Culture of encounter: U.S. Encuentro process blazed a trail

Pope Francis' call for church of missionary disciples who go to the peripheries to listen and accompany those most in need may have seemed radical and new at the start of his pontificate.


God conquers evil with love, forgiveness of sins, pope says at Angelus

God forgives sins so that joy, not sadness, can flourish once again in one's heart, Pope Francis said.

Pope calls for global alliance to better educate young people

Pope Francis said the challenges facing humanity and the Earth are so urgent and important that he has invited world leaders, educators and young people to come to the Vatican next spring to launch a global alliance for building a new, more humane future.

Africa trip planted new seeds of hope, pope says at audience

Having gone to Africa as a pilgrim of peace and hope, Pope Francis said he hoped the seeds planted there by his visit would bear abundant fruit for everyone.