- Dec 10, 2019
Where’s the pope? He’s stuck in a Vatican elevator.
At the Pontifical North American College, new student orientation is not just a weekend or even just a week — it includes almost a month of intensive Italian studies, punctuated with occasional gelato sampling and one big shoutout from Pope Francis.
A life marked by humility, faith and love determines whether Christians enter heaven, not who they know, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said Sunday that the Amazon forest is vital for our Earth and is urging prayers that fires there are quickly controlled.
Before praying the Angelus with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 18, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading (Lk 12:49-53) in which Jesus says he has come “to set the earth on fire” and to bring “division,” not peace.
Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said.