(RNS) — In his recent 'Gaudete et Exsultate,' Pope Francis teaches that living the Beatitudes means 'going against the flow' in a world that pushes us in the opposite direction from holiness.
(RNS) The best-selling Christian author and patron saint of writers everywhere started thinking about mercy and 'accidentally' wrote the book 'Hallelujah Anyway,' published this week.
(The Conversation) In such times, talk about mercy may seem more like wishful thinking. But mercy matters – now more than ever.
ROME (RNS) The Rev. Antonio Spadaro has become so closely identified with the pontiff that he is almost as big a target as Francis for critics whose complaints are louder than ever.
ROME (RNS) The impromptu visits, part of the Holy Year of Mercy events, were aimed at highlighting the Catholic Church's teaching on the sanctity of all life at all stages.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Administering the rite for Giuseppe Chiolo, a 16-year-old Sicilian suffering from cancer, was the pontiff's latest gesture toward the sick and disabled.
KRAKOW, Poland (RNS) At the World Youth Day gathering that ended here Sunday, the pontiff encouraged a positive role for faith.
(RNS) Can we, as a nation, do better than killing those who kill in order to show that killing is wrong?
(RNS) Derided as a "worshiper of the depraved," Caravaggio is now the "poet of hope" whose underappreciated masterpiece in Naples is an icon of this pontificate. But will the pope see it?
ROME (RNS) The catacombs are included in 20 cultural itineraries unveiled by Italy’s cultural minister to mark the pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Mercy and "weapons of love" were the only answer to “hatred and death” the pope said, reflecting on the world’s violent hotspots.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Denouncing "arms dealers who want blood, not peace," the pontiff washed the feet of 12 refugees -- including three Muslims and one Hindu, as well as several women.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Five-year-old Lizzy Myers suffers from an incurable genetic disease that leads to blindness, but next week she is to fulfill her wish of meeting the pontiff.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The actor who won an Oscar for an improbable comedy about the Holocaust brought his signature blend of humor and seriousness to the Vatican to help his hero, the pope.
(RNS) “Be careful that there’s not someone a bit quick and too cunning that tells you that you must pay," Pope Francis said at his Wednesday public audience in St. Peter's Square.
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