We must not be afraid of reform, Pope tells Vatican media office

VATICAN CITY – To best respond to new challenges in the field of communication, the Vatican needs smart, courageous teamwork, not nostalgia for a glorious past or doomsday forecasts, Pope Francis said.

Pope advances sainthood causes of U.S. priest, Vietnamese cardinal

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of Wisconsin-born Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, five religious, four laypeople and two cardinals, including Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan.

Pope makes a push for solutions to global issues in Egyptian visit

Pope Francis visited Egypt for two days and for two days he made Egypt his platform.

Francis and Benedict: two popes, two divergent approaches to Islam

ROME – The global growth of Islam and in particular the rise of Islamic extremism have forced recent popes to set out, with increasing urgency, a strategy for engaging the religion.

Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics, Pentecostals

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Our Lady of Fatima to visit United Nations

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – One day before the May 13 celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, a statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the United Nations.

Pope Francis: Work is more than money, it's about the person

VATICAN CITY – Reflecting on the dignity of work, Pope Francis said that a society of fraternity promotes the dignity of the person and provides a solution to the “global economic dictatorship.”

Catholic leaders: Papal trip was blessing for Christian, Muslim Egyptians

AMMAN, Jordan – Pope Francis' historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo has left a profound mark on Egyptians, Catholic leaders said, as they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims.

Egyptians filled with hope by Pope's message of peace during papal trip

CAIRO, Egypt – As Pope Francis returns from his April 28-29 trip to Cairo, Egyptians of all faiths were pleased by his visit and his message – one that filled them with hope for the future, they said.

Pope Francis emphasizes real help for those in need, says Canadian Jesuit

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps – even small steps – they can take to make a difference, a Vatican official said.

Church needs missionaries, not 'clericalized' laity, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit's to give, Pope Francis said.