“Building Bridges to Build Peace”: On the Pope’s 2015 Visit to America

23/09/2015 Washington, United States of America. Apostolic journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America. Welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis at the South Lawn of the White House.

“Building bridges to build peace” is the main theme of the book The American Pope (Vatican Press, 2016), a collection of speeches, in Italian and English, made by Pope Francis during his 2015 apostolic journey to Cuba, the U.S. and the U.N., together with analysis by journalists Lara Jakes, Paolo Messa and Massimo Milone. The […]

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Being Human: Pope Francis Delights Many, Frustrates Some

Pope Francis wears a sombrero during his arrival to Mexico City Feb. 12. (CNS photo/Gustavo Camacho, Presidency of Mexico via Reuters) See POPE-MEXICO-WELCOME Feb. 12, 2016. Editors: editorial use only.

The mid-February trip to Mexico was a tour de force, with millions of Mexicans turning out to greet the Pope. There was a moment of anger, a moment at “the fence” and… a controversial interview The Pope is human. Pope Francis demonstrated that in Mexico, as he does wherever he goes, and most people find […]

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As He Reaches Out to Russia, Francis Also Reaches Out To China…

Those preparing to become Catholics are recognized by the congregation during a Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China, in March. Amid chronic tensions between the Vatican and China, there were new signs of hope this year for Catholic believers in the country, especially for those who have been loyal to the Vatican. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (Dec. 10, 2007) See YEAREND-CHINA Dec. 10, 2007.

…and in Beijing, the gesture is “noted.” The full text of a controversial recent papal interview Pope Francis gave his first-ever interview on China and the Chinese people on January 28 to Asia Times columnist and China Renmin University senior researcher Francesco Sisci, which follows. In the historic one-hour interview at the Vatican the Pope […]

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“The crowds, the joy, the ability to celebrate…”

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door as he begins the Holy Year of Mercy at the start of a Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths at the cathedral in Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-BANGUI-MERCY Nov. 29, 2015.

  Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that God is a God of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be. Obviously tired, but equally content, Pope Francis told reporters he prayed in a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic, and rode around […]

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Pope Francis Dedicates the Jubilee to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Francis will celebrate the December 12 Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe in St. Peter’s Square, a prelude to his upcoming 2016 visit to Mexico and her shrine near Mexico City… The Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate December 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, along with many cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests from Latin America, […]

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Papal Visit to Three African Countries

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“Pope Francis will shake consciences again” Rome journalists Luis Badilla and Antonio Marguccio recently conducted a lengthy interview with Comboni Missionary Fr. Giulio Albanese, veteran Africanist and founder of the Missionary International News Service, on Africa and the Pope’s scheduled visit there. We excerpt it here: Pope Francis will soon visit three countries in Africa: […]

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Reflections on the Papal Visit to Cuba and the United States

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today’s Audience will be in two places: here in the Square and also in Paul VI Hall, where many sick are, who are following the Audience on a large screen. As the weather is not very good, we decided they should be there covered and more tranquil. Let us […]

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