Facebook chatbot lets you talk to the Pope

VATICAN – An initiative from the Vatican this month is inviting people to virtually connect with Pope Francis and learn more about Church missions and how to support them.

Holy Land Christians must work together, Pope tells Greek Orthodox Patriarch

VATICAN – As minorities living in a troubled land, Christians in the Holy Land must forgive each other for past mistakes and work together for the future of their communities, Pope Francis told the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem.

Pope Francis shares special message to Canadian youth

Pope Francis shared a message to Canada's youth during the Young People, Faith and Discernment Forum 2017, a televised event on Salt and Light TV on Oct. 22 in preparation for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth. 

Being Christian means being missionary, Pope says

VATICAN – Catholics must make a real effort to share the Gospel with all people, fighting "the recurring temptation" that leads some to focus only on internal church matters or to be pessimistic about evangelization efforts, Pope Francis wrote.

Pope's pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government's role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

VATICAN CITY – Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' Pope says

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.

Pope praises 'beautiful, complex' diversity of Catholic Churches in India

VATICAN – Pope Francis on Tuesday said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country that ought to be strengthened, and as a means of doing so, he expanded the reach of one of the country's indigenous Churches.

Christians are never bored - they persevere with love, Pope says

VATICAN – On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light.

Pets granted a little taste of Heaven

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Toronto was a zoo on the afternoon of Oct. 7.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Franciscans killed in Guatemala

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of nine men and women, including a Franciscan priest who championed the land rights of farmers in Guatemala.