Pope Francis is studying an invitation he received to visit the Grand Mosque of Rome. If he accepts, Francis would be the first pope to visit the mosque.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women's shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter's Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Romanian woman, who is one of many homeless in the city, gave birth to the baby in the early morning hours Jan. 20 in Piazza Pio XII, just outside of Bernini's colonnade. Local police, who helped with the delivery, transported the mother and child to the nearby Santo Spirito Hospital.
Religious leaders must identify and publicly distance themselves from extremists preaching animosity toward others, according to Comboni Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
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.”