunger for money and power, corruption and crimes against human life and creation, telling the faithful that Christ can help them overcome the evil in men and the world. continue reading »

Pope Francis Eagerly Looking Forward to World Youth Day in Brazil

Pope Francis I is "very excited" about his July visit to Brazil to participate in World Youth Day, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said here Wednesday after a meeting with the new pontiff. continue reading »

Pope Francis I Officially Inaugurated as Pope with Most Latin American Leaders in Attendance

This morning Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, officially became Pope Francis I with hundreds of thousands faithful in attendance at the inauguration including most leaders of Latin America. continue reading »

Pope Francis Explains Choosing Name, Hopes Church Will Focus on Helping the Poor

Pope Francis told reporters here Saturday why he chose to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi, explaining that he wants a church focused on the poor. continue reading »

Pope Francis Warns of Pessimism In Address to Cardinals

Pope Francis said Friday in his meeting with the cardinals that they must avoid pessimism and find the courage every day to spread the Gospel to all corners of the earth. continue reading »