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 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.

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.

Victims of violence in Congo share their grief with pope

Ladislas set a machete under the crucifix. Bijoux laid a wicker mat there. And Emelda dropped military fatigues.

‘The future is in your hands,’ pope tells Congolese young people

The hands that will save Congo and build a future worthy of its people belong to the Congolese people, to each one of them, but especially the young, Pope Francis said.

Pope asks Congo’s priests, religious to be authentic witnesses of faith

The strength and unity of the Catholic community in Congo and its ability to be an effective force for peace and reconciliation depend in large part on the attitudes, witness and ministry of consecrated women, priests and religious brothers, Pope Francis said.

Pope, Anglican, Presbyterian leaders push South Sudanese to make peace

Three Christian religious leaders faced the president and vice presidents of South Sudan and told them it was time for them to get serious about peace, development and democracy.

Arms trade is a ‘plague,’ pope says on flight back from Africa

At the end of six days in African countries bloodied by war and conflict, Pope Francis said that "the biggest plague" afflicting the world today is the weapons trade.

Names and faces: Pope, church leaders draw attention to victims of violence

Pope Francis' visit to Congo and his ecumenical pilgrimage to South Sudan put a face -- actually, thousands of faces -- on the horror of war.

Pope saddened by ‘huge loss of life’ after earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Pope Francis expressed his "spiritual closeness" and "solidarity" with those affected by a pair of powerful earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria Feb. 6.