(RNS) Pope Francis was once “dazzled” by a young woman he met as a seminarian and even considered abandoning his vocation, he reveals in a newly uncovered interview.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis extended a hand to those who don't belong to any religion, urging them on Wednesday to work with believers to build peace and protect the environment.
Today Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Vatican. Francis was slowly driven around a sun-drenched St. Peter’s Square in an open-top car, shunning the bulletproof, air-conditioned popemobile preferred by his predecessors. At one point, he asked to stop the car and got out to bless a disabled person.
(RNS) The Catholic hierarchy calls it "defamation'' to raise questions about Pope Francis' role in Argentina's "Dirty War.'' But as any penitent knows, a desire to move forward must be accompanied by candor about the past.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' installation Mass was striking for its repeated references to environmental protection, highlighting what is likely to be a central theme of his papacy and setting up the 76-year-old pope as a leading activist against climate change.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a sign of how much change Pope Francis may usher into the papacy, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodoxy will attend Tuesday's installation Mass -- for the first time in more than 1,000 years.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just minutes after Pope Francis finished introducing himself to the crowd in St. Peter's Square on March 13, a woman perusing the shelves of a tourist shop just outside the squared asked the storekeeper, ``When will you have souvenirs of the new pope?''
ROME (RNS) "With each conclave, fewer and fewer people will even remember when there was an Italian pope," says La Stampa's Giacomo Galeazzi.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ahead of his formal installation on Tuesday, Pope Francis is continuing to send clear signals that he intends to lead a papacy markedly different from his predecessor’s reign -- and perhaps different from that of any other pope in modern times.
The new pontiff explains his choice of name in off-the-cuff remarks to journalists on Saturday, and emphasizes care of the environment. He also gives them only a silent blessing in respect for non-Catholics and nonbelievers, potentially a controversial move.
Much is being said about the new pope's work with the poor in his native Argentina. But what do those who have benefited from his work think of him? Al Jazeera's Teresa Bo went to the slums of Buenos Aires to find out.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican swiftly rejected accusations that Pope Francis sided with the brutal Argentinian government in the 1970s when he was a Jesuit leader.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Everything about a conclave is supposed to be secret, but there are always leaks afterwards, and even broad hints from the cardinals about how a pope was elected. This time is no different.
ROME (RNS) Addressing the entire College of Cardinals, Pope Francis noted that "maybe half of us are in old age, which I consider to be the seat of wisdom."
Just as many Catholics have connected Pope Francis' humility and austere lifestyle with that of St. Francis of Assisi, those seeking clues on the new pontiff's approach to Christian-Muslim relations see another example in his iconic namesake.