Friday, April 19, 20130141Emergency personnel were carefully combing through blocks of wreckage in this town of 2,900 a day after a chemical fertilizer factory caught fire and exploded with the force of a small earthquake April 17, injuring perhaps hundreds and killing others.
Thursday, April 18, 2013059In a short message sent from his @Pontifex Twitter account, Pope Francis told the more than 2.3 million followers on his English account to "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."
Thursday, April 4, 2013053When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in the summer, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program. Like earlier editions of World Youth Day, the July celebration in Rio de Janeiro will include morning catechetical sessions and afternoon cultural events.
Friday, March 29, 20130175In front of a large congregation and members of the media at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell celebrated two Masses of Thanksgiving on March 17 in honor of Pope Francis.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013079 Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013059Pope Francis formally began his ministry as bishop of Rome and as pope by pledging to protect the Catholic Church, the dignity of each person and the beauty of creation, just like St. Joseph protected Mary and Jesus.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013044Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission.
Monday, March 18, 2013073 Citing a distinguished German theologian and an anonymous elderly penitent from Argentina, Pope Francis told an overflow crowd in St. Peter's Square never to despair of God's mercy to sinners.
Saturday, March 16, 2013093Never give in to the devil's pessimism, discouragement and bitterness, Pope Francis said; Christians need to share the Gospel message with joy and courage because it will truly answer people's deepest needs.