Pope 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 arrives in Congo after praying on flight for migrants

After flying across the equator, Pope Francis was welcomed warmly -- in every sense -- to Congo where Catholics make up the majority of the population and where, for decades, the Catholic Church has been at the forefront of efforts to bring peace, education and health care to the people.

U.S.-born priest to lead Vatican body overseeing selection of world’s bishops

Pope Francis has chosen Chicago-born Bishop Robert F. Prevost of Chiclayo, Peru, to succeed Canadian Cardinal Ouellet as prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Pope tells Knights of Malta their mission depends on unity

As the Knights of Malta move toward re-establishing their normal means of governance under a papally-ordered new constitution, Pope Francis told members of the order's general chapter not to be afraid of lively debates, but to seek unity for the sake of their witness and service to the poor.

Pope Francis condemns ‘spiral of death’ in the Holy Land

The "spiral of death" that has materialized in the Holy Land in recent days threatens the little remaining trust that exists between Israelis and Palestinians, Pope Francis said.

Synod focus is listening to Spirit, not debating hot topics, cardinals say

The principal task of the continental assemblies and the assemblies of the Synod of Bishops in 2023 and 2024 is to learn and strengthen a process of listening as a church to the Holy Spirit and not to address all the issues being debated in the church, top officers of the synod said.

Christians in affluent societies must combat ‘throwaway culture,’ pope says

Christians must combat the prevalent culture of wastefulness by becoming poor in spirit, Pope Francis said.

Pope clarifies remarks about homosexuality and sin

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.

Marriage is a gift from God that benefits everyone, pope says

Marriage is not a ceremony, a social event, a mere formality or an abstract ideal, Pope Francis said.

Day of Consecrated Life is time to renew missionary zeal, cardinal says

The religious-order brothers, sisters and priests and the hermits, monks and consecrated virgins who serve God and the Catholic Church are called to stoke the "missionary fire" in their souls, said Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz.