Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Americas to mark the Dec. 12th Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is venerated as Patroness of the American continent. The Holy Father delivered the Message during the course of his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, the eve of the feast.
Hailing him as "The People's Pope", Time magazine has named Pope Francis, Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Catholic Church, as its "Person of the Year".
In a Papal visit to a working class Roman parish, San Cirillo Alessandrino, Pope Francis revealed that as a young man, he worked as a bouncer at a night club in Buenos Aires. The revelation came while the Supreme Pontiff was recalling some the jobs he has held throughout his life, including sweeping floors, running test in a chemistry lab, and teaching literature and psychology. The recollection of the jobs he held was in response to a parishioner's questions about her nephew, who was struggling to pay his debts before becoming a Franciscan.
A look at the Catholic morality concerning economics in Pope Francis' Gaudium Evanglii that Rush Limbaugh misunderstands and wrongly criticizes by Fr. John Trugilio Jr, PhD, ThD
Is Pope Francis secretly sneaking out of the Vatican at night to give money to the poor? The speculation that he indeed does arises from an interview with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, the Vatican "Almoner" or alms-giver – a little-known post that dates back to the 13th century that involves distributing some of the Holy See's vast wealth to the poor and marginalized.
Pope Francis has issued his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel.) The 224-page document outlines the Pope’s vision for a missionary Church, whose “doors should always be open”. The Pope speaks on numerous themes, including evangelization, peace, homiletics, social justice, the family, respect for creation, faith and politics, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and the role of women and of the laity in the Church.
For the first, the bones of a "robust" man in his 60's or 70's found in an excavation under the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, believed to those of the apostle Peter, were put on public display.
The Holy Father again has shown his deep compassion and love at his weekly audience in St Peter's Square. Showing no hesitance and displaying the living out of the Beatitudes that characterizes his Petrine ministry, Pope Francis embraced, kissed, and blessed a man with severe facial deformities. Pope Francis, while speaking with the man, gestured toward the sky in a private moment, in the midst of a crowded square.
The Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville has been elected to succeed Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York .
A study conducted by The Global Language Monitor has announced that Pope Francis was the Top Name discussed on the internet in 2013 in its 14th annual global survey of the English language.