Faith

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church's new cardinals and new archbishops must be willing to risk everything, patiently endure evil and bear crosses like Jesus did, Pope Francis said.

Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

By

VATICAN CITY – Cardinals are not called to be "princes" of the church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told five new cardinals.

Unity is not just 'bland uniformity,' Pope tells Orthodox delegation

By

VATICAN CITY – The dream of restoring full unity between Catholics and Orthodox can be a prophetic sign of legitimate differences coexisting rather than just simply agreeing on everything, Pope Francis said.

Impact of legalized marijuana needs greater study, Vatican official says

By

VATICAN CITY – While some countries continue to debate the legalization of marijuana, its effects and impact on possible dependency need to be further understood, said the head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Vatican announces Pope will attend reconciliation events in Colombia

By

WASHINGTON – Days after rebels in Colombia announced turning in the last of their cache of weapons over to international observers, the Vatican announced June 23 details of Pope Francis' September trip to the war-torn South American country.

Nice guy or tough guy? The two faces of Pope Francis

By

VATICAN CITY – To the vast majority, Pope Francis is the compassionate face of Catholicism today.

Pope tells NFL legends he backs a ‘different’ kind of football

By

VATICAN CITY – It may not have been his kind of "football," and he may not have much use for his new helmet, but Pope Francis welcomed a group of NFL veterans and told them their sport has "virtues."

Pope accepts early resignation of Vatican's first independent auditor

By

VATICAN CITY – Just two years after being hired to help with the Vatican's efforts in finance reform, Libero Milone – the Vatican's first independent auditor who answered only to the Pope – handed a request for his resignation to Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to visit Chile, Peru in January 2018

By

LIMA, Peru – The Holy See Press Office announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Chile from January 15 to 18 and Peru from January 18 to 21, 2018.

Eucharist is reminder of God's love, call to unity, Pope says

By

ROME – The Eucharist is a tangible reminder of God's love, and receiving Communion is a call to work to build the body of Christ by loving others and shunning all that sows division within a community, Pope Francis said.

Charting change: Vatican statistics track church health indicators

By

VATICAN CITY – The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose.