• Pope Francis says after Lampedusa, he knew he had to travel

    Pope Francis says after Lampedusa, he knew he had to travel

    • Jan 8, 2017

    In a new interview published on Sunday, Pope Francis says he came into the papacy not wanting to travel very much, but after his initial outing to the Italian island of Lampedusa in 2013, a major point of arrival for refugees trying to enter Europe, he understood he had to hit the road.

  • Yes, Virginia, Pope Francis has a strategy underneath the rhetoric

    • Jul 11, 2015

    On Monday Pope Francis returns to Rome after a triumphant week-long homecoming to Latin America, a three-nation tour that’s seen the pontiff stress concern for the poor, the environment and the family, as well as outreach to those at society’s margins. In a typical flourish during a session with social activists

  • Braving storm, poncho-clad pope visits typhoon zone

    • Jan 16, 2015

    TACLOBAN, The Philippines — Braving strong winds and driving rain, Pope Francis traveled to ground zero of a 2013 super-typhoon in the central Philippines that left 6,000 dead and 4.1 million homeless, assuring survivors they haven’t been forgotten. The pontiff was forced to cut the outing short by almost four

  • Pope to deliver ‘strong hug’ to typhoon-devastated region

    • Jan 16, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will visit the typhoon-ravaged Filipino region of Leyte Saturday to bring support to the survivors of a tropical storm that killed thousands and devastated the region. The 2013 storm killed more than 6,000 people, left 4.1 million displaced, damaged or destroyed 1.1 million homes, and