Pope Francis

Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and a native of Waterbury, Conn., in an undated photo. (CNS file photo) 
Gerard O’Connell May 27, 2020
The pope also announced plans to canonize Charles de Foucauld, César de Bus and Maria Domenica Mantovani.
St. John Paul II greets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2002. Marking the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's encyclical on Christian unity, Pope Francis said he shares "the healthy impatience" of those who think more can and should be done, but he also insisted that Christians must be grateful for the progress made. (CNS photo/Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell May 26, 2020
“One thing is certain,” Pope Francis writes. “Unity is not chiefly the result of our activity, but a gift of the Holy Spirit. Yet, unity will not come about as a miracle at the very end. Rather, unity comes about in journeying.”
Pope Francis prays at a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens in this 2013 file photo. Pope Francis will pray there May 30, the eve of Pentecost, leading the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary's intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
The pope will pray at the replica of the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens May 30, the eve of Pentecost, and will also be joined by several "men and women representing various categories of people particularly affected by the virus."
Gerard O’Connell May 24, 2020
Francis called for reflection on the encyclical in which he “sought to draw attention to the cry of the earth and of the poor.”
Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, right, greets the previous superior general, Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, after his election in Rome Oct. 14, 2016. (CNS photo/Don Doll, S.J.)
Gerard O’Connell May 22, 2020
Father Nicolás “was not the kind of leader who says, ‘I am the one who knows everything.’ He really trusted in people, and he listened.”
A study by the State University of Milan, Italy, has reported that the fear and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in religiosity and devotional practice within the country.