- Jun 3, 2020
Since his election two years ago, Pope Francis has made eight trips outside of Italy, preached mercy for gays and social justice for immigrants, embarked on aggressive reform of the Vatican, decried Christian persecution, canonized 819 saints (technically), and kissed innumerable babies. Here are some highlights from his papacy. Or watch
Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines with less flash than Sri Lanka, but no less fervor — Filipinos have been preparing for the pontiff’s trip for months. Read more about his trip to Asia.
Catholics and other Christians around the world set up Nativity scenes, decorated enormous Christmas trees, lit candles, and played hymns to celebrate one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar: The birth of Christ. Here is a sample of some of the holy day’s manifestations.
Did Pope Francis really say animals can go to heaven? It appears not. But he seems to enjoy being around them. As did his two predecessors. Below, photos of popes with lions and lambs, and even a slithering serpent. An earlier version of this gallery cited information from the New
In 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in a vision to the peasant Juan Diego, on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City, and charged him with asking the bishop to build a church on that spot. In 2014, many believers make pilgrimages to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. Look at all