Devotion to divine mercy spurred Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn to correspond with Richard Masterson, a death row inmate in Texas who could be put to death Jan. 20.
Pope Francis and Eric Schmidt, the longtime CEO of Google, met briefly at the Vatican Jan. 15, an unusual private audience between a confessed tech "dinosaur" and digital innovator.
God’s love for humanity is so great that it can win over every evil, forgive every sin, and can never be stopped, Pope Francis told crowds at his weekly general audience Wednesday.
“It is not the love of a ‘telenovela!’” the pontiff joked to the thousands in attendance, reflecting on a passage in the Old Testament that describes God as “abounding in love and fidelity.”
NCR Today: Pope Francis’ new book-length interview was officially launched at the Vatican Tuesday with presentations by a cardinal, a fast-talking Italian comedian, and a rehabilitated Chinese prisoner.
Vatican: In an annual speech to global ambassadors, Pope Francis adopted voices of Old Testament characters to cry for better treatment of migrants.
The Vatican’s newspaper on Jan. 6 has criticized French weekly Charlie Hebdo for manipulating faith in the magazine’s latest front page, which depicts a blood-soaked God armed with a Kalashnikov.
The controversial cover commemorates a year since a terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters, which left 12 people dead and led to a global debate on religious extremism and freedom of speech.
“One year later, the assassin is still on the run,” reads the black and white front page, with a cartoon depicting a violent God.
In his homily for the feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis again called for a missionary global church but warned: “The Church cannot deceive itself into thinking that it shines with its own light.”
Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the place where his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, created the world's first Nativity scene in Greccio. The pope used a free day.
Pope Francis erected a new Syro-Malankara eparchy for the United States and Canada. The pope also named Bishop Thomas Eusebios Naickamparambil as its first bishop.
Over 3.2 million pilgrims visited the Vatican in 2015 and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services, the Vatican said. The statistics were compiled by Prefecture of the Papal Household.