Pope Francis and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shake hands during a private audience in 2014 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Gabriel Bouys pool, via Reuters)
Faith News
April 25, 2017
"I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East," the pope said.
Mourners attend the April 10 funeral for victims of a bomb attack the previous day at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Tanta, Egypt. (CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA)
Faith News
April 20, 2017
Pope Francis "will affirm that there is a certain solidarity among Christians" and that "we are all related together by Jesus."
Retired Pope Benedict XVI enjoys a beer during his his 90th birthday celebration April 17 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith News
April 18, 2017
Pope Benedict said his heart was filled with gratitude "for the 90 years the good Lord has given me. There have been trying and difficult times, but he always guided me and pulled me through."
Mourners attend the April 10 funeral for victims of a bomb attack the previous day at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Tanta, Egypt.  (CNS photo/Mohamed Hossam, EPA)
Faith News
April 10, 2017
Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.
Pope Francis greets retired Pope Benedict XVI in a 2015 file photo. (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti, EPA) 
Faith News
April 07, 2017
The 460-page commemorative volume gathers just a slice of the kind of rigorous research still being done today "in the light of faith," and in the footsteps of a 90-year-old pope.
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, Spain, during an audience with seminarians and faculty of the Pontifical Spanish College of St. Joseph at the Vatican on April 1. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Faith News
April 03, 2017
"The devil always comes in through the pocket, always," the pope said.
Pope Francis greets Norbertine Father Bernard Ardura, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, on March 31 at the Vatican. The pope met with scholars taking part in a Vatican-sponsored congress on the Lutheran Reformation as part of the 500th anniversary commemorating the start of Luther's call for reform. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith News
March 31, 2017
The pope told the participants that his first reaction to hearing about "this praiseworthy initiative" was one of gratitude to God.
Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Vatican undersecretary for relations with states, delivers a message from Pope Francis to a U.N. conference on nuclear weapons on March 27 in New York City. (CNS photo/Rick Bajornas, UN)
Politics & Society News
March 28, 2017
A number of nations—many of which already possess nuclear arms—were boycotting the negotiations to ban such weapons.
Politics & Society News
March 20, 2017
The invitation came amid increasingly closer relations between the Vatican and al-Azhar University, which is considered the most authoritative theological-academic institution of Sunni Islam.
A displaced Iraqi woman prays the rosary in 2014 inside St. Joseph Church in Irbil, Iraq. The church gives refuge to thousands of people who were displaced by the Islamic State. (CNS photo/Daniel Etter, CRS)
Politics & Society News
March 09, 2017
The answer to the refugee crisis is continued assistance "not to close the gates of the countries where people are knocking for survival," Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi said.