• Pope confirms US trip, defends traditional family

    • Nov 17, 2014

    ROME — Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to the United States in September, 2015 for a Vatican-sponsored meeting on the family in Philadelphia. “According to the wishes of the Lord,” Francis said, he’ll make the trip. Although the Vatican usually doesn’t confirm papal outings until a month

  • Francis welcomes head of Argentina’s 'Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo'

    • Nov 6, 2014

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis welcomed the president of Argentina’s famed “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo” to the Vatican on Wednesday, putting him face-to-face with one of his country’s best-known human rights activists and a one-time critic of the pope. Carlotto, who not so long ago voiced doubts about

  • Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Turkey

    • Oct 21, 2014

    ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing. The Rev.

  • Philippine general orders chaplains to pray rosary for pope’s safety

    • Oct 14, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines – The head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Oct. 13 ordered all military chaplains to dedicate their daily rosary for the safe visit of Pope Francis to their country in January. Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. gave the directive during an Oct. 13 Mass at the military

  • Pope Francis will visit France next year

    • Oct 7, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican says Pope Francis will travel to France next year, as 2015 is shaping up as a busy travel year for the 77-year-old pontiff. The Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Tuesday that a full-fledged state visit to France is planned, but he gave no

  • Europe’s most forgotten country shares the papal spotlight

    • Sep 22, 2014

    ROME — Pope Francis’ ten-hour day trip to Albania packed a solid news punch, beginning with his strong condemnation of ISIS terrorism, insisting that “to kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege” and that “to discriminate in the name of God is inhuman.” Delivered in a country

  • Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

    • Sep 21, 2014

    Pope Francis called Sunday for Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony for the rest of the world. “To kill in the name of God is

  • Scenes from Pope Francis’ visit to Albania

    • Sep 21, 2014

    Pope Francis made a whirlwind trip to Albania on Sunday.  Catholic practice (along with all other religious practice) was nearly extinguished under a brutal isolationist Communist dictatorship.  But now, the Pope highlighted the country as a model of Muslim-Christian co-existence.  He also honored the memory of Albania’s most famous Catholic,