"For the fervor that he's showed, for the humility he showed us — he shared as if he were one of us — it's something so inexplicable that today we have him as pope."
Strong families, Pope Francis said, help build strong individuals and strong societies. They are the place where "our hearts find rest in strong, fruitful and joyful love."
Father Espinal was murdered just two days before Blessed Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran archbishop, was shot dead while celebrating Mass — timing not lost on many observers.
"From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for…
Read Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Sí,’ On Care for Our Common Home, by clicking here.
"As Jesuits, we're very happy with the Holy Father's mission and that he has chosen Ecuador as the first country he will visit," Father Freire said. "In all of Ecuador, there are high expectations for…
Europe is practicing a policy of contradictions in addressing an influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, said the archbishop who heads the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to…
"We had decent lives, jobs, houses. People here sometimes do not understand fully that we lost everything. We even do not know if our houses are still there."
"The earth in those regions has been furrowed by the steps of those seeking refuge and irrigated by the blood of many men and women, among them numerous Christians persecuted for their faith,
Pope Francis has approved new procedures for the Vatican to investigate and judge claims of "abuse of office" by bishops who allegedly failed to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse.